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Old 01-19-2013, 08:09 AM   #91
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Thanks for the warm welcome and for the princess information. We had the BEST interactions with Belle on our last tirp. I'm disappointed that it's going to be so much harder to find her now.

AG doll only has a Cinderella dress for now. I made it from scraps that I had from Maddie's last Cindy dress. DD loves it, but I plan to make another. So far she's giving me time-as long as I'm making other clothes for the doll.
I do regret that I didn't make more clothes for Katie's AG dolls. I learned to sew making clothes for my own dolls. But life just gets in the way too much. I did make a few though, and will keep those for her girls. Mostly knockoffs of the dresses I had made her.

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Hey! Where's the updates?

LOL, says the person who just posted updates to BOTH of her TRs!

I actually had most of my first post done and lost it when I lost my 18 point reply to one of your TRs! Since then, no time. Hopefully this morning I'll get moving.

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Kenny the Pirate is reporting a new dress for Belle: "Disney is continuing its plans to recreate all the dresses that the Princesses wear in the theme parks. The trend began with Cinderella receiving a new look for her meet and greets. On or about February 3, 2013 Belle will receive a new gold ball gown, hairstyle and accouterments."

Sew you know you will have to go back to WDW instead of DL.
I saw that! I love Kennythepirate's site and check it from time to time and just saw it in the last couple days.

I'm a little sad though. Belle's dress has always been my favorite. I never thought Cindy's gown was that great to start with, so was ready for something new. And I don't think Aurora, Snow White and Jasmine are changing as much as the others. But Belle..... will be hard. I'm just glad we got to see her in in one last time. You know..... in spite of how hard they made it.
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Jen popcorned you!

I shouldn't talk, she threatened me a while back with popcorn.


But then again, I want to see more too!!
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:53 PM   #93
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Jen popcorned you!

I shouldn't talk, she threatened me a while back with popcorn.


But then again, I want to see more too!!
Hey now! Watch it. Maybe I'll YOU!

No, just kidding. That's a game I don't want ANY part of!
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Thursday DECEMBER 6, 2012

Departure day! We were following a schedule very similar to last year's trip. We were leaving Thursday afternoon and arriving just in time to crash and hit the ground running Friday morning. I had to be really careful with how much time Katie was going to be missing at school. We were OK with a week. Then as Drew decided to come along we added a couple days to the start of the trip. So we added on Friday and were up to 6 days. Then we decided we needed a full day on Friday, so we'd leave after school Thursday. I didn't want one more absence, so I opted to pick her up near the end of the day. But it couldn't be so close to the end of the day that we hit the bus traffic. Her school has close to 1000 students. And the district's 2 other similar sized middle schools are within a block of there. So at dismissal time, here's what it looks like:


IMG0001 by mom2rtk, on Flickr

I actually took that shot years 8 ago when Robbie was starting Middle School. I happened to have my camera in the car when I was caught up in it one day. It's just not a good place to be near dismissal. So I picked her up around 2:15, 45 minutes before the end of the day. I had been in touch with all of her teachers by email a couple weeks prior. Some gave her things to work ahead on. Most just said to touch base when we got back. They Gym teacher said she needed to document 30 minutes of physical activity each day she was gone. Uh, we were headed for Disney. I think we had that covered!

Once back home, we quickly hit the road for the airport.


IMG_6848 by mom2rtk, on Flickr


Our flight took off on time, and we landed on time around 9:30. I had a terrible night of sleep the night before and hoped to nap on the flight, but I think I was just too excited.

Of course, in spite of the late hour, I had to take our traditional shots along the way at the airport:


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When we got to the Magical Express area, I stopped at the counter to ask whether there was anything they could do for us with Fastpass Plus. It was really going to complicate one of our days in the Magic Kingdom with Kim if they were participating and we weren't. But not surprisingly, there was nothing they could do.

Thankfully there was a bus for the Art of Animation sitting there waiting for us. We arrived at the resort around 10:30. There was almost no line to check in, and there was a bus to AoA waiting for us right outside the door.

Pretty soon we arrived and were greeted with this colorful and gorgeous sight:


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I know I was really tired after a very long day. But that first walk back to the Little Mermaid area was every bit as long as I had feared all along. When we got down to that section and I saw how close the parking lot was, I immediately called Kim, as I expected she would prefer to rent a car to have close.

I wanted to crash immediately, so called luggage service to have them hold our Magical Express bags when they arrived. As luck would have it, they were on the way already, and it was nice to have everything we needed before I passed out.
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LOL about the gym teacher with 30 minutes of physical activity

Katie looks sooo mature! She looks tall too actually!

Can't wait to see your AoA pictures. We stayed at Pop when we were just there and I so badly wanted to walk over and check it out but we ran ourselves so ragged that any time we were at the resort I didn't want to walk an extra step
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Departure day always seems hectic no matter how much we plan and take care of things before hand and to complicate school with the trip would be hard for sure. When we went to Disneyland back in 2007 for a small weekend trip and it was hard for the kids to come back late and make up all that school work even though they just missed two days. Glad you made it safely and wow such a wonderful lobby view of AoA. Can't wait to see more of the resort through your lens!

We have our own dilemmas right now. The High School is taking an Orlando trip this May to march at Universal and SeaWorld and we had planned not to go but the Band Teacher has asked if we could change our minds as my son is one of the top performers. We had originally planned not to take a big vacation as we hoped to divert all monies to my oldest going to college this fall. So hard to know what to do. I wanted to go back to Disneyland this Christmas for a long weekend and just not do Christmas at home meaning that most of their presents would be the trip which they are more than happy with but now this has complicated matters. I was kind of hoping to take a small vacation around the midwest to see other parts of the country or maybe head to Washington DC.

Anyways always enjoy reading your trip reports, watching Katie have a blast, and seeing the world through your lens. Your such a wonderful photographer Janet. Have a good finish to your weekend!
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That walk is long and i don't care what anyone says, it's just a tad too far.
Yay!

I agree with you both. There's a lot of green space between buildings. It could have been closer.
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LOL about the gym teacher with 30 minutes of physical activity

Katie looks sooo mature! She looks tall too actually!

Can't wait to see your AoA pictures. We stayed at Pop when we were just there and I so badly wanted to walk over and check it out but we ran ourselves so ragged that any time we were at the resort I didn't want to walk an extra step
Yeah, I'm happy to report she ended up with an A in Gym class! I keep saying I'm going to get a pedometer, but next time I really am. 10 days in a row on our feet really was a lot. I tried hard to plan some down time this trip, but everyone kept messing with the schedule.

I do hae a lot of AoA pics. I just have to find a good way to organize and post them.

I actually had us scheduled at Pop at first on this trip. Then our friends decided to stay there. And the more I thought about it, the more I decided if I didn't do it now, I'd regret it later. I also knew myself well enough to know that if I wasn't staying there, I would never make the walk over there.

One suggestion I have if you're staying at Pop is to take the bus back to AoA sometime from the park. Then stop to eat, and walk the rest of the way back. We took the Pop bus back from DTD one day and it really didn't seem that bad walking back to AoA since we had been off our feet for the duration of the bus ride at least.

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We have our own dilemmas right now. The High School is taking an Orlando trip this May to march at Universal and SeaWorld and we had planned not to go but the Band Teacher has asked if we could change our minds as my son is one of the top performers. We had originally planned not to take a big vacation as we hoped to divert all monies to my oldest going to college this fall. So hard to know what to do. I wanted to go back to Disneyland this Christmas for a long weekend and just not do Christmas at home meaning that most of their presents would be the trip which they are more than happy with but now this has complicated matters. I was kind of hoping to take a small vacation around the midwest to see other parts of the country or maybe head to Washington DC.

Anyways always enjoy reading your trip reports, watching Katie have a blast, and seeing the world through your lens. Your such a wonderful photographer Janet. Have a good finish to your weekend!

Thanks so much for the kind words Mike!

I do feel for you with all these tough decisions ahead of you. It's all about to change, so just do the best you can to make the most of the time you have. Any word yet on a college choice? We still don't know where Timmy is going but I'd say the frontrunners are William Jewell and Rolla. He has the equivilant of free tuition at either of those, so it's hard to justify stepping away from that to pay a lot more somewhere else. Rolla is out of town so of course room and board is still an issue. William Jewell is in town but requires they live there, so room and board is an issue there as well. We're hoping some other scholarship money still comes through to help.

It feels at this point like your'e supposed to just give up on family plans, but keep fighting for them. You won't regret it. Even if you have to juggle around..... fight for it. I have the feeling it's just ALL complicated from here on out!

We're considering a family trip to Sanibel this summer. Well, sort of. I think Robbie's more interested in a vacation FROM family than a vacation WITH family so he's staying home. But Timmy loves the beach so we'll probably find a way to go. He doesn't care about Disney though, and I don't do Disney in the summer, so we'll have to wave at Mickey as we drive by.

I'm holding out hope at least Katie and I can sneak away to DLR in December. I have a rather big birthday this year, which will get overshadowed by graduation and college plans. But I'd like to do something, even if it is delayed.

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Isn't that the truth! I think I would have enjoyed staying there more if we were on a shorter trip or if we had taken more time off our feet back at the resort.

I read somewhere recently that they had a cart back there selling breakfast pastries and such. I think that's a recognition on their part that it really is too far. It's a shame they didn't sprinkle some standard rooms throughout the entire complex. I would have gladly paid more to stay there, but in a closer spot. Just not so much more that it rivaled the price of a suite.
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Yay!

I agree with you both. There's a lot of green space between buildings. It could have been closer.
I can only appreciate pretty when my feet don't hurt so much.
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Yay! You have arrived! Wow that's a lot of luggage for 2 people! I guess it's all the beautiful dresses/costumes for Katie. Love her poses in the airport! That Lobby pic is really cool with the lights on the wall behind the desk.
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Yay! You have arrived! Wow that's a lot of luggage for 2 people! I guess it's all the beautiful dresses/costumes for Katie. Love her poses in the airport! That Lobby pic is really cool with the lights on the wall behind the desk.
That was actually luggage for 3. But I won't kid. Most of it was mine and Katie's. Part of it was the gowns. Part of it was just packing for Disney in December for 10 days. There's just no way to know 10 days out with any reliability what the weather will be. And especially after our experience in 2010....... we just prepare for hot OR cold.
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Yay an update! This has totally aided in my procrastination! I am having some major football anxiety right now (Go Pats), cleaning is my main anxiety fixer, but I can't seem to get myself to go through the closet just yet lol.

That is a lot of school busses! I thought our town was bad! We have the Middle School, elementary school, one of the k-3 schools and the high school all in the same block! But the release times are staggered.

I walked over to AOA when I was on my Pop trip in November, and the walk over. Just by looking it looked like a long walk to the LM rooms. Although I stayed in a Pirate room at CBR and that was a long walk to the main building as well. We also got a rental car on our last trip and I must say it was worth every penny. I rented another for my trip in 10 days.

I cannot believe how Big Katie is getting! Is she wearing contacts now? She is really growing into a very pretty girl.
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Yay an update! This has totally aided in my procrastination! I am having some major football anxiety right now (Go Pats), cleaning is my main anxiety fixer, but I can't seem to get myself to go through the closet just yet lol.

That is a lot of school busses! I thought our town was bad! We have the Middle School, elementary school, one of the k-3 schools and the high school all in the same block! But the release times are staggered.

I walked over to AOA when I was on my Pop trip in November, and the walk over. Just by looking it looked like a long walk to the LM rooms. Although I stayed in a Pirate room at CBR and that was a long walk to the main building as well. We also got a rental car on our last trip and I must say it was worth every penny. I rented another for my trip in 10 days.

I cannot believe how Big Katie is getting! Is she wearing contacts now? She is really growing into a very pretty girl.
Glad I could help. Not one ounce of football anxiety going on in our Kansas City home today! But a TON of optimism for the draft this spring! We must always look forward you know....... But just ONCE, I would love my boys to have the opportunity to get excited about a home town team. We tell them about the 1985 Royals, but for some reason that just seems so pathetically long ago..... Even I was a big sports fan THAT year!

My friend ended up renting a car when they got into town. But we only drove with them a couple times. We mostly just stuck with the buses. Once we got TO the bus stop.....the service was awesome. And we like being able to come and go when we want.

And thanks for the kind comments on Katie. Yes, she got contacts right before school started last fall. I really wasn't sold on the idea, but told her we'd take the opinion of the eye doctor. Since they had no issues with it we decided to give it at try. And haven't looked back. She's thrilled with them. I liked her glasses, but I'm happy to see more of her eyes again too.
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Wow!!!

So yeah...




I have apparently been living under a rock

This was started ten days ago and I just found it

Janet, she really has grown up this last year, can't wait to read more. I wanted to stay at the AoA on our next trip but the walk scared me. Glad to read I was right. I figure we can go explore it. I have read it is an easy walk from the Pop.

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