30 years? How is that possible? Recap last day at Disney (8/14)

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  1. KatMark

    KatMark DIS Veteran

    Aug 5, 2007
    :welcome: to another KatMark Pre-Trip Report.

    If you are a first-timer, :wave2::wave2:; I am delighted to see you.

    For my old friends, :welcome: back and thanks for being here.

    I guess in case I have any first-timer's, I ought to do some introductions.

    I am Kathy of the KatMark. I am an Administrative Assistant at a law firm. I am in my 38th year at my job, 37-1/2 of them with the same attorney. In my spare time (which is harder and harder to find now that I work for three attorneys), I like to DIS, spend time with my friends on FB, go shopping with my new daughter-in-law when she is in town and watch NCIS with Mr. Hottie--Mark Harmon. I have a wonderful, husband, Mark and we have two amazing sons, Andy (27) and Mark (25) and a new daughter, Alisha (22).

    Mark is the part of KatMark and my wonderful husband for 30 years. Mark is a salesman for close-out merchandise (think Dollar stores). In his spare time, he loves to umpire baseball games (and the source of income for our trips), read and watch Pawn Stars.

    Here is a recent picture of the two of us from our youngest son's wedding:


    Our kids:

    Andy is 27 and a wannabe high school English teacher. He's had no success thus far in finding a job. However, after five years of being an assistant baseball coach at two high schools, Andy was appointed the Head Varsity Baseball Coach at a local high school. They are trying to find him something on campus for the first half of the new school year and the second half he will be an aide to the Special Ed. teacher. An English teaching position may open in the next two years. He also coaches a travel team in the summer and fall and gives private hitting and catching lessons.

    This is a picture of him and his girlfriend (and possible future daughter-in-law), Des, who he has been dating for two years (this is from their recent trip to San Francisco):


    Mark is 25; he works for a subsidiary of John Deere in Dubuque, Iowa and is an assistant wrestling coach at Loras College. Wrestling has been in his blood since he started wrestling in 4th grade. He loves the sport and also is in charge of the youth wrestling program once the college season is off.


    Alisha, our "daughter". Alisha also works for a subsidiary of John Deere in Dubuque and works at a nursing home on weekends when needed. She has quickly become an authority on all things wrestling. She is the girl we never had and we love her dearly.


    Mark and Alisha at their wedding just four weeks ago:



    Mark and me with our boys:


    So why am I going back to Disney World when I just got home four weeks ago? Well, that was a girls trip. This is Mark's and my trip. And we can't go in our anniversary month which is May because he is right in the midst of baseball season. So we normally go in September to celebrate our wedding anniversary. This year we are celebrating a big one...our 30th anniversary. Seriously, I have no idea how it is 30 years already. It is hard to believe that we are the parents of two grown men and now a woman and that we have been married 30 years. Like any couple, we've had our ups and downs, but it does not seem like 30 years at all.

    In order to get one more use out of our Annual Passes which Andy bought us last September, we pushed up the trip to August.

    We will fly out of Chicago on Friday, August 16, on an early morning flight and be at Disney until Friday afternoon, August 23, and then we will drive to Marco Island to be with our best friends, Nicki and Todd for nine days. This is the longest trip we've taken.

    Up next, where we are staying and arrival day plans.

    Arrival Day Plans

    Day 2 Plans, Part 1

    Day 2 Plans, Part 2

    Day 3 Plans

    Day 4 Plans, Part 1

    Day 4 Plans, Part 2

    Day 5 Plans--Epcot Day

    Day 6 Plans -- Rest Day

    Day 7 -- 5 year anniversary

    Day 7, Part 2 and Day 8

    Days 9 - 16)

    Recap of Plans (Part 1)

    Recap Plans (Part 2)
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  3. Chicago Mo

    Chicago Mo DIS Veteran

    Aug 22, 2010
    Wouldn't miss it for the world.. ANd i have the notifications correct this time!!!
  4. FloridaDreaming

    FloridaDreaming Mouseketeer

    Jul 5, 2011
    Yay! Have I made the first page for the first time ever on one of your reports? Lol

    Since we'll be at Yacht Club for a couple of those days, I think we definitely need to fit a little Grand Marnier Slush meet in there. :)
  5. micandminforever

    micandminforever DIS Veteran

    Dec 27, 2006
    Joining the fun of planning your next trip.:surfweb:
  6. dizneeat

    dizneeat DIS Veteran

    Apr 9, 2006
    I'm here! :goodvibes
  7. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

    Nov 10, 2008
  8. WDWaddictt

    WDWaddictt DIS Veteran

    Jul 2, 2012
    I am joining along...I enjoy your trip reports and ptrs!
  9. goofy4prez

    goofy4prez A guy can love Disney and still keep his man card!

    Jul 24, 2008
    I did not know that about you. I watch very little television, but I am addicted to NCIS; however, you and I look at Mark Harmon in a different way. :rotfl2: I sure do hate hearing that Cote De Pablo (Ziva David) is leaving the show. I loved her character and the flirty relationship between her character Ziva and Anthony DiNozzo was awesome.

    Oh and lest I forget, I am looking forward to this pre-trip report!!
  10. sweetpeaandevie

    sweetpeaandevie DIS Veteran

    Jun 10, 2013
    I have seen you around the DIS :wave2:, but I am officially popping in on this one! Can't wait to hear about your trip plans :banana:
  11. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

    Jan 6, 2008
    Here. And will try to keep up.
  12. scottny

    scottny <font color=blue>You better have crackers<br><font

    Mar 31, 2007
  13. Minnie&Nana

    Minnie&Nana Dreams do come true!

    Feb 20, 2004
    :wave: Kathy! Thank you so much for the link...made my day!! :thumbsup2

    LOVE the wedding pics!! :love:
  14. PhoenixStrength

    PhoenixStrength Found my Prince Charming!

    Oct 7, 2010
    I'm here!!! :goodvibes
  15. uncw89

    uncw89 DIS Veteran

    Jan 30, 2006
    Here! Like Pat, I'll try to keep up!!
  16. GoofyFan1515

    GoofyFan1515 IMO, this new DIS is horrible! More chore than fun

    May 23, 2012
    Wow, a TR and a PTR going on at the same time......... so glad you have so much in the works!!! :woohoo:
  17. jedijill

    jedijill <font color=red>Chiefs fan living in Bronco countr

    Jan 17, 2005
    Happy Anniversary! 30 years is amazing!

    Jill in CO
  18. DMGeurts

    DMGeurts Never open texts with the "Hand Sewn Button" attac

    Feb 25, 2008
    I am here too!!! Super excited about this PTR, because I finally get to meet the two of you!!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. KathyRN137

    KathyRN137 DIS Veteran

    Apr 14, 2006
    Ah, a couple's trip... it's going to be wonderful! pixiedust:

  20. MEK

    MEK DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2005
    So happy to see you back on the boards and starting another PTR! I am positive your anniversary trip is going to be wonderful. Denny and I are already planning our 25th anniversary trip for next year! :thumbsup2
  21. englishrose47

    englishrose47 DIS Veteran

    Jan 31, 2007
    I'm here !!!!

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