Done Did Disney on a Dime (well...many dimes) LAH LAH's TR *Updated 3/17*

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  1. LAH LAH

    LAH LAH 1244.22 Miles from the Magic

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    HERE WE GO!!!

    Welcome to my seriously delayed Disney TR! :grouphug: We had a wonderful time and I can't wait any longer to share it with you all! :flower3: Wanna learn more about us than the bare minimum? Check out our PTR here, or click on any of the links in my siggy for our previous trips. I'm happy to have you here and I hope you enjoy the ramblings of an excitable, Disney die-hard :rotfl:

    I'm about to share the barest of basics with you. Are ya ready? It's gonna go by pretty quickly ::yes::

    OUR FAMILY:

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    DISNEY GOERS:

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    Melissa: 37, short, happy, likes to laugh, loves Jesus, loves her children, serving others, and DISNEY!

    Michael: 15, tall, witty, funny, particular, oldest of 5 kids, plays volleyball and loves video games!

    Elsa: 13, shortest, responsible, jolly, the lone sister, plays soccer, runs track, and loves to perform and sing!

    STAY AT HOME-ERS:

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    Easton: 4, determined, silly, laughs a lot, loves being the center of attention and Toy Story ANYTHING!!

    Chase: (almost) 3, reserved, smiley, goofy, clever, loves to eat and adores Thomas the Train!

    Noah: 19 months, independent, super ticklish, super smiley, desperately wants to be in with the big kids, loves animals and his bear!


    Thanks for joining, what I can only describe as a total-picture-overloaded, self indulgent, retelling of our August 5th-13th trip to the World...and I'm excited to get to relive it here, with you! So, hang on tight, grab some coffee or a soda, and let's get to know each other a little bit better!
     
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  3. LAH LAH

    LAH LAH 1244.22 Miles from the Magic

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  4. littlezar

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    :cheer2: Checking in!! Glad to see you're doing a TR ~ I'm sure you've been crazy, busy with school starting back and all the kiddos!
     
  5. Jennifer48

    Jennifer48 Not a Disney bride but engaged and honeymooned at

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    So glad you've started! Can't wait to hear all about it.

    P.S. You should have put a disclaimer on the first post, CUTENESS OVERLOAD!
     
  6. alwayspooh

    alwayspooh Mouseketeer

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    I'm here and the 3rd one in line. :cool1:

    Can't wait to here the details and to see the pics!

    PS - Your family is so beautiful!
     
  7. reelmom

    reelmom DIS Veteran

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    I was on the PTR board and came across yours. I loved reading about your last trip and was so excited to see you were going on another one. Congratulations on the adoptions! You have a beautiful family.
     
  8. Grumpy's Wife

    Grumpy's Wife Dollar Tree gal here

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    You have such a beautiful family. Can't wait to hear all about your trip.
     
  9. LAH LAH

    LAH LAH 1244.22 Miles from the Magic

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    Happy you made it over here!

    We have been wicked busy! Elsa started soccer preseason the day we got back from Disney. She actually missed the 1st morning session while we were flying home. She walked in the door from the airport, dressed and went to try-outs. She made the JV a year early and has also dressed for all the Varsity games. She has played in 4 of them. :thumbsup2

    :p I love my cuties sooooo much!!!

    :cool1: YAY for 3rd! :cool1: Woot Woot!

    Thank you, thank you! :hug:

    It's going to be a slow and steady TR! Happy you are here!
     
  10. luvmyboys

    luvmyboys <font color=blue>WoW Widow<br><font color=deeppink

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    Just read through your PTR. Beautiful family! I can't wait to read about your trip!
     
  11. Curiouser&curiouser!

    Curiouser&curiouser! DIS Veteran

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    Bring on the trip report! I am ready!:thumbsup2
     
  12. ladybug0506

    ladybug0506 Earning My Ears

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    Can't wait to read about your trip!
     
  13. luckylady

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    Same here.:cheer2:
     
  14. MissPrice

    MissPrice Treguna, Makoidees, Trecorum, Sadis Dee!

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    Joining IN :) -Amanda
     
  15. MagicKisses2

    MagicKisses2 Mouseketeer

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    Your family is beautiful, what a blessing! I can't wait to hear about your adventures. :flower3:
     
  16. 1stvisit0909

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    Me too! Subbing
     
  17. Holly324

    Holly324 Mouseketeer

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    Your family is BEAUTIFUL!!! Your adoptions brought tears to my eyes..how incredibly special. I have been a lurker on your previous trip reports, so I thought I would comment now! :) Can't wait to hear all about it!
     
  18. LAH LAH

    LAH LAH 1244.22 Miles from the Magic

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    Thanks for pushing through my PTR even though I didn't finish it. :rotfl: Happy to have you here!!

    Woot Woot! C&C is here :cool1:

    Yay! :cheer2:

    Happy to have you here! :flower3:

    Yay!!:wave2:

    Thank you! It was a good trip :p

    Yay! Welcome to the chaos that is my family! :thumbsup2

    Thank you! I love lurkers who join! :goodvibes
     
  19. LAH LAH

    LAH LAH 1244.22 Miles from the Magic

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    Traveling to Our Favorite Place​




    ***********DISCLAIMER***********​
    I am a very detail oriented person, so during this trip I used a neat app on my iPhone to document the main points of each day, the order in which we visited each attraction, and any funny situations that arose. A month ago my phone stopped working on the way to the big city (we live 1.5 hours from the closest real mall and Apple Store). I decided to take it in that day without backing it up. They replaced the phone and I lost all of my extra trip info. :crazy2: Now that I am 2+ months out from the trip, I hope I can do it justice. Maybe as I get trucking through this TR I will magically remember more than just the basics. So...the following TR is how I remember the trip, it's as accurate as I can be without my notes, and with 400+ photos there might just be a reason to stick around!
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    Leaving the boys behind is always hard, but the thought of trying to attend to the needs of everyone while pushing a triple stroller around Disney is insane! We had a wonderful lady come and stay with Easton, Chase, Noah, Tallulah (cat), Charlie (puggle), and Herman (fish) here in our home while we were away. She loves the boys so much, is an EMT, an overachiever, and an overall amazing young lady. If I have to leave them behind, I am leaving them in good, good hands!

    Maegan offered to drop us off at the airport so we wouldn't need to park our car and pay the big bucks. I am all about saving a bit of $!! Our van was packed up and ready by 9:00am so we could relax and not rush to make it to our 12:50pm flight to Orlando. We left around 9:30am, and Maegan patiently listened for the 1.5 hour drive as I reminded her of every single detail she already knows about the boys. Routines, medications, habits, sleeping schedules, favorite foods...you name it, I jabbered about it. Hahahaha! Last Disney trip it seemed to be a little easier to leave them behind. I don't know if that was because they were younger, or if they were still technically "foster babies", but this year Easton knew we were leaving for somewhere special and desperately wanted to come. Thankfully he loves Miss Meagan so much, and I think he thought he was getting the better of the two deals. :p

    The time finally came to quickly pull our bags from the back of the van, say goodbye, and leave the boys. Easier said than done. I was so sad I felt sick. I wasn't expecting this. I had been pretty excited for a break with just the biggers, but leaving the littles was proving to be problematic. As we walked away and watched the van pull out, I had to reassure myself that the boys would be fine, actually super fine, as Maegan intended to take them blueberry picking, to a local fair, a great family oriented play place with their Aunt and Uncle, and an interactive agriculture center. They were indeed in good loving hands!

    I pulled myself together and we headed off to the airline check-in with Southwest. Never flew with them before, but since we spent less than $100 on 3 round trip tickets they were our choice of transportation! We usually pack light, and stow away our carry-ons above our seats, but today we got to check our luggage for free (all but the one with my computer and camera...I am less than trusting when it comes to valuables)! Security was a breeze and we hurried off to find a place to eat. I'd been preparing myself for this moment ever since I knew we wouldn't have free dining. Our last 3 trips have been free dining and I wasn't excited to be paying out of pocket for all of our meals. :faint: I know I would've paid for this meal even if we had gotten FD, but it was the beginning of many, many, many meals and I wanted to work hard on not making Michael and Elsa feel poorly every time I handed over money for our meals. It didn't work. Hahahahaha! We paid $30+ for a meal that was just ok. I knew I was going to have to work on this, considering I had 9 days to make peace with this.

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    I was finally starting to get over the fact that we had just abandoned the boys (dramatic, I know) and now my "vacation" camera was producing blurry shots. Ugghhh. It didn't matter what kind of setting we put it on, the pictures were lousy. The camera is my right hand man on these trips. I love documenting everything I can, and this was unacceptable. I brought my Sony A550 DSLR on this trip, but only because Michael was taking a photography class in the morning at EPCOT, and he begged me to bring it so he could use it. I don't carry it around on trips because I can't handle the weight around my neck. Within an hour or so my back will keep me from doing anything. (2 previous back surgeries, for those just joining us). I was super frustrated, but we finished our meal and headed out to find our gate. Camera or not, this group is heading to DISNEY!

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    At the gate, while waiting for our flight, we all fiddled with the camera, and no one was able to produce anything that wasn't blurry. Oh well, we would figure it out later, because now it was time to board the plane!

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    We were a little disappointed that Southwest doesn't have personal TV's, but we sucked it up and pulled out our electronics. We are a bit of a gadget family:

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    The flight was uneventful, and before we knew it, we were landing in Baltimore!

    (My Trip Nails)

    UP NEXT: Our 1st Layover
     
  20. Jennifer48

    Jennifer48 Not a Disney bride but engaged and honeymooned at

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    I can't imagine how difficult it was for you to leave the littles behind but it definitely sounds like they were in good hands!

    I hope you got the camera situation straightened out!
     
  21. Holly324

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    Hope the camera gets better soon! :) By the way, LOVE the polka dot finger nails!
     

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