BUUURRRRR!!! Why did we have to come back??? Yes, its true our first family vacation in WDW is over ..WHAAAAA We had the absolute best time. Thank goodness for this site! We were in the world from January 26th until February 2nd. But before the report let me introduce the cast: DH: 34 Mechanical design engineer(yes everything you have heard about engineers is true!) and my best friend Thinks Xanadu is the best movie ever, loves to tweak with the surround sound and see if the neighbors 5 blocks away can hear Bono belting out the tunes before we blow a speaker Me: 36 (gasp when did that happen? I don't recall any birthdays after 30), Stay at home mom who runs a small daycare. Sarcastic humor that sometimes needs to be explained to DH (but we love him anyway), loves Monty Python and Eddie Izzard, George Carlin, and all time FAVE Robin Williams Converted DH to a U2 fan Mom to the next three cast members... DD: 15, beautiful, very smart (got mad when she *only* scored a 98 on the last national tests), sarcastic, also likes British comedies, speaks German pretty well for a second year. I think she is the only person I know of who will complain about going to WDW twice in one year . Silly girl! DS: 6, a sweet and caring boy most times. Sometimes turns into shriek man (have you seen Parenthood? the kid named Kevin who freaks out when he looses his retainer...oh yes, our Kevin can make that same sound...) He loves his little brother, even though he can be a pain, but isn't that what little brothers are for?? Terrified by Chuck E. Cheese so we are hoping Disney World will fair better . DS: 4, where to start with this one... if he'd been our first, he would have been our last....lol He's a tornado all in one little bundle but also a sweetie. He loves to buddy around with his big brother but also loves to torment him too. He's the only 4 yr old I know that has a six pack stomach. He's had it forever, we can't figure out where he got it form, we have no weights in the house. Also terrified of Chuck E. Cheese, dont know what will happen at the World with this one Now that you know us, wont you join me for a trip down memory lane?? You will . Ok, off we go A bit of background (And if you have read my pre-trip report some of this will sound familiar clip and paste are my friends .lol) I started planting the idea of a trip to WDW in my DH's head oh... about...umm... 12 YEARS ago. In May of this year he said those words I had been waiting to hear "Let's take the kids to Disneyland in Florida" Ok so wrong place but at least he was willing to go After a month we agreed on the dates Jan 27 to the 30th. Yep we thought we could do all four parks in just three days (considering the day's flying in and out would only be half days). Then someone from his work gave us this book and we realized that 3 days would not come close to cutting it. So we decided on an 8 day trip January 26th to Feb 2nd. WHHOO HOOO. Now the debate about when to tell the kids....sigh.... We agreed not to tell the kids until: 0ne week for DD15 and the day before for the DS's. Mainly on the DS's because I didn't want 7 months of "Are we going today?" 2 hours after we decided on the official dates DH blows it and tells our DD15....lol you should have seen her face We start looking at resorts and waiting for the 2007 prices to be released. After much taking we decide on the ASMu family suites. Now fast forward to January, not long to go now and oh, wait what is this We leave in just 3 days!!! DS4's Strep is better; he will finish his meds on Friday. I woke up Monday with my first finger swollen from the first joint to the tip, it hurt so bad, so off to the dr I went, I have an infection in my finger where the nail comes out of my finger. So I am on anti-biotic and using a Triple antibiotic ointment. If it gets worse by Thursday I have to go in and have it drained...whoo hooo fun...NOT!!! Then DS6 had a weird rash on his face this morning so into the Dr. we went again. We just have to let the rash run its course. Oh please, please, please nothing else!! It's almost laughable that we have all been pretty healthy until 10 days out...lol I can't wait to go! Ok now for an update Still at the three day out mark and DD15 comes up and says I feel warm I take her temp 102.6 and her throat is sore. I take and look and yep, you guessed it, the tell-tell white patches of strep. So I get her started on meds. The next morning DH says hes feeling bad, yes, thats right another case of strep and only 2 days to go sigh So with 4 out of 5 of us on meds I feel like a revolving pharmacy lol We start packing on Wednesday January 24th, all day I am putting things in the bedroom and my DS4 is running about talking to me and never once questions why I have a ton of his clothes spread out on my bed and suitcases in the room. We were worried that hes brother DS6 would start asking but nope. Thursday, January 25th: DH gets off work early. I have kids picked up early and we put the finishing touches on the packing. Now DS4 still has no clue, but as soon as DS6 gets home from school he starts to question: Are we going somewhere? Are we going on vacation? Where are we going? Every two minutes, hes so persistant. So we finally answer him, Yes we are going somewhere. Yes we are going on vacation. We are not telling you until later where we are going So we decide to tell them that night. You can view the video if you would like too:http://s8.photobucket.com/albums/a48/kkevcamsmommy/?action=view¤t=P1250001.flv These are the cards I made for them and DD15 read to them: Yes, for quite a while you could hear the boys laughing and talking to each other. They finally fell asleep around 8:45 that night. Next up.... Flight day, our Magic Express experience, checking in at the All Star Music and walking through the gates for the first time!