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Old 08-22-2013, 08:54 AM   #256
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Love the Jurassic Park 'food'. I have a DD who LOVES dinos & loves that movie. I want to make those cookies for her- brillant idea!!!

I remember when JP came out- I can recall standing in line at the theater. It was the same night that the Bulls were in the playoffs for the first time- in the Jordan years. It was a big deal and the game was being blared from speakers outside the theater as we waited in line to get in............

I loved that movie back then & still love it. As do my kids now!!!!

And congrats on the month mark! And sorry about the fridge. That stinks- but sounds like at least you have a good plan in place & it won't affect your vacay which is awesome!
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Love the Jurassic Park 'food'. I have a DD who LOVES dinos & loves that movie. I want to make those cookies for her- brillant idea!!!

I remember when JP came out- I can recall standing in line at the theater. It was the same night that the Bulls were in the playoffs for the first time- in the Jordan years. It was a big deal and the game was being blared from speakers outside the theater as we waited in line to get in............

I loved that movie back then & still love it. As do my kids now!!!!

And congrats on the month mark! And sorry about the fridge. That stinks- but sounds like at least you have a good plan in place & it won't affect your vacay which is awesome!
Sorry it took so long for me to reply to this! My new job began and I've just been busy/preoccupied with life. We loved JP. I didn't see it in the theater and had only watched it once or twice when it first came out so a lot of it was new to me as well. DS is a gamer and all around computer geek and he was impressed with the special effects considering how old (ahem) the movie is.

The good news is that we got our new fridge and it works beautifully. The bad news is that hubby's truck broke down while he was bringing it home. One of the guys from work pulled him the last 1/2 mile with his truck. Thankfully he was already on our county road when his fuel pump went out or we'd have had to pay for a tow truck as well as figure out how to get the fridge home. Luckily that wasn't the case but we still had to buy a fuel pump. Trying hard not to complain though as we got another great discount. My dad's friend is a mechanic and got it about $50 cheaper than we could and DH is putting it on himself today. We are four weeks out and I really just need for nothing else to break before we go!!
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Crossing my fingers and toes that it is smooth sailing here on out for you!
Thanks. Unfortunately the adage that things come in threes seems to apply. We heat with wood and the engine on our wood splitter is cracked- just as we were about to start cutting for the season. Thankfully this isn't going to be a terribly expensive repair (though mot terribly cheap either) and hopefully that's it, no more... I really mean it this time!!
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:24 PM   #260
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Well, we've made it two whole days without something breaking!

I'm done freaking out about these things. The trip is paid for so at this point whatever happens, happens. I've reached a place of zen about it.

So, today I wanted to do something fun and a little bit creative to keep me focused on the fun. I have been compiling lists from threads here on the DIS about some of the cool things that can be found in the WWoHP so I could create a scavenger hunt. We enjoy many of the rides and shows at theme parks but we are a family who loves the atmosphere. Since my mom won't be able to ride a lot of rides I want to help her (and the kids and I) soak up as many details as possible. I think on our first morning we'll just go, without the scavenger hunt so we can just enjoy being there. But when we return that evening and again on another day I think the scavenger hunt will be fun.

I found a pic for the header on google images, played around with fonts and background colors and came up with this:


I started off with Harry P font for the list as well but it was difficult to read so I settled on just using it for the title. I could have gone on for pages and pages but I didn't want to make it more of a chore than fun. I included some things that will be easy to spot and some that will be more difficult. I also have a cheat sheet that lists where to find things so if we're stumped on the last day we can refer back to it. I'm really looking forward to checking all of this stuff off of the list!

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Love the scavenger hunt! You could 'add' to it- that once you guys find it, the kids have to take a creative type of picture with the item? And then you'd have a pretty cool scrapbook when you got home of the Potterstuff!

In fact, I might borrow this idea when we go back as a family (plans for 2014 after the new Potter portion opens!).

And doesn't it stink how things always seem to break when it's the worst possible timing? Last year right before we went to China to get dd, we were scraping the last of the money we needed for travel & fees...and our freakin' air busted. It was an old unit (30 years) and we had repaired several times. This time it was D.O.N.E. And just like that, a week before China, we had to buy a new air conditioner for our house. Ouch, that hurt!
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:38 AM   #262
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The scavenger hunt looks AWESOME!!!! LOVE IT! Nicole's idea is cool too, take photos with each thing you find! (although that might have just been a given for you. Can't imagine you NOT taking a pic! LOL)
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:16 PM   #263
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The scavenger hunt is such a neat idea. It's the kind of thing I would like to do once Caden is a little older. He could do it now (at age 6) but I think he would bore with it much more quickly.

I love the idea mentioned above to take pics with/of each item on the list and make a scrapbook or journal when you return. What a cool memory!
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Thanks everyone! I had a lot of fun making it so hopefully we'll have even more fun doing it. Nicole, the picture idea is a great one. I'm a photo freak (my kids run from my camera) so I'm sure we'll have plenty of pics but incorporating it into the game could be fun as well.
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So sorry to hear about everything that has broken down! Not cool!
I'm just glad to hear that you had connections and help with the replacements and repairs.

I can't believe how close Hedwig is getting to the end of your ticker!

Very nice Jurassic Park movie night. Really great ideas for themed food. JP is one of my all-time favorite books and although there are some major differences/omissions in the movie, it so exciting that I can watch it again and again. There are some truly funny and memorable lines.

The Jurassic Park area at IoA is supremely cool- so well-themed with great details. My youngest son is a total dinosaur freak, so this is one of our favorite places.

What a super scavenger hunt! You did a great job with the selections, and the list looks fantastic!
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So sorry to hear about everything that has broken down! Not cool!
I'm just glad to hear that you had connections and help with the replacements and repairs.

Yep, I'm trying to focus on the "lucky to know people" part instead of the "unlucky to need them" part.

I can't believe how close Hedwig is getting to the end of your ticker!

Yes, she's nearly there- and so are we!

Very nice Jurassic Park movie night. Really great ideas for themed food. JP is one of my all-time favorite books and although there are some major differences/omissions in the movie, it so exciting that I can watch it again and again. There are some truly funny and memorable lines.

Thanks! I haven't actually read the book but definitely should! And yes, there are definitely memorable moments. I was really pleasantly surprised with how well the movie has stood the test of time.

The Jurassic Park area at IoA is supremely cool- so well-themed with great details. My youngest son is a total dinosaur freak, so this is one of our favorite places.

We love dinosaurs (well, anything science related really) so we're really looking forward to this area- plus River Adventure is similar to one of DD's faves at Six Flags, Tidal Wave, so she'll be happy!

What a super scavenger hunt! You did a great job with the selections, and the list looks fantastic!
Thanks! I realized that I'd left a golden snitch off of the list and need to add it before printing.
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GAAAH! We came home this afternoon to find our AC broken.

I'm over it though. It'll get fixed. It will cost money. I will either get called in to sub so we'll be okay or we'll forgo future vacations and fun things for a while. Anyway, no worries. We still did some trip prep today because we're only 23 days out and life goes on. This is just part of being a muggle.

We finally finished up the kids shirts they'll wear on the day we head to US. We used the same bleach/stencil technique that we used for our Deathly Hallows shirts.

Kya settled on an evil minion...


While Jace went with Doctor Who...


I know DW isn't really officially a Universal property and there's no show or ride... but there is a shop, so that counts, right! Mostly he just wanted something that he'd want to wear after the trip and this will definitely get some wear.

I also tackled the last of the shopping I needed to do and think we now have everything we need for our trip. Including a suitcase for Kya. Hers is too small and had seen better days so she borrowed one from our neighbor.

Getting closer every day!
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Oh my gosh- I feel like I cursed you with talk of my broken A/C last year. Ahhhh...nooooooooooooooo!

So sorry. That stinks so much!

I know there are tutorials out there (say pinterest) but without looking, how do you do those shirts? They are AWESOME!!!!!! Is it a stencil and you spray bleach around it?
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Oh my gosh- I feel like I cursed you with talk of my broken A/C last year. Ahhhh...nooooooooooooooo!

So sorry. That stinks so much!

I think my curse started a few months ago when I lost my job right before everything started breaking around here. We'll survive and we're going to have a BLAST on our trip.

I know there are tutorials out there (say pinterest) but without looking, how do you do those shirts? They are AWESOME!!!!!! Is it a stencil and you spray bleach around it?
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Yes, they are stencils- I printed them on sticker paper so I didn't have to worry about the bleach leaking under the stencil and it worked really well. I did a more thorough explanation when I made our deathly hallows shirts.

I just did a google image search for the stencils I wanted. There was no stencil available for the evil minion so I used a coloring page and just cut it apart in the places I thought would look good. It was a very simple process and didn't take much time. We have plans to make more things- Kya wants a Doctor Who hoodie and I want a messenger bag.
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Three weeks!! Three weeks from this moment we'll be on our way to Orlando- probably arriving in Atlanta for a brief layover.

I'm settling into my new job pretty well. It's only three hours, twice a week, and pretty close to home so it's not really much of an adjustment schedule wise. I'm on the sub list as well because that is far fewer hours than I had at my previous job but so far I haven't been called in. It's not a big deal because I do have a few days scheduled when the teachers have conferences and I also know it will pick up as the school year gets into full swing. But for now I'm mostly at home. And bored. SO BORED.

On the upside this has translated into finishing up my pre-trip to-do list.

We've had a mason jar in the kitchen for about a year to collect loose change and slip any extra money in we could. Yesterday I took it to the bank and cashed it in- it was enough to give each of the kids money for wands plus a little extra.

I found Gringott's withdrawal slips online and made envelopes with a Gringott's seal to put the money and slips in...




While I was at the bank I also took out the money we need for tips. When we went to WDW in 2010 I made tip envelopes that I found on the DISign boards. This time however I decided to go with money bands, similar to the kind used to wrap money in banks.


I used various UO themed pictures with thank you messages and wrapped them around the tips we'll need for dining, housekeeping and shuttles. I decided to go with the money bands for a few reasons. First of all, I thought it would waste less paper, use less ink, and would cut down on any confusion from the servers/housekeepers. I've heard stories of tips being thrown away because an envelope was mistaken for trash and we had a mousekeeper leave one behind because she didn't realized it was for her. The bands are obviously money but also have a cute, personalized touch.

After I banded the $$ together I put it in an envelope arranged in the order we'll need it so it's easy to grab while we're on our trip. I know, I know. It's a sickness. But in my defense I'm REALLY BORED.

Then this morning I took one last look over our itinerary and printed it out. I even have a little park bag size version on card stock to take while we're in the parks.


The plans haven't changed much from the originals. The only real difference is that 3 Broomsticks is now on the dining plan so our OOP meal will now be in the new Simpson's area. I'm pretty excited about that! I'd wanted to try the food there because it's getting great reviews but with free dining we only needed to pay for one OOP meal, which was going to be 3 Broomsticks. But now that it's on the DP we were able to work things around so we can try a Krusty Burger.

I also color coded the attractions based on whether or not my mom can ride them. That's really the main reason I wanted the park size version. I don't want to be there wondering which rides were okay for her and this way, I won't have to second guess myself.

So, all I really have left to do at this point is pack, which won't happen until closer to the trip. (Although I do have an every growing pile of stuff on my kitchen table that I don't want to forget.) I guess if I finally get called in to sub and get busy it will all be ready to go and if I don't I'll just have to do a few movie days to alleviate the boredom.
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