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Old 04-25-2013, 06:29 PM   #16
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Your plans look good. Ahhhh, the best laid plans. We usually follow ours for the most part.

I can't wait to see how it turns out.

I have made several shirts over the years with the transfers. There are so many free designs available that are so cute and fun !!

Post photos if you get a chance so we can see.
I agree with the plans. This will be the first time I've toured with them, and I know they will make a huge difference. Posting the first picture in the next post. They are all ironed on as of today. I covertly hid in the guest room ironing while the kids finished homework. LOL.

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Your plans look great!
Thanks! I really don't know how fast we'll be able to go with two kids and no stroller and two grandparents who didn't take my advice to build their stamina over the last few months.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:59 PM   #17
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SURPRISE!!!
If youve read through this short PTR, youve found out that this is a hopeful surprise for DD(5) and DS(7). There were two reasons for that. 1) My grandma moved out by us last year because she has serious heart issues and her health is delicate. Even at this late date, something could happen and we would need to reschedule. Go travel insurance. We didnt think the kids could handle that kind of let down at their age. 2) Those dang Disney commercials get me every time. I want that kind of memory for the kiddos. Then, we had to decide when and how and what. Again, with the decisions, geesh. I poured over YouTube videos, googled, read blogs, yadda yadda yadda. Finally, I settled on the giant wrapped box filled with goodies and balloons. We are going to give it to the kids Friday evening after my hubby gets off work and the parental units are over. Here are some things that will be in there.



Here is our hats from our 2009 trip. Can't wait to put mine on again. The other things aren't going in the box, but I'll explain them. I wanted to try trading pins and got the belt clip holder to keep in my park bag. The tan card holder is actually my "coupons" that I found for the kids. More in a later post on that.



A little light reading for the airplane to familiarize ourselves with the characters. We've been having Disney movie nights all winter, but we didn't get to all of them.



Shirts for the kids to wear on the plane the next day. I found the graphic online and created this design in photoshop.



My Awesome autograph books. Seriously, this took most of February and 1/2 of March to put together. I had to decide what kind and size of book, what kind of pages, how many pages, ugh. The peeps down in Disigns portion of DIS are amazing. I got the covers from MusicMouse. The pages are from Natalie, vol. 3. I added some pics of the kids with the characters we met in 2009. I'm also planning to add some things on the back of the cards for the kids to mention to the characters to add some interaction with them. I then took them to Office Max and had them bound with clear plastic on the front and back. Tied Mickey ribbon to a retractable sharpie and they are ready to go. I PRAY the kids want to collect autographs after all that commitment to excellence. My life is often an interpretation of Murphy's Law, though, so there's no telling. I want to get a few on different photo mats myself.






I'm putting in the Planning DVD, maps, a card I made from Mickey and Minnie inviting them to visit and I scored those Minnie and Mickey dolls for $2 each after Valentine's Day at Walmart.

I promise to videotape the surprise and post a link during the TR.
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:36 PM   #18
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I can't wait to see how your trip turns out! Great TR so far!!
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Old 04-27-2013, 03:59 PM   #19
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I can't wait to see how your trip turns out! Great TR so far!!
Thanks so much!
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:19 PM   #20
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Real Life Update

Well, it looks like my dear Grandma is going to live with my parents as of this weekend. It's a long story, but she has been in an apartment for elderly people and her "roommate" (aka the guy that has been living with her since I was a teenager) has decided to move back home and leave her. It is something that has been brewing for awhile and with her fragile heart conditions and beginning dementia, it has been put off, but now it is a reality. I'm praying that she will have some peace about it and that my parents will have patience as their lifestyle changes drastically. The trip is still on though, and we are looking into a grandma sitter to help her out while we are gone. I'm just so sad for her, I can't imagine at 84 how that must play out in her mind. Luckily, we are here to give her lots of love and attention!

In more cheery and useless news, I just made my LAST online trip purchase from Amazon. I've been looking for a few things around town and couldn't find them. I've made 6 Disney Store purchases and 3 Amazon purchases for this extravaganza, but I'm proud to say I haven't paid shipping on any of them except this last one. Here's a few things I couldn't resist...

LOVE this bag, and bonus, it can double as my teacher bag next year.



Ariel is my DD's favorite, and has been for years, and when I saw this ensemble at the DisneyStore I couldn't resist. Now, let's hope she'll wear it. The photo album purse will be for her character autographs and pictures that we'll put together when we get home.




Coming up in the next post....my version of a Super Secret Surprise Mickey's Grand Welcome.

Continued in next post....

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Old 04-27-2013, 05:43 PM   #21
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A fellow Wildcat! Bear down! Your trip is almost here, I hope you guys have a great time!
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:59 PM   #22
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A fellow Wildcat! Bear down! Your trip is almost here, I hope you guys have a great time!
Bear Down! I love connecting with other Wildcats, not many of them out here on the east coast and I miss Tucson terribly. Thanks for stopping by.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:36 PM   #23
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A Super Secret Surprise Mickeys Grand Welcome

So, as I was wandering around Cyber-Disneyfandom, I kept noticing this thing called Mickeys Grand Welcome. It looked AWE-some. But, I couldnt afford the huge price tag, so I started searching for a DIY version. I found a few different blogs and a VERY informative thread here on Disboards and I started making my plans. I decided to surprise everyone with it except DH because Im going to need his help keeping everyone out of the room. Its like a big thank you to my parents AND I want to start illustrating what the Disney magic is all about. We get that here on the Disboards, but they really dont. They will enjoy the trip 10 times more once they realize what can happen if you let go and let Disney. Let me show you what Ive created&

These are magnets for the front door. The Mickey Balloon graphic is from RustManFan, and the Eat, Sleep, Mickey Mouse graphic is from another Disigner that I cannot find the name of right now. I'll be back to add it when I do. The rest I made. I did white out our last name of the one that says The .... Do Disney. I'm always a leery of putting too much info out there in cyberland. It does sound cute when said though.


These are Mickey Footsteps to lead them to the kitchen table. The Tinkerbelle is window cling I printed out and I'm using that for Tinkerbell gifts each day (but that's for another post). I found those Disney magnetic clips to put on the refridgerator and each day they will hold invitations to ADR's and any other special things we have planned. They all came from the Photobuckets of wonderful Disigners, who I will come back and credit. When I made them, I didn't know I was going to do a TR so I didn't write them all down.


Decorations I found on sale at Party City and Walmart. I found 5 sheets of Disney window clings on sale for 25 cents each at a drugstore at an after Valentine Sale. SCORE.


DS's Mickey bag. It's got the Pressed Penny container I made using Mandy's Disigns, filled with quarters and pennies, a light toy, a lanyard I got for free when I "opened" up the local Disney store one morning and a couple of pins in case he wants to trade with me, a few dollar store goodies, and a water bottle. The picture is missing a pair of cute Nemo pj's with Bruce saying "You're Shark Bait".


Basically the same stuff oriented to her tastes. She LOVES New York City, so I had to get that Minnie when she went on sale.


My parent's bag... Those pins are grape soda pins from UP that I found on Etsy. Couldn't resist, I got DH and I some too.


DH and I have a bag too, but it doesn't have much in it. HA HA. But I liked these big zipper bags to put all the stuff we accumulate into it during the week to take home.

Finally, here are the shirts I made for our first day. I'll have them laying out somewhere else but I will tell them I made them. I have to because they saw the blank tshirts arrive in the mail and caught me opening them. Grrrr. I'm pretty proud of them. I found the template of the CM badge online, but I personalized them all. I also found that great Jiminy Cricket head on a disigner's photobucket, but I also can't remember her name. I will be back to credit though.


My parents have the Nana & Jampa one on the back of their shirts and the other one is on the back of the rest of our shirts.

If all goes as planned, we will be at Bay Lake by noon. We are doing on-line check-in, but it is on a Saturday. So, the lines will probably still be long and room availability will probably still be close to 3 or 4pm. We are bringing swim stuff with us, since ME wont deliver the luggage for hours. Im hoping I can give the check-in CMs my cell number to text when the room is ready. Then, I can grab my carry-ons where all this stuff will be, well, stuffed from the magic holding room, swing up there and set this up while they are still at the pool. Casually, come back down, and THEN announce that the text has come through. IF we are lucky to get a room earlier, then I will just have to do it while we go down to the pool. We will also be waiting for groceries to be delivered that afternoon too, and I put it under my name and cell number, so I can avoid mom trying to sneak up there to take care of that without my knowledge. I promise to take pictures of it set up for everyone to see. I really cannot wait to see their reactions!

Continued in next post...
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:14 PM   #24
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Real Life Update
ONLY 11 DAYS to GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm coming back this evening with another update with some of my other crafty projects, but I just got some exciting news. I made our school system's eligibility list for Library Media Specialists (aka school librarian), which was the last hurdle I needed to get through before interviews start in another month or two. The process to get on the list included a lengthy interview and a lesson plan executed during it, so it was a little stressful. I have such mixed emotions going back to work after 8 years, but at least all my ducks are in a row at the moment! And if anyone is following along, we got my grandma's sister to fly out to stay with her during our trip so we can all rest a little easier and enjoy the trip. Did I mention it is only 11 DAYS AWAY??????
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:17 PM   #25
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Crafty Time

Well, I'm getting towards the end of my PTR, nothing that exciting other than I'm definitely seeing some changes and use of the park hopper more during the week. I'm also trying to see if I can do an ADR moving around, but the computer system was down AGAIN this afternoon. It'll be interesting to see how it all plays out. For now, I will share with you the rest of the T-shirts I made.

For Star Wars Weekend Day at HS (I made these both using graphics from the internet and embellishing in Photoshop):



And probably my favorite shirt for DD! Can you find Princess Leia? I actually added all the lightsabers to the princesses. I think she will LOVE it.


Matching Mommy and Daughter shirts for me and DD (created this one too with found graphic):



Last Day shirts for the kiddos to wear since we don't leave until 8pm. I'm hoping CM's will send them home with a little extra magic! This was inspired by RustManFan's disign, but I did my own take on it.



I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Crush from Finding Nemo, so I knew I needed a shirt for myself. I got the mickey head with Crush from another Disigner (I'll credit as soon as I can) and added the fish and text. The mickey head is really fantastic quality!


The Incredibles has been a family favorite for years and I can never get enough of Edna Mode. So I had to make myself another shirt. I created this one. I debated heavily between this quote and "No Capes". Seriously two of the most memorable lines in Disney Pixar movies!!!


I have run out of transfers and I don't think I'll do any more. If I did, I wanted to make DD and I matching Ariel shirts that say Mermaids in Disguise. And I found a shirt disign with Belle in glasses that look like mine that say Real Princesses wear Glasses. So, we'll see if my OCD kicks in and I JUST have to have them, but I'm running seriously low on time.

I wanted a Pascal shirt, because he is my favorite sidekick of all time. BUT, I've gotten another cute idea to do with him and you'll have to wait for my TR to find out what I've got in store.

Continued in next post...
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:47 PM   #26
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Ok, I've read enough TR's (specifically Jess aka DisneyFreak508's Xmas Trip one) about the Poly's restaurants and I just changed our O'hana's breakfast to Kona. That coffee, that juice, the Tonga toast and Macadamia pancakes were calling out to me like a siren. We only get one breakfast out and I think food is more important than characters this time. Hopefully we'll see Stitch and Lilo in the parks. I may never want to leave the Poly once we get there. LOL.
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More Last Minute Madness!

Since this is a surprise, we haven't told ANYBODY for fear of an accidental reveal to the kiddos. So, I was talking with our neighbors as we ventured outdoors for the first time in forever (it is the coldest spring ever, we are all still cocooned in our houses) and just realized that we will be in Disney AT THE SAME TIME. So, we had to coordinate. As I was going over stuff, I realize that she has the deluxe dining plan and only had 4 ADR's, unacceptable! So I got her times for Raglan Road, Le Cellier, Whispering Canyon, Kona and Be Our Guest for quick service. She didn't even know you could do that. It was fun using my obsessive powers for good, and we'll be able to meet up with them once or twice during the week and let the kids pal around.

On a whim, I did book a Le Cellier ADR for one afternoon, but the time is awful. 2:55 with a 6:55 dinner at Akershus, ugh. I will keep trying to get an earlier lunch, but we'll see. I'm just obsessing about a soup I've never even tried.

I'm also making two more pair of shirts, I'll be sharing them soon.

What else will change in the next 5 days?
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:42 PM   #28
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Awesome PTR! Can I just say that I LOVE your shirts!!! I got some personalized family shirts from a seller on ebay and Mommy/Daughter rhinestone Minnie tank tops on etsy. You are really talented! Reading this has made me all the more excited for my family's upcoming trip. We will just miss each other. We go from 5/19-5/24 at AoA. I love the idea of being able to walk to MK. Can't wait to hear all about your magical trip.
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Joining in!! Very excited to hear more!
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