Now, we havent changed that much from last year . a bit older, heavier and of course, wiser. 2007 promises to bring fun filled Disney adventures for us and marks the last full year that we have to vacation without regards to school. So grab yourself a Bikini Martini (recipe to follow) kick back and join in this years adventures!! Bikini Martini ~ 1 oz coconut rum ~ 3/4 oz vodka ~ 1 oz pineapple juice ~ splash of grenadine Shake rum, vodka and juice Bond style. Pour into your favorite martini glass and splash in the grenadine. Garnish with you favorite fruit. Adjust liquor amounts as necessary. Clothing optional. Me, the still ravishingly beautiful wife (although packing quite a few more pounds than last year gonna work it out though), adoring and devoted mother, and passionate Disney planner. Name: Vanessa, aka: V, Mommy and sometimes step-mudder, when Samantha doesnt like what I am saying to her (reference: Cinderella). V is what most everyone calls me. Bad Girl Motto: Why be a gossiper when I can be a gossipee? DH, the handsome, looks great in a pair of ball pants husband, dedicated and loving father, and probably has to have another beer to discuss Disney plans for the umpteenth time. Name: John, aka: Johnny, Charming or Daddy. I usually refer to him as Charming, unless of course, he has done something to be less than charming. Bad Boy Motto: tbd, has a hard enough time keeping up with his three Bad Girls. DD, the bright blue eyed, spirited - yet gorgeous - four year old princess, who is as passionate about Disney as her mother and who firmly believes we are real Royalty and that the castle is the Carlin Familys vacation home (smart kid!). Name: Samantha, ska: (sometimes known as) Samantha Paige ~ strong emphasis on the Paige when she is not listening or doing something she should not be doing, which coincidentally is 99% of the time. (just kidding) Bad Girl Motto: Im an angel, the horns are only there to keep the halo in place. DD, the bright blue eyed, go with the flow, gorgeous almost two year old princess, who now yells MICKEY upon seeing the dear mouse. She is the souvenir of our May 2004 trip and she did stand for the first time on Castaway Cay total Disney Babe all the way! Name: Haley, aka: Haley Baley. She now has aliases in the form of first and middle name when up to no good with her imaginative sister. Bad Girl Motto: Princess in training! ~ Sunday January 14, 2007 ~ 6 days following the GATORS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WIN! (OS WHO?) On a whim last night we decided to hit the Magic Kingdom today. Ok, truth be told, I decided. If Charming had his way, it would have been to lie around watching the playoffs. Nope! So last night I cleaned, did laundry, got the girls stuff for school ready so there would be no guilty feelings of oops, forgot to get that done, I was at Disney World .but really, Bad Girls never feel guilty. I tried to sleep, but I was up at 4:30 waiting for the rest of the brood to stir. Watched a very interesting documentary on Eve .seems she was in fact, the original Bad Girl, not content in her Garden of Eden ..at least as far as this show was concerned. Heck, running around naked in a tropical paradise sure seems like my idea of fun not sure I could give all that up for an apple. To each their own. Now my plan, and I always have a plan, was to be AT the Magic Kingdom at rope drop. Since they opened at 9 am, this meant arriving at 8:30 thus leaving our house in Sarasota at 7am. Before retiring for bed, I had written up our detailed itinerary. What ride and when. I was very pleased with myself and was anxious to see just what we could get accomplished. Well, after dragging everyone up, gassing up, we werent on the rode until 7:25 am at 8:50 am we saw our first Mickey Ear the electrical wire one .Charming thought maybe they would have a delay of game at the rope drop and it wouldnt happen until we got there .no such luck. Amazingly enough (ok, maybe a tad bit over the speed limit) we were in the 16th row of parking at MK at 9:05 am, walked, ok slightly jogged, from our car to the monorail and made it into the park as the sun was no where to be found and the rain was in a slight, slight drizzle. After reading finger scan mishaps on the board, I was subject to my finger not matching .the CM did not ask for my id or anything simply, after 4 tries, let me through. Now I know better than to get hung up with characters but upon entering we ran smack into Horace Horsecollar .with almost no line we got pictures and an autograph. Haley was more than happy to tell him goodbye. Passed under the Main Street Railroad Station, grabbed park maps and a times guide (not sure why, have this park memorized) and strutted our stuff down Main Street as we passed I reminisced over the flower carts that used to be on the left side, my mom always made my sister have our photo there and this year for Christmas she blew one up and gave to me. I am not sure if the convenience of having all the stores connected beats an awesome photo spot. But hey, an extra 50 feet of merchandise over a silly bench with fake flowers? I can see the $$ signs in WDWs eyes. I decided to scrap my itinerary .we Carlins just are not the go by the book people. We headed towards Adventure Land .rode Aladdins Magic Carpets view of the spitter from the carpets... and Pirates of the Caribbean (love me some Johnny, as in Depp). On the way to POTC .we decided that the non ADR for lunch was not going to cut it. The misting that was still happening made us want to be indoors so while I parked the stroller in a NEW parking area for POTC, I called 1-407-WDW-Dine and was able to get an ADR for Liberty Tree Tavern for 11:40 am . Yes, V rocks. Rode Pirates, via left side, singing all the way skipped the Mr. Smee, Hook, Wendy and Pan meet and greets and headed to Thunder Mountain. Charming and Samantha rode TM while Haley and I went to change diapees . No r We headed to the bathroom at the back of Splash Mountain. Presently, Splash is closed for refurbishment. There are several large signs relaying the fact as well as two CMs manning the joint. This sure doesnt stop every guest passing by asking if Splash is open or what time to come back today .apparantly the lifeguards were off duty in certain gene pools. We all got back at the same time. We decided to head over to Haunted Mansion before lunch. On the way we ran smack into Brer Bear and Brer Fox notice that Brer Bear is a GATOR lover .he and Goofy always sport their orange and blue colors proudly!