Basking in the Glow of the (not so) Creepy Clown -2/11-Pictures, Final Thoughts, PTR!

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  1. brookelizabeth

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    Yep, sure did. 3rd trip in a row it's been on the list and we've skipped it! :laughing: Same with the Liberty Belle in MK! :rolleyes:

    There are some amazing details in Dinoland...let me see if I can find the blog I read...it's on AllEars...

    Found it:
    For anyone who is interested THIS is the blog I read about Dinoland. It's really interesting!!

    I thought the bus sharing was gonna drive me nuts, but it wasn't bad at all. Then again we did go in September, one of the lowest seasons of the year. It was always really fast - I almost always noted the time and how many stops we made. The only LONG ride was DTD and there was a few factors on why it took so long. But, I can imagine when the crowds are high, it can be really frustrating - packed buses, a bunch of stops...ugh.

    Yep, 15 days! :banana: Feb 26 - March 12. I can hardly believe it. It will most likely be our ONLY 2011 trip though.

    And hopefully it won't be scorching hot (though, a bit on the seasonably warm side would be fantastic), and we'll enjoy FoW!

    I love the details in the parks, they are just wonderful in Dionland - see the blog I posted above, it shares tons of details.

    :cool2: Thanks!

    It's true, you forget about the people while watching the show. It's so well done!

    :rotfl: I love your comment about FoW! Yes, it will be on The List for March. I hope to do all the shows, but FoW will be number one!

    That would be great! I hope you do it in November!! I have only seen a few TRs with it, and each time it sounds like a really great show.

    Next time I want to sit close for Nemo, we'll have to use Joe's GAC! I want to try to get some really close-up shots. We sat there once, but I was trying to distract Henry who didn't like the show ONE BIT! I had to go stand toward the top, far from the stage eventually. :sad2:
     
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  3. brookelizabeth

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    Wow, that's a diet that makes some serious sense! It makes it realistic and possible for busy people/people that can't cook. Now if I could just stick to no fries....! :laughing:

    They seem to be offering some really nice incentives lately for BLT, so you might get a really decent rate! Plus, the dues are cheap. Either one has an awesome location and you really can't go wrong with either! I look forward to trying BCV!

    He was one hot little boy! Plus with the hat on, it just made him sweatier. Blocked the sun, but made him hotter. :rolleyes: He's like Joe though and always runs warm, but it was HOT, we are all melting some. The lemonade followed by the AC was a very good move.

    :lmao: I can see it being a good napping spot!

    Those little red cheeks were a good sign! He normally just runs warm and gets sweaty easily - but this was more than normal, so those frozen treats and AC were called for!

    I love that pic of the boys too, I just wish Henry's eyes were open! But all well, it's still a winner!

    The fact that we know we are going to go back REALLY helps with those kinds of decisions. FoW is on The List for March!

    Resting and relaxing at BW is sooooooo nice. :cloud9:

    Have you done Nemo before? AK can be a hard park to fit in all that you want to do. We always run into that problem it seems.

    I love that pic of Henry and Joe too! :goodvibes

    We had better find the time with 15 days, I'm determined! :laughing: Currently I have 1.5 - 2 days planned at AK, so that should be enough to get my "3 Things List" done!

    He was so funny about having to wait while I took a picture of the food this trip, he doesn't understand it at ALL, but by the end of the trip he was saying, "Picture Mommy!" before he would dive in!!!! :lmao:

    He was one hot little boy! The treats and the AC were a good move for everyone. Plus Henry just loves Nemo, so he enjoyed it way more than he would have FoW.
     
  4. KatMark

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    No, we've never done Nemo. This was our first year to do Lion King and it was on the top of my list. Nemo for sure next year.
     
  5. brookelizabeth

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    Me toooooooooo!!!!

    Oh ya! He's already talking about bringing his bucket to Mickey's House. :rotfl: I told him we were staying part of the time at the same hotel and he said he wanted to play in the sand at the beach (at the BC) again. He's ready!

    That is surprising to hear about Flying Fish! I've ready so many RAVE reviews about it. People say the steak is the best on property. We wanted to try it, and even debated on doing it this trip, but it didn't make the cut. Now I'm kinda glad!

    Sorry I haven't responded to your PMs - I mean to, the days have been flying by lately and I haven't been on the DIS much the past few days. Today I'm on because I'm sick in bed. :sad2: Joe is home from work and I'm just laying low. I ran to CVS yesterday and the wind was blowing quite a bit and it was cold, of course I was a bit underdressed with 3/4 sleeves and no hood or hat or scarf....! :headache:

    There really had better be time for FoW in March! I said it above too, but if Joe isn't feeling it, I'll go alone! :laughing:

    I really like Dinoland too! I think it's cute and kitchy. There are so many fun details too. We haven't shopped much there, just once we went through that shop, but I've seen pictures and really should take the time because it's huge! For some reason we just never really shop at AK. :confused:

    It's hard to take pictures of Nemo I think because of the lighting in the theater and the constant moving on the stage. Everytime I tried to zoom in I'd get some stuff in focus and some stuff blurry!

    The Lion King is an awesome show! We love that one too. They are both really excellent!

    That is so interesting about FoW too! I love to hear that kind of stuff, what Disney used to look like, etc.

    I love my backwards robe!!! :rotfl:

    It really is such a great show, isn't it? Even after seeing it so many times I still enjoy it. The songs are fantastic.

    I hope you guys get nice weather! The one time we were there in October was PERFECT. It was a bit cool in the morning and evening, and perfect in the middle of the day. We hope to go in October again sometime.

    Gotta love those little bits of Disney in our regular life!! :goodvibes
     
  6. disneybarbie

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    That's funny.. I read exactly the same blog (All Ears) about Dinoland.. and have a completely new appreciation of the area.. can't wait to go back and see it again 'properly' this next trip! :thumbsup2

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  7. brookelizabeth

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    That's a good tip, get to the first show of FoW. I think March will be more bearable without AC, but even still....just in case.

    So, so true! It's wonderful.

    It really is - and it's nice that Disney has some big attractions like this to fit a lot of people for a nice break.

    Oh man! Pregnant + carrying child + heat would equal misery! It is a HOT park due to all the vegetation. I sure hope you guys like it this time! Nemo is a great show, it's incredibly well done!!

    The details in Dinoland are really incredible! See the link I posted above for that blog with the info. It's really good!

    You are an observant Momma....heat, past naptime, digging....!
     
  8. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Brook, I am sorry that you are ill! I hope you will feel better soon!! :hug:

    Thanks for the Dinoland Blog, I think I missed that even though I follow his blog quite a lot. It was a great read! :goodvibes
     
  9. brookelizabeth

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    Thank you for the prayers! My cousin is in a very hard spot, she's pregnant, her husband was going to school, but now they are staying 3 hours away with family - he was on the GI Bill, so that was their income as well. Neither one has a job, plus they have a 3 year old and have lost their home (which they were renting from my Grandma, but I guess you have to wait about a YEAR for things to truly dry before you can re-build!) and a ton of their things. She needs prayer!

    The Boneyard is a great playground! I love that Disney has thought of the sand issue. As you might have seen here too, someone else posted about there being a similar "sand pit" in T-Rex in DTD!

    Nemo is a very fun show - if you are able to swing it next trip, do it! I bet Luke would be into it, lots of music, it's very entertaining. But ya....55 minute wait! No way! We waited around 30 during NYE week and I thought that was bad enough!

    :welcome: Thank you for joining in!
    First, Happy Birthday!!!!! What a GREAT way to celebrate! I hope you enjoy the BW as much as we did! Did you put in any room requests?

    Bummer that we miss each other by TWO days!!!

    I love all those little Dinoland details. Up above I posted a link to a blog that explains tons of them. There are so many things to explore there!

    I look forward to doing FoW in March! We WILL make it!

    That is VERY, VERY true. My head sometimes says one thing, but reality is so much more important! Makes for a happier child, husband and Momma!
     
  10. brookelizabeth

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    Oh, I hope March isn't that cold! Hopefully we are comfortable, and if a bit chilly a chai or a coffee will take care of it!

    I hadn't thought about the numbers on the plate. That's a good point! I wouldn't doubt if they do mean something.

    I had a moment of creativity with the title! :laughing: We did discuss doing Flying Fish this trip, more than once - I kept bringing up the steak. We didn't book it for March either, but who knows, we just might end up there!

    We felt like we had covered enough to be satisfied with the park. Something new, something Henry has been itchin' to do, and a couple of old favorites. I like to spend the time on the things Henry really cares about - before I know it he won't give two hoots about the sandbox, and I'll miss his bucket and shovel days! Plus, it's his vacation as well - I want him to have as much fun as Joe and I. :rotfl:

    :welcome: Thank you for reading!!! We just loved the BWV too! So, so wonderful. The location, the theme, the music - ahhhh, it all just was exactly like you said - charming! I really look forward to staying there again. We are psyched about the 15 days! It's been an adventure to plan, but a lot of fun!

    I think we'll really enjoy FoW when we do get to see it. I hope Henry finds it entertaining enough though....
     
  11. brookelizabeth

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    Ya, he might have gotten cranky in the heat after a bit longer. Or I might have....:rolleyes1 :laughing:

    Chefs has the French Onion soup, right? Oh man, that sounds AWESOME right now. I'm sick with the sniffles and an ear ache, I could use some good soup!

    You are right on pieces of your guess....laying around and food was done. ::yes::

    Yes! The DIS can be so hard to keep up on. I haven't really been on in a few days and I'm a bazillion posts behind. No worries though, life happens and it's generally a tad more important. ;)

    You'll get to know those Disney playgrounds quite well! They are a lot of fun though. Like everywhere else, the details are usually pretty incredible. It's a total wonderland for the littles.

    Thank you for your kind words on the flooding too. It's been a bit shocking and tragic, but we try to focus on the good things - the house DID need a remodel :laughing: and more importantly NO ONE was hurt!

    Ah! Lion King is a great show too, it's always a toss up for which one for us if we can only do one. I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

    I always kinda liked the area, but this made me look at it completely different, it really makes it even more interesting. I do wish they would post the story somewhere to make people understand the area more or something....?

    Thank you Magdalene! It's my own silly fault with not preparing better for the weather. :headache: Of course it is the day when I generally watch a friend of Henry's too, so Joe has TWO toddlers at his feet! :eek:

    Your welcome on the blog! I really like his blog - I think it was actually you who turned me onto him in the first place....I know I caught this Dinoland bit off another TR.

    I've been meaning to ask as well, have you gotten the package I sent you? I sent it on Thursday, September 23. I'm not sure how long it takes to get to you, but I hope it comes soon! :goodvibes
     
  12. All7OfUs

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    Morning, Brook!! Are you feeling any better today?
     
  13. Flossbolna

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    Poor Joe, I hope he can manage! ;) I think I might have mentioned Jack Spence, he does great posts about the parks. But when I read the Dinoland blog, it was rather new to me.... :confused:

    I had a note in my letterbox today that I got a large letter which did not fit, so I will go to the post office (fortunately only one block away from my house!) to pick it up. I was wondering what it might be and then thought that it could be the surprise from you! :goodvibes I will let you know tomorrow!
     
  14. brookelizabeth

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    We left off leaving AK and arriving at the BW, with no plans for the night

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    Every time we walked down the hallway Henry would point to every single door and say "This one?" then he'd skip ours and point to the one across the hall...:laughing:

    Back in the room we kicked off our shoes and the boys went straight down for a nap. I believe I read a bit, got on the DIS and Facebook...but sleeping was not happening. I posted to my Facebook at 5:18 "
    Do I wake my sleeping boys? Or, go dine solo? Perhaps I'll just go shopping and grab a snack down on the Boardwalk..."


    Well, I took everyone's advice who responded and went out shopping and to get a snack...and I gotta say...

    It was nice being solo for a bit!

    Pictures while I slowly made my way down to the Boardwalk...
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    The little chair is stinkin' adorable!

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    From the patio just off the lobby

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    Looking down on the green from the patio. A father and son were tossing a football back and forth, just having a nice relaxing time on vacation. :thumbsup2

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    Ah, yes. Here we are.

    I didn't know what to expect with this gift shop, but man! it's HUGE! I was very impressed at everything they had. While shopping and being amazed at all the choices I overheard a woman say, "Is this your only gift shop?" and I was surprised...what wasn't here??? Really, they have a very, very nice selection! One thing I did miss was the resort themed magnets. We collect magnets from everywhere we go, but have enough of the generic WDW ones.

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    I spied this display as soon as I walked in the door and figured they had to have the silver Mickey head wine stopper that luvfigment had requested I pick up for her - and they did! :thumbsup2

    I started to take pictures of things I wanted...

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    Love this.

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    I wanted to come back for these, but never did.

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    I had wanted this CD for the past couple trips but didn't see it anywhere, this trip I saw it everywhere!

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    The current incentives. Yet, you could buy that same beach towel without a $25 purchase for the same price....:confused3

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    I loved all the scarves they had in all the gift shops! So, so pretty!

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    These were only $12

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    I will take one of each please. ;) I had wanted the wristlet for running errands around our neighborhood, but talked myself out of it.

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    These are cute too

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    Continued from previous post

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    These made me think of MeMom, I know she likes 'em!

    Something for Joe...
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    Something for Henry...
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    And these made me think of TyRy!

    After shopping and shopping and shopping and only buying the one item for luvfigment, I went back out into the warm air to find a snack. My stomach was growling, but I wanted something simple and light...hmmm.....

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    No, everything here is too heavy.

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    The view sure is nice!

    But, it's even better with...

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    YES! I FINALLY got WDW popcorn! And, you are all very, very right (like I ever doubted you!), it did NOT disappoint. YUM. That "Never Done" is finally checked off the list. :yay: (and it gets a double-check later in the trip...:rolleyes1)

    After I admired the view for a few minutes while munching on my popcorn I made my way back up to the room to find the boys awake, but still laying in bed. As soon as Henry spotted my popcorn box he was up and wanting some! :laughing:

    And before I knew it...
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    Henry stole my popcorn! Last December it was Joe's Mickey Bar, this time it's my popcorn. The kid knows what is good, doesn't he?

    We sat there for a bit, discussing what to eat for dinner, munching on popcorn. I cannot recall the choices we cycled through, but one of us brought up a very lovely ice cream shop with killer burgers just across the lake, Beaches & Cream, and it was a winner.

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    Off we go!

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    Henry thought the flowers were very pretty. I did too!

    We arrived and were told there would just be a FIVE minute wait! Last time we had to wait forty minutes, so this was very welcomed news. The CM was really very nice, her and I chatted kids books. She used to be an assistant children's librarian, so she had lots of good recommendations for books. I put them in my notes...somewhere! :laughing:

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    Henry knew what he wanted. :rolleyes: I didn't realize he was actually going to lick this when I took the picture! :headache: How many kids do you think lick this every single day???? :eek: :rotfl2:

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  16. brookelizabeth

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    Continued from the previous post

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    The view during our short wait was pretty rockin'

    Very soon we were called and led to the table right next to the one we sat at last time we were there.

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    After we ordered Henry decided he wanted to see what was going on behind the bar. Generally I would just make him stay put, but the restaurant really wasn't full at all, so I let him play a bit.

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    The CM there just loved him sitting up there!

    Very soon our food arrived and Henry was more than ready to sit back in his chair instead of at the bar or on one of our laps

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    Joe and I both ordered a cheeseburger and split an order of onion rings. I shared my burger with Henry.

    Delicious! Those onion rings are soooooo very good.

    We were stuffed full so we skipped dessert. I know, I know! At Beaches & Cream and we skipped dessert!!! There was just no way we could have fit it in too without feeling miserable.

    Just as we were about to leave the lights dimmed and the little yellow rotating light came on. I figured someone had ordered the Kitchen Sink, but nope! It was for

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    HENRY!

    The CM tied a balloon to his chair and had everyone sing Happy Birthday. And are you ready for this? The possible WORST round of Happy Birthday ever....:rotfl:

    Happy Birthday Henry (1 minute, 35 seconds)

    The poor singing made no difference to Henry, he was thrilled with the balloon!

    Our dinner, 1 milk, 2 cheeseburgers and 1 order of onion rings was right around $25.

    After we left Henry spied the beach again and asked to dig. We hadn't brought his bucket, so we just let him run for a few minutes.

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    Heading back to the BW
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    He insisted on holding it.

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    Every time we went over the bridge on the way to Epcot or the BC Henry really enjoyed watching the water, the ducks and the boats.

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    He was espeically excited seeing two boats at once!

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    The Boardwalk is made up of wooden planks, as you can see. When Henry was in his stroller he would pretend he was a train and these were his rail road tracks. When we "ran out of track" and hit the pavement area he would become a car. It was pretty dern cute.

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    Back to the room and a quick change into our swimsuits - we were off to see George in all his glowtastic beauty. I didn't bring a camera, so you who aren't too fond of clowns are spared.

    For now.

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    Later that night Henry took a bath and pretended he was Buzz Lightyear flying all over the room.

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    I checked in on the weather back home, Earl was making his appearance to the east coast.
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    mickeysmyboy lives out there on Long Island, but thankfully she reported back that it was not bad at ALL.

    And with that we are all off to sleep.

    But before we closed our eyes I gave Joe an ultimatum. Yes, an ultimatum on vacation. He. He. It went a little like this,

    Me: "Tomorrow we are doing Magic Kingdom. I want to make Rope Drop. If you aren't ready on time, I'm going without you."
    Joe: "Ooookay."

    So now the big question is....did we make it????
     
  17. brookelizabeth

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    I had done all those replies earlier today yet - so nope, not feeling any better - feeling worse actually. Blahhhhhhhhhhhh.

    He's managing pretty well. This morning was rougher...he was just kinda letting the boys destroy the house, they were having fun, but I was NOT okay with that. This afternoon he's been playing with them/supervising their play, I just posted a pic on my FB of them.

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    He's got them both seated in little fabric toy bins and pulling them around. They LOVE it. Henry threw his hands up like he was on a roller coaster!

    Sounds good about the mail! I hope that is it, if not it should be there any day now....!
     
  18. mickeystoontown

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    While I am sure you love spending time with your two boys at Disney, I'm also sure that you enjoyed walking around a little bit by yourself. It's nice to spend a little alone time on vacation.

    I loved everything you took pictures of in the gift shop but I think my favorite is the pink and green Minnie purse. Wonder if they'll still have that around next May? Adding that to my "gotta have" list.:thumbsup2

    As I said before, your Boardwalk pictures are absolutely beautiful and Henry is the cutest little thing ever.
     
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    what a lovely afternoon/evening.. the Boardwalk area is so picturesque, great photos! :goodvibes

    Think I 'need' one of those D&B purses too :rolleyes1 !


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    LOL at the video of everyone singing to Henry. I wonder if they will do that to me if we go there...

    I really hope you made rope drop or I am going to be very disappointed. :mad:
     
  21. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    What a great and relaxing afternoon/evening! I really wish I could do that, but I am afraid that I am not made for that kind of vacation. I think for me it also has to with the fact, that I am never should when I will be back again. It is so far and if the exchange rate goes all crazy it might just become way too expensive...

    What a fun picture of the two boys! :rotfl:
     

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