Coffee on the Verandah -The Last Slide, Recap & Souvies 5/29 - Link to Aulani TR 5/31

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  1. KatMark

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    Men!!!! Seriously, it cracks me up what they forget they've done.

    What a lovely afternoon. And :thumbsup2 on figuring out dinner and breakfast for the birthday girl (despite having to go out in the rain numerous times).

    Sorry about the bug bites...you do attract them, don't you? It must be because you are so sweet. :hug:
     
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  3. englishrose47

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    As long as it is Cynthia you are calling sweet I will agree, but if Marv gets bug bites ??????:lmao::lmao::lmao:
     
  4. OurDogCisco

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    Fyi, if you go to Maui this place on Napili Bay is pretty in expensive. It has a full kitchen but only a 1 bedroom. The living room has a couch bed and a chair sleeper. So, the kids could sleep in their own space and the most beautiful beach is just a couple hundred yards away. You can snorkel with the turtles, too. This place is my slice of heaven.

    http://www.outrigger.com/hotels-resorts/hawaiian-islands/maui/outrigger-napili-shores

    Here's a picture of the beach out front. Amazing...

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  5. Chilly

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    oh my feet are itching just thinking about it, hope it doesn't last!
     
  6. eandesmom

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    I agree, absolutely love the sunset. I get it too and in reality those darn bugs would come out at sunset so in that respect, probably good but still it felt really early.

    We were so lucky with rain on this trip. It rained but almost always at times that were incredibly convenient for us! It was a nice night. After I finished walking back and forth far too many times. Well, except for the bug bites.

    Oh my gosh I hear you there. Between Aulani and then the big trip next NYE I will be out...which is making it hard to figure out the next girls trip!

    I am planning on doing a PTR/TR for Aulani once I finish this one I think. I have been booking some things, very fun stuff.

    Thanks Christine, I hope you did too! Ours was lovely, albeit exhausting. I had 20 over for dinner.

    Can't go wrong with Sun, sand, pool and palm trees. Rain and bugs, not so much.

    Thanks!

    Yes and no. You do have to rent but because we'd gotten down there so late, they let us take some abandoned ones for free. We did rent the day before.


    It was lovely pool time! And an especially lovely margarita.

    It was a bit ridiculous, I'm sure I came across like the most disorganized person ever.

    It's a bit creepy, but funny.

    Me too! Oh wait I am, in May! :thumbsup2 Except that will be more relaxing, no trips back and forth worrying about kid stuff or keeping them entertained, or feeding them. :rotfl:

    I am very glad we stayed in, which had been the plan, but so nice not to deal with the grocery store and cooking, and most importantly figuring out what the heck to cool!

    My feet were NOT happy.

    Exactly!

    Yes, major boo. Should have sent Jeff to get the Pizza had I realized.

    It was a relief, I was so stressed out about those darn pancakes it was silly!

    :rotfl2: Yep, maybe. Just wait, he will have a "first" again one of these days and I'm going to bring those pictures back up.
     
  7. saintstickets

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    We don't forget...we just disremember! :lmao:
     
  8. eandesmom

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    I should do that! Great idea (running commentary)

    I think it seems far cooler if you haven't done it. It sounds cool, and occasionally there are nice moments but the reality of it isn't fun at all. It's drive to the airport, park, fly, haul stuff, sit in a meeting room all day, maybe eat, fly back, get home late and get up and go to work. usually sleep poorly as you are worried about oversleeping and it's only a night or 2 so you don't really settle in to a room.

    The occasional perk like a good meal or sneaking off for a hike can lessen the pain for sure. I used to travel almost 90% of the time, don't miss that at all!

    I do miss the miles that used to come with it though!

    So very very true! My MIL just reached out for me to help her SIL/DIL who booked LAST WEEK for a week over Christmas.

    :scared1:

    Poor people, I think she may have confused them to death and then I probably overwhelmed them with paranoia with my giant bulliten that said MAKE ADR'S NOW!

    :rotfl:

    I have visions of them, with their 4 kids, with a meal plan they can't use because they can't get in anywhere!

    It isn't my home resort although for a long time I really wanted it to be. If it weren't for the THV advantage, I would prefer it as my home resort to be honest. But I wasn't doing resale, wanted THV and couldn't get what I wanted direct at OKW. It would have been on the table for our add on as well but no inventory.

    I don't think you need to have kids with you to enjoy the main pool...after all it is right next to the Gurgling Suitcase! Did you use the quiet pool by building 55? The E's did, I never made it in but did take a few pics on the last day there

    Yes, we were clued into that after a bit and then I finally convinced the gang to walk and I didn't think it was far at all, felt like we should have just walked the entire time to be honest.

    The kids REALLY want to go back there on the next trip, it seems like a lot of work if not staying there but we will see. I did love it too!

    It was wonderful all around! Except for the bugs of course.

    The wifi is horrible. I didn't really test it at OKW so couldn't compare but had issues at AKV and then at BWV as well. Although at Boardwalk I think it was more the Alaska site than the wifi.


    It was fairly full right in front of the resort but not at all on either side, it's an awfully long beach that just keeps going and going and going.....

    The merman was funny.

    The bug bites were NOT.

    Yep! Ditching the kids to have Mai Tai's with Mickey. I can't wait!

    It wasn't. At all!

    It was a lovely pool, I really did enjoy it. A bit more crowded in the water itself than was ideal for me but from a lounger, it was just perfect!

    Yep, complete with college visits and all that rot. :scared1:

    Pancake morning will be coming up next


    That does sound autumnal! And yummy. It is store bought eggnog although I do have an amazing from scratch recipe (courtesy of HappyDog) that I will make at some point over the season.

    I'd love to trade travel bucket lists! And mutually enable :thumbsup2

    Thank you so much :goodvibes we are praying for the swelling to go down, it does sound like the other lower leg needs to come off as well and they aren't sure if they will try a prosthetic before or after that happens or just wait and try both at once. I just pray that all of it stops the infections.

    Thanks, it is all exciting :goodvibes


    Yeah, it's been a problem my whole life. Which is why I was taking all those B vitamins before we left, and then broke out like a teenager, heck almost like I had the measles! Can't win. It is worth it though most of the time to be outside either camping or at the beach or whatever it is, I just have to tough it out for a few days. Evan gets it bad, almost as bad but not quite. Even with spray, I'll get bit.


    Eric has a lot more little boy in him still than Evan does but I love seeing those glimpses of it with Evan and we saw a LOT of it on the trip which was just magical.

    It was lovely. Very very busy (cooked and then cleaned for 20) and then decorated my house, and my mothers. But it was still really nice and I did not want to go back Monday morning!
     
  9. eandesmom

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    It was a nice cozy evening! Except for the bites. Nothing remotely cozy about those.

    SO very true. What was truly lovely and memorable about this trip, and different, is that we had several of those kinds of nights. Just quality, laying low evenings. Really special. A no park trip is not such a bad thing.

    Sometimes I think it's part of why I am such a sun worshiper. They like the shade! It isn't much fun, I'm sorry it happens to you too.

    Not horrible!

    Well I would say you got far more soaked than I did, I'd have traded squishy shoes for the bug bites that's for sure!

    Very lucky it happened on the night it did. We were incredibly lucky all aroudn with when the rain decided to show up over the entire length of the trip.

    :rotfl2: oh the things we do for our kids (that they have NO idea is even going on)
    Oh my goodness, he was POSITIVE. It was hysterical.

    It was very creepy. sad wierd and melted looking. Good villain though. Mickey's evil twin.

    Uh-oh is right.

    It's 5 o'clock somewhere!

    Actually it was.


    Except both of those would required a trip to the store. Though we did still have some leftover muffins and cereal all of the "favorites" had been used up.

    Just wait, he will have one in Aulani and swear it's his first. Any luck on your waitlist? I've heard of some folks having luck with calling daily. Which is a bit of a nightmare but might be worth it if it's an option to do so. What room category were you trying for?

    Yep.
     
  10. Millie12591

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    Oh sweetie, I'm so sorry you've had all this weighing on you for so long. :hugs: Bless your heart, of course I'll be praying for your family, one of our mutual friends I've already been praying for, the others I will certainly be lifting as well. ::yes::

    It's hard to hold onto faith when so much is hitting all at once, but it's our faith that will see us through, and it will be what holds others up as well. I don't know how much people believe in prayer, but when you ask others for it and you feel a strength come from out of no where...you suddenly realize how strong the Source and the power of prayer truly is.

    Hang in there, babe. Let us know if there is anything else we can do for you. It takes the support of others to get us through these times.
     
  11. Captain_Oblivious

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    No, we haven't heard anything from the wait list. I hadn't heard about calling in daily--I'll have to talk to my DVC friend and see if she's willing to go through that haslle for us. I hate to be an inconvenience.

    We were trying to keep it as cheap as we could, so we went for a standard view 1-bedroom suite (to accommodate 5 people). We said to book it if they had the next category up for view (Island view, I think?) as well. I think they did have something available but it was only for 2 nights instead of the 3 we wanted, and we didn't want to have to change resorts for that short of a trip.
     
  12. eandesmom

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    Ah, that explains it. There are actually only 18 1 bedrooms that are in the standard view category and 10 of those are in phase 3 which is under construction right now. Not sure if they are booking those phase 3 rooms yet or not.. If they aren't, it could mean you have a chance on the wait list coming through. I had to call member services this morning on something else anyway. What she said is that they don't get visibility to when rooms for phase 3 are released into inventory but I would think that it's a moving target right now, especially on the Island View Rooms. 30 of those in the first 2 phases, which are open, and then another 57 opening in phase 3. I have heard that some rooms in phase 3 have been given to folks at check in but it's in the "short" wing of Ewa which is only 16 of those 57 1 bedrooms.

    Hopefully she is wait listing for both categories as the chances on Island View are a ton better. It's kind of interesting, as once it's fully open the most inventory is either Island, or Ocean. Very few standards and not a lot of Pool. It will be interesting to see if some of the ocean views end up being reclassified as pool, with all the pool view rooms currently basically being the same location as the ocean view...just lower floors.

    I assume you are doing other islands as part of the trip? What all have you booked?
     
  13. glennbo123

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    Looked like a nice night. I'm glad you weren't too distressed over getting rained on; a warm rain isn't too bad.

    Too funny that Jeff didn't remember having a Mickey Bar before, but you had photographic proof. :laughing:

    I think there must have been something wrong with your TV. Ours didn't look like that, and I'd think the reception would be from a satellite that serves the whole resort.
     
  14. eandesmom

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    True. We could have pan fried them but for 5, that's a pita. the reality is that we were both just so relaxed and content, leaving the property had a major ruin our vibe feel to it and we didn't want to!

    It was a great idea, I gushed like a crazy person at the CM, I'm sure they thought I was nuts but it had not remotely occurred to me. Going out for breakfast on property wasn't an option either. I suppose it could have been but it was a cost we didn't need especially heading into 4 days of gluttony on the ship and then the DDP when we returned.

    Sadly, neither of those work. I do have a organic lavendar spray that is part repellent, part cooling spray that does provide some short term relief but everything else is worthless. Lord knows I've tried it all over the years.

    I did not sleep well I can tell you that. More like fits of dozing.

    And I joke I have a brain like a colander. :rotfl:

    It's one thhing to forget something I told him (or to have never listened to it in the first place lol) but something they actually did? :rotfl2:

    It was a lovely afternoon and honestly, as miserable as those bites were, at the time it was totally worth it to not leave the property. Or cook.

    So they say. It is something in the blood that smells more attractive to them. So being dirty and smelly is a repllent of it's own as well. I've taken B vitamins in the past as it will alter the smell to them a bit. But that was a fiasco on it's own as you will recall the horrid rash that I got before the trip and I am personally convinced (though the Dermatologist thought otherwise) that the B vitamins were a contributing factor. I just didn't expect them in the rain! On the sidewalk, not in the woods or on the beach.

    Well since Marv isn't here, we can call him whatever we want. :rotfl:

    that is lovely! This is a couples trip, no kids, and just to Oahu this time as with DVC it makes it a very reasonable trip. But I've used Outrigger before on the Big Island and was very very happy with our condo, reasonable and just lovely! Next trip will be with the kids. Historically we've used an Aston condo in Maui, up by Kanaapali but I will keep this one in mind, as the one we stay at really doesn't have that much of a beach as much as we like the location.

    It was rather miserable.
     
  15. eandesmom

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    I don't mind warm rain at all and besides, I'd been in the ocean and the pool and was dressed for it, hat, flip flops and all.

    I am still betting he has one in Aulani and swears it's the first one.

    If memory serves the TV issue really was the worst on whatever channel the Olympics were on. Which seemed crazy to us. The kids watched Jane by Design that night and it seems to me that it was just fine. Wierd.
     
  16. Captain_Oblivious

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    I see. Didn't realize the number was so low. I think she did wait list us for either standard or island view, so maybe that will help our chances. Fingers crossed. Given the points chart and the cost of renting points, I didn't feel like we could justify the cost of the pool/ocean view rooms. This would all be moot if they would just build the hotel rooms to hold 5 people! :headache:

    I can't give away all of that; then you'd skip the last chapter of my TR! :rotfl2:

    We are hoping to do 4 islands: Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai. It's ambitious, but we have a couple of aces up our sleeve keeping some costs down. So far we have our flights out booked and paid for (or miles used), and I have a hotel on the big island and a condo in Kauai rented. Baby steps...
     
  17. eandesmom

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    Our 6th day of the trip started early for me. Or it didn't quite end, I am not quite sure. I had a rather horrendous night of attempting to sleep and not scratch my feet off. I did try some relief spray that I have that does help some but the reality is nothing really works, never has. It is frustrating. Benadryl doesn't do a thing for me, cortisone cream is worthless. The only thing that really helps is flat out ignoring and not scratching. Which can be very difficult in the middle of the night. I was motivated to try awfully hard though, I was not remotely keen on the idea of what my feet would look like if I gave in to the scratching, I knew it would be bad enough even if I didn't touch them at all (I tend to get a pretty large like hive reaction on any bit, immediately and then it turns bright red. Hard to miss) ]. We had 4 days of cruise on the horizon which meant 4 nights of dresses and cute shoes! Yes, I'm vain. What can I say.

    It never occurred to me that they would be attracted to standing water like that (especially transitory standing water) and I'm not sure how effective spray would be anyway once the skin was wet. UGH. I will remember this for the future, that much I know.

    Jeff and I woke up (or I gave up on trying to sleep, keeping busy is often best when this happens) and decided to go enjoy our last morning on the beach. A run for him and a walk for me while the kids slept in. I did spray my feet first!

    Walk with us. Actually, walk with me and

    See Jeff run!

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    I kept trying to catch these darn birds but no luck. They looked so much cooler live! I was mesmerized by them.

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    It was a lovely walk, heading in the opposite direction of where I had been before. Past sunrise for sure but still early. So peaceful, hardly anyone out.
    Arriving back at the villa I found a very cranky Evan. “You were supposed to wake/take me with you”. Oops. I definitely hadn't remembered that if I had agreed to it. He was really bummed out and I felt awful, though I had honestly loved my solo walk. The plan was to work for about an hour or as long as it took and take care of breakfast, checking out by checkout time, at noon.

    Work went, well, about as well as it had the previous 3 days I’d attempted it. Changes I swore I had made, hadn't taken and I kept trying to get it to go through...searching for signal again (and again and again and again). Finally I got in gear (aka gave up) finished up most of the packing and went to start breakfast, calling down for the room service order (and trying to be sneaky at the same time). Had the hardest time getting through, it would ring and ring and ring. Kept trying, kept getting re-routed, finally intercepted before they could transfer and the CM went to investigate what was happening.

    "Room service is closed."

    What do you mean it's closed? How can room service be closed? How can breakfast be over? It was 10 at the absolute latest (though I have no proof of that) My stress level, combined with the fiery feet and work internet fiasco started to go up quickly. VERY quickly. We conferred and Jeff went down to try and order them as "take out" from the restaurant instead. While he did, I made the rest of us French toast, putting it in the oven to warm. Finally...he arrived. With pancakes! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Birthday Kendall.

    :bday:party:

    Of course since I was a cooking, cleaning, packing trying to get out of the villa on time maniac, I didn't get any pictures of the actual breakfast, or her opening her gift. Which was really only part of her gift but she didn't know it. We gave her a choice of a spa service, on the Dream, at the Teen only spa. She thought that was pretty cool. Of course since I was a cooking, cleaning, packing trying to get out of the villa on time maniac, who hadn't gotten up super early and had taken an hour long stroll on the beach the morning of said checkout, we were not out on time. Shocker I know! :lmao: By the time we got the car loaded, a last trip for bio breaks, pressed pennies and something else I can’t remember, it was noon.

    In theory and according to Google Maps it is an hour and 9 minute drive to the port. We had some errands to run along the way, none of them awful but figured we were still more than fine to make it there in time for lunch and our FE DIS meet at 3.

    No ice

     
  18. Mndisneygirl

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    HOW can room service be closed??? :(Oh man! Good recovery on the take out though!
    Glad Kendall liked her spa gift! Can't wait to hear what she chose!

    So you say "in theory" you should have had plenty of time and that leads me to believe that "in reality" meant something different!! Oh boy.
     
  19. natebenma

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    I love all the pictures from your beach stroll, but these two especially. Gorgeous!

    Sorry that your feet were bothering you. Not being able to sleep is an awful feeling!

    Room service was closed? Seriously? Don't they realize people are on VACATION and some may not be getting it into gear until later in the morning? Glad takeout was able to save the day.

    OK, I'll do the math.

    An hour, 15 minutes for the drive. 45 minutes for errands (if you immediately find what and where you are looking for) 1 hour for the boarding processing.

    You are gonna be cutting it seriously close for that FE meeting!
     
  20. Mndisneygirl

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    That's one good thing about the Disney Cruise - 24 HOUR FREE room service!!!
     
  21. Captain_Oblivious

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    I bet you could pick up some Beverly from Club Cool to try. That would kill off just about anything.

    Some very nice beach pictures here!

    Is that Maryann? :rotfl2:

    Uh oh. Time to distract him. Squirrel! :squirrel:

    :headache:
     

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