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  1. i_heart_the_mouse

    i_heart_the_mouse DIS Veteran

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    O...M....G. I just heard on the news that a meth lab was found a few blocks from my house. 2 of the kids go to school with my boys. I am seriously freaking out. Crime is usually nonexistent in my city. I guess you never really know what is going on behind the closed doors of your neighbors. :scared1:
     
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  3. disneydreamin247

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    I will definitely let you know! I have tons of things pinned on Pinterest and I can't wait to try them all! I had been eyeing a Vitamix up for years. I had seen a presentation at Costco once and have wanted one since. Every time it's been on QVC I didn't have the money because they are so pricey. I am so happy to finally be getting one!


    Summer was definitely tough for us. It was way more crowded than I though it would be. Even though I knew the crowd calendars said 8, 9, and 10 for most days I didn't think it would be that crowded. I figured if Disney prices it so cheaply, it can't be that bad. Well, I was WRONG. I will gladly take October over August any day!
     
  4. Missoutandabout

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    Thanks I_Heart and Dani. Giving me stuff to ponder about the crowds. On a related note, we did find with the January trip compared with our September trip, we're more "morning" folk -- though I'm sure the husband-person would disagree with that assessment. We definitely feel like we've had better days at Disney when we got up early and took it easier in the afternoon. In September, with that late arrival we had, it kinda started things off on the wrong foot. :rolleyes: We couldn't get ourselves up and out the door until after 11am.

    I_Heart: Wow! :scared1: So true, you just never know about people. My parents -- who have retired and now live out in the sticks -- had the police knock on their door one evening to ask them questions about the house 3 doors down. These folks were running a meth lab and it caught fire. :eek:
     
  5. letthewookiewin

    letthewookiewin <font color=blue>"That's 'cause droids don't pull

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    I was still stewing about it last night when the DH got off his computer for us to go to bed. My DH just finally said, "hun, you know you can't fix stupid". If only there was a way. Luckily, the DH is extremely easy going, just kept quiet and worked even faster to get out. Me, I can be a hot-head and probably would had said something.



    Sounds yummy!! I play SW:tOR with a man from Jamaica who is supposed to be giving me his jerk chicken recipe. I love trying new recipes!! I did one I found in a Rachel Ray cooking with your kids cookbook and it was amazing!! It was shrimp and chorizo over manchego orzo pasta with oven baked crispy green beans.


    I would probably be the same way.

    I tried to watch it, but it wouldn't let me. My two favorite sit-coms of all times are British ones. The names are Coupling and The IT Crowd. I could watch the same episode over and over and still laugh my rear off. There is a new one, on Hulu, that the DH and I watch called Spy. I started watching it because I saw Robert Lindsay (who was in another favorite Brit-com called My Family) was in it.

    :hug:

    It's cold and rainy here today, stew sounds perfect. I love The Princess and the Frog, but when I read the name it made me think of a movie my sister and I loved as kids. It's called The Frog Prince, and the little girl from the movie of Annie is the main character in it.

    I know, but that's not how the DH looks at it. He thinks if you walk into the MK for more than a couple of hours it's an MK day. He decided he didn't want to change the MK day to Thursday anyway since it was going up to a whopping 3.3.

    Out of all the WDW trips we have been on, the one with the best crowds was the one we went in October. We were there 10/8-13/13. This past June we were there from 6/4-10/12. I didn't think it was bad considering we didn't do a single rope drop, EMH, or use any Fast Passes. We even walked right onto a few things without waits like, Muppets 3D, the Indy Stunt show, and Space Mountain (during MK PM EMH until 2 AM). I'm thinking the average wait was around 30 - 45 minutes. The exceptions (I can remember) were Kali River Rapids (over an hour), and TSM (just over 2 hours).

    :hug: I would be too. The good new is, they did find it.

    Well, I'm going to finally get some school work done. When I came back into the house, after getting JM on the bus, my DH was still getting dressed for work. Since it's cold and rainy, I snuggled up in bed to talk to him. Well I guess I fell asleep, and he made sure I was snuggled in nice and tight. Next thing I know it's almost 12:30. I am seriously thinking of taking a super hot shower because I can't seem to get warm today.
     
  6. Janet B

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    Hi Peeps!!

    Wookie, wow, a scary situation for your DH and co-worker, could of been real trouble, thankful nothing came of it. :hug:

    Ginny, have you released your breath yet? :goodvibes Any updates on your airfare?? Inquiring minds need to know!!

    We love Princess and the Frog!! And you get to watch it with a princess :hug: enjoy that cuddle time...:goodvibes

    Miss, we have gone late August for the last few years (for Free Dining) (this timeframe covers most of my Disney experience). Yes, you will still have families vacationing but the local (southern schools) are back in session. So during weekdays crowd levels drop to moderate... weekends you do see a rise back up.

    That being said, you have to strategize like Iheart posted...try to get to the parks early and plan to have some downtime in the afternoon.

    It's going to be hot/humid... but central florida is May thru mid Oct. We have learned to make it work since the other option would be pulling her out of school... which we tend to not want to do. Her school district does not have blocks of time off .... only week is between Christmas/New Years.

    I believe Dani has traveled earlier in August (correct me if I am wrong Dani:)), which will typically will see higher crowd levels... I would rule out July as it is the heaviest traveled summer month (and typically more expensive seaons/less discounts too).

    For us, we have been accustomed to the late summer crowd levels... but you can look at it that you can divide park time/pool time and the vacation can be longer without the worry of Miss M. losing any school time .... :) Oh, we really like evening EMHs. :)

    There is a silver lining to everything!! ::yes::
     
  7. Janet B

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    will do :thumbsup2 BTW, Sam and I will begin yoga (and pilates classes) next week!! :scared1:

    Pas, I think that is your motto.. :rotfl2: And your girls will love another mommy trip!! :cool1: So, does that mean Sam should come to?? :goodvibes
     
  8. Mousemommy1

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    Page 2 Ladies!!!! :scared1:

    So, our trip is 57 days away and all of a sudden I'm feeling anxious!!!
    I feel like usually by now, I have started the packing lists, starting buying stuff we need for the trip....
    I still need to order our Photopass + !!!!
    I'm waiting for the dates to open up for the dessert party (IPO is supposed to be monitoring that for me, and I gave them dates and told them to just book on any of those dates...)

    I feel like, yeah, it's 57 days away, but that's going to go by in a heartbeat!! I know that all of the major planning is done...but, I've still got stuff to do. I'm usually more on top of it than this. :(

    I also got nervous that my BFF husband won't like our touring style....we are so chill and laid back and honestly don't shy away from a long line. We sleep late and miss rope drop. We get Fastpasses when we can but really do just do things when we feel like it. Her DH hates lines and I was trying to come up with a "touring plan"....I gave up. I told her, "we don't do that and I'm not going to". She was fine with that :rotfl2:. She couldn't believe that I was stressing about it and said that they are super excited to go and think they will have a great trip!! :thumbsup2. She doesn't want us to change our style for them. :goodvibes

    That did take a load off.
     
  9. letthewookiewin

    letthewookiewin <font color=blue>"That's 'cause droids don't pull

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    I can't wait for your trip either!! Are you going to let us know how they sprinkle y'all with pixie dust or are you going to make us wait until you get home?

    I just can't wait for our tax return to finally hit our checking account. I really want to get the trip paid off.
     
  10. gwynne

    gwynne Be always blooming

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    Happy Thursday RCers!

    Hi Missout And Janet, And here's the rest of the story. I checked, waited for dh to see about vacation time, got the go ahead. So far so good. I carefully opened two browsers, (each of our accounts), clicked with extra care, and...
    dh comes upstairs and says, "Hey, I need to print some things for the tax guy right now, k?" :crazy2: So I hold my breath some more, (he finally leaves) I get back to my bookings, still there,:worship: and...they went through! 25,000 each round trip to MCO.:cool1:

    I was so excited call Disney reservations. ::yes::I was able to get most of our trip at YC/CL pixiedust: and then the last two nights at WL/CL. :yay:
    We've not stayed CL at WL yet, so we are excited. We are hoping to try California Grill for the first time, it should be re-opened by our trip. Our window opens end of March, so I will have fun with some more dining reservation planning.

    Dani-Agree that October is very nice, and there's the added fun of Epcot Food and Wine. :thumbsup2

    Wookie- BBM-Exactly. Those are wise words.


    Janet-Have fun! :goodvibes

    MM-Good you talked to them. You guys are going to have a wonderful time!:thumbsup2

    Waving hi to all the RC peeps! :wave: Have a great day friends!
     
  11. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

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    :goodvibes Thanks! It's bad....being on the DIS with no trip booked....:sad: no es bueno

    Ginny...did I miss it :hyper:

    First of all...YUM!

    The Princess...is this her 2nd birthday?? She's so darn cute, I wanna say 3...how bad is that, did I miss a whole year. princess:
    I think the whole Summer thing is why I am not AS upset to be at US/IoA..We get up, have breakfast..hit the parks (crowds are light in the morning...then when I start melting we head back to the pool...Literally it's 3 hours in the parks, then we don't head back until after dinner.

    We ate at Crystal Palace (with sis 2 tables away) started walking to Fantasyland and DH was like, I wanna swim. I went over to SM...80 min wait :scared: yep back to the resort we went :rolleyes2

    We did end of October and first week of November...no wait, no crowds...still warm. Perfect :goodvibes

    Yeah..our town was on the news as well..ex-police chief in cyber scandal with a HS gal :furious: Scary stuff :hug:



    Yeah...I am like that..can't keep my mouth shut..:duck: Glad your DH can take it with stride



    Of course!!! I would LOVE to have Sam along princess:

    So I leaked to DH the idea of a Spring trip...I even quoted him a price....DENIED!!! :faint:

    Thanks for the bump up Candace!! My DH wouldn't want to go with another family, but it sounds like you will all have a great time :thumbsup2
     
  12. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

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    :cool1: So October???
     
  13. disneydreamin247

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    Gwenn I love Disney in the fall. I am happy to be able to hit MNSSHP and F&W again this year. In 2011 we missed F&W by ONE day. :furious:

    sis you didn't miss a year! She will be 2 next month. Little miss diva lol. She is totally a riot. Yesterday she tried on her swimsuits and nightgowns and she was twirling around like a ballerina and posing. I really have no idea where she comes from!
     
  14. gwynne

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    End of Sept--24 Sept thru 1 Oct. You know us, we can't seem to schedule a trip unless it includes a few days of Epcot F&W. :laughing:
     
  15. pas130

    pas130 Always missing Florida....

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    Phew! :goodvibes She was brought up on the Dis..of course she is a natural Princess princess:

    :beach: Nice!!!! I did give the kids the option of changing back to November :blush: Nope the sooner the better :p
     
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    Happy Thursday! :)

    Iheart, Miss, Pas... so scary today on the drug scene... it moves in all circles...

    Wookie, your DH is wise ::yes:: people are just plain stupid...and people like that will teach their children to hate too... terrible.

    Wookie, please share the recipe (for both). They sound yummy... the shrimp one sounds quick too!

    MM, its good you clear things with your bff... it will all work out! There may be times you want some family time just to yourselves... and meeting up in a park is fine too, if you like to be there at rope drop and they don't...it will be an amazing trip!!

    :yay: Ginny!! Happy it all worked out for you! Late Sept/early Oct, perfect for halloween and F&W...:cool1:

    Pas, too bad on the spring trip but the upside is more disney dollars for December!! :cool1: will have to wait upon Sam's schedule to see if a december trip is in the cards or not....

    Dani, would love to be able to hit up MNSSHP this year... am waiting impatiently for Sam's school to release their 13-14 calendar....

    Hey how come I didn't get any pix of your Miss Diva? :flower3:
     
  18. babyberger

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    Hello RC Family :wave2:

    I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, just off the Dis ;)

    With everyone being healthy and back to school I have been getting caught up on all my errands and cooking :stir: I finally decided to start making a whole bunch of healthy recipes I have been pinning on Pinterest :thumbsup2

    DS has had a rough couple of days at school so this afternoon is not going to be fun when he learns he has lost electronic devices :scared::scared:

    I promise to try to catch up soon :goodvibes

    Melissa
     
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    Carline is quiet today, so hoping to get some catching up in :)

    Jeanette - sorry you aren't getting your Disney fix in this spring or summer, but you know you will have a good time at US/IAO! And I am sure Disney will sneak in pot your calendar somewhere ;)

    Ginny - YAY on getting a new trip booked (and even better using miles)!!!!

    Candace - hopefully your BFF's DH will go,with the flow and realize how hot and tired (and CRANKY) everyone can get if they just go, go, go.

    i_heart - how scary!!! You really never know what is happening behind closed doors. When I was growing up my mom and I heard a helicopter above our little neighborhood in our little town, long story short, one of our neighbors had been drugging and raping women in that very house!!!!!

    Miss - I just looked at the 2013/2014 school calendar and we are going back late this year, Aug 19th. Also, the seasonal passes are valid again starting Aug 16th, so the mid to end if Aug could be EXTREMELY busy. Plus the weather is just GROSS here in August ;)

    Oh kids coming out of school....got to run!
    Melissa

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  20. letthewookiewin

    letthewookiewin <font color=blue>"That's 'cause droids don't pull

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    Yes it was and I am too. :hug:

    :banana::banana:
    I'm trying to convince the DH to upgrade to CL level. It's about $800 more to do it. Which is about what we would have had to pay to upgrade to the DlxDDP.

    Yeah, he really has his moments some times.

    I have the same problem. It makes me a sad panda.

    Cool, I'll check it out when I get back from the store.

    Yes it is. I tell my children it is that type of ignorance that could keep them from having wonderful friendships.

    He still hasn't given me the jerk chicken recipe yet. He better hope he gets it to me before we do our next operation in game, or that boy will not get a single heal from me. :lmao:

    Here is the one for the Spicy Shrimp, Cheesy Orzo and Roasted Green Beans...

    INGREDIENTS

    Salt
    1/2 pound orzo pasta
    1 1/4 pounds green beans
    1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
    Pepper
    1/4 pound chorizo or other spicy sausage, chopped
    1 onion, chopped
    1 red bell pepper, chopped
    1 small jalapeño chile, seeded and finely chopped
    1 large clove garlic, grated or finely chopped
    1 pound shrimp, deveined
    1 teaspoon paprika
    One can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
    1 cup grated manchego cheese
    1/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley (a generous handful)
    Serves 4

    PREPARATION

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the orzo and cook until al dente. Drain and transfer to a bowl.

    While the pasta is working, pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Spread the green beans on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tablespoons EVOO; season with salt and pepper. Roast until browned and tender, 12-15 minutes.

    In a large, deep skillet, heat 1 tablespoon EVOO, 1 turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the chorizo and cook for 1 minute. Add the onion, bell pepper, jalapeño and garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes. Season the shrimp with the paprika and add to the mixture. Add the tomatoes and cook until the shrimp are pink and firm, 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon EVOO , the cheese and parsley.

    Serve the spicy shrimp with the orzo and green beans.

    Well I'm off to the store. I thought I had everything to make tonight's dinner (Chicken Tortilla Soup), but I don't. Hmmmm, do I go out of my way and put blue jeans on, or do I keep my pink and green PJ pants on? :confused3 It's a tiny store, in a very small town.
     
  21. Missoutandabout

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    Hello ladies! :goodvibes

    Thanks to Wookie, Janet, Pas & Melissa for your extra summer Disney advice. I do appreciate it. :grouphug:

    Ginny: Yay for being booked! :hyper: This year will be our first time visiting during F&W. I think we might have to re-do our touring strategy because of it... especially if we get the APs. :thumbsup2


    ~~----------------------------~~

    So, here's the latest on the AP discussion front ... :rotfl:

    Schools get out for summer break around the 1st of June. One of the scenarios we discussed to get in a 3rd trip on the APs would be to fly down right after school ends in the beginning of June, rent a car and perhaps see about renting a house off-site for a week (with a pool, of course). Hopefully somewhere relatively close to Disney. Hmmm. :scratchin He seems quite keen on this idea rather than stay at a Value because he thinks it'll be too crowded at the resorts. :confused3 Guess I'll have to start looking into rentals... :thumbsup2


    Last night, when I was getting ready for bed, I noticed I couldn't see my toes very well (inspecting my nail polish :p ) -- lovely black spots in my vision. Then suddenly it dawns on me. Oy. Migraine RIGHT before bed, I guess it could've come at a worse time though, right? :rolleyes2 I was so out of it this morning that hubs decided to take Miss M to school for me. When she came to kiss me goodbye she started crying because she wanted to stay home with me -- she's never, EVER done that before. :lovestruc Poor daddy, he thinks he's chopped liver. :lmao:
     
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