|12-14-2012, 02:46 PM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Carol Stream, IL
60 Candles, 30 Million Lights, Best Friends&Family at Disney--Priceless (New 5/23)
I know I still have lots of responses to do on my last TR and my PTR, and I will get to them. But I wanted to at least get this TR started.
For those who might be new to a KatMark trip report, here is how this trip came about.
I was supposed to do a girls' trip with MaryAZ and her daughters in January. Mary informed me that they were going on a cruise and we wouldn't be able to do the girls' trip. Seeing that our oldest son, Andy, was buying us Annual Passes for our September trip, I really wanted to get more use out of them. So a plan was born in my head: why not take my wonderful husband to Disney for his 60th birthday to see the Osborne Lights and Christmas decorations...something we've talked about for years doing, but never could with the kids sports schedule when they were younger.
I then called Nicki, my best friend who I met here on the DIS (MickeyNicki) and asked her what her dates were and whether or not we could coordinate. Then I ran it by Andy and said, "what if I take your dad to Disney as a surprise for his 60th birthday?" Andy replied, "what about me?" I said "we won't actually be gone on Christmas, but early in December before the crowds." Again he said, "what about me?" I told him he was welcome to join us if he didn't have a full-time teaching job by then and he should invite his girlfriend, Des, to join us too. A trip was born and the planning and secrecy began.
Let me introduce you to the cast of characters:
First, there is my wonderful husband, Mark, and me (Kathy). Mark and I have been married for 29-1/2 years and have two wonderful sons, Andy (age 26) and Mark (age 24). Andy has been dating Des for 1-1/2 years and Mark proposed to Alisha in March of this year and will be married in June of next year
Then we have Andy and Des. Andy is an English teacher without a job. He does substitute quite frequently until that full-time job comes around. He also is the varsity baseball assistant coach at one of the schools in our conference and also coaches a summer and fall ball baseball team. His other job is working at a baseball academy and he gives private hitting and catching lessons. Des is currently working as a bartender at a restaurant about 30 minutes from her house
Last, but certainly not least, are Nicki and Todd. As I mentioned above, I met Nicki here on the DIS. I think it was 2008 when we first started talking regularly. We then met her in 2009 for a quick cup of coffee on Marco Island. Mark then saw her and Todd for dinner in the spring of 2010 and we have spent a week on Marco Island every year since then and spend our time with them (we've also gone the last two Aprils on Mark's business trips). Nicki is truly my long lost sister since I never had one. And I could not ask for a better little sister. She is my best friend and sister rolled into one and I love her. We talk my text, email, Facebook or on the phone every single day. Todd is a doll, although a little quiet. He is getting better at talking...well at least when Nicki and I let him get in a word. Mark and Todd get along great and often just ignore us and talk amongst themselves.
And all six of us:
(Nicki, I borrowed yours because for some reason, mine is NOT on my pictures)
Our youngest son, Mark, and his fiance, Alisha, could not join us. Mark coaches wrestling in high school and wrestling season started a month ago and he just couldn't take the time off (he also runs the youth wrestling club).
So, there you have it...6 great friends/family going to Disney World.
Up next, the BIG reveal.
Night of Reveal and Beginning of First Day
First Day, Part 2
First Day, Part 3
First Day, Part 4
First Day, Part 4 (Cont)
First Day, Part 4 (Cont)
Day 2, Part 1
Day 2, Part 1 (Continued)
Day 2, Part 2
Day 2, Part 2 (Continued)
Day 2, Part 3
Day 2, Part 3 (Continued)
Day 2, Part 4
Day 2, Part 4 (Continued)
Day 3, Part 1
Day 3, Part 1 (Continued)
Day 3, Part 2
Day 3, Part 2 (Continued)
Day 3, Part 3
Day 3, Part 3 (Continued)
Day 3, Part 4
Day 3, Part 4 (Continued)
Day 3, Part 5
Day 3, Part 5 (Continued)
Day 3, Part 6
Day 3, Part 6 (Continued))
Day 3, Part 6 (Continued)
Day 3, Part 6 (Continued)
Day 4, Part 1
Day 4, Part 1 (Continued)
Day 4, Part 2
Day 4, Part 2 (Continued)
Day 4, Part 3
Day 4, Part 3 (Continued)
Day 4, Part 4
Day 4, Part 5
Day 4, Part 6
Day 4, Part 6 (Continued)
Day 4, Part 7
Day 4, Part 8
Day 4, Part 8 (Continued)
Day 4, Part 8 (Continued)
Day 5, Part 1
Day 5, Part 2
Update on April trip (bottom of post)
Day 5, Part 3
Day 5, Part 3 (Continued)
Day 5, Part 4
Day 5, Part 4 (Continued)
Day 5, Part 5
Day 5, Part 5 (Continued)
Day 5, Part 6
All Good Things Must Come to an End
All Good Things Must Come to an End (Continued)
Change in April Plans
Business Trip to Florida with Disney thrown in
Take me to the Zoo
Take Me to the Zoo, Part 2
Can we please keep business short?
Will we love Yachtsman again?
A favorite breakfast
Flower & Garden here we come
Flower & Garden here we come (continued)
Look at the Topiaries
Let's go...there's so much more to see
I'm hungry...let's go to Norway
The Lady is a Tramp?
While in France...
Hey, it's Mike Wazowski
Hey, its' Mike Wazowski (Continued)
On to Daytona
Daytona is a Bust
Last edited by KatMark; 05-23-2013 at 04:16 PM.
|12-14-2012, 02:47 PM||#2|
It is pretty darn sad when a valet picks you out as a big Boma eater
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|12-14-2012, 02:53 PM||#3|
Waiting for my fairytale!
Join Date: Oct 2010
So excited to read all about this trip, since your posts on FB certainly made it sound magical
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|12-14-2012, 03:03 PM||#4|
DIS Dad #460
You should always make room for a loophole when you need it
Join Date: Apr 2010
Starting something new on a Friday afternoon??? That's ambitious.
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|12-14-2012, 03:03 PM||#5|
Join Date: Sep 2008
1993 off site with Aunt and Friend
1997 ASMu Honeymoon
Sept 2002 ASMu 5th Annver.
April 2009 CSR took Daughter on her first trip to Disney!
Oct 24th - 30th 2010. TRIP CANCELED for medical reason's.
2012 & 2013 trip postponed laid off of my job.
So now planning a trip for 2014 or 2015 depending on when I find a job.
|12-14-2012, 03:05 PM||#6|
Cold enough for ya?
Shocking, isn't it. Oh, wait, thats a taser
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Racine, WI
Sounds like fun!
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|12-14-2012, 03:09 PM||#7|
Join Date: Mar 2009
I'm here, can't wait to hear about your trip!
|12-14-2012, 03:13 PM||#8|
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: South Carolina
I'm here. Looking forward to reading !!!
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|12-14-2012, 03:20 PM||#9|
Join Date: Apr 2006
Thanks for starting this at a time when I am still up!
It looks like I even made page 1! Now going back to read.
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|12-14-2012, 03:21 PM||#10|
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Austin, Texas!
I'm here Ms. Kat. And on the first page no less!!
Thank you for starting this today, Ms. Kat. I think a lot of people could use something magical to think about, something to bring a little joy into our day today.
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|12-14-2012, 03:28 PM||#11|
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Atlanta, GA
I'm here! Now to go back and read the intro!
|12-14-2012, 03:30 PM||#12|
DIS Dad #257
Don't underestimate your audience. I'm sure there's a fart joke in here somewhere
Join Date: Nov 2008
I'm in! Thanks for the heads-up. Someday I want to surprise my wife and get down to see Disney at Christmas-time too.
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|12-14-2012, 03:36 PM||#13|
I'm with Beast
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Pacific Northwest
I'm here! And oh, I had to laugh at the reveal video. A few of Mark's words really reminding of my Chi-town days.
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|12-14-2012, 03:50 PM||#15|
Commander of Donalds Crew Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy
Join Date: Jul 2007
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woohoo first page last one.
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