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Old 01-26-2013, 09:15 AM   #391
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I never put two and two together to realize why Tigger is always so quick (I just thought that he's bouncy!), but you are exactly right. That's why. Silly me!
You're right, they are great characters. And last year we even had a great chef there. We're just HUGE fans of the CP breakfast. Julia and I were discussing meals for next trip , and she's already put in a request for it, as if I didn't already make a mental note in my head!
Post Disney blues! Tell ya what. Let me help you begin to get over them. See, we're going to show up at WDW on September 13...we'll give you til the 14th just in case you need to make it a Saturday departure...
Haha, thanks! That'll help! You'll be happy to know a September trip has been a near constant topic of conversation recently. We should know more in the next month or so!
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It has been years since we've been to CP and now I want to go....right now....is that wrong

Love the pictures...makes you feel like you're right there! I guess having absolutely adorable children helps!!! Love the girl's dresses!
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:34 AM   #393
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Another amazing update, Julia reminds me of my self, I'm 18 and I still would want to leave on
my Disney face paint. :D

I'm glad you had a good meal at CP, it's always been a personal favorite for my family.
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:04 AM   #394
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Did you survive the big ice storm!?!? Well, you're in TN, so might have actually gotten some. Not us. Not even a smidge.
We have plenty of these family photos! I definitely think you can see each of the kids' personalitles here, even Julia's organizational one! We're a fun bunch. Not sure Pooh thought so, but we are.


Yes, we actually did get ice, but it only sticks to things other than the roads. I do live in the middle of nowhere though and I think there's only a handful of main roads they actually treat. I remember when I was a kid the county would be out for a whole week and the kids on my street fell under the 'bus driver discretion' policy and we would end up missing an extra week. They are usually quick to postpone or cancel school due to even a chance we may see flurries.

Love your photos and thoughts on CP! My kids LOVE Pooh and the bunch, but youngest is deathly afraid of characters. I usually let my 2 older kids M&G while Ethan and I sit out. Also as you suggested with Brynn, he's usually meltdown city when it comes to loud group activities. Looks like she did quite well and really enjoyed herself! I want so badly to be able to take my kids to character meals, but I'm worried how he will react.

Ok, I'm going to stop now before this turns into a short story.

Can't wait to hear what happens next on your trip!
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:05 PM   #395
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I am so late to this show and almost never read TRs(I have a free Saturday and decided to sit down and read a few).

I NEVER comment on the ones I DO read, but I just wanted to tell you that your family is so cute! I am really enjoying following along with your story!

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You got so many great pictures in that update! I love how empty MK is, I need to book an early ADR one of these trips. Crystal Palace is one of my favourites too, it is so pretty. It is great that you got good character interactions, and Brynn joined the parade! And you're on vacation, how can you say no to leaving on the face paint!
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HAHA! How about that "ice"! We didn't get any over here either! A lot of kids didn't show up at the daycare I work at today because their parents didn't want to drive on ice... seriously!? It never even rained! SO funny! At least your kiddos got a day off. Of course Julia probably wanted to go to school! Love the CP update! We've never been there since we don't usually do character meals since we're usually adults only but I'd still like to try it sometime! And cute pictures as always!!
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I absolutely adore CP as a pre park breakfast, it's just so amazing!! Heck, it's amazing breakfast place!! Add in the beauty of the restaurant, the characters, the food, the getting into the park early, it's all so great!!

Great interactions with Eeyore & Piglet, I'm glad that Sawyer got some good interactions vs Chef Mickeys the other day, yay!! Excited to read more!!
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Got to sub! I loved your report! And the video nearly had me in tears.
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Adorable pictures as always!

I'm so with Julia on wanting the leave the face paint on and don't blame Brynn one bit for being a little wary about having her bacon time disrupted

Sounds like we could all be friends

CP looks gorgeous and love that they made sure Sawyer got in on the fun!

We were supposed to go last trip, but switched to 1900 Park Fare at the last minute. Will definitely have to try it in the future!
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You sure know how to make a gal feel great !!
I forgot to tell you that he also used Lightroom. I guess maybe you figured that out or assumed it since he used Photoshop and After Effects? He's an Adobe junkie! He was absolutely not an expert at After Effects--the only thing he'd ever done on it before was drop straight clips in together, no editing, and rendered them for a video he took with his old DSLR. He knew none of the effects or transitions, really. (I need to upload that video, too!) It was all "learn as you go," so you can TOTALLY do it!
Thank you so much for all your compliments and for sending folks my way. It really means a lot that anyone would watch our video, and even more that they would enjoy it enough to share it!
Thank you for the words of encouragement! I just looked at your video again and you are almost at 1200 hits on youtube, so obviously people like it!

eta: Pretty soon dh is going to be planning another vacation so he has more material to share with his fans lol
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:52 AM   #402
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I read your latest update while sitting n this plane, haha. Helping me combat the post Disney depression. And it's weird since we were just at Crystal Palace less than 15 hours ago. Wah. I love the photos of you guys though! And I totally agree with the early bit of MK and the monorail. It's a beautiful thing,

Can't wait to keep up with your TR and ya know, maybe start planing a little September trip of our own over here.
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It took me all afternoon but I am finally caught up and joining in. Great trip report and your kids are precious! Can't wait to read more...
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All I want to do right now is run down an empty Main Street. I hate living so far away from Disney ):

The girls’ dresses are awesome. Pooh is my favorite. I WANT ONE.

Crystal Palace is such an amazing restaurant. It’s so pretty, there are Mickey waffles inside, AND you get to meet pooh and friends. Perfection.

Sounds like you had a great breakfast!
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Haha, thanks! That'll help! You'll be happy to know a September trip has been a near constant topic of conversation recently. We should know more in the next month or so!
I HOPE SO! Because you'll have to make ADRs mid-March...and I just happen to have to great ADR selections just in case you want an entertaining meal with a vibrant family of five! We're there Sept 13-22. I booked a portion of our trip last night! EEEEEEK! IT'S REAL!

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It has been years since we've been to CP and now I want to go....right now....is that wrong

Love the pictures...makes you feel like you're right there! I guess having absolutely adorable children helps!!! Love the girl's dresses!
Thank you! MY friend Miranda made those dresses for them for FREE last year! She just asked Brandon to take a single photo of her for her business card, then handed them over! So sweet. And I love that they're so long that they'll be able to get a THIRD wear out of them this September, and I adore the Classic Pooh fabric.
Queen (because that's all I can ever call you...to me it is your "real" name!), it is never, ever wrong to want to be at a Disney restaurant right this very second! That's how whole new trips are planned, for us anyway!

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Another amazing update, Julia reminds me of my self, I'm 18 and I still would want to leave on
my Disney face paint. :D

I'm glad you had a good meal at CP, it's always been a personal favorite for my family.
It was a really good face painting, in her defense. It even held up for most of this second day!
It's a tradition for us to eat at CP for sure. We always do breakfast. We tried dinner once, but the before-park-opening thing is what really gets us.

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Yes, we actually did get ice, but it only sticks to things other than the roads. I do live in the middle of nowhere though and I think there's only a handful of main roads they actually treat. I remember when I was a kid the county would be out for a whole week and the kids on my street fell under the 'bus driver discretion' policy and we would end up missing an extra week. They are usually quick to postpone or cancel school due to even a chance we may see flurries.

Love your photos and thoughts on CP! My kids LOVE Pooh and the bunch, but youngest is deathly afraid of characters. I usually let my 2 older kids M&G while Ethan and I sit out. Also as you suggested with Brynn, he's usually meltdown city when it comes to loud group activities. Looks like she did quite well and really enjoyed herself! I want so badly to be able to take my kids to character meals, but I'm worried how he will react.

Ok, I'm going to stop now before this turns into a short story.

Can't wait to hear what happens next on your trip!
I completely know what you're talking about! I grew up in a suburb of Dalton, which was in the middle of nowhere and might as well have been Tennessee. We went to TN for everything rather than Dalton, actually! My mom still lives and works there, and Whitfield County does still close more than any other county!
I was terrified about how she'd do. She has had issues with the parade in the past, big issues. I'm thinking that last year Brandon might have walked with her, though. This year, she wanted to do it on her own! Now, that being said, I'm not sure it would ever happen again! She's very hit-or-miss. She also has a schedule (I kid you not) in her head for the next few years of things she will and will not be willing to try. SHE LOVES SCHEDULES AND PATTERNS. She did have crowd/loud issues this trip, but for some reason this wasn't one of them, thank goodness. I think she had a blast; you never know until you try! I did have earmuffs and an escape route necessary, btw.

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I am so late to this show and almost never read TRs(I have a free Saturday and decided to sit down and read a few).

I NEVER comment on the ones I DO read, but I just wanted to tell you that your family is so cute! I am really enjoying following along with your story!

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You got so many great pictures in that update! I love how empty MK is, I need to book an early ADR one of these trips. Crystal Palace is one of my favourites too, it is so pretty. It is great that you got good character interactions, and Brynn joined the parade! And you're on vacation, how can you say no to leaving on the face paint!
Well, you just can't. I'm generally a pretty relaxed parent as it is (I have to be, for obvious reasons), and more so on vacation.
LOVE the early CP ADR! Kids have already requested it for our next trip...as if not doing it was ever an option!

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HAHA! How about that "ice"! We didn't get any over here either! A lot of kids didn't show up at the daycare I work at today because their parents didn't want to drive on ice... seriously!? It never even rained! SO funny! At least your kiddos got a day off. Of course Julia probably wanted to go to school! Love the CP update! We've never been there since we don't usually do character meals since we're usually adults only but I'd still like to try it sometime! And cute pictures as always!!
I told my kids that if they wanted to see some ice they could go look in the freezer! I think Cherokee just cancelled because of peer pressure from the other counties, LOL!
You should try CP for sure. Even if you didn't want to see characters, you could wave them by. And if you did, you're ensured great pictures to go with the great food! Dinner is just as good as breakfast, I think, but you don't get the before-park-opening empty streets, so we stick to breakfast.

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I absolutely adore CP as a pre park breakfast, it's just so amazing!! Heck, it's amazing breakfast place!! Add in the beauty of the restaurant, the characters, the food, the getting into the park early, it's all so great!!

Great interactions with Eeyore & Piglet, I'm glad that Sawyer got some good interactions vs Chef Mickeys the other day, yay!! Excited to read more!!
Isn't it wonderful!? Love CP.
Yes, I was so happy he was getting some attention. And let me tell you, it did not end there! No way! CM was just our one not-so-great experience, but from then on we were golden and he was the center of attention more than once.

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Adorable pictures as always!

I'm so with Julia on wanting the leave the face paint on and don't blame Brynn one bit for being a little wary about having her bacon time disrupted

Sounds like we could all be friends

CP looks gorgeous and love that they made sure Sawyer got in on the fun!

We were supposed to go last trip, but switched to 1900 Park Fare at the last minute. Will definitely have to try it in the future!
It really was a wonderful breakfast.
I didn't blame the girls much, either...now, if Brynn had chosen to eat bacon and sausage over hanging out with the actual pig Piglet, that might have seemed a bit uncouth...
We're trying 1900 Park Fare next trip! I think we're doing dinner, though. Have you ever had dinner there?

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Thank you for the words of encouragement! I just looked at your video again and you are almost at 1200 hits on youtube, so obviously people like it!

eta: Pretty soon dh is going to be planning another vacation so he has more material to share with his fans lol
As of last night, we have booked the first part of our next vacation AND he's figured out some codec (sp?) to make the video even more HD . Sounds like you know him pretty well already!

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I read your latest update while sitting n this plane, haha. Helping me combat the post Disney depression. And it's weird since we were just at Crystal Palace less than 15 hours ago. Wah. I love the photos of you guys though! And I totally agree with the early bit of MK and the monorail. It's a beautiful thing,

Can't wait to keep up with your TR and ya know, maybe start planing a little September trip of our own over here.
Sept 13-22. Booked last night the first part of the trip 13-19, still trying to decide on second hotel (must be monorail, duh!). Soooooo...I think I have our ADRs worked out if you wanted in on any before the March 17 ADR mark...

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It took me all afternoon but I am finally caught up and joining in. Great trip report and your kids are precious! Can't wait to read more...
Thank you! I'll have more coming either today or tomorrow.

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All I want to do right now is run down an empty Main Street. I hate living so far away from Disney ):

The girls’ dresses are awesome. Pooh is my favorite. I WANT ONE.

Crystal Palace is such an amazing restaurant. It’s so pretty, there are Mickey waffles inside, AND you get to meet pooh and friends. Perfection.

Sounds like you had a great breakfast!
I'm sure we could make you an adult-sized dress!
I mean, could you ask for anything else in a restaurant?? I think not. Except you forgot that sometimes there are even CHOCOLATE Mickey waffles there. And puffed French Toast. OH MY GOODNESS. I need to stop talking about it or I'll be lost in my daydream again.
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