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Old 05-07-2013, 11:17 AM   #1246
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We are. I wouldn't mind just having the QS since it is free but dh really enjoys the TS so we are just paying the difference. He enjoys not having to worry about anything while we are there and I enjoy not listening to him complain how much everything is. It makes for much more peaceful vacation. I am going to order the bread service for sure.


Sounds like a great plan. We haven't done the DDP in years but I liked it enough when the kids were still kids. And anything that stops the DH's from complaining is a winner in my book. Is the cost difference between free QS and the regular DDP with TS that much?

You must get the bread service, it's so good.
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i'm thinking we appreciate some of the same vacation qualities. Next time we all go at the same time, we should try to do a couple's only dinner.


Yes we should! We definitely appreciate many of the same things.

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The bread service is another best kept secret though I'm not sure how secret it is. It's actually a value.

Strolling around the WS sounds nice too. I think we'll do that if we ever stay at an Epcot resort. I love the resort night caps though because then all I have to do is haul by buzzed self back to the villa.

Weren't the goggles fun? I got a kick out of them.
We often just end up on or verandah for our nightcap But strollling around hand in hand with a slushie at the end of the evening, sans kids, is pretty darn magical too.

I actually didn't get to try the goggles. It was super busy and the kids had to share and they had to wipe in between....I just enjoyed watching them enjoy it!
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Yes we should! We definitely appreciate many of the same things.

It'd be so fun not that we're ever going back to WDW. I can't see us going back as a family until 2016. We're trying to plan Zihuatanejo, Mexico for a belated anniversary gift during next February. Gabby's cruise will be in 2015, either during Spring Break or summer and will be 100% price dependent. I'm trying to hint at a WDW/cruise combo. She's not taking the bait yet.



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We often just end up on or verandah for our nightcap But strollling around hand in hand with a slushie at the end of the evening, sans kids, is pretty darn magical too.

You love your verandahs. That sounds very nice too, even more relaxing than WS. WS seems like it'd be kinda romantic at night too, without kids. One of these trips......

Speaking of, your Aulani trip is getting closer!

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Was I supposed to wipe them off? We didn't and must have all sorts of cooties.
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:40 PM   #1251
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Moving into a house tomorrow!! No more hotel!! House bound!!

That's GREAT news Michele, I'm truly so happy for you. Tell us about the house.
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It'd be so fun not that we're ever going back to WDW. I can't see us going back as a family until 2016. We're trying to plan Zihuatanejo, Mexico for a belated anniversary gift during next February. Gabby's cruise will be in 2015, either during Spring Break or summer and will be 100% price dependent. I'm trying to hint at a WDW/cruise combo. She's not taking the bait yet.
I hear you there! After our 2013/14 NYE trip...I honestly don't know when we will be back as a family. Maybe in 2015 but we may well (probably) do Aulani then. I am leaning towards DL with each boy separately though in 2014 and 15. My parents are taking each for a week and I thought I'd take the other one to DL during that time, or for part of it, which is likely to be spring break both years. Then in 2016 both will be headed to Ireland so realistically as a family it could be 2017 for WDW Which seems NUTS so I'm sure I will figure out something else between now and then.


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You love your verandahs. That sounds very nice too, even more relaxing than WS. WS seems like it'd be kinda romantic at night too, without kids. One of these trips......

Speaking of, your Aulani trip is getting closer!
We are verandah, patio, lanai, deck, balcony, junkies. No 2 ways about it. The debates around here lately are..."should we pack the Tervis?"



answer is...yes, if there is room.

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Was I supposed to wipe them off? We didn't and must have all sorts of cooties.
We only had to as they were making folks take turns...I imagine if it was just you and the kids and no line up for folks it wouldn't be an issue

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That's GREAT news Michele, I'm truly so happy for you. Tell us about the house.
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I hear you there! After our 2013/14 NYE trip...I honestly don't know when we will be back as a family. Maybe in 2015 but we may well (probably) do Aulani then. I am leaning towards DL with each boy separately though in 2014 and 15. My parents are taking each for a week and I thought I'd take the other one to DL during that time, or for part of it, which is likely to be spring break both years. Then in 2016 both will be headed to Ireland so realistically as a family it could be 2017 for WDW Which seems NUTS so I'm sure I will figure out something else between now and then.




We are verandah, patio, lanai, deck, balcony, junkies. No 2 ways about it. The debates around here lately are..."should we pack the Tervis?"



answer is...yes, if there is room.

12 days!!!!!!!!!!



We only had to as they were making folks take turns...I imagine if it was just you and the kids and no line up for folks it wouldn't be an issue



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Congrats Michelle! I hope the house plans are coming along so you're not out for too long.

Thank you everyone. I was without internet for a day and without a cell phone for a while there too. The house is good for the most part but it sure isn't home. The insurance company has furnished the house completely. Well, they actually had a company take care of it. But the owner still needs to take care of several things for us. I love the layout of the house and I have never seen a house with so much cupboard or closet space.


If they ever finish analyzing our contents in our house the clean up crew will pull it all out. Then the gutting of the inside begins. We are down to two contractors on the house and that is nice. And it is tough at the same time. I like both contractors. Now I think it is all going to be down to who makes me the most comfortable. The hard part is I like them both.
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Top Ramen is good. LOL and it is worth it.
I loved the lanterns outside of Kidani.
Sanaa is one of my top 3 places in WDW.
I feel the same way about buying DVC.

Add a scrambled egg and it's a gourmet soup. We've got chickens so the eggs are freeee!
The lanterns are great. We've incorporated the latern look on our mantel and on our deck.
I can see why you love Sanaa, it's amazing. I'm glad it's sort of under the radar.
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Thank you everyone. I was without internet for a day and without a cell phone for a while there too. The house is good for the most part but it sure isn't home. The insurance company has furnished the house completely. Well, they actually had a company take care of it. But the owner still needs to take care of several things for us. I love the layout of the house and I have never seen a house with so much cupboard or closet space.


If they ever finish analyzing our contents in our house the clean up crew will pull it all out. Then the gutting of the inside begins. We are down to two contractors on the house and that is nice. And it is tough at the same time. I like both contractors. Now I think it is all going to be down to who makes me the most comfortable. The hard part is I like them both.


I'm glad you like the rental even though it's not home. Much better than a hotel though.

Thats a tough choice. Because you like them both equally, can you get references?

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I hear you there! After our 2013/14 NYE trip...I honestly don't know when we will be back as a family. Maybe in 2015 but we may well (probably) do Aulani then. I am leaning towards DL with each boy separately though in 2014 and 15. My parents are taking each for a week and I thought I'd take the other one to DL during that time, or for part of it, which is likely to be spring break both years. Then in 2016 both will be headed to Ireland so realistically as a family it could be 2017 for WDW Which seems NUTS so I'm sure I will figure out something else between now and then.

I love the idea of you taking each boy on a trip to Disneyland during Spring Break. The GCV are extremely difficult to get, even right at the 7 month mark, so I'll send you loads of We've been lucky a few times. We've not been able to book after the 6 month though.

Ireland?

I love that I'm not the only who plans 4 years out.

I have full faith you'll figure out a way to squeeze a family trip to WDW in before 2017.

We did decided to go to Zihua, Mexico next winter. Here's the condo. We're going with our dear friends. http://www.vrbo.com/116383

This does mean that Disneyland over Christmas is 99% not going to happen.

We may cancel Vegas this summer because this trip will be to celebrate our anniversary. It's just a little delayed. It'll mean I'll go on the cruise with Joshua and then two weeks later go to Mexico. It seems a little extravagant for me and I was debating moving the cruise to early december but we chose our week in January as it's the start of the term. The beginning is far easier to make up than the end.


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I hear ya! We are also view junkies.



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Now like 10 days! Are you beyond excited?
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I love the idea of you taking each boy on a trip to Disneyland during Spring Break. The GCV are extremely difficult to get, even right at the 7 month mark, so I'll send you loads of We've been lucky a few times. We've not been able to book after the 6 month though.


If it is Spring Break and I do it at 7m, I should be ok as our dates are later than most. (April 21st). But it could be difficult for sure. Either way we'd stay on property, 3-4 nights but would maybe do a cash booking if I needed to as an alternative.

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I love that I'm not the only who plans 4 years out.

I have full faith you'll figure out a way to squeeze a family trip to WDW in before 2017.
I hope so !

Yes, Ireland. Their school goes every 4 years for marching band and that will be their year. Assuming they stick with it but I can't see that changing. Eric will be a Freshman and Evan a Junior. So between that and my folks taking each boy on their "14th" birthday trip I have to plan around those factors.

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We did decided to go to Zihua, Mexico next winter. Here's the condo. We're going with our dear friends. http://www.vrbo.com/116383

This does mean that Disneyland over Christmas is 99% not going to happen.

We may cancel Vegas this summer because this trip will be to celebrate our anniversary. It's just a little delayed. It'll mean I'll go on the cruise with Joshua and then two weeks later go to Mexico. It seems a little extravagant for me and I was debating moving the cruise to early december but we chose our week in January as it's the start of the term. The beginning is far easier to make up than the end.
That looks wonderful! Is it an adult only trip? Moving the cruise to Dec would likely ramp up the price quite a bit I'd think and I totally agree on the start of the term thinking. The boys will miss 2 days of school for our NYE trip. It's not start of term but the 1st 2 days after vacation aren't usually awful and they will have the rest of that week to catch up.
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If it is Spring Break and I do it at 7m, I should be ok as our dates are later than most. (April 21st). But it could be difficult for sure. Either way we'd stay on property, 3-4 nights but would maybe do a cash booking if I needed to as an alternative.

Thats food, that is late. You can use your points at the hotels too. That's what we did for the DLH. Not a value by any means but easy easy.


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Yes, Ireland. Their school goes every 4 years for marching band and that will be their year. Assuming they stick with it but I can't see that changing. Eric will be a Freshman and Evan a Junior. So between that and my folks taking each boy on their "14th" birthday trip I have to plan around those factors.

Will the entire family go to Ireland? What a great band trip. So when do you *think* Ireland will be?



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That looks wonderful! Is it an adult only trip? Moving the cruise to Dec would likely ramp up the price quite a bit I'd think and I totally agree on the start of the term thinking. The boys will miss 2 days of school for our NYE trip. It's not start of term but the 1st 2 days after vacation aren't usually awful and they will have the rest of that week to catch up.

True about the prices. Early December is a little more expensive but near the end it's barf worthy. Joshua doesn't want to miss near the end of the term though so we're sticking with our dates.

As long as your boys have the rest of the week, they should be fine. It's when you pull them for two full weeks like I did that it becomes hellish.

The condo looks gorgeous. I've read a ton of reviews and found other photos. My only issue was that I want the master. Our friends are fine with that. They're so cool, easy, laid back, unlike me. Yes, adults only. I am thinking though of going next holiday season and staying in the same condo if we like it. Is a screaming deal. I still need to figure out Disneyland for this year. I'm thinking we could do 3 day hoppers vs 5 to save money. We could stay 4 nights at the GCV, if I can score one, and then with my friend 4 nights. I have until May 22 to decide.
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