JAMBO Everybody...An August 2011 TR (Completed May 13)

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  1. Queenofallthings

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    JAMBO everybody! For those of you who know us, welcome to another TR and for those who don't, welcome to what I hope will be an exciting and fun TR for you to read. All the details of this TR are in our PTR that you can find in my siggie:goodvibes

    Alright, time to get this started! We were fortunate enough to travel once again with my sister and her family for a fun filled 2 week stay at the Happiest Place On Earth! We were there from August 21 - September 3, we stayed at AKL in a 2 bedroom villa which we loved, once again, beyond belief! I have grown to love AKL (SSR was my favorite and is still a close second) especially the homey feel that it has. My sister and her hubby bought into DVC in 2008 and we took our first DVC vacation with them in 2009!

    Let me now introduce us to you!
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    My darling daughter who will be 19 at the end of next month who is known here on the Dis as Jasmine, my BIL, Geodoc and my 11 year old niece Snow White.
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    My 7 year old niece(she turned 7 while we were there which was a very exciting day for her) Mini Montana, my sister Purplepeg, and me, Queenofallthings!
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    Lastly, Jeff, Jasmine's boyfriend of almost a year! It was his first trip to the world and he loved it (good thing if he's in this family) and can't wait to return! This was his signature look for the first few days, everything was thumbs up!

    Let me begin with our day on August 20 which was a Saturday! Jasmine was supposed to work 1:30pm - 9:30pm that day which we looked on as a blessing considering we had manicures and pedicures booked for 9am that morning! Turned out though that she was able to only work until 530, one of her work buddies took the rest of her shift!
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    Nothing I love more than a pedicure...ok, one thing, my Tim Horton's coffee, right Pooksma? As you can see, I look pretty darn happy. We had stopped at Walmart on the way to the salon for a couple of last minute items, then to grab coffees and we were set! While I was getting my pedi and mani, Jasmine was getting a trim...worked perfectly!
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    My BFF Brenda came to spend the morning with us as we wouldn't be seeing each other for 2 weeks, this never happens and if it does we at least talk on the phone! Her daughter Kayla works part time as the receptionist at the salon we go too so I had to snap this shot of 3 of my favorite people!

    After we were finished it was off to get Jasmine something to eat before dropping her off at work. I went straight home from there and relaxed...yup, you heard me right, I relaxed. I was as up to date on everything that I could be so I just wanted to enjoy my afternoon at home, the house was cleaned top to bottom, the packing was done except for the last minute items after our showers and I was a happy girl!

    We have a tradtion before we leave on our vacation and that tradition is going to our local steakhouse, The Keg! It's something we've done since 1998 on our first trip...it's as much a part of our vacation as getting there! This year our Dad and Geodoc's mom joined us, along with 2 of Peg and Geodoc's friends who love Disney as much as we do!! They are 2 of the nicest people I have ever met and hope we can get together soon to chat all about this trip!
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    Snow White, Geodoc's mom, and our Dad
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    Jasmine, Peg, Me, and Mini Montana. I have absolutely no idea why I don't have pictures of our friends or Geodoc, maybe Peg took them with her camera?? After a fabulous dinner it was time to get 2 little girls home to bed for at least a few hours of sleep! Wake up time would be coming very quickly!

    Jasmine and I said our goodbyes to my dad and it was harder than I thought it would be. For those of you who don't know, we lost our mom 2 weeks before our trip and tried to get our Dad to join us but he said it was just too soon but insisted we all still go. I cried on the way home because I knew how lonely he was going to be with all of us gone!

    We arrived home within about 15 minutes and Jeff and his family arrived about 15 minutes after that. They had a church function that evening so they weren't able to join us. Jeff was beyond excited by the time they got to our house. Jasmine decided early on that she had to try and sleep but Jeff knew he would feel worse so he just grabbed the laptop and played one of his videogames while I was on the phone with my Aunt who lives in Toronto.
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    Before we knew it, it was time to shower and finish getting everything packed! The limo (it's cheaper than two families to get two cabs) was due to pick up Peg and family at 330am and then us (we're about 15 minutes from Peg). Luggage all set and ready to the loaded!
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    Two happy happy kids! I just knew this was going to be an awesome vacation!
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    Jessica, here's your picture honey! Jasmine reminded me that you said "get a picture with the limo" she adores you!! We were thrilled when Geodoc texted us and said "look for the black SUV limo coming down the street"....thank goodness, Lord knows we needed that space for the luggage for 7 people!
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    My sister and her very happy family!
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    Me and my favorite girl on earth! Now, those of you who read our PTR know that Peg's girl's didn't know Jeff was coming so here's what we did. I gave Jeff the housekey while Jasmine and I took the luggage out to be loaded. I told her to get into the limo and talk to the girls so she could distract them while Jeff put the alarm on and locked up the house. I looked at the girls and said "Well, it looks like we're all here and they said yup...when Jeff popped into the limo and said "hey, what are you guys doing in my limo?" I wish I could have captured the look on MM's face! Her mouth literally dropped open and her eyes were as wide as saucers. It brought happy tears to my eyes, I knew all the fun times they were going to have with Jeff!
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    What would become his signature pose.....everything was great in Jeff's world at this moment!
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    We arrived at the airport within 10 minutes! Love living that close! Here's another picture Jessica!!
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    We were flying United to Chicago then Chicago to Orlando! I was trying to keep my flight nerves in check, but I'm not gonna lie to you, a drink would have helped! Don't judge me, I too realize it's 4 am but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! Ok, I didn't...I just had a coffee!! We went straight to check in and the drama of the morning started! There was this crazy lady that kept interrupting the attendent that was trying to check us in...I mean nuts!!! She was with this other younger lady who had a pug on a leash and was carrying it's carry thingy(hope that makes sense). She doesn't realized this whole time she's in the wrong line and starts yelling at the attendents...Jasmine and I just gave each other the look! They her dog proceeds to start to go the bathroom...and she starts yelling "Great, now my dog is ^%&^& on the floor .... are you happy?" We all about lost it at this point, she was crazy and I couldn't stop laughing! So the older lady goes thru custom's and security after the young one and from the custom's line, she's yelling "Don't put the dog thru the xray machine". We were so thankful when Jasmine was able to see her boarding pass and it said DELTA!!!!! Crisis averted!!
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    Waiting for their Tim Horton's breakfast!!
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    Before we knew it, it was time to board! At this point Jasmine realizes that we have to go outside and walk across the tarmac to the plane...cool, at least it's not January and 40 below!! This is when it gets really real for me that we're actually going! I sat alone on this leg of our journey and I had a lovely young mom and her baby sitting next me! That baby was so good on the plane....or so I thought! Apparently, I slept thru the crying. Oh well, we've all been there with our babies on a plane so it's a big whatever to me!
    Jasmine poked me thru the seat and said "we're landing". I looked at my watch and I said it's 710am we're not supposed to land until 8. I was then trying to figure out if Chicago was an hour ahead of us...nope! Just a great tail wind apparently!!!!
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    Grabbed this shot of the kids on the plane
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    Our plane on the runway at O'Hare
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    I loved Chicago airport, it was so easy to get around and I couldnt' wait for my greasy egg mcmuffin at McDonald's! I was praying the McDonald's coffee was as good in the states as it is at home and it was!! Tasted great!!
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    Jeff laughed at this picture! He said "Look, I look just like tourist".

    Up next......Departure from Chicago and arrival at MCO!!!!!

     
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  3. Queenofallthings

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    :woohoo: :woohoo: you started! Wouldn't miss this one for the world! :goodvibes

    Going back to read now!

    Edit: All caught up! Love that you were able to relax on your departure day with a pedi - a bummer about Jasmine having to work but yay on her finishing early!

    Sounds like you had a great family dinner - sorry about having to leave your dad behind. I'm sure he enjoyed hearing from you on a daily basis.

    That limo looks great! What a way to ride to the airport and lol at the reactions of SW and MM to Jeff coming along as well - priceless! :thumbsup2

    Am glad that the lady with the dog was not on your flight and :woohoo: on arriving early!

    Looking forward to reading more.
     
  5. Tickanee

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    HI QUEEN! I am gonna be on board for this report!

    Back to read now!
     
  6. Jazzabelle508

    Jazzabelle508 Live, Laugh, Love and Disney

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    I'm in :) Can't wait to follow along on your adventures. Love the story about how you guys told the girls that jeff was coming! That sounds like it was a great surprise! That must have been annoying to deal with that lady in front of you! I always forget that you guys are nervous flyers, i now remember you mentioning that in your last trip report, luckily everything went smoothly for your flight. Yay Chicago!!!!! o'hare is our airport of choice. Did you know it is one of the busiest and largest airports in the country?. Glad you enjoyed that airport :) I feel weird if i don't fly from there for some reason. We also go to a fair amount of concerts at the all state arena which is right by there. I pretty much always have either mcdonalds or starbucks as my pre-disney treat. Can't wait for more popcorn::
     
  7. dawnbu40

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    :yay: so excited to hear all about your trip! I love how you took pics of everything leading up to arriving in Orlando. It shows just how excited you all were :goodvibes
     
  8. Fantasyland Mom

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    First page? Maybe?? I'm here, Queen!:cool1:
     
  9. Geodoc

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    I'm here! Can't wait to see how this turns out!!! popcorn::
     
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    This was the second time this year we flew via O'Hare....I like that airport...so far things have gone smoothly with our connections! I even was able to find the virtual geocache that is hidden there....that was a bonus and turned out to be our first geocache find in Illinois!
     
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    I'm tuning in too, can't wait to see some WDW pictures, we will be down in 2 weeks (ok 16 days) and I'm passing the time living thru others TR's.
     
  12. jenbear123

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    I'm here! I'm here! Now going back to read! :goodvibes

    Great start! Love the limo pics. I hate those little hop planes they use. I'm glad the flights were uneventful. Can't wait to read more!
     
  13. MEK

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    :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:OMG! I think I would have been losing too at the lady with the dog! How could you possibly keep a straight face???? :rotfl: And to think, it was the airline that was responsible for her doing $^&*# on the floor! Oh, that's classic!:lmao:
     
  14. CreightonsMomma

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    Hi Queen! I lurked on your PTR because I only came across it when you were so close to your trip. I figured I would just wait until you start your TR.

    I'm sorry to hear about your mom. :hug:

    OMG, that lady with the pug sounds NUTS. I would not have been able to control my laughter.

    Btw, you can drink at 4 in the morning if you didn't go to sleep the night before. :rotfl:

    Can't wait to read all about your trip.
     
  15. Queenofallthings

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    I had a feeling you might be first;) so happy you're here with me! :hug:

    :welcome:I am so happy you're here!! I hope you enjoy it!!

    :woohoo: glad you are back to join us! I did know that about Chicago...which I have to tell you made me a little nervous:lmao:yup, nothing has changed in the nervous flyer area!!

    Thanks Dawn we were pretty excited!

    Hi Jenn:hug: I'm so happy you're here!

    It's going to be very exciting, I'm sure of that!!

    Oh how exciting! You are going to have a ball! Depending on how my day goes, I might have another short update later!:banana:

    Hi Jen!! I was happy they were uneventful too...I'm am not a fan of those little planes either:scared1:

    I didn't even try and hide the fact that I was laughing at her! It was priceless and actually took my mind off getting on the flight, so I guess I should have been thanking her:lmao:

    Well I'm so happy you found us and are joining us:hug: Your little Creighton is beyond cute:) Thank you so much for your kind words!

    I was so happy she wasn't on our plane because with my luck she would have been my seat partner:rotfl2:

    I like the way you think...I hadn't slept so I could have been drinking...I'll remember that for next time:woohoo:
     
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    Hi Queen!! I'm here!! But you have to tell us what JAMBO means!! lol
    I can't wait to hear all about your trip!

    Debbie
     
  17. jenneth79

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    I'm in! Can't wait to hear all about your trip!!!:goodvibes
     
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    Joining in, we were there during the same time. Can't wait to hear about AKL, more and more things are convincing me we have to try it out someday.
     
  19. KatMark

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    UGH!!!!!!!!!! Page 2 already? That's what I get for having a boss who takes two months off over the summer, comes back to the office and cuts into my DIS time! :hug::hug::hug:

    I'm here now, but on the way to the train. Will catch up when I get home. :hug:
     
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    I'm here, I'm here! :yay:So excited to hear all about it!:yay:
     
  21. mermaid764

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    Yay!!! You Started!!

    You know I wouldn`t miss this one for the world.

    Yay for a safe flight, and an early arrival into Chicago

    I love how excited the girls were to see Jeff!

    Can`t wait for more:goodvibes
     

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