Jumping, Dancing & Jamming Our Way Through Walt Disney World! I'm With the Band Now!

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  1. mickeystoontown

    mickeystoontown DIS Veteran

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    Welcome to my trip report! Let’s get the introductions out of the way so that we can move on to the fun stuff......the details of what we did (just about everything), who we saw (celebrities and other Disers) and what we ate (thank you free dining).

    Some of you may already know me and my family from my previous trip reports:

    You’re the Best Parents in the Whole Wide World, I Gotta Pee Trip Report
    Stop Making Me Laugh or I’ll Pee My Pants, Where’s My Tooth? Trip Report
    Who Knew Choking Each Other Would Earn Us Fastpasses Trip Report


    For those who are new to my reports, I think you can tell by my previous trip report titles that we are a pretty fun loving, boisterous family. Over our 16 trips to Walt Disney World, we have experienced some milestones in life such as our son taking his first steps on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, our daughter riding her first roller coaster and my husband and I celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary.

    We have also funny memories (I guess I should rephrase that to say they weren’t funny at the time but are waaaay funny now) such as the time we got stuck in the cold section of Test Track while I had to tinkle so badly that I thought I was going to go on myself right then and there. :rolleyes1 Or the time we were eating lunch at the Electric Umbrella and my crown (tooth) fell out of my mouth. :eek: Let’s not forget about the time my husband got mowed down by a wild scooter driver and his toe was broken. :rolleyes: Oh and the time that we were pretending to choke each other and made the castmembers laugh so much that they gave us Fastpasses. :thumbsup2 Wait, wait....I can’t forget about the time that Hunter wiped a booger down the back of Lacey’s black shirt and didn’t say anything about it. :rotfl2:

    As you read along, you’ll see that we enjoy spending time together as a family. This trip was special to us since it would be the last time our daughter would be going with us to “the world” because she is getting married in August. My mother also came along which meant our group consisted of three generations of family.

    I’ll start off with my husband and myself. I am Lisa, a 45 year old paralegal who has Disney on the brain 24 hours a day. I love everything about Walt Disney World. I love planning the trips. I love looking at the menus. I love reading about the latest Disney developments. I love it all!

    I have Bell’s Palsy which affects one of my eyes and side of my face. You’ll see in some of the pictures that I smile a bit lopsided and one of my eyes squints more than the other. Every once in a while, the muscles in my face kind of freeze or get stuck for a little while. I also sometimes have headaches and pain behind my ear because of the palsy. But, those are things that I can deal with so I try not to let it bother me. In fact, we laugh about it and the kids ask me if I want my face to freeze like that. Remember when your Mama used to tell you not to cross your eyes because you didn’t want your face to freeze like that? That’s what they are talking about.

    Due to the fact that I have worked in the legal field since I was just 17 years old, I am very detail oriented with both pictures and words. Much to the dismay of my family, I take pictures of anything and everything. I also tuck away anything that I think would work in the scrapbook(s) that I say I am going to do every year. Having said that, I must confess that I have done one, yes one, Disney scrapbook. I hang my head in shame. :sad1:

    My husband, John, is also 45 years old. We own and operate a cabinet shop located on the same property as our house. An old employer of his called him last year and asked a/k/a begged him to come back to work for him because they needed someone with experience to knock out several large jobs. John agreed to go back to work and it’s been a real adjustment for him because he’s been self-employed for many years.

    The company that he is working for now is the same company he was working with when he suffered an on-the-job injury. He fell and hit his head and has a permanent bruise on his brain. He suffers from epilepsy and, as we speak, (or as I type) his new neurologist is changing up his medications. It’s going to be a long process but, if his dizziness and face twitching goes away, we’ll be happy as two muddy pigs in the sunshine.

    John is a P.K. Know what that is? It’s a Preacher’s Kid. You know what that means. He did all sorts of wild and crazy things as a youngster and all under the scrutiny of his parents and the church goers. He drove a black and yellow Camaro when we started dating and had five, count ‘em five, speeding tickets when we got married. :smokin: When he told me stories of what he did as a kid, I told him I’d have a ball and chain wrapped around my kids if they did half of the things he did.

    Guess you’re ready for me to shut up and show you a picture of the two of us:

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    Next, there’s our daughter, Lacey. She is 24 years old and is about to be married to a wonderful young man named Jesse. Lacey attended Mission Georgia Master’s Commission for 3 years and committed her life to serving God through the Mission. She has fed the hungry in shelters. She has ministered to the people living under bridges. She has shared her faith in front of tens of thousands of people at conferences. I smile widely because of the wonderful things she has done and flinch at the horrible things she has seen.

    The one and only time we have ever had trouble out of her was.....get this......she skipped school! Holy Guacamole! Guess where she went when she skipped school. Prayer meeting at church. Yeah, she’s really bad to the bone. :laughing: How the heck do you punish a child for skipping school and going to a prayer meeting? :littleangel:

    Lacey will be moving from Louisiana to Knoxville, Tennessee when she gets married. I hate to see my baby girl live so far from home again but that’s where Jesse and his family lives. She’s been living at home since August of last year and we’ve gotten used to her being at home again. It’s going to be hard seeing her leave.

    Hunter is our 14 year old son. He is an honor roll student and will be going into the 8th grade next school year. He is all about video games, cup stacking and magic/illusions. Hunter is an accomplished musician and can play the keyboard, acoustic and electric guitar and is first chair in his orchestra where he plays the viola. To counter balance what some would call his musical nerdiness, he is a member of his middle school football team and has just started the Summer physical training camp.

    In addition to having lots of talent, Hunter is one of the funniest guys I know. He can come up with one-liners that top anything I have ever heard. Hunter is absolutely hilarious and there’s never a dull moment when he is around. He’s always singing or telling jokes or simply making funny faces that make you belly laugh. :lmao:

    Hunter is my Disney fanatic buddy. If others get tired of me talking about Disney, I can go to Hunter and know that he won’t tire of it. He thinks there is no better vacation destination in the whole wide world. I agree with him wholeheartedly. Hunter’s goal this trip was to ride anything at Walt Disney World that he hadn’t ridden before. Meaning......dun, dun, dun.....Tower of Terror! You’ll have to keep reading to see if he did. :surfweb:

    Lacey and Hunter:

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    Last, but certainly not least, is my Mama, Edna. She is 77 years old and this was her 3rd trip to Walt Disney World,. We live right next door to my Mama and she dotes on my kids like they were a Prince pirate: (I know that's not a prince smiley but it's all I could find) and Princess princess:. Very rarely, do they do any wrong in her eyes. I often wonder why the batting of eyelashes or puffing out of a lip didn’t work for me when I was a kid but my children can do it and she is there at their beck and call. What’s the deal Lucille? :rolleyes:

    Seriously, my mother is a great help to us as John and I are to her. We love her immensely and would do anything for her.

    Mama has had quite a few health problems over the last couple of years with the most recent being diagnosis of a fatty liver, severe arthritis in her foot and a stomach ulcer. It came as no surprise to me when she said the doctor said she had a stress related stomach ulcer. The woman worries about anything and everything. If she doesn’t have something to personally worry about, she’ll borrow someone else’s troubles so she can worry about them. :sad2:

    Mama is active in the church’s senior program, Prime Time, and also attends small groups. My aunt often has people over to play dominos on Friday evenings and Mama is a regular attendee even though playing games isn’t always her cup of tea. But, it’s not really about playing dominos, it’s about spending time with friends.

    Because of Mama’s health problems, we knew that we would have to slow down a lot this trip. ...even more than we did last year. We were all fine with it and never let her in on the fact that we were skipping things that we knew she wouldn’t be able to do.

    My Mama:

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    Now that you know who we are, how ‘bout I tell you where we were headed. Well duh Lisa, it’s obvious that it was to Walt Disney World since this is the Disney Trip Reports Forum. But, I haven’t told you where we were staying yet. Caribbean Beach Resort! We have stayed there five years in a row and this would be our sixth stay there. The resort is so pretty and we enjoy the laid back atmosphere that the resort has. :beach:

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    Hope that you all will stick around for the longhaul as my trip reports usually drag out for several months (insert a whole year). I think the report’s gonna be a pretty fun read.

    So, sit down, buckle up and hang on ‘cause the McBrides are going to Walt Disney World! :car:


    Trip report installment links:

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    We also took a trip to Knoxville, Tennessee and I wrote a mini-trip report about our travels:

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    Our daughter was married on August 20th and we did all of the wedding decorations, preparation, food, etc. ourselves. I have written a mini-report on that as well:

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    Wedding video:

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    Pillowcase dresses and fabric:

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  3. mommytothreeboys

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    Woo-Hoo, I'm first!!!! :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

    Can't wait!
     
  4. KatMark

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    Reporting for duty (now back to read). :)

    **** I'm back. Great introductions, Lisa, and great pictures too. Your reports are always fun and I know this one will be the same.
     
  5. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    I'm here!
     
  6. deedeew80

    deedeew80 Dreaming of My Prince

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    :banana: I'm Here! I'm Here! I'm Here! :banana: So excited to hear (read) all about your trip!!!! :surfweb: :dance3: :cheer2:
     
  7. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    HOLY COW!!!!! Hunter grew a foot!
     
  8. micandminforever

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    I look forward to your fun report.
     
  9. PirateKate

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    Great start! Can't wait to read all about this trip! :cool1:
     
  10. mickeystoontown

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    Way to get in there first Missy!

    At ease trip report reader Kathy :laughing: You, of all people, know that those pictures can be deceiving. We look so sweet and innocent in them. ;)

    Welcome Jen!
     
  11. mickeystoontown

    mickeystoontown DIS Veteran

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    And I'm extremely glad that you're here too!

    You ain't just whistlin' Dixie! The child had a growth spurt and is now tall and slim again. It won't be long before I'm looking up to stare him in the eye.

    Welcome! I hope I'm able to provide you a few laughs along the way.

    Thank you and welcome!
     
  12. Caretames1

    Caretames1 Mom & Crazed Planner

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    Oh Yeah! First page baby:woohoo: Wait let me settle in for this :rotfl2:
     
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    I'm here!! I can't wait to hear all about your trip!
     
  14. mickeystoontown

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    Welcome to the first page! You know how long my trip reports can last so sit down and relax 'cause I'm sure this will be a long one too.

    Glad to have you April! I took tons of pictures and we did lots of stuff so there'll be plenty to hear about.
     
  15. Curiouser&curiouser!

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    Count me in (again)!:goodvibes
     
  16. mickeystoontown

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    Consider yourself counted! Welcome!
     
  17. 3LittlePirates

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    Yeah!!!! I can't wait to read!! Your family reminds me of mine so much...you keep me laughing!! :rotfl2:

    My hubby asked about you guys the other day...We were reminiscing of being at Disney this time last year..and he said...Hey how is that other crazy Louisiana couple? LOL!!!
     
  18. Bethislucy

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    Yay! Now I have something to read while I wait on my disney trip. It's kind of funny we were just reading your trip from last year last month and the pictures of Hunter then and now we are on this trip and he's grown a ton.
     
  19. 407-W-DISNEY

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    I'm here, I'm here! can't wait to read all about your trip!

    How exciting Lacey's showers are coming up!! How many days till the wedding???

    Sorry your sick....I have a cold as well....there is definitely something going around :(
    I hope you feel better soon

    I LOVE your hair cut!!!!!
     
  20. longing2Batdisney

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    already on page 2! you go girl...can't wait to hear about all the fun!!!

    Love your new haircut! so cute/pretty!

    I can't believe how tall Hunter is getting! and of course as always your family pics are great!
     
  21. PhoenixStrength

    PhoenixStrength Waiting for my fairytale!

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    I'm here too! Can't wait to read all about your trip, as I live vicariously thru your trip until my next trip :rotfl2:

    Oh, and let me add a :eek: at how tall Hunter has gotten!
     

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