Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks: final update 12/29, p.98

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  1. DrMomof3

    DrMomof3 DIS Veteran

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    Glad you're having fun! I'm super jealous but happy for you!!!

    Amanda
     
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  3. rentayenta

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    You're sweet but don't be jealous. I've spent WAY more on this trip than intended. Good thing we all enjoy Top Ramen and scrambled eggs. ;)

    Tomorrow is our last day. We're going to Crystal Cove in Laguna Beach. It's set to be another gorgeous So Cal day.

    Sunday is the 12 hour drive home. :scared:
     
  4. rentayenta

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    So i just truly realized how far behind I am on the WDW part of this report. :blush: I'm going to finish my birthday Disneyland Day and then do our latest one dayer at Disneyland during Spring Break on my cruise report. I need a serious trip report intervention.


    I left you all on page 63. Lunch was amazing and we said goodbye to Alison and Fran. They were heading to do a little or a lot ;) of shopping. Sadee and I were going to watch the parade. I only have a few more photos to share of this wonderful and magical day as I'm only reporting on the Disney part.

    My only character shot of the trip:

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    On our way back to the hotel:

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    I was totally on cloud 9 from lunch; full, and dazed. Another biggie crossed off the bucket list. Between this and Nantucket this past summer, my bucket list is shrinking. pixiedust:

    Remember I told you about the desserts I took to-go? Well they made it home and were delicious as ever. I froze them once we got back to my friend's and then wrapped them and sealed them in true food freak fashion. They traveled well.

    My beautiful mini eclairs:

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    The most amazing cookies ever, sprinkled with pixie dust:

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    And a ton of mints:

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    It was a birthday for the books. We left the park and headed to my friend's where we spent the next 2 days. We visited the beach and of course some food favorites.

    Thanks for reading my birthday report and about my very special lunch. Turning 44 isn't so bad when it happens at 33 with a great meal and wonderful people! pixiedust:



    I will continue with the WDW portion of this report shortly. :flower3: :goodvibes



     
  5. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    I love that one and only character picture of you two with Bert and Mary. It's a great shot.

    And I'm drooling over those choc eclairs. :thumbsup2
     
  6. rentayenta

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    Thank you. And thank you for still reading along. :goodvibes I know I've been a slacker but life has been crazy busy. I need to catch up on your mega trip plans too.

    I'm writing an update now for this report to have posted tonight. We are currently having a blizzard warning :crazy2: and the winds are wicked noisy right now, been up since 4:30 am. I should be doing laundry and dishes but trip reports are so much more fun. :thumbsup2

    The eclairs were wonderful but those cookies were my favorite. They were surprising light with a hint of lemon. I ate them both. :blush: The kids gobbled down the eclairs. Joshua was so cute and folded the mint wrappers nicely after eating them. Gabby on the other hand crumpled them up with reckless abandon as if she just ate a Hershey's Kiss. :scared:
     
  7. jedijill

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

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    Great Club 33 wrap up. Those treats look yummy!

    Hope the blizzard isn't too bad at your house. Its not as bad as they predicted here in Denver but I'm missing the 70 degrees from last weekend!

    Jill in CO
     
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    The snow stopped but the wind is wicked cold. I miss the weather too. Joshua woke up really cranky which is rare for him. I asked what was wrong and he said: I spent 9 days in paradise and now it's snowing, I think I'm allowed to be in a bad mood. I can relate. This winter seems never ending.

    Glad it's not bad for you guys. Our weather people never get it right.


    The treats were so good. Such an amazing day. I told DH he best think of something good for the big 4 5 next year. ;)
     
  9. MomToPrincePhillip

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    You made it home from spring break! Sorry your weather is a lot like ours...wind chill today:sad2:wind chill in April REALLY? Anyways I'm glad you're back safe and sound and I'm looking forward to all the updates:cool1:
     
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    You're windy too? It's terrible. It makes me skin so dry. Utah is already pretty dry and the wind just makes me feel crackly.

    Spring Break was fantastic! I can't wait to post about it. Our one Disneyland/DCA was pure magic.

    How are you? Your cruise is so close!!:banana: I'm reading so many great things about the Fantasy. ​
     
  11. DrMomof3

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    What an amazing meal for your birthday. Club 33 is on my bucket list, too!

    Amanda
     
  12. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    I'm glad the two of you had a nice time after lunch....I'll be looking for that update....I need something interesting to read during band practice tonight! :lmao:
     
  13. MomToPrincePhillip

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    Yup the countdown is on, that's for sure! The boys still don't know that we are leaving a week early, so my ticker is still off by 7 days. I picked up our cruise docs from the TA this morning:cool1: We are almost done our pre trip shopping and we'll likely start packing a little this weekend. 3 out of 4 of us have a cold, and the weather is starting to get to us, so I know we will enjoy every moment in the sun.
     
  14. rentayenta

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    After our wonderful night at our first MNSSHP and a good nights sleep, I was up early to finish packing up. Somehow wed already accumulated more stuff than we brought. We are a huge suckers when it comes to souvenirs. :blush: I think its physically and emotionally impossible for me to budget when at Disney.

    Packing the food was the most difficult part. I wanted to keep the frozen frozen, the chilled chilled, and the pantry stuff was fine. We still had a TON of food leftover. I left the roast for housekeeping. I know its a cardinal sin around these parts :lmao: but I wasnt going to schlep it over to AKV as I knew we wouldnt be grilling there. We had gone through all of the brats, hamburgers, and dogs which was a good thing. We still had a lot of everything else but avocados. Next time Im getting 6 of them, 3 not ripe ones.

    We woke the kids about 9:30 knowing they still had to clean their rooms and pack up. Its no understatement when I say Chloe and Kayla are total slobs. :scared: They had hsit strewn everywhere; from bobbie pins to pin backs to baggies of half eaten snacks. Bleh. I was not going to nag them on my vacation though. It took them all a good hour to pack and get ready. I called bell services at 10:45 and he was there right at 11:00. When he saw our massive amounts of food and bags, he face dropped. Dont worry, we tipped him well.

    He assured me the frozen would stay frozen and blah blah blah. Lets just say that isnt exactly what happened.

    We bid farewell to our beautiful THV and boarded a boat to DTD. It was another gorgeous Florida Fall day.

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    Isn't this pretty? I think I could live in Florida.

    As we pulled away:

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    Chloe is generally pretty even keeled but this morning she was exhausted and cleaning isnt her thing. Because she had a little time out, she didnt have time to get ready properly as you can tell by this photo. She was beat and chose an extra 30 minutes of sleep vs getting ready for the day.

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    And we pulled farther away:

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    Come sail away, come sail away, come sail away with me.....We are total boat people. This was just fabulous:

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    We had the nicest skipper. He gave Joshua some pirate gear- so fun!

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    A view of our home resort:

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    As we are pulling in:

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    And finally DTD :woohoo:

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    We really didnt have much planned other than some shopping and lunch at Earl of Sandwich. I was dying to try their holiday sandwich. It was described as Thanksgiving on bread.

    We shopped for a while with Lego, World of Disney, and that one eclectic Disney store being the usual favorites.

    I find the Lego creations truly unreal. They really are art. I loved this cute guy:

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    This was just too darling:

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    And who can resist a photo with Woody and Buzz?

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    And finally, after our little cash vacuums spent us dry it was time for lunch at EoS.

    It was packed. Like super packed. Everyone came in and gave me their orders while I waited in line. The kids played in the fountain some while Michael grabbed a table.

    Sad to say while my sandwich was good, it was lacking. It needed more gravy and cranberry for sure:

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    We got the text that our villa was ready and I was so eager to see if we got our requests. We did with the THV so I was hoping the room location pixiedust would continue. We hopped a bus from DTD to AKV and were on our way. :hyper:

    We were so excited to be showing Kayla AKV. Kidani would be new for all of us. I debated and fretted over Jambo vs Kidani and hoped the the extra bathroom was worth trading for the magnificent lobby.......


    To be continued​
     
  15. eandesmom

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    Great birthday update!

    Although Bert is either really young or I (sigh) am getting really old.

    Drooling over all the treats.

    Ah. moving day. Always so much work even when you think it's not going to be. Not liking the foreshadowing on the maybe not still frozen items? I"m with Chloe, 30 minutes of sleep is WAY more important than getting ready. Have you noticed all my pictures where I'm wearing my hat? :rotfl:

    Gorgeous boat ride pics, I've never seen a skipper give out pirate gear, that is cool. Even though it's a blurry pic...the sandwich looks dry.

    Can't wait to see your room!
     
  16. rentayenta

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    Thanks! And I agree, Bert was embryonic. :rotfl2: I'm sure it has nothing to do with me being in my mid 40's. They were just standing there when we turned the corner and we had a CM take the photo.

    The treats were so good. Those were some of the best cookies I've ever had.

    It is a lot of work but it's like child birth. I forget the pain and keep going back for more. :laughing: I always say we'll never do another split let alone a triple split and never for less than 3 nights and that's exactly what we did. There are just so many great resorts to stay at and I want to try them all. We don't visit WDW enough for me to be patient. :hyper:

    Chloe is our sleeper and night owl. She'll always choose an extra 5 minutes over getting ready.

    The skipper was great. he gave all of the kids gear. Joshua was the only one who wore it. We took the three unused sets for his friends as souvenirs. :thumbsup2 He was stoked. I can only imagine all the neat little treats and trinkets that we don't know about. ​
     
  17. kaoden39

    kaoden39 <font color=peach>Prayers and pixie dust from your

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    I'm with Chloe. Give me that extra 5 minuyrs.
     
  18. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Turkey with cranberry sandwich? Sorry it was dry. It's one of my favourite combos.
     
  19. kaoden39

    kaoden39 <font color=peach>Prayers and pixie dust from your

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    Turkey with cranberry, mayo and salt and pepper are pretty awesome.
     
  20. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    I'll have to try mayo next time.
     
  21. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    I thought you only had a split stay last time, THV/AKV. What is the triple?

    Or are you talking about your spring break trip with the 1 night surprise in the middle and vegas on the front end?
     

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