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Old 07-08-2013, 03:14 PM   #31
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Loving your trip report! I lived in Charlotte for 5 years when I was growing up, but I live in Seattle now. Your children are so cute, and they seem to get along so well. Your daughter is really sweet with your son. You are so organized - I'm envious! Can't wait to read more.
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:22 PM   #32
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I'm a single mom too and have often thought about a future trip with my girls. Although my kiddos are MUCH older than yours (14 & 11) I still think a road trip and one to Disney are a must do! Our drive will be about 22 hours but it's still going to be awesome some day! Congrats to you for keeping the Disney dream alive and thank you to your family for the service to our country.

Can't wait to read the rest!

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Old 07-08-2013, 03:48 PM   #33
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Your kids did really well with the drive! Mine do pretty well. Last Summer we did our Disney trip during the last week of May. We drove from Oklahoma. It's prob an18hr drive. Give or take an hour. Not too bad. We didn't go to Downtown Disney. I hadn't allocated time for that and we go on a very strict budget. Part of which is very limited souvenir buying. I figured it would be better to skip than dangle lots of things we couldn't buy in front of the children. The shops in the Parks do that quite well as it is. Great start to report!
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:51 PM   #34
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loving your report so far - looking forward to more!!
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:58 PM   #35
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Loving your trip report! I lived in Charlotte for 5 years when I was growing up, but I live in Seattle now. Your children are so cute, and they seem to get along so well. Your daughter is really sweet with your son. You are so organized - I'm envious! Can't wait to read more.


Thank you. She loves being a big sister. Another update coming soon.
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:59 PM   #36
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I'm a single mom too and have often thought about a future trip with my girls. Although my kiddos are MUCH older than yours (14 & 11) I still think a road trip and one to Disney are a must do! Our drive will be about 22 hours but it's still going to be awesome some day! Congrats to you for keeping the Disney dream alive and thank you to your family for the service to our country.

Can't wait to read the rest!

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Old 07-08-2013, 04:07 PM   #37
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Your kids did really well with the drive! Mine do pretty well. Last Summer we did our Disney trip during the last week of May. We drove from Oklahoma. It's prob an18hr drive. Give or take an hour. Not too bad. We didn't go to Downtown Disney. I hadn't allocated time for that and we go on a very strict budget. Part of which is very limited souvenir buying. I figured it would be better to skip than dangle lots of things we couldn't buy in front of the children. The shops in the Parks do that quite well as it is. Great start to report!


I understand. Generally photopass is our souvenir and dd gets one other thing, but my mom gave them some money before we left. I was glad because my son has really changed. He went from barely noticing the shops to wanting to collect vehicles. He was really good about it when I said I couldn't buy something.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:08 PM   #38
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:19 PM   #39
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Day 3, 1st Park Day, part 2: Mommy, so many people like my skirt

We all got dressed and on the bus to MK with plenty of time. She got several compliments on her outfit on the bus and walking from the bus towards the entrance and more once we got onto Main Street. She looked at me and said, “Wow, mom. People really like this skirt.” She had fun twirling in it. She said it was just poofy enough. Thanks ebay.

When we got to the castle it was about 4:15. I asked her what she wanted to do for the next 30 minutes and she noticed the “Dream Along with Mickey” show was about to start. I was all for it. I love the show and ds had not seen it on our 2012 trip because he was asleep each time we watched it. I decided to get a “before” shot while we waited because there was hardly anyone around.



Crowds gathered as the show time got closer. I do love this show.



Once it was over, it was definitely time to head to BBB. We walked around the castle to the back since it was still roped off from the show. Unlike our first trip here, which was smack in the middle of Tropical Storm Debby, it was very busy. I’m sure the storm last year resulted in lots of cancellations. Dd actually got in early last year. There were so many people once we checked in, I had to stand holding ds and dd sat on the floor. I had to keep moving around because I was in the way.

There were several people coming trying to get an appointment that day. I saw them turn away at least 5 people. There was one girl they took, I think because she was with her cousin who had an appointment. I remember standing there thinking “this won’t be pretty,”, but they got the little girl in at the same time as her cousin.

They eventually called dd back and there was nowhere to sit once we got into the salon. I stood with ds until dd’s Fairy Godmother in training asked some people to make room for us. It was just enough room for me to sit really still holding him. I was really grateful for photopass.







She was having a wonderful time. Even ds was enjoying watching what was going on. I guess the photopass photographer noticed because he took this shot. They took a shot of him watching the makeover last year too.



Then she was done. I thought it was adorable, a really fun look. I wondered what she would think.

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Old 07-08-2013, 04:29 PM   #40
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Your daughter looks gorgeous! What a fun surprise! I wish my 10 year old was interested in such things, but I will take what I can get!
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:02 PM   #41
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Your kids are so adorable!! LOVE that skirt, too! I am also a single mom, planning on a road trip to WDW next year. Great TR so far- can't wait for more!!
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Old 07-08-2013, 05:11 PM   #42
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So sorry to hear about your loss. I have a great respect for those in the Military.

You're kids are adorable and it's so cute the way your daughter holds your son's hand.

Typing up your report in advance is a great strategy. If not for that there's no way I would ever do a trip report.

Having just stayed there not long ago, I absolutely loved POP.

I just find myself smiling a lot reading this. Thank you for sharing
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:36 PM   #43
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Your daughter looks gorgeous! What a fun surprise! I wish my 10 year old was interested in such things, but I will take what I can get!
Thank you! She was really surprised. She enjoys getting her hair, make up and nails done as it doesn't happen often. She did have that theme for her birthday this year.
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Your kids are so adorable!! LOVE that skirt, too! I am also a single mom, planning on a road trip to WDW next year. Great TR so far- can't wait for more!!
Thank you!



I hope your road trip goes well.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:00 PM   #45
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I love the pink skirt too! So sweet and girly.

Looks like the start of a great trip! So nice that you can share the magic of Disney with your kids.
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