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  1. veggiemama

    veggiemama Mouseketeer

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    it's been more than a minute..... ;) lol

    Never been to La Hacienda. Looks like a great place though with some great food. Yum!

    Can't wait to see what CP was like.....
     
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  3. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    So....this concert was so moving! The choir, the soloists, the readings, the orchestra, the TRUMPETS!! How incredibly beautiful!

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    I was a mess half the time (very joyful, just kinda tear-y), the other half of the time I was texting my musical/spiritual friends, Evie & MEK telling them I wished they were there, they would LOVE it!!

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    Others on here have taken MUCH better pics than these, I just had my P&S, I hope you get the chance to either see it for yourself, or see some other TR's much better photos!

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    Sorry everybody-6 hours later, still can't finish the update due to Photobucket issues....GRRRRR......stop holding my pics hostage PB!! :headache: Hopefully I will be back to finish tomorrow-

     
  4. dvc4life

    dvc4life Disney is my Happy Place

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    I am so glad that you liked La Hacienda!!!!! I think that is my most favorite place to eat at EPCOT! It is so good. Me and Bobby always share the dinner that has the scallops, shrimp and fish. It is so, so good! And I think I usually get the blueberry/basil margarita there. Yummo! But I may have to change next time we go and get those shrimp tacos. Those looked delicious.

    And your pictures of the Candlelight Processional are so much better than mine. It was definitely a highlight of our trip.
     
  5. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    Cross your fingers, I am going to try again before I have to leave in 20 minutes-

    They began to sing the Hallelujah Chorus (which is part of Handel's Messiah) and everyone stood, lots of people sang along (including me, I am a 1st soprano, those are some mighty HIGH notes there, Mr. Handel!) and I teared up even further. :sad: But in a good way. Mostly.

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    This music is ALWAYS moving to me- but this year, even when I sang it in our concert, I cried a little. You see, my Sister in law, Mariana- you might remember her if you have been reading my TRs a loooooong time- she lives in Ohio with Pods' little brother and their 3 younger sons, they have been to HHI with us 2x, and we always LOVE to be with them....well, Mariana has brain cancer. She has been battling so courageously, and with such great faith and grace through every bit of it, since August 2012 when it was first discovered. But this November, things seemed to be turning for the worse, she bounced back a bit, but now is in a steady decline, and was moved to a nursing facility with hospice care just last night. I know. It is so sad, we love her so much, and we hate this more than you can imagine, for all of them. Anyway, singing this music this year was even more special to me, because of her- I just keep picturing Mariana when I sing, especially during the Hallelujah chorus. Please remember them in your prayers, if you can. So...

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    Really loved the music (just in case I wasn't clear on that- lol). Pods did too, and he was "only going because I wanted to." Seriously one of my top favorite Disney experiences ever.

    Afterwards, we decided to visit France...

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    And share a seat to fly the friendly skies.....

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    Visit Canada (can't wait for August- I LOVE Canada!)

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    And go watch Illuminations (which was so touching with its Christmas message). Some CMs in Canada were putting on their own show-

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    LOL!!! I LOVE Canada!

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    Afterwards, it was back to BCV...but first, a pit stop at the Crew's cup over in the Yacht Club-

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    Had to go, because they make this drink- although it is not on the menu anymore, it is called a Gran Marnier Splash (I think?) and it's sooooooo delicious!

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    It was made by the MOST entertaining bartender- his name is Bill, he has been there for years- and he has a great story to tell about how he (a teacher from Ohio) became a very happy (and un-snowed upon anymore) bartender for WDW. :thumbsup2 Go visit! You'll love him!

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    Ok- have to run, taking a dear friend out for a special birthday lunch! :goodvibes
     
  6. veggiemama

    veggiemama Mouseketeer

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    so sorry about your sister in law Mariana - it is so hard to go through that. Definitely in my prayers - you and your whole family. My sister in law passed away 3 years ago to a very rare form of cancer, it was a very sudden diagnosis and she passed away very quickly (4 months after diagnosis) We learned a lot about resting in the Lord and living every moment with grace and love.

    The Hallelujah chorus is one of my favs too! I bawled like a baby during that one when we were there. And I'm a 1st soprano too :goodvibes Not sure if I could still hit the highest notes anymore - I don't sing as much as I used to.

    Love that the Canadian CM's were doing their own thing. That is truly who were are - all slightly crazy but having fun! :rotfl2: Though I have to say the whole plaid shirt thing.... I know it is kind of Canadian from the Hudson Bay company but they really could come up with some better costuming for Canada of today. :)
     
  7. KristiMc

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    Sorry to hear that your sister-in-law is declining. Glad that you were able to visit her last month. Thoughts and prayers sent to her and your whole family.

    Thanks for sharing some video. I love music and always get goosebumps when I hear something beautiful like that.

    Those tacos look delicious!
     
  8. Linda67

    Linda67 Has a Masters in Margaritas

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    Sorry to hear about your sister in law
    I can totally understand how the CP could make you feel so emotional
    Your photos are great :)
     
  9. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    Thank you very much! :lovestruc

    They sounded like trumpets from heaven. Yes, they were incredible.

    Well, now you know- LOVED IT! And so funny your son fell asleep! that's what tyler would have done!

    Hola chica! :goodvibes I am sure you DO know exactly what I mean- I have met you, and you are DEFINITELY the skipping through Disney lobbies type! :rotfl2::thumbsup2
     
  10. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Do you love Canada? :rotfl2:

    What a wonderful day. You looked to enjoy yourselves so much. I am loving the food pictures. I just read a TR post on Passporters today and they had a lot of the same food and it looked so good!!!
     
  11. Mysteria

    Mysteria I guess the tag fairies wings were clipped.

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    I can see why the CP was so moving for you. SO sorry about Mariana. :hug:

    Canada/Canadians really are just freakin' awesome right?! :thumbsup2 :laughing:

    Jealous of Bill the bartender. I want to get away from this snow!
     
  12. jedijill

    jedijill <font color=red>Chiefs fan living in Bronco countr

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    So sorry to hear about your SIL.

    I haven't been to CP in years but I remember it was amazing. I love holiday Illuminations too.

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  13. rndmr2

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    So Sorry to hear about your SIL, prayers being sent.

    I really want to do the CP one of these days. I went at Christmas a few times and for some reason never knew about it until maybe 3-4 years ago, I had thought it might be new but looked it up and it has been around for years.

    Dinner at La Hacienda looked great! We plan to try one of the Mexico restaurants on our next trip.
     
  14. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    I'm so sorry to hear about your SIL.

    The meal at Hacienda looked amazing, we enjoyed our tequila lunch there during F&W and I'm looking forward to having a meal there sometime. We love Mexican food and I enjoy something besides the regular old taco joint.

    The CP sounds amazing, we've seen it at DL, but never been to WDW at Christmastime so never had the chance.
     
  15. dvc4life

    dvc4life Disney is my Happy Place

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    Sorry to hear about your SIL Ellen. Prayers to her and your entire family.

    Loved the fireworks at EPCOT this year. Especially the Holiday version. Very good. And your photo of the fountain in France is beautiful. EPCOT is just the coolest park.

    And we love Crew's Cup Lounge. We visited a couple of times and the special drink they were serving, Santa's Little Helper, was wonderful! I may of had 2 or 3 while we were there. Yummmmm.
     
  16. stinksmom

    stinksmom Friends are the family you choose....

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    So sorry to hear about your sister-in-law! Will say some prayers for her!

    We love Hacienda too. We usually split the meal that Pods and your son (forgot which one :confused3) split. DH loves meat - me not so much but I do love the corn on that platter! And we went to the CP on our trip in 2012. I absolutely loved it! It is on the list for our trip in early December this year. My best friend's family is joining us in December and I know she will love it too::yes::

    And now I know why I don't let DH read trip reports - he is a teacher too and we are soooo ready to leave Iowa. He would be thrilled to be a bartender down there. He has done a little for a friend who owns a bar/restaurant and he loves to just meet new people and talk! But we need to wait until DD is off to college because she would never leave her friends here....

    Can't wait to read more!
     
  17. JKSWonder

    JKSWonder Twelve plus trips and counting

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    I'm so sorry about your SIL.

    The Candelight Processional does look lovely. I know its something I would enjoy, though I'm not sure the kids would sit still for it. I'm not even sure Mike would sit still for it...he's almost as bad as they are!

    I wanted to try La Hacienda, but some of the menu items looked like they might be way too "authentic" Mexican food for my family. These guys are used to the fajitas and tacos you get at Chili's and Moe's!
     
  18. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    Awesome! Did you write about this? I mean, other than here? I feel like I have read all this somewhere- SO HAPPY one of your favorite memories was riding bikes! Can't WAIT to tell Tim! :rotfl2: Grouse mountain looks incredible- don't know if we'll have time to go this time, though. And the Tea House also looks so nice- I do know we will be having dinner here- at Chewie's. http://chewies.ca/ :goodvibes

    It looks like a gorgeous city, I have really only heard and read good things. I think I will be very sad we have such limited time there.I would LOVE to see those gardens- they are supposed to be glorious- but I think my boys would all be over it in 10 minutes, unfortunately. Maybe I'll go back someday....

    Me TOO!

    I really need to update my ticker- I LOVE that you have one for our trip!:woohoo:
     
  19. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    LOL- yea, when they asked if I had any advice for them, i was like :idea::idea::idea::idea::idea::idea:

    I forgot about the refurb! It does need it, I hope it turns out as well as the BWV's did.

    Hi Jodie! Those are both so nice- we have points at each, and they are my favorite resorts. BCV is so convenient, and AKV is just so impressive and a world away....

    No one knows exactly what the refurb will be yet, but as of now they have different carpet samples around (not that I noticed them- this was a VERY rushed stay). It is starting later this year, I think.:thumbsup2
     
  20. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    La Hacienda was fantastic- we had made and cancelled ADRs there several times- I made a final and executive decision THIS was IT for this trip! :rotfl: Of course, I did consider changing it about 12 times.....:laughing:

    Thanks! I hope I am lucky enough to enjoy it again one day....hopefully with the two women I was texting during it!

    You mean that's not what you are wearing right NOW????:rotfl2:
     
  21. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    And they were....

    Thank you, Linda. :hug:

    Can't WAIT to see all the new additions at F&G this year- less than a month away! :banana:

    He was a guy with a great attitude- very nice, very entertaining, made my drink that was no longer on the menu. Planning on paying him a visit or 2 in a few weeks when we are staying at YC. :thumbsup2
     

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