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Old 02-26-2013, 11:55 PM   #46
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Courtney- it doesn't look like you'll escape this storm either. The wind was really bad with the snow. My kids left some toys outside would you grab them when they blow by your house and return them? Thx!

The DH and DD are better! The kids spent the day out in the snow. They were quite frustrated that I made them do their school work first since the public school kids had a snow day. Ahhh...the blessings of being homeschooled!

Tonight, I am back to the grind. We were supposed to have 21 patients which I find interesting considering our facility only has 20 beds! However, with the snow storm they rescheduled a bunch of the surgeries and we only have 6 patients. One of the patients is one of my nurses who will be going to Disney with me in Oct. So yay for a new knee!

Since it should be a fairly quiet night. (I know I said the nursing bad word-quiet. I'll knock on wood now.) I shall get right to an update- in my next post. So hold on tight here she comes!
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Day 7 Blizzard Beach

Well, Mom and Dad had about all the fun they could stand and they were headed home today. They were going to head home via New Orleans 'cause Dad wanted to look around. Not real sure why. That's not typically a place that would really hold a lot of interest for us.But hey, its his vacation too! We were headed to Blizzard Beach that morning which didn't open until 10. It was nice to have a relaxed morning. DH and Dad took the scooter over to concierge where it would get picked up later that day. Everyone hugged and said their goodbyes and we all actually ended up pulling out of the parking lot about the same time.

The drive to Blizzard Beach was short, but when we pulled in we were already on the second row of cars. I guess since it was a weekend in September lots of people were looking for a cool place to spend the day. Plus, it was Night of Joy so there were lots of youth groups. With hubby being a youth minister we felt right at home!

I have quite a few pics, but of course, DH only uploaded a few so you'll have to bear with me. I will tell you, RD is important even at the water parks. I was amazed at how quickly some of the lines filled up. But here are the pics from the day, just so you can get an idea of what the place looks like.



This was the first thing we did once we got in the park. Because of course, Mom saw a photographer!

Here are another couple taken later in the day:





The big slide in the back? That was our next destination. Summit Plummet a 120 ft free falling body slide. We took the chair lift up. I was really hoping a couple of the kids would back out so I could use them as an excuse to go back down 'cause I really DID NOT want to go down that thing! We climbed the last flight of stairs and finally the middle two, Lauren and Cameron chickened out! Whew! We went back down and they had another couple of flumes right there (Slush Gusher) that we went down and we were able to be at the bottom to watch the others come down the big slide. I couldn't believe the baby was gonna go down. But he did! Not scared at all and had a blast!



I made this pic a little bigger so you could actually see Stephen. That's David standing behind him at the top. Watch out world 'cause this kid ain't afraid of nothin'!

Here are pics of David and Jonathan:





After the fun of that, we went over to the Toboggan Racers. There was a really long wait. IT wasn't that the ride itself was that busy, but I don't think that they had enough mats out. It was taking awhile to get the mats back up to the top. From here we went over to try the Snow Stormers, which was another mat racing ride, but instead of a straight shot there were switchbacks. Then finally we rounded out the morning on the Downhill Double Dipper which was a tube ride. It was all fun, except for the waiting in line part. No fastpasses at the waterparks.

We had found some loungers on the way in by the wave pool where we had deposited all of our stuff. Today we had packed in our lunch. The kids practically inhaled theirs because they had been begging to get into the wave pool all morning! By now that was fine with me. I enjoyed my leisurely lunch and laid back for a bit of a nap. However, not for too long. Blizzard Beach closed at 5 and I didn't really want to stay that long. There were still other parts of the park to explore!

So, after rounding up David and the kids, we took a little float on the lazy river. I could've stayed in there forever, but the kids were ready for some action. We made our way over to the family tube ride,Teamboat Springs!



David and Jonathan wanted to go back down Summit Plummet so I took the other three kids over to the play area.

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We were there for quite awhile because the line for Summit Plummet was really long. By this point, the other two had worked up enough courage to go. So David trekked everybody back over while Mommy waited at the bottom!

I was ready to go by now, but the kids still wanted one more pass in the wave pool and since I thought the funnel cakes looked yummy I was okay with that. As soon as they got into the pool, I made a bee line for the funnel cake! And boy was I right, it was yuuuuummmmmmy! Unfortunately the kids didn't stay in the pool long enough for me to eat it, so I wound up sharing.

Soon it was closing in on 4:30. All throughout the day they had given us little photocards on rubber bands that went around our wrists. They snapped the shot and then downloaded it onto a card and handed it to you. So each of us had like 5 or 6 of these cards hanging off our wrists. I stopped at Snowless Joe's to get them all consolidated onto my photopass card. That took awhile. There was some upset customer..I never did quite get what he was upset about, but the CM was staying really calm. I could tell she was a little frustrated by not being able to help the guy, but she was finally able to get her manager to come over and handle the situation. David had taken the kids to dry off and use the bathrooms and such. Apparently, it took me longer than I thought 'cause they were tired of waiting on me!

It had been a long day, but we weren't done yet! We headed back to the hotel for some dinner. (I don't remember what we thawed out tonight.) While dinner was cooking the we all showered and changed. After dinner we were headed for DisneyQuest!

We had never been to DisneyQuest before. Admittance was a little strange. THey whisked you right in and put you on these elevators and you come out on the third floor or something. Well, we got split up and when I made it to the third floor there was no hubby! We looked all around and went up a floor and down a floor and then we finally found him on the third floor! The place was really pretty empty for a Friday night.

The kids all wanted to go on the Buzz Lightyear's Astroblasters (bumper cars) so we did. After that, we almost didn't get off the floor! It was all of the racing video games you could imagine- airplane racing games, Star Wars racing games, motorcycles, etc. You get the picture! We finally peeled them away and went to ride Mighty Ducks pinball slam. You stand on a giant joystickand have to steer through a pinball course. I didn't do so hot at that one, but everyone had a good time. I was ready for a snack so we went up to the snack bar and spent a fortune on a cupcake that was so rich- it made me a little sick to my stomach!

The older kids wanted to go and ride the Comix. Stephen wasn't quite big enough, so he and I set out on an adventure of our own. We went to Cyberspace Mountian! He had a blast.After awhile we went to go find the rest of the crew. IT took a little doing, but we found them once again amongst the racing games. They had loved their time there, but it was time to head to bed. Tomorrow was another big day at DHS and we wanted to make RD of course!
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LOVE the update!!! Take some pics of the snow your kids must be loving it though!! We are from Chicago and only get snow here in Atlanta about once every couple years.... The last time we had any amount of snow to make a snowman was xmas of 2010... my kids are praying hard for some snow lol... but yes when you are not use to it, it does make for some messy everything shuts down!!

We are thinking of doing a water park this next trip, hubby is on the fence with the twins and not sure how much they would actually be able to do , to justify the cost etc..

IS there enough for the little ones at BP to occupy them??
How fun for a camper!! I think FW would be a soo much fun!
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Loved the update. The first photograph of the whole family standing in the water is perfect. Everyone is smiling and I think where everyone is standing is just right.

Sounds like you had a fun time at Blizzard Beach. Everyone was able to do quite a bit and you definitely hit the entire park.

We've never gone to Quest, but it sounds like fun was had by all.

Thanks for the update, and looking forward to reading more.
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LOVE the update!!! Take some pics of the snow your kids must be loving it though!! We are from Chicago and only get snow here in Atlanta about once every couple years.... The last time we had any amount of snow to make a snowman was xmas of 2010... my kids are praying hard for some snow lol... but yes when you are not use to it, it does make for some messy everything shuts down!!

We are thinking of doing a water park this next trip, hubby is on the fence with the twins and not sure how much they would actually be able to do , to justify the cost etc..

IS there enough for the little ones at BP to occupy them??
How fun for a camper!! I think FW would be a soo much fun!
Hi! Glad to hear from you! Thankfully the snow is almost gone! I live in Texas for a REASON!!! I want to visit snow not have the ugly reality in my front yard! I was a bad Mommy and didn't get any pictures. I'm having severe technology issues at my house! My phone won't keep a charge for more than about 30 minutes. Everytime I open up the camera app it shuts the phone down. My battery for my big camera is old and just needs to be replaced However, DH got a video of my oldest trying to do the fly (swim stroke) in the snow. We've seen a similiar video on youtube. Ours didn't work out too well. We waited until the second day and the snow had thawed some and then refrozen so it was really hard. You should see the scrapes all down DS chest!

How old are your twins? Do you have a waterpark near you that you go to anyway? I grew up going to Hurricane Harbor in Arlington (used to be Wet n' Wild) and we have Schlitterbahn in San Antonio. This is a good waterpark, but it isn't outstanding. However, if you're looking for a cool way to spend the day in Orlando, then I would totally recommend it. In addition, I would recommend BB over Typhoon Lagoon which we also visited on this trip. The wave pool at Typhoon Lagoon was serious business! It scared me. The waves were big and hard. But I liked the wave pool at BB. There was a great little toddler area that we didn't even check out. They even had pretty cool little toddler slides and depending on how water savvy your kids are you could take them down the double dipper. 1 with each parent. Teamboat Springs would be awesome for them. I wouldn't recommend Summit Plummet!

You might check out some Youtube videos of BB before you make your final decision, but ultimately I think you'd like it. We did!
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Loved the update. The first photograph of the whole family standing in the water is perfect. Everyone is smiling and I think where everyone is standing is just right.

Sounds like you had a fun time at Blizzard Beach. Everyone was able to do quite a bit and you definitely hit the entire park.

We've never gone to Quest, but it sounds like fun was had by all.

Thanks for the update, and looking forward to reading more.
Thanks for the compliments! I'm not much of a gamer, but the kids LOVED Disney Quest. This wouldn't be our only visit and I had way more fun on the next trip so stay tuned for that update....of course at the rate I'm going, that update may not be until June! Nah, I'll get there!
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Hi! I'm so glad to have readers! I see lots of peekers at my TR, but its nice to know that people are actually following and not looking at the first page and thinking, "OMG, are you kidding me? B-O-R-I-N-G. Next." (Not that any of us would do that of course!) I'm glad you liked the pics. On my last trip we didn't have PP and I took like 3000. I came home with maybe a total of 500 between our PP and what was on my camera. I just keep telling myself quality over quantity...but I don't really believe it! Anyway, I'm glad you're reading along.
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Okay! I wanted to make a quick note to you guys, and I'm hoping to maybe get back on here later and at least do a little update. But, first my nurses think I should do my work. Whatever. We all know TR's trump stocking the nourishment room and taking vital signs, right? Tomorrow is the big day! DH is headed to Wichita Falls to pick up our new trailer so we can take it to the swim meet this weekend! This trailer hasn't been taken more than 150 miles on any one trip by the people who own it. Just by bringing it to our house it will cover 250 miles. Then the very next day we're taking it to Midland which is about another 250 miles. I hope it doesn't fall apart on us. In 72 hours the little thing will cover about 750 miles. Wow!I thought some of you might like to see what it looks like so here is a Youtube link to a make and model just like ours. This isn't the one that we are buying but it is the same make and year model.

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Subbed so I don't lose you & will read . Long drive, so it makes sense to break it up into chunks.

Sounds like a fun group! I am looking forward to getting to know you all!!
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Courtney- it doesn't look like you'll escape this storm either. The wind was really bad with the snow. My kids left some toys outside would you grab them when they blow by your house and return them? Thx!

The DH and DD are better! The kids spent the day out in the snow. They were quite frustrated that I made them do their school work first since the public school kids had a snow day. Ahhh...the blessings of being homeschooled!

Tonight, I am back to the grind. We were supposed to have 21 patients which I find interesting considering our facility only has 20 beds! However, with the snow storm they rescheduled a bunch of the surgeries and we only have 6 patients. One of the patients is one of my nurses who will be going to Disney with me in Oct. So yay for a new knee!

Since it should be a fairly quiet night. (I know I said the nursing bad word-quiet. I'll knock on wood now.) I shall get right to an update- in my next post. So hold on tight here she comes!
We did get A LOT of wind! Luckily the snow skipped us this time
I'll keep my eyes open!

Glad they're doing better! I bet I would've protested the school work too

Hmmm I guess it's a good thing procedures got rescheduled. That one patient without a bed would've probably been mad!

Hope you didn't jinx yourself lol! Off to read the update now!
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Love this update! You covered 2 things I've never done but that are planned to be included in whenever our next trip is!

Everyone looks like they're having a blast at BB! I love that there's photopass photographers there too! I would be afraid of bringing my camera to the waterpark so now maybe I can get a throwaway waterpark one for a few of my own pictures and the depend on photopass to take care of the rest!

That slide looks like serious business!

Glad to hear you enjoyed Disneyquest! I've only heard a few reviews of it so I'm always interested to hear peoples' experience. I can't wait to hear how your next visit to Disneyquest went also.

Yay for picking up the camper! I hope you guys have a safe and uneventful trip!
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Jennifer, you have a very fun & funny writing style. love it!!!

I am not multi quoting but am making comments (in notepad!) as I get caught up on your TR. I did not know about the Disney Youth programs. Of course I had to look it up right away. Very cool!!! I wonder if my girl scout troop will ever have it together enough to save for a trip like that. how awesome would that be!


I would be with your mom and pass on even the green version of Mission Space. a day in the park sick to my tummy is a bummer. Last trip I used zyrtec and found that I was pretty crabby and irritable by evenin because the medicine made me so sleepy. I will be looking for a non-drowsy formula next time.

Mental note about Agent P: get one mission for each kid. (We will be traveling with friends in April)

I love the photo of you & hubby kissing & the kids covering their eyes. too cute!

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Honestly, I really was only a little annoyed. My husband and I were trying to have a romantic date and they were intruding. (The beach was actually kind of crowded that night. THere really wasn't quite spot.) But the kids were having the time of their lives and while it was inconvenient to me, and perhaps slightly inconsiderate on their part for playing tag literally right around me, they were making life long memories. I can only imagine those kids in 10-15 years thinking back on that night! And how great is it to have friends that you can travel to Disney with? So while I wasn't a fan of the group, I did think what a great experience itmust have been for them.


You are truly very kind hearted and generous! I think its important to remember that you're not the only ones on vacation when scenes like that come up. Sometimes its easier to remember than others! LOL

I'm glad some cool air and a shower prevented your migraine.


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That is an awesome photo of the kids on Aladdin's magic carpets. Applause to Brett!!

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I did not know this. You are a wealth of information!

OOH the Holy Land. YAY that you are posting...I've been curious but DH has no interest in visiting.


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YES classes -so what happened -- did they go to the class late or did they pick a different class on another day?



You were first to see Merida? AWESOME! and second to see Tiana? you are the princess hunt QUEEN. I am in awe of how many princesses you managed to meet that morning. My DD refuses to wait in lines that are more than 10 min long for any characters. I think I am sadder than she at not seeing them all. In fact, I know I am!


WOW crazy wicked snow storm! Your DD's blood sugar was probably also so low because she was getting sick. My friend, who has had T1 diabetes since she was 11 (she is 50 now) can always tell when she's about to be sick because her sugar goes wonky. And of course you know it will go wonky once a month too -- but at least your DD has a bit of time before that hits.

Blizzard beach looks fun. We've not done a water park at Disney before. One of these trips we'll get there!

DisneyQuest --once you pay the admission, are all the game included? Are they all "virtual rides" ? The bumper cars sound like real bumper cars. virtual rides make me really sick.

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Love this update! You covered 2 things I've never done but that are planned to be included in whenever our next trip is!

Everyone looks like they're having a blast at BB! I love that there's photopass photographers there too! I would be afraid of bringing my camera to the waterpark so now maybe I can get a throwaway waterpark one for a few of my own pictures and the depend on photopass to take care of the rest!

That slide looks like serious business!

Glad to hear you enjoyed Disneyquest! I've only heard a few reviews of it so I'm always interested to hear peoples' experience. I can't wait to hear how your next visit to Disneyquest went also.

Yay for picking up the camper! I hope you guys have a safe and uneventful trip!
That day was the last day for photopass photographers in the parks for the season. Hence, apparently they are seasonal. A couple of days later we went to Typhoon Lagoon and they weren't there. So guess what? That'll be a quick update when I get to it because there are no pictures!

David made it back in with the camper. He only got 9 miles/gal. But he said he fought a headwind the whole way home and there are some gentle rolling praries that he traversed. (We call those hills here, but since people from all over are reading this I didn't want to lead anyone astray.Y'all would look and say,"Hills? What hills? I don't see no stinkin' hills?") But if you look there are slight inclines and declines in the roadway!

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Thanks for the compliment on my writing! I can be very sarcastic and DS13 thinks that I could definitely be in the running for the Queen of TMI!

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I am not multi quoting but am making comments (in notepad!) as I get caught up on your TR. I did not know about the Disney Youth programs. Of course I had to look it up right away. Very cool!!! I wonder if my girl scout troop will ever have it together enough to save for a trip like that. how awesome would that be!
Wow! You really had quite a bit to catch up on. It doesn't seem like much when its just a little update here and a little update there, but when you go back and look at it all at once there really is quite a bit to it.

It would be great if your girl scout troop could save up enough and go. There is a group enrollment on the YES program, but I think you only get 1 or 2 adult admissions with that one. I have seen a few threads on here where girl scout troops go to Disney for a program. I don't know if it is YES or something else.

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You are truly very kind hearted and generous! I think its important to remember that you're not the only ones on vacation when scenes like that come up. Sometimes its easier to remember than others! LOL
Aww thanks! I must admit though, I'm way more kindhearted after I've had sleep. LEt's not revisit this issue after I've worked my three nights! I might get voted off the Island. Oooooh....there's a thought. Disney version Survivor Island and we can use the old Discovery Island.

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That is an awesome photo of the kids on Aladdin's magic carpets. Applause to Brett!!
I think he does amazing work. He's an amateur photographer. Just this week, after much harassment by friends and family, he finally set up a website where you can order his prints.

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You should check it out just to see how amazing his pics are. Carrie, his wife, says that they have a couple days on each trip when she makes him leave his camera in the room!

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I often find myself bouncing between Aldi, Bottom Dollar and then which ever "mainline" grocery store has my other needs on sale.
I've heard such great things about Aldi's. I really wish we had one here!
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I have to chuckle at how Lauren poses with her knee bent & leaning back. I recognize the girlie girl drama queen from my 9 year old
We've been pretty lucky with the whole diva thing. But I notice that the drama streaks are getting wider by the month!

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YES classes -so what happened -- did they go to the class late or did they pick a different class on another day?
Unfortunately, they just missed out on the class altogether. Normally, if this happens they put you on the naughty list and you're banned form ever getting YES tickets again. (I'm not really for sure thats what happens, I kinda inferred.) Anyway, trying to take advantage of the program is NOT a good idea! Plus, my kids were really bunmmed.

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You were first to see Merida? AWESOME! and second to see Tiana? you are the princess hunt QUEEN. I am in awe of how many princesses you managed to meet that morning. My DD refuses to wait in lines that are more than 10 min long for any characters. I think I am sadder than she at not seeing them all. In fact, I know I am!
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I used Kenny the Pirate's blog. Now he has an app. BUt that was in development/just released during our trip in September.

I think I posted the link but if not here it is again:
Kenny the Pirate

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And of course you know it will go wonky once a month too -- but at least your DD has a bit of time before that hits.
From your keyboard to God's ears! With our luck it will start this weekend at her first big girl swim meet!

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DisneyQuest --once you pay the admission, are all the game included? Are they all "virtual rides" ? The bumper cars sound like real bumper cars. virtual rides make me really sick.
Pretty much everything is free once you get inside. Now, they have an animation academy that is done on like a touch pad. If you want to buy your picture that costs extra. (I whipped out my phone and took a picture of my drawing before they erased it.) Also, they have a little recording studio where you can record your own song and if you want a copy of your recording that costs extra too. And of course the snack bar with their yummy,yummy cupcakes!

But, like the bumper cars, video games, virtual games those are all free. There is a ton to do even if you skip out on the virtual games. Like I said, I didn't think I was going to everyone else pulled away from traditional video games!
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