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Old 12-18-2012, 10:47 AM   #121
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Yay! Arrival day is so much fun The walk down to the ME seems so long, but you don't mind it a bit on arrival.....now the return walk takes FOREVER!

I just love the snack mix that Southwest has....I have looked and looked in the grocery stores and I can't find it. Some sort of Ritz mix or something. Yum!
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Hope your tummy was better after the flight Kathy!! I love the mickey head made from the in-flight snack!!!

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Old 12-18-2012, 04:09 PM   #123
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Originally Posted by SunLuvr321 View Post
Joining in. I can't wait to hear all about your trip!
thank you so much for joining.

Originally Posted by mickeystoontown View Post
You're several steps ahead of me this holiday. If I don't get my behind in gear, there will be no Christmas cards going out this year.
I don't normally send out Christmas cards anymore, but for osme reason I did this year.

Originally Posted by annmarieda View Post
That is a full weekend! Can't wait to read an update, but with the holidays, it does make it hard to juggle everything .
I've still got more sugar cookies to bake...which I am doing tonight.

Originally Posted by Pluto0809 View Post
I'm so glad the suprise went well and I really enjoyed watching the video! Looks like your trip is off to a great start!
Thanks; I was so relieved that he didn't know a thing. It was a good start.

Originally Posted by annmarieda View Post
I loves the reveal video!

I hope your stomach was ok and not something more than nerves/excitement

Very nice cookie creation that Mark made

I love that tree in front in mco and the pic of you and Andy in front if it is wonderful!.

Great start!!!
I'm glad you liked the video.

The stomach issue continued as you'll see in the next update.

Mark can make Mickeys out of cookies and pancakes now.

Isn't that a beautiful tree at MCO? One of my favorite.

Originally Posted by mommy2mrb View Post
fun photos of your departure day! hope your stomach finally settled down!

Mark does look like one happy dude! and I love the photo of you two on the plane
Stomach took a bit to settle down, unfortunately. He was the happiest dude...I told him he looked as happy as when we got married.

Originally Posted by mickeystoontown View Post
Oh no! Not stomach pains before a Disney trip. Hopefully, they were gone by the time you got to Orlando. Everybody looks so excited to be headed to the most magical place on Earth!
Yep, stomach pains. And it wasn't an ache...it was PAIN! We were beyond excited at that point...especially the kids and I since we no longer had to keep our traps shut.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:18 PM   #124
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Originally Posted by afwdwfan View Post
It's almost like he knew.

Seriously, I was beginning to wonder.

I don't even know what would come out of my mouth if my DW ever surprised me with a trip to WDW.

I'm sure, like my husband, it could not be repeated on the DIS!

Show of hands... who's surprised????

And it starts again......

I take that picture every time I fly too.

Really, it's 7:00 in the morning, I was up at 4:30 and we were gone almost a week. No way I was going to remember where the hedoublehockeystick the car was going to be.

If not, you should refuse to board until they give you a real one.
Now there's an idea for our next trip.

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So, when exactly DID you stomach stop hurting -
the moment you were in the air and there was no turning back?????

Ummm...you'll find out in the next update or the one after that (depending on how much I put in the next update).

I love your surprise and Mark looks thrilled to be taking an unplanned trip to WDW. That's so awesome.

He was insane. He kept thanking me and kissing me on the drive to the airport...he's so cute.

I love the MCO Christmas trip. Let see - there's the MK tree, the Epcot tree, the HS tree, the AK tree AND the MCO tree. Can't forget that one!
I think that covers all the important trees.

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Love the pictures and the video is hilarious. Too bad for Mark's free flowing mouth.

Those words come out of my mouth more than his and I was in hysterics listening to him.

YEAH!!!! Flight was on time!

Love on time flights.

I can't say that I am surprised that Starbucks made the first update.

You can go sit in a corner with Andy.

I can't wait till MArk finds out about Todd & Nicki. Oh wait... I saw that too.
Yes, you saw it, but it will be posted here again in the next update.

Originally Posted by glennbo123 View Post
Yay for the surprise! And you're on your way! I hope your stomach stops hurting soon.
Thanks Glenn. We are on our way and almost there. The stomach...truly an annoying side effect.

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Subbing! Can't wait to hear about your trip. Bummed we didn't meet up! I think I actually saw you guys at the Osborne Lights, but I was in line for a photopass and you were too far away...of course, after we were done, I didn't see you again! I'm sure you had an amazing time though!
I'm so glad you found me. I'm sorry we didn't meet up. You should have yelled out our DIS name as we passed and we would have walked over and said hello. We had a great time; hope you did too.

Okay, have to run to catch my train. I'll do the rest of the responses while I'm baking cookies tonight.
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Great update, loved reading about the surprise, it's awesome that you guys pulled it off and kept it a secret for so long!

Arrival Day is always so much fun, but I bet this one was even more special knowing there was still the Nicki and Todd surprise coming up! Can't wait to read more!

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Old 12-18-2012, 06:08 PM   #126
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Ahhhhh so exciting about the reveal! I am impressed you kept the secret even though Mark was taking forever to get to the bed room! I probably would have burst out in frustration! Looks like your arrival went smoothly! Can't wait to see more!
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I have to say that I loved the video! You all did an excellent job with the surprise!

Glad you've landed safely, but I'm sorry your stomach was bothering you...hope that went away as soon as you landed.
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I'm a bit late, but hopefully I won't fall too far behind on this TR.

I think surprise trips are always so exciting to read, I can't even imagine how exciting it must be to live it!
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Originally Posted by shan23877 View Post
I sure hope that your stomach didn't bother you for the whole trip! I'm so glad it's underway, I can't wait to hear about the trip
Not the whole trip, but it didn't go away the first day.

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Loved the reveal info (even though I already saw the video and literally ). Sorry your stomach was bothering you, hope it felt better once you landed!

I'm shocked, shocked I tell you that you stopped at Starbucks on the way to the airport Glad you had a good flight and made it there early even. Can't wait for the next update!
I'm so happy the video turned out. Yes, the stomach thing was not fun.

I see the guys around here are rubbing off on you.

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I'm glad you found that amusing; it was killing me.

Love it! I loved the video too. SO glad you guys were able to pull this off!

Me too.

Understandable. As long as you had your boarding passes, everything else is good.

AND the Annual Passes and TIW card.

Yay, you went to FiveBucks!

You are too funny

Hmmm...this reminds me of something. Hang on, I'll get it.
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Originally Posted by eandesmom View Post
oh no on the tummy pains! I really hope they resolved quickly. You guys look so happy in the pictures, I can feel the excitement!
It was only the beginning of the excitement too.

Originally Posted by lovethattink View Post
The video is great. My laptop acted up the first few times I attempted to view it, but third time was a charm.

Glad you were finally able to see it.

I'm sorry you forgot a few things, though I'm sure you remembered the suitcase, unlike some people I know.

That still cracks me up.

Cute Mickey cookie sculpture by Mark.

The man is talented.

I feel bad for Mark that he was told Nikki and Todd wouldn't be there, a 2 day Christmas party huh? Can't wait to see how things went when he saw they were celebrating his birthday with him.
Oh...I didn't feel bad at all because we got just the reaction I thought we would.

Originally Posted by WDisneyMom View Post
Fantastic update!! I was so excited reading about it and I already knew what happened!!

You are too sweet.

Again...love the video reveal! Love that Andy hid Mickey in the suitcase...so cute!

I wasn't expecting Mickey in the suitcase.

Great pictures on the plane and at MCO...you all look so happy.

We were very happy. And I think it is the first time I wasn't tense before a flight took off.

And Starbucks? Again? No kidding!! How many do we have here in Chicago? A million? Let's pick one already and meet!! There is always something happening and Christmas time is no exception but we must stop for a bit and have some coffee....or hot chocolate...or tea. Soon!
My boss has his last day in the office tomorrow until January 8. Let's set up a coffee or lunch date.

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Yay for pulling off the surprise! Sorry your stomach hurt! Hopefully it went away soon.

Jill in CO
Thanks, Jill...I was on pins and needles that he hadn't figured it out.

Originally Posted by LaniesMom View Post
YAY!!!! You pulled it off! I would never have been able to keep my mouth shut.

It got harder and harder as the day got closer.

Lanie is so excited to be "reading" this with me and she said to say she loves Mr. Mark's "Mickey Pants" hat. Stylish choice (4 year old approved!)

I am so glad Lanie approves.

Bummer about your stomach. Hopefully it calmed down with it's usual dose of Starbucks.

No Starbucks again until we left.

Too cute that Mark couldn't sleep because he was too excited. I'm still the same way too.

I think if he'd had a couple of days nnotice he would have been okay.

Love that Andy and Des are along, too bad Mark & Alicia couldn't make it.
And I love that Todd had a two day work thing...

It was great having Andy and Des with; we missed Mark and Alisha though.

Your family is so awesome!
You are very sweet.
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I'll finish responses tomorrow. I just finished baking 200 cookies and I'm wiped out. I should have time for an update tomorrow as well; if not, definitely Thursday.
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I'll finish responses tomorrow. I just finished baking 200 cookies and I'm wiped out. I should have time for an update tomorrow as well; if not, definitely Thursday.
If your household is like mine, just because you baked 200 cookies doesn't mean you still have 200 cookies left. I hope this isn't what you mean by your "wiped out."
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:58 AM   #134
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I'll finish responses tomorrow. I just finished baking 200 cookies and I'm wiped out. I should have time for an update tomorrow as well; if not, definitely Thursday.
OH MY! Thats a bunch of cookies. I have yet to start my list for cookie trays this year. I just don't know if I have it in me. I too make dozens upon dozens of cookies.
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Oh my word!! 200 cookies?!!

Yes, coffee or lunch soon! I will be off work for a week after Christmas Eve...did you want to try to do something during your lunch break or is after work better, more relaxed?
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