Hello Dis Friends! This is my very first PTR which will be followed by my very first TR #overachiever. My name is Ann and this will be my second trip as a mommy and probably my sixth or seventh trip overall. I'm inspired by the many amazingly detailed reports that I have read here and my love of writing. Of course the biggest inspiration for this is my love of all things WDW related. It is my happy place. Even while disgustingly sweating through my clothes and handing out melting Mickey Bars to my sassing, overstimulated children in the overbearing August heat, it is my happy place. So, who are we? I'm Ann and my DH is Tom. We were married 7 years ago. I'm an elementary school teacher and he is an insurance adjuster for cars. We met almost 11 years ago while in college and we've been together since. I grew up with Disney. My mom worked for The Disney Store for many years and my parents worked very hard to take us on the vacations we went on. My new favorite Disney movie is Frozen which we saw New Year's Day and inspired the name of this PTR (along with the blizzard that is about to hit our state)- I really want to watch it again and again you guys. I loved everything- the characters, the music, the story, the animation. LOVED!! Before my favorite was Beauty and the Beast, for similar reasons. Goofy was my favorite childhood Disney character and as a grown up I think the fab 5 + Chip and Dale in the classic cartoons really can all be my favorites. Aside from Disney and writing, I enjoy good food, good company, and reality tv/Days of Our Lives (I know.....). DH is NOT a Disney man. However, he appeases me. He does love cars, maintaining our lawn/landscape, good food, good company, rock/classic rock music, and NY sports (Jets, Mets, Islanders). Here is another picture of us young and carefree with our dog Grady. And here we are last month at a cousin's wedding. DS - TJ is going to be five in about a month. We don't call him TJ, he is our Tommy, but TJ will probably bode better for blogging purposes. His favorite Disney characters are probably Donald, Chip, and Dale classic cartoons and Lightening McQueen. TJ loves Cars- there was a period of a few months where we watched this movie up to 3 times a day. He also just loves cars- and since he was two years old he could walk through a parking lot and identify the model of most cars and the make of lots of cars. It is his thing- almost savant like. TJ also loves telephone poles and is very curious about electrical workings and outlets. He is unique in his interests but a social love bug who loves to play with everyone! Just look at this face! Can you see the halo shining above his head?!?!?! For reals, he loves hard and he makes me crazy hard-er sometimes! He knows the buttons to push, is very curious and very active. He is also hard headed (ahem like me) and when he gets his mind set on something it can lead to a battle if you want his mind set on something else! Here he is with his dad in front of the telephone poles in Casey Jr. Splash area. Bet you didn't know, but there are telephone poles as part of themeing in each of the WDW parks- we found and took pictures with all of them! And our baby is Aly (Alyssa). She is 2 1/2 and quite the spitfire. She loves, loves, loooooves Minnie Mouse and 'Inder-lella' (Cinderella). Honestly, she is quite fond of all of the princesses and this Christmas season we probably watched 'Mickey Christmas" (Mickey's Christmas Carol) enough to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. She keeps asking to go to "Mickey Castle" again and she often will recall WDW memories from last summer, "I go on Dumbo ride" "I went on teacups" and my favorite, when we pass under the Metro North train station/tracks she exclaims "I see the monorail!" I'm not kidding.....she LOVES Disney! I am so blessed to have such an amazing, loving, healthy family! That just leaves the dog, Grady. He is 7 years old and used to be very important- so important, I used to have a blog named after him! Call me heartless, but now he is more of an annoyance and imposition- he demands lots of attention, but he does love the kids and tolerates lots of rough play from them. Well, this nutty bunch- minus the dog and possibly plus a few extended family members- will be traveling to the world the end of August. I hope you will join us (me) in the trip planning and enjoy our nutty day to day reports. In the next blog I'll run down the previous family WDW trip and the rough outline of what we'd like to do for this upcoming trip! Thanks for stopping by! C-Ya real soon! PS - How do I change the pictures sizes so they aren't so.......gigantic?