Kids, Disney, Action! Extreme Trip (Report). Three-Peat and Done 7/11

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  1. ZZUB

    ZZUB Roll Tide, Mean It

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    GA: I am terribly sorry for your loss. I love my dog so much it hurts. My much maligned but still cool as all get out dog has been with me since law school. I dread the day he leaves us. I hurt for you just thinking about it.

    I'm looking forward to the rest of your report. I don't mean that to be disrespectful to the memory of your dog, but based on other things you've written, I anticipate a good read.

    ZZUB

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  3. javamom

    javamom <font color=green>Rumored Avatar Fairy<br><font co

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    So Sorry Amy. I know how you feel, and I know that you know why. Hard to lose a furry friend.

    :grouphug:
     
  4. jedijill

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

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    My sincere condolances to your loss as well. We had to put our wonder 16 1/2 year old dachshund down during my May trip to the World. It's never easy to lose a friend.

    Jill in KC
     
  5. Backstage_Gal

    Backstage_Gal <font color=darkorchid>Let me rephrase the dog ste

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    Amy, so sorry also, it's so hard!

    But keep up the trippie, you are doing a fantastic job.
     
  6. blue_river

    blue_river <font color=coral>I do believe in fairies!<br><fon

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    Oh Amy, I've been offline for over a week because my hard drive crashed and today while trying to catch up on tr's I was so saddened to read about the loss of your GeorgioAristodog. That must have been so hard right before your trip. I lost my collie 4 years ago and it still hurts to think about that awful day. Please accept my sympathies.
     
  7. AshClan

    AshClan <font color=CC33CC>I forgot to say SNAP!<br><font

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    So, so sorry for your loss, sweetie. :grouphug: You were so quiet about this, I don't think any of us knew. I know you adored your wonderful GeorgiaAristodog, and I am so sorry you had this tragedy right before you left for your so-highly-anticipated family trip. I hope that, in some small way, the happiness and magic of your trip to WDW helped to ease your family's pain.

    I am truly looking forward to the rest of this report. Thanks so much for writing it!
     
  8. Minnie

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    Amy - I am so sorry to here about your loss. Animals really are just family members with a little extra hair to many of us. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours :grouphug:
     
  9. GeorgiaAristocat

    GeorgiaAristocat <font color=purple> Côôl DIS Veteran <img src=htt

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    I would like to say thank you to all of you who are reading, and special thanks for the sympathies. I truly mean it when I say that it was far better to lose my golden baby BEFORE when went on vacation than while we were away from home. But I can't find a good way to say that I think it was a blessing that she died before we left, when, in truth, I would have preferred that she not die at all.

    Debbie ~ you are such a sweet soul. And, I took your advice on the princess photos. They will be shared in an upcoming (far into the future) episode.

    Mark ~ as I said before, you didn't miss anything. I didn't want to depress anyone else right before we were all leaving. I told only one person who frequents these boards before we left.

    Krista ~ thank you. Hugs right back! :grouphug:

    Grammy ~ and thanks to you also! (Did anyone get a picture of you in the belt, by the way?)

    Jami ~ I could not bear the thought of depressing anyone else before the trip. I was so excited to meet all of you in person and did not want this shadow to fall beyond our family. I know that the outpouring I would have received would have been bountiful . . .

    YAK ~ many thanks (I love seeing you in pictures! classic!)

    Melly ~ and my condolences to you as well. On Pepper. and congratulations. on Boddington.

    Sher ~ ly/mi too! (so NOT played)

    Z ~ I appreciate your condolences. and your confidence in my abilities. You are too generous and kind. (and, sadly, you may be delusional about my abilities. But I am hoping to not shatter that delusion!)

    Steph ~ :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: (you know why too . . .)

    jedijill ~ thank you so much. It is never easy to lose a pet, especially when they have been around as long as that. I know of what you speak. As the daughter of a vet we had many many pets over the years. We had a cat that was 21 when she passed. It was very difficult for all of us.

    Marita ~ thank you ~ need to send you a PM with a question. Note to self.

    blueriver ~ good to see you here. And thanks for your sympathies and continuing to read.

    Susan ~ yes, I think the distraction was very good for me. And the kids, well, death is so different to a four year old. And the little man, the only thing that matters to him is that "goldie gone?" Which he still asks every day.

    Minnie ~ definitely members of the family.


    Many thanks to each and every one of you for your prayers and thoughts. They do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
     
  10. UtahMama

    UtahMama Wakey, wakey, Eggs and Bakey<br><img src=http://ww

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    Oh, Geez! Sorry I'm late!

    SOOO sorry about your fur-baby!!! I have 2 Golden Retrievers and I can not imagine my life without either one of them! That breed is very loveable! I heard they are prone to cancer which worries me!!! Did you every find out the cause?

    Looking forward to your report!!!
     
  11. horsegirl

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    Dearest Amy. You know I know about your babydog and we have talked about your tragic loss. However, reading your words and imagining how you must have felt on top of all the stress of preparing to leave for your trip just made me so sad for you and your family. Your precious doggie was beautiful. I am so glad you were able to say good bye to her before you went away. Of course that is no consolation...

    Love you, Amy! :hug: Looking forward to your TR. You write so beautifully.
     
  12. GeorgiaAristocat

    GeorgiaAristocat <font color=purple> Côôl DIS Veteran <img src=htt

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    So, on Thursday, after finding my four-legged companion had crossed the rainbow bridge, and arranging for her cremation (ashes to ashes . . . ), I had to get packing. The cleaning fell by the wayside, packing was more important. And despite my continuous impersonation of a geyser, had to be completed.

    I was responsible for all packing except for my husband's clothing and his computer. That is how we pack in the Kitty household. So, I was busy arranging outfits for myself and the kiddos, and placing their outfits (complete with underwear and socks) in ziploc bags. Great tip, by the way. I did not get time to actually put dates and parks on the bags, and decided I could make those decisions once we were there. I checked my lists to make sure that all was included. I packed very little food (but a few snacks for the kids). I put toiletries into a box, since I decided that was easier to carry and put in the car. I spent a great deal of time locating my daughter's life jacket.

    It is bright pink. It shouldn't be hard to spot. I looked all over the house. Twice. Three times. It was NOWHERE to be found. NOWHERE. I was frustrated. To say the least. Since I knew I had placed that blasted thing someplace perfectly logical. I finally located the stupid thing at the bottom of her closet. Which, frankly, was the most logical place for it. Not that I like to admit that.

    Somewhere in the midst of packing and whatever cleaning I managed to do, I went to get the kids from daycare. (Yes, go ahead and flame me now. I took them to daycare even though I was home. After all, I did want to get something accomplished that day. AND, it's a good thing I did, or else they would have had to endure the sight of our family pet lying dead in the backyard, too.) Anyway. I had made the executive decision on Wednesday that we order pizza so that I didn't have to cook dinner either Wednesday or Thursday. Good decision, I must say. We ate that evening, which, if I hadn't ordered the pizza the day before, would by no means have been assured. The kids were bouncing with excitement.

    We were not remotely packed.

    Especially Boost.

    In fact, he fell asleep that night with NoFear at @ 9 p.m. (in her bed) without even pulling out his suitcase. I continued to pack/gather what I could. I woke him a short while later so he could get busy, too. Instead, he decided to go to bed (our bed), saying that he would get up early the next morning to pack.

    Ummmm, yeah. You do realize honey-bunny that if you get up early to pack, then I, by necessity, must also get up early? Huh? Do you? He set his alarm for 4 a.m. I was not destined to get much sleep that night anyway, so I guess it didn't matter that much.

    I continued to pack/gather and put some items in the silver bullet van. I went to bed at midnight, after wishing my cyber-friends goodnight.

    And Boost really DID get up at 4 a.m. At 5:15 he came through the bedroom and said that he was going to take a shower and then start packing. Which is what the FBI calls a clue. For me to get out of bed. Which I did. At least he had already made my coffee.

    Up and at ‘em!

    Without further details, I can tell you that all was gathered, in the car, and we were on our way and out of the driveway at 9 a.m.! With our clothes, shoes, coffee maker, airbed, and canister vacuum. (Hey, I didn't ACTUALLY pack a sink, but I forgot the boy's potty . . .)

    In our matching Disney shirts!

    And, since Boost is still holding my snapshots hostage, I can only post a picture of the iron-on portion of the shirts. Instead of us IN the shirts. Anyway . . . (this is based on LadyLucca's design, btw, in case anyone is interested):

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    Woo Hooty!

    We stopped at Burger King for some breakfast on our way out of town. We double checked that we had money, tickets, clothes, and both children. I made him pull over in the parking lot to make sure that I had grabbed NoFear's Crocs. Since the kids had been so excited that morning that they had decided on shoes themselves, rather than what I had set out for them. But, I was impressed that they each had on a matching pair, and also, that they had decided that they must wear identical shoes! So cute. Or would have been if they weren't decidedly WINTER shoes. Shrimpster will do EVERYTHING that NoFear does if given the chance.

    A picture of the much-maligned Crocs:
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    As we pulled out of Burger King, for some reason (which remains a mystery to me) Boost mentioned that he wanted someday to eat at a Bob Evans. This comment came from left field. I do not know what prompted it. I do not know where he even heard of Bob Evans restaurants.

    But later, I was forced to ponder whether he had ESP(N) . . .



    Lunch, and the Circle of Life (Page 8, Post 109)
     
  13. tink38

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    Amy! Great report so far! Let me say that I am SO sorry about your dog. I know how you feel. :grouphug:

    Why is B holding the pics hostage? Did I miss something? :confused3
     
  14. UtahMama

    UtahMama Wakey, wakey, Eggs and Bakey<br><img src=http://ww

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    I dont think it was boring at all! It was necessary to the story!

    Love the little blue CROCs on little cute ankles!!! The pink ones are of course cute too, I just LOVE little fat baby feet!!!
     
  15. NAB

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    Amy what a stressful time for you. I hope your trip has some pixie dust but you really deserve it.

    The little ones shoes are so cute, do you own some too.

    Are you an over packer? I know when we drove it was so easy to take more stuff, mind you we had that honking trailer.
     
  16. FSUMARCHIEF

    FSUMARCHIEF <font color=blue>Adjust your cargo deary<br><font

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    Not boring at all! I'm enjoying it muchly! Love the shirts!


    Blessings!
    MarkyMark
     
  17. Grammyof2

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    Amy - Thanks for the packing list, cause I feel better now :thumbsup2 I think I did indeed take the kitchen sink and others can attest to the fact that I had a spare shower curtain rod just in case of emergency :teeth:

    The kids are so cute in their matching shirts :banana:
     
  18. HaleyB

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    Sophia is on my other hand/arm/shoulder so I will just say :thumbsup2 , and it sounds like you pack just like me. Except when we drive I just use rubbermaid tins. They stack, are easy to put on a luggage cart, and hold a ton.
     
  19. Backstage_Gal

    Backstage_Gal <font color=darkorchid>Let me rephrase the dog ste

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    Amy, I thought it was a good story, I love hearing all those details.

    Now get to wrestling those pics from Boost! Can you do a midnight raid? Or some court order (I know you have connections....) ;)
     
  20. Maxbon

    Maxbon Stroganoff<br><font color=blue>They told me I was

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    Since "you know who" doesn't read trip reports :rolleyes: , I had to find this by myself. I was very sorry to hear about the loss of your pal. :( :hug:
     
  21. horsegirl

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    Who would flame you for making a good choice?! Anyone with kids knows how hard it is to get ANYTHING done with babybirds in the nest! You were smart to give yourself time and peace to get prepare. This translates into less stress on you and the rest of the family and increases the chance for a great beginning to a trip!

    And sadly, you made the right decision for another reason..... :sad2: :grouphug: I am sure it still hurts terribly....

    Thanks Amy! and love your little T design!
     

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