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Old 08-07-2013, 08:13 AM   #76
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Hello All!!!

I have been in my home state taking care of some family stuff, but I'm back in the cornfields and I have to catch up here!!!

So, I had a BRILLANT idea to watch the planning DVD to show Cortlyn POR, since that's the resort *I* want to stay at… Daddy still kinda wants ASSp (but agreed that we should probably book POR! YAY!!). Anyway, Well, we saw the POR/FQ resorts on the DVD and then the very NEXT resort is CBR. Well, they showed the Pirate rooms and Cortlyn flipped out! My little girl is ALL about Pirates, thanks to Jake and the Neverland Pirates! She has been begging me to stay in the Pirate rooms ever since! We're going to get a quote, but I'm also playing around with the idea of a split stay for maybe just one night- like maybe the last night that we are there? Like, if we do Pop or ASSp for the week and then splurge on a Pirate room for one or two nights. I guess it all depends on if we can get any discounts.

Have ya'll watched Teen Beach Movie? It's adorable, and Catie is in love! My 2 year old has a lot of the songs memorized and asks to watch "Ten Moovy!" all the time!

Oh and Cortlyn starts Kindergarten in mere DAYS! I can't believe that I will have a baby in Kindergarten!!!! She will go to a Kindy-only school. Our district is really small, so they split up the elementary by kindy, then 1-3, then 4-6, then jr high and high school!
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:29 PM   #77
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Hello All!!!

I have been in my home state taking care of some family stuff, but I'm back in the cornfields and I have to catch up here!!!

So, I had a BRILLANT idea to watch the planning DVD to show Cortlyn POR, since that's the resort *I* want to stay at… Daddy still kinda wants ASSp (but agreed that we should probably book POR! YAY!!). Anyway, Well, we saw the POR/FQ resorts on the DVD and then the very NEXT resort is CBR. Well, they showed the Pirate rooms and Cortlyn flipped out! My little girl is ALL about Pirates, thanks to Jake and the Neverland Pirates! She has been begging me to stay in the Pirate rooms ever since! We're going to get a quote, but I'm also playing around with the idea of a split stay for maybe just one night- like maybe the last night that we are there? Like, if we do Pop or ASSp for the week and then splurge on a Pirate room for one or two nights. I guess it all depends on if we can get any discounts.

Have ya'll watched Teen Beach Movie? It's adorable, and Catie is in love! My 2 year old has a lot of the songs memorized and asks to watch "Ten Moovy!" all the time!

Oh and Cortlyn starts Kindergarten in mere DAYS! I can't believe that I will have a baby in Kindergarten!!!! She will go to a Kindy-only school. Our district is really small, so they split up the elementary by kindy, then 1-3, then 4-6, then jr high and high school!
Oooh a pirate room! That would be fun! I just wish that they had of had them back when Hunter was younger (not that he wouldn't like the theming now).
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:26 PM   #78
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Oooh a pirate room! That would be fun! I just wish that they had of had them back when Hunter was younger (not that he wouldn't like the theming now).
I know… it would be fun to stay there!! We'll see… you know, I have a tendency to wait til the last minute!
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:12 PM   #79
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Very quick post, one that I'm not happy to make… My grandfather has passed away. I love this man with all my heart and his funeral was one of the hardest days of my life. He was an amazing, hardworking, unconditionally loving, supportive, strong and Godly man. He has been "gone" from us for a while, due to Alzheimer's Disease, but his death still cut me to the core. He died on Cortlyn's first day of school. I wish I had it in me to share about that wonderful day, but right now, I just can't. The next thing on the agenda is just getting all the legal ducks in a row- I have been his POA and we have to transition to the executor and such… I'm hoping that over the next two weeks or so, I can focus on this happy Disney stuff again… But right now, it's just not in me.

I'll be back though! It will be okay… just need some time. Ya know? Thank you guys!
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Very quick post, one that I'm not happy to make… My grandfather has passed away. I love this man with all my heart and his funeral was one of the hardest days of my life. He was an amazing, hardworking, unconditionally loving, supportive, strong and Godly man. He has been "gone" from us for a while, due to Alzheimer's Disease, but his death still cut me to the core. He died on Cortlyn's first day of school. I wish I had it in me to share about that wonderful day, but right now, I just can't. The next thing on the agenda is just getting all the legal ducks in a row- I have been his POA and we have to transition to the executor and such… I'm hoping that over the next two weeks or so, I can focus on this happy Disney stuff again… But right now, it's just not in me.

I'll be back though! It will be okay… just need some time. Ya know? Thank you guys!
I'm sorry to hear of your grandfather's passing. I pray that you can get through the legal aspects quickly so that you can grieve properly and not have to worry about the legal mumbo jumbo (remember, I know all about that kind of stuff). We'll be here when you have a chance to return to the Dis.
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I am so sorry. My Grandmother has been in a nursing home for many years ravaged by the same disease. I will pray for peace for your heart.
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I am so sorry Christen! I will be praying for you and your family. I tell you, this month of August has totally sucked.
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I'm sorry to hear of your grandfather's passing. I pray that you can get through the legal aspects quickly so that you can grieve properly and not have to worry about the legal mumbo jumbo (remember, I know all about that kind of stuff). We'll be here when you have a chance to return to the Dis.
Thank you so much! I do know that you know… too bad we're not from the same state…

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I am so sorry. My Grandmother has been in a nursing home for many years ravaged by the same disease. I will pray for peace for your heart.
It's a terrible disease! He did have a wonderful nursing home and the girls there loved him. I'm so grateful for that!

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I am so sorry Christen! I will be praying for you and your family. I tell you, this month of August has totally sucked.
Thank you. I have friend whose step-mom had a heart attack and her dad died the next day (ETA- she just called and let me know that her husband's uncle passed this morning!), another friend who lost her job, I have family member (on the other side) suffering from panic/anxiety attacks… August has SUCKED for just about everyone I know.

I have a trip to Jamaica planned with my (ex)SIL in a few weeks- I'm planning on enjoying the ALL inclusive resort offerings… such as the swim up bar at the pool… I'm not one to party or drink hard, but I think I may hit it a little harder than usual. This trip was planned MONTHS ago, so I'm glad that the timing of it seems perfect now that we're dealing with so much!
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:44 PM   #84
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Very quick post, one that I'm not happy to make… My grandfather has passed away. I love this man with all my heart and his funeral was one of the hardest days of my life. He was an amazing, hardworking, unconditionally loving, supportive, strong and Godly man. He has been "gone" from us for a while, due to Alzheimer's Disease, but his death still cut me to the core. He died on Cortlyn's first day of school. I wish I had it in me to share about that wonderful day, but right now, I just can't. The next thing on the agenda is just getting all the legal ducks in a row- I have been his POA and we have to transition to the executor and such… I'm hoping that over the next two weeks or so, I can focus on this happy Disney stuff again… But right now, it's just not in me.

I'll be back though! It will be okay… just need some time. Ya know? Thank you guys!
Hi! Just popping in. I have been reading your last TR and just started reading this PTR. I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather. My grandma has had end stage Alzheimer's for about 9 years. It is such a hard disease to watch. I just ran a 7 mile road race in her honor with the local ALZ chapter in MA. Take your time to process and grieve.
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Christen, I'm so sorry about your grandfather. Your family will be in my prayers.

And when you're ready, I'd love to hear about Cortlyn's first day of school.
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Hi! Just popping in. I have been reading your last TR and just started reading this PTR. I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather. My grandma has had end stage Alzheimer's for about 9 years. It is such a hard disease to watch. I just ran a 7 mile road race in her honor with the local ALZ chapter in MA. Take your time to process and grieve.
I may get involved in something in the next year. It's a TERRIBLE disease. How awesome that you ran 7 miles… I don't think I could walk for 7 minutes straight!

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Christen, I'm so sorry about your grandfather. Your family will be in my prayers.

And when you're ready, I'd love to hear about Cortlyn's first day of school.
You will… I'll recover from the crazy and the sad soon enough. I'm not one to sit and be depressed.
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Hello, all! I'm back. Hopefully I will be back for GOOD and happy things will only follow. I still have moments when I look at my girls and wish that my PawPaw was still around… but I have faith that he can see them now and that there is no pain or confusion for him. Not that I want to be too preachy- but I am very thankful for my strong faith in times like this. I know that this is NOT where his life ends.

So, in the middle of all the sad and crazy, we had family pictures taken… did I share any of those here? I don't think that I did…







And my sweet Cortlyn started school! We hit the JACKPOT with Cortlyn's teacher. She is the sweetest and most wonderful kindy teacher there ever was. I really hope we are still living here when Catie starts school and she can have this teacher. She was one of those people that was just BORN to teach kindy!


And I JUST got back from JAMAICA!! So, I think I will do a mini-trip report in my PTR! Is that okay with ya'll??
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Wow, What a fabulous family picture. And the girls look so darn cute too.
Um yes please. I need a little tropical pick me up!
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Jamaica Trip!!

Okay, so this trip was to celebrate my (ex)SIL's 45th birthday. She lost her sister in Dec and had a pretty crappy last few years and wanted something FUN and relaxing for her birthday. So, she emailed all her friends and we were able to book an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica for CHEAP! We had flights from Atlanta to Montego Bay and then a shuttle to the resort. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort.

My roommate Laurie and I! We had never met before this trip, but we were great friends by the end of the trip!


While we were checking in, we had a lady walk up and offer us drinks…


The resort is older and needs a good makeover, but it's not a bad place to stay. The rooms were fairly large and plenty of storage space. Bathrooms were small and had odd doors. We stayed in Building 5, which was nice since that was closer to the "adult area" and less kids.




These chairs come together and make a cute little bed area for a small kid… like my Catie! I really do think we might bring the girls here one day!


The view from our room


This is the "Jerk Hut" where you could get jerk chicken or pork. YUMMY!


The courtyard area between buildings 5 and 6
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Let me go back and start at the beginning though! So, I had to fly from Indy to Atlanta. I found one of those GREAT $60 flights, so I booked that REAL quick! Only problem was that my flight from Indy took off at 6:30am. I am 2 hours PLUS a timezone away from the Indy Airport. I woke up at 1:30am to get there on time. I had planned the night before to go to Walmart and buy a book or two to take with me and also I needed to get a new flat iron, since I had left mine at a friend and couldn't get it back before the trip. Oh well! Of course, my plans fell apart when my 5 year old injured her foot and I had to take her for an X-ray to make sure it wasn't broken before I left the country for 5 days! Luckily, it was NOT broken!! YAY! But my night was still all messed up. No problem, I will just stop at the Walmart in Plainville near the airport and grab things there… I picked up The Help at Walmart and only got one book, mainly because I thought SURELY that book was thick enough and would keep me entertained the whole week and I just didn't have time to look around a lot.

While I was checking out, I made a fatal mistake. I forgot to grab something to EAT! I didn't eat when I left the house at 2:30am and I was HUNG-RAY! So… no problem… I'll grab something at the airport. So, I did the self check in to get a boarding pass and ran to the McD's in the food court. This took FOREVER!!!! I literally took two bites of my biscuit because it was now 6am and I needed to get through security and I knew my gate would be at the far end of the terminal. I had bought a SMALL Dr. Pepper and drank that SUPER fast and stuffed the rest of my biscuit into my carry on luggage (I decided to NOT check a bag). Luckily I sailed through security and RAN to my gate, which was the FURTHEST gate away. It could NOT have been farther! I was probably the last person on the plane. As soon as I got on the plane, an older male flight attendant grabbed my carryon suitcase and shoved it in an open spot… with my book and biscuit in there!! Sigh. I found my seat and I was sitting by myself with a window- yay! But I jumped back up with the guy walked away to grab my book, which was in a front pocket and as I was going for my biscuit the captain came on, so I just sat down. I figured once we were in the air, I would grab the biscuit. I started to read and I became completely useless. Thank GOD I didn't have a seatmate, because I stretched out and just READ! I couldn't stop. By the time I thought about getting my biscuit, we were fairly close to Atlanta, so I just didn't bother.

Got to Atlanta and I had plenty of time to read while I was waiting for my friends to arrive- I was there about 3 hours before our next flight. Finally, they showed up and we were ready to board the plane! One of the gals brought these napkins. Funny, but it didn't apply to me. I honestly love to sip on drinks, but I have never been drunk (nor do I have any interest in doing do- I just don't judge those that do!).


By the time they got there I had a decent dent in the book. The next flight I was at an aisle eat with a couple next to me and they didn't care that I was reading. Once we arrived, my reading for the day was over, but I had about 1/4 of the book done.

So, I already covered check in and the Rum Punch that we were greeted with!When you check-in they give you a wristband. There were a couple of different colors and styles. They all mean something different. They offer "day passes" to locals and to "friends" while you are here, so I know that it one of the bands. They also have different bands for people who are part of the reward system for Hilton I think? OH! And kids got a different color as well. Small kids didn't have to have them, but over about age 8 it seemed everyone had to wear one. They would charge you $100 if you lost your wristband! I HATE wearing bracelets, but you better believe I kept this bad boy ON!


We also headed to the bar and got a variety of drinks after we got checked in and walked around the resort. My drink of choice was a strawberry daiquiri!


This was a little while later, we had walked around and checked things out. You can tell, my early day had caught up with me and I was fading FAST. I ducked out pretty quickly and went to bed. Funny thing- Jamaica was on Central time!! Not sure how that happened, I really expected it to be Eastern or Atlantic Time. Anyway, it was only about 6 in this picture, but I went to bed before 7!!!


The next morning, my roommate and I both woke up fairly early. We both have small kids, so I think it was just our 'normal' time to be up and we couldn't sleep in. We got our swimsuits on and headed to the buffet for breakfast and then down to the beach. This is how I spent most of my morning!


Curled up with my book I devoured it!! I couldn't stop and my roommate was a strong reader, too, so she didn't mind at all. We were there for several hours before the rest of our group found us. When they did, I realized that I was already getting sunburnt- on the FIRST day! So I went inside and continued to read from my room! I finished that book by late afternoon. That is what happens to me… I just keep reading until it's finished. It's a good AND bad thing! haha!

Okay, I will stop there! Sorry there are as many pictures, but as you can see- I was a LITTLE preoccupied with The Help! If you haven't read the book, you should!! I haven't seen the movie yet, because I know that the movies are never as good as the book.
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