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Old 10-01-2012, 01:10 PM   #1
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21 Days till Disney World - A Project a Day! #9 - Autograph Book Bag

This morning I realized we have exactly ONE MONTH until our November 1-8, 2012 trip to Disney World.... how did this happen? Usually I'm counting down like crazy, but lately these trips sneak up on me. To force myself to prepare and enjoy the anticipation, I am going to bring you all along with me for the next 31 days (the entire month of October, people!) as I plan, create, iron-on, sew, freak out, and shop!

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When? November 1-8
Where? Caribbean Beach Resort
Who? Myself, the Hubs, and our three precious angels, my parents (Gram and Pawp) and my brother, J, and his fiancee, S
Why? The hubs and I take the kids on the trek from Texas to the World frequently. In March 2010 we declared November 2012 to be the trip we drag along my parents and brother, who have not been since 1986. In October 2011, the aforementioned brother popped the question to his aforementioned fiancee. And you won't believe their next announcement... They planned to go ahead and tie the knot while we are in WDW. I tried very hard to love this idea and not mourn the loss of an entire park day.

Some visual references...

The Hubs and I last month:
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Our big kids, AJ (10) and Leah (8):
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Our little stinker, Paige (3.5):
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And, all together:
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Up Next: Wedding Details and Gram Rents an ECV

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Old 10-01-2012, 01:12 PM   #2
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Itinerary
Project #1 - The Countdown Calendar
Project #2 - Matching name tees
Project #3 - MNSSHP "costumes"
Project #4 -- Minnie Mouse-inspired Plllowcase dress
Project #5 -- Mickey Mail and Clearance Finds
Project #6 - Princess dress and A Cinderella Party
Project #7 - Goody Bags (and a Park Crap Retrospective)
Project #8 - Kid Itineraries
Project #9 -- Autograph Book Bag

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Old 10-01-2012, 01:27 PM   #3
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Wedding Details and Gram Rents and ECV

This post will cover some basic wedding details, and the decision to rent an ECV for Gram (my 64 year old mother). It might be kind of boring. In fact, if you scroll ahead right now I won't be offended. Promise.

My brother will be getting married at the Swan on Monday, November 5.

There. Those are the details I have.

Ha! Well, it is pretty much true. The wedding is very small, just us and my parents and a few members of the bride's family, who are coming from exotic places such as London and Dubai. They are all staying in a "villa" off property. No one knows much about this villa, but it seems to be completely fabulous. Yes, we will devote one entire day of our Dis-nay Va-cay to the wedding. Yes we are ok with this because we love my brother, J, and his fiancee, S. We honestly don't know how much time we will spend with them and their posse aside from the wedding day.

In non-related news, my Mom has bad knees. Very bad. After a recent trip home in which we went to the mall and Gram had to stop and rest her knees not once but twice, I said, hey -- we need an ECV. There is no way she could hang all day in the parks. Or even half a day. Or even an hour. So she rented one for the week. Wow I really hope those CBR peeps take my request for a ground floor room seriously. Getting the ECV up the stairs would be a real drag. I mean, I workout but that's redic.

Gram practiced on a scooter-cart combo at Target and declared herself ECV-ready. Time will tell. I expect this to be equal parts hilarious, efficient, and frustrating. Gram is not so good at driving a car. Don't tell her I said that.

For our viewing pleasure, the whole crew....

R to L: Fiancee S, Pawp, Me, AJ, Uncle J, Leah (8), Hubs, Paige, and Gram

Totally gratuitous shot of my fave park in March 2010:


Up next: Our Itinerary and the First Project!
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:50 PM   #4
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We had originally booked this trip for Nov 3-10. We booked adjoining rooms at CBR for Gram and Pawp and our Fab 5. J and S wanted to stay offsite. But sometime in August I became aware of FD and bumped the trip up a few days to check in on the very very last day of free dining.

The change affected ADRs, and I ended up more or less grabbing what I could and I think it turned out pretty ok.

Here is how we chose CBR: I put my parents in front of the computer and said, choose whatever you want. My Dad has been dying for a beach vacation for 40 years but my Mom is afraid of the water so he wanted CBR. Done. He can pretend he is at the beach. I expect they'll spend lots of time in lounge chairs and hammocks. They're dreaming of this:

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Without further ado, the schedule....

Thursday, Nov 1
Depart 8am, Arrive MCO 2:19
Hang on the beach, eat at OPR
8:50 - Chef Mickeys*
(*would love this to be earlier but this is what we could get and Chef Mickeys the first night is a must!)

Friday, Nov 2
MK
1:30 - Lunch at Tony's
Resort Rest
MNSSHP (Fab 5, no Gram and Pawp)

Saturday, Nov 3
AK
5:05 - Tusker House
DTD

Sunday, Nov 4
Epcot
11:55 - Akershus Princess Dining
6:30 - Biergarten

Monday, Nov 5
Wedding Day!

Tuesday, Nov 6
DHS
12:15 - Prime Time

Wednesday, Nov 7
MK
9:45 - WCC (just because we love WL and need to visit it)
6:30 - LTT

Coming soon: The First Project!
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:08 PM   #5
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Project #1

The Countdown Calendar

I've made the paint chip calendar before, and love it. But I was too lazy to drive to Home Depot and nick a bunch of paint chips today, so I went the old skool chain link route. I think it turned out cute enough to count.



Each night after dinner (starting tonight) we will rip one of those puppies off with relish. For added interest, I wrote a little objective on the inside of all 31 links. Some are things we have never gotten around to doing...

"Sit by the Goofy Statue"
"Find the dragon's breath under the bridge on the Camp Minnie-Mickey trail"

or didn't exist last time we were at the World...

"Collect SOTMK cards and defeat the bad guy"

And some are things we always do...

"Eat a Mickey Bar"

And some are silly...

"Beat Daddy's score at TSM"
"Convince Gram to ride Soarin'"

Just little things to get us excited about the trip. As if we aren't? Paige, 3.5 years, asks me daily if this is "Vember" and are we going to Disney World today?" and "Will Minnie kiss me at Disney World?"
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My PTR needs love. Bad.

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Old 10-02-2012, 12:45 AM   #7
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Beautiful family!

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Just little things to get us excited about the trip. As if we aren't? Paige, 3.5 years, asks me daily if this is "Vember" and are we going to Disney World today?" and "Will Minnie kiss me at Disney World?"
Funny little thing!
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I feel your excitement. We get there on the 1st as well and we can't wait. Hope your trip is as magical as I hope ours will be.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:41 AM   #9
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Funny little thing!
Aw, thanks!! And tanks a bajillion for being my first reader!!! <3

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I feel your excitement. We get there on the 1st as well and we can't wait. Hope your trip is as magical as I hope ours will be.
Awesome!! We have been during this week about 5 times now and it's fabulous!!!!!!

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I love you old skool count down chain.

I'll be reading along.
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30 days to Go - Project #2

Good morning, dear readers!! I am quite sure all three of you will find something to enjoy in this segment of my fun little PTR.

SO, before I get into today's project, let me share a pic of Leah (8) ripping off the first of the chain links last night before dinner...



(This is the "middle child..." After some discussion of who would take off the first link I told the middle child to do it. Poor middle children don't get to do many things first... It's true. Think about it.)

Yesterday's link read: You may pick out your favorite souvenir.

This means we will buy them whatever they choose. It sounds indulgent, but we did this on our last trip and realized that they spend so long finding the "perfect" souvenir that they aren't asking for every little thing all day everyday. It may not work with every kid, but it works with the three that live in my house. We also buy them a pin a day. My son collects Chip n Dale pins and my daughter Dumbo and Eeyore. This helps to focus us in when looking at the 9,004,502 pins Disney has on sale. We will also purchase them each a MNSSHP pin. The little stinker, Paige, is still in character meet/autograph mode -- no pins for her yet.

Ok, so as I have mentioned we are having a Grand Gathering of sorts this trip. We didn't officially qualify for that with J and S and their posse staying in "The Villa" offsite, but I still wanted to celebrate the extended fam hitting up WDW for the first time. So, I made T-shirts. I have all the designs completed and I will share a few with you now!

For Hubs...


For my Dad....


Note: everyone else chose their fav characters for their shirt, but I chose this for my Dad. I thought this little grumpy man with the soft heart inside fit him well. Also, one thing we are really lookig forward to tricking Pawp into doing is this....



AJ (10) has a great plan... offer Pawp some of that watermelon goodness first, so he thinks nothing but delicious nectar comes from those little spouts. Then and only then we will hook him up with some vile liquid -- Beverly! muahahahahahaha! We stroke our evil beards every time we discuss the plot.

Speaking of the little mastermind, here is his shirt....


A few of these were saved with the white box for use in my Etsy store, but on the shirts there is no box. Just the design.

More to come, sweet readers. Tell me your thoughts on matching tees: family fun or hopelessly geeky?
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So glad you are here!! Thanks for saying hey... And appreciating my ability to kick it old skool.
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I like the t-shirts! Bring on the geeky. My sister made a bunch for our whole family when we went two years ago but she made sure to put them smaller than usual on really nice t-shirts and polos so I still have mine and wear it on weekends.
And the "favourite souvenir" is a great idea too. We say you can pick one thing you love and one thing from the candy store. My daughter debates the whole trip and then always picks a stuffed animal and what she calls "a sucker as big as her head"
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I like the t-shirts! Bring on the geeky. My sister made a bunch for our whole family when we went two years ago but she made sure to put them smaller than usual on really nice t-shirts and polos so I still have mine and wear it on weekends.
And the "favourite souvenir" is a great idea too. We say you can pick one thing you love and one thing from the candy store. My daughter debates the whole trip and then always picks a stuffed animal and what she calls "a sucker as big as her head"
I did polos a few trips back with just each person's fav character and their name underneath... About 3 inches by three inches where the "polo guy" would go on a Ralph lauren shirt. I still wear mine -- it features Jiminy of course. Hubster won't wear his and the kids outgrew theirs, but they wore them all the time until then!!!
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Aw, I'm loving your PTR! The shirt idea (and design) is beyond adorable!! I'll be doing something similar for our whole family for our trip next October--they may end up with a shirt for every day of the trip with so much time between now and then! You said you have an Etsy shop? With those types of designs? If so, I may need to check it out...because they're really neat!

Your countdown chain is so simple, but so great! I got so excited for you and your family looking at the picture of your little girl taking off the first link!! Nothing like pre-Disney excitement!!

Can't wait to read more!
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