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

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  1. PracPerfPatricia

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    Hey Cynthia,

    I know I wished you a happy Bday on FB but I really do hope it was awesome...:goodvibes

    I'm sorry to hear about all of the illness in your circle...sigh... sometimes it really feels that when it rains it pours...:hug:

    Glad about the boys being all about the music... totally agree so important not just because I really love music in its myriad forms but it gives them a good group of kids to hang around with... ;) If I get my way David will swim in HS and be in Jazz Band... (& I plan on getting my way...lol)

    The Meridian Lounge (?) really, really looked lovely and you all looked like you were having a great night at Pirate's night... you are a good mom to hand over the camera to your little man... sometimes as mom's we make those kinds of sacrifices for our children...;) Fun Pics...

    Great Cruise Swag...:thumbsup2

    Looking forward to seeing Castaway Cay... thinking about doing the short cruise that goes there (3 night? ) before we commit to anything longer... ahhh... but except for the ship... that whole Alaskan thing really appeals to me... I'm going to have to go back and read that trip report of yours on Alaska...
     
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  3. CarolynK

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    You got some great pins!!

    Considering how many people are on board, it sure looks like you and your husband were able to find some quiet areas! Nice!
     
  4. glennbo123

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    I can relate to Evan on the Aquaduct (Aquaduck?), that would've been me at his age.

    Dinner looked like a fun time.
     
  5. rentayenta

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    Great update Cynthia. As usual you look gorgeous. You two are a darling couple. :thumbsup2

    You didn't dress up for pirate night?


    Let me ask you.....tell me how you handle everyone splitting up without cell phones or ways to communicate? :confused3 I've thought about how I'll handle Joshua going to the Edge and what we'll do? With only5 nights, I'm not sure that's long enough to really get to know our way around, ya know? Are they allowed to come and go into the clubs as they please?
     
  6. KatMark

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    Great update, Cynthia. I love the picture of you by the rail on the ship. And I am now drooling over that crab cake that one of you had for your appetizer.

    Great photos at dinner!
     
  7. Captain_Oblivious

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    That is awesome! I'd never seen that before. Now I want to find a room in my house to decorate like that!

    Poor guy. People can be jerks sometimes. As if he was trying to get stuck.

    It looks a little classier on the Dream. But either spot is pretty cool.

    I remember this being my favorite meal on the Wonder.:thumbsup2

    You saw a lot more than I did on our cruise! :rolleyes1

    DIS Dads! :cool1:

    I hate that.:sad2:
     
  8. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    By the way, I can't post this on my own TR as an update (yet) because my wife will see it...but our wait list came through for Aulani! :woohoo:

    We got into a 1-bedroom island-garden view villa. My wife and I were just in the process of looking for a different place to stay and were ready to give up on it when we got the call. Her birthday is next month so I'm not going to say anything about it until then. :goodvibes
     
  9. glennbo123

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    Congrats!
     
  10. MEK

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    These turned out great!

    Nice that you had a little alone time for an adult beverage!

    Dinner looks yummy!

    The Pirate Party looks like fun and fireworks at sea seems like a blast. I'm looking forward to that.

    Lots of fun loot! :thumbsup2
     
  11. KatMark

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    :woohoo::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo: awesome news and what a wonderful birthday surprise. :)
     
  12. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    :cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1:

    I am happy for you, but I am even more excited about the fact that we will get a Captain Aulani TR now!!! :thumbsup2
     
  13. Captain_Oblivious

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    Thanks everyone!

    Sorry, Cynthia, I didn't mean to hijack your TR. I just posted that here because you had asked about our struggles getting a reservation there before.
     
  14. Mndisneygirl

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    Great pictures again! Love the two of you at Meridian!

    I am so hungry right now - I should NOT have looked at the food pics. Those potstickers look so good!!

    You got some really good DVC swag! I'm going to have to make an effort to check into that more next time! We got hats and tote bags and maybe one other thing.
     
  15. eandesmom

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    Fire works at sea are pretty darn cool I have to admit. It was a fun night

    We did! It was a great FE.

    The paintbrush plates are so cute, I've often been temped to buy some. I wish the pirate bananas were bigger, they are like half bandannas. Works great for the kids but a little more challenging for Jeff and I.

    We absolutely loved Meridian, of all the lounges on the Dream it was our favorite.

    Not really longer than any other day unless you are an early to bed sort, which we are not. Naps by the pool, or beach do help :thumbsup2

    I know! If we'd have been there Jeff would likely have given someone a major earful so it's just as well we weren't but the poor kid. Hard enough to be one of the smallest in your class and then get abused for it by strangers. :confused3

    At a certain point it's best to just be in the moment. That was definitely one of them!

    It was a wonderful FE. The Disdad is around this TR but I know has been super busy lately, I think he started their TR before we did but we are further along in the trip by now although he had an update to his pretty recently. Life gets busy! I could "out" him I guess but I bet he will be along at some point. It was such a kick to see that. His DW was one of the main coordinators of the FE and I don't think I realized he was a DISdad until later on. Pretty fun, Jeff loved it.

    Thanks Dee!

    I love it! I didn't know there was a national margarita day, Jeff and I must celebrate.

    2 feet, wow. That will close school for sure. Hopefully no major damage, just closures for you. It was a crazy storm, the pictures are amazing. Mischief at the BC/YC huh? I might have to poke my head in and see what's going on, I haven't been over there in forever!
     
  16. eandesmom

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    Thanks!

    It was really good, I really enjoyed the entire meal and that chicken definitely exceeded my expectations. Let me know if you find the reciprocity :thumbsup2

    And that was honeslty maby 1/3 of the pictures he took. It was pretty funny.

    It really was quite the lovely load of loot wasn't it!

    Yeah, I was in the new site, bailed, and then got forced back in. NOT happy. And now if you edit a photo somehow it resizes the new one larger :confused3 I don't get that at all. I need to do all my editing and organizing before I upload but with time stamps and names that just doesn't always work. It's been amazingly frustrating and has definitely slowed down my updates, esp on the Gaston TR.

    Eye patches are fun! I don't think we started out with any but got some in the FE both times which was fun and we also got DVC pirate tattoos which came in handy. Evan REALLY wanted to do a pirate makeover and I swear, if we do another cruise and he wants to I will book it. He brought it up that night so it was a bit too late to even try but it was cool he even wanted it. You do not need to be crafty at all to do an FE. Some items were very crafty, some not at all. Mine were a mix but you'll have to wait and see what we gave (unless the aforementioned DISdad posts it on his TR first lol).

    The FE's are SO much fun! I think I enjoyed this one even more than the one on the Wonder. That one was much bigger but on this one I felt like I "knew" the participants better which made it more personal.

    And the beauty is, you can! They will bring seconds of anything. Or 2 apps, 2 entrees, you name it.



    Thanks Karin! It was definitely our favorite lounge, by a landslide.

    I don't remember loving it on the Wonder but honestly I loved the meal. I really debated what night to do Palo and was torn between pirate and the last night but b/c it was K's first pirate night we went with the last night which meant we missed out on the "animation" of Animators. It was a tough call for sure.

    Poor Eric, he's using the Castaway Club backpack as his school one (he has a perfectly fine other one but REALLY wanted to use the CC one) and one of the straps broke. WAH!


    ONE WEEK! :cool1: We hit double digits for Aulani. Not quite the same thing as one week but still...double digits

    It was lovely, just a little quiet solo time for me, I think it (in a very odd way) made up for the lack of a spa visit. Which accomplishes much of the same thing but costs a heck of a lot more. :lmao:

    If it were just Jeff and I, adults only, we'd definitely have done Palo this night. Still made it to fireworks of course but I can see it being a good night on an adult only trip for Palo or Remy.
     
  17. eandesmom

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    I am sure we would to if it was adult only, especially on the shorter cruise.

    :thumbsup2

    :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

    It was! The actual day was mostly a normal work/school day with the lovely exception of NOT having to cook dinner. We went out on Friday to celebrate with the kids and then Jeff and I will run away for a night in a couple of weeks to do a combo bday (his/mine) and valentines getaway as has become our tradition, combined with seeing Mindi Abair (amazing smooth jazz sax) at one of our favorite venues and a night in downtown Seattle with no kids. Maybe I should check your diner sources for a new breakfast spot for the next day, you are my diner breakfast hero right now!

    Oh I know it's part of getting old but oh, it just seems like so many!

    I have every confidence you will (get your way that is). It DOES give them a good group to hang around. One of my favorite part of the 6th grade sales job is when this top middle school band stands up as the teacher rattles of stand if you have....done 1/2/3/4 honors classes, a language, school sports or club sports and these 6th graders seeing how many have done several or even all of those things and managed to keep in band as well. It is inspiring and even more so to me as I think I sold Evan short when he was in 6th grade, I never expected him to be one standing there like that, heck at the time I was just thrilled he walked away not wanting to quit. Good thing he didn't know I didn't expect it, we asked him to rise to the occasion and he did and I do believe that has inspired Eric to rise to the occasion far earlier as a result (that whole sibling competition thing). It's so easy to quit and so so worth it not to. It was such a huge part of my school experience, and Jeff's and it means the world to us that they are all having it too, in their own ways. I am so happy ours have embraced it as they have. Not to mention that whole music/math correlation :thumbsup2

    It is my favorite lounge of any Disney ship (granted we've only been on 2) by a landslide. Evan went nuts with those shots, those are but a fraction of what he took. :rotfl:

    A 3 night is a nice way to start, though I'd advocate a 4 simply as with 3 you'll have just figured out where things are and it's over. We did like the 7 better and Alaska was AMAZING. I'd do a 7 night on the Fantasy depending on the itinerary but Jeff is more interested in the Med so we will see. I have a dummy booking right now that I've just realized won't work based on when Evan will need to be back for Marching Band but hope to move it to a Med Maybe on Thursday when it opens up. It will depend on pricing and even then it will still be a long shot but one can hope. It would be part of a bigger trip and with Ireland now pretty set for 2016 for both boys we will have to see what all we can swing.

    We did get some lovely pins! It was super cute, they were in the bottle. I found there to be quiet adult spots on both ships, you just had to look sometimes. It is a bit fascinating, on both you'd have places that were packed...and others that were deserted. Sometimes I could understand why and other times, it truly boggled the mind other than perhaps the simple fact that those like us (either adult only or adults ditching their kids) were in the minority and so maybe the places that were busier (adult wise) were closer to where the kids might be? I'm really not sure.
     
  18. Disney9.9.10

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    Reading your report really makes me wish that I was on a cruise right now :rotfl: Pirate night looks like a ton of fun! The photos of you and your DH with your drinks are so nice too - it looks so relaxing!
     
  19. eandesmom

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    That would have been me too. Dinner was fun, and yummy too :thumbsup2

    Sure I did! I had...big piratey gold hoop earrings and....a DVC pirate mickey pin. :rotfl2:

    I'm lame, what can I say.

    Yes, at that age they are allowed to come and go in the clubs as they please. They have wave phones that work like cell phones, 2 per stateroom. Also, kids can call from the club, or have a CM call, mine did that a lot on the Wonder. For me, giving the kids the wave phones ($250 if lost!) made me nervous esp if they were going to be swimming so we used the magnetic whiteboard as our main means of communication, either inside or outside the door. It worked great! Most of the time. Doesn't help obviously if the kid is stuck on the Aquaduck!


    Thanks! That was my app, I could go for one of those right now. Seriously yummy

    Restoration Hardware has a series that has some similar elements, I'd love to get some of the pieces but OUCH. So not going go happen. Our family room does have a similar feel, we have vintage seaplane posters and then I just re-covered an automan in a travel stamp type fabic that is kind of similar to that wallpaper.

    Seriously, how mean was that?

    They are both cool, very different for sure. I'm not sure which I like better to be honest and since I didn't get to see the "show" part I can't really fully compare.

    I don't remember it standing out on the Wonder (although I liked all my meals) but I really loved this one and the chicken really surprised me, in a good way.

    My kids are older :thumbsup2

    :thumbsup2 is right!

    I am SO happy for you guys! That is SOOOO exciting. I've been reading up like crazy, reconsidering my room requests and just getting so excited in general for it. We are at double digits but oh I wish it was sooner.
     
  20. eandesmom

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    Ditto!

    Thanks! Having time to go to Meridian that night was an unexpected bonus. We'd decided at breakfast that we were going to get to Palo early to visit it but were thrilled not to have to wait!

    It was really yummy. Are you going to do an FE or will your friends think that is too wierd. It's lots of fun.

    I agree, great timing :thumbsup2

    Captain Aualni, I love that!

    You can hijack away, it is wonderful wonderful news and I'm glad you can share it, and we can be part of the surprise! Do let me know if there is anything specific you want me to check out for you while we are there,
     
  21. eandesmom

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    Thanks!

    I would love that, and the crab cake for lunch. Instead it will be bad buffet seminar food. LOL!

    Well some came to the room and then others I stopped by the desk, twice I think. I might not have stopped by but on arrival day there was a note to stop by for a special pin, so I did and then they were like you have to come by every day! Which I didn't but I did go back at least once.

    Me too! Of course it doesn't help that I am stalking the opening day pricing threads for the summer 2014 Med cruises. :lmao:
     

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