Hi Everyone!! It seems like forever since I was over on the DL side of the threads for Trip Reports but I guess really was only March......but that seems like ages ago!! So what does the title really mean?? In early January, we started planning our very first family trip to WDW. I have spent countless hours researching, planning, getting opinions, making & changing ADR's, resorts, etc. The trip started out as the perfect dream trip for us. Going for my favorite holiday season (Christmas), going to the 4 parks twice (which allowed plenty of time), going to explore the other resorts to see their holiday edible displays & decorations, taking a fireworks cruise, doing the fireworks dessert party, going to the Candlelight Processional with Olivia Newton-John as the narrator, eating at places like California Grill, 50's Prime Time Cafe, Ohana's, Chef Mickey's, Boma, etc. and attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. I even was up at 3am to make ADR's online at the 180 day mark. I had a wonderful friend that made our CP dining package ADR when we were away at family camp. As the trip started getting closer and money wasn't coming together (more on that later)........we needed to make changes. We switched from a moderate resort to a value, we dropped our deluxe dining which meant I had to trim a huge chunk of our ADR's, the fireworks cruise never was booked or the dessert party because of not having the cash to do so. We also never booked our MVMCP tickets. I look back now and go whew that we hadn't put that money out there....we would have lost it. So why are you doing a DL trip if you couldn't put the WDW trip together......well long story short~~~~the IRS owes me a large chunk of change that we pray will show up in time to go to DL. We can always drive from Oregon if we can't secure flights at a decent price. We've been waiting on this money since Valentine's Day!! Where at this point, we can't guarantee the money will be here in time to keep our WDW trip (that was trimmed back so much) but it should be here in time to go in December. (fingers crossed, fingers crossed, fingers crossed) Ok, so have I lost you yet?? Confused you?? Well hold on because with me and my reports I can go off all over the place before actually getting to my point........."hey look a chicken"!! I experienced probably the hardest year of my life......last October I lost my step-mom after a 30 year (yes I said 30) battle to cancer. In January I lost my dad (he was in the end stages of alzheimer's and congestive heart failure), in March one of my 5 yr old twins had open heart surgery (successful), then I watched my step-dad's health tank and we lost him in May. While at a special camp for children with disabilities and their families, I found out my 42 yr old ex SIL passed suddenly in her sleep. So with all of that and our issues with the IRS (and them losing our 2010 amended return and having to re-submit it).......I've been a little depressed, stressed and really needing a Disney fix!!! So this is why we haven't totally given up on going on a much needed family trip. So here goes: December 6 - 14 Hoping to start booking soon........come on IRS get me my check!!!!!!! Hope you'll join my family for our holiday adventure!!!