Our 15 day summer adventure to WDW! NEW TR LINK 11/6 pg. 49!!

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  1. Sooze

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    YAY!! I can see your pictures again. I promise to put some time aside this weekend to do some more catching up. I'm just LOVING this report and wishing so badly that we could've shared some of your amazing memories!!!

    Be back soon....:banana:
     
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  3. IluvXU

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    So fun Diane! I am loving how empty HS was that day... and the photopass pics you got at HS are darling. I really wanted to do the Mickey Minnie ones... but did not get it done.
     
  4. mefordis

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    Thanks for the update! Love the report! :)
     
  5. tmkinney

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    Great update Diane! :thumbsup2 I cannot believe the low crowds at DHS!! That place always seems to be super crowded, you guys got lucky!! :cool1: Love the photopass pics. Looks like a fun night with Tim & Lesley and how cool to be able to watch fireworks from your balcony!! :goodvibes
     
  6. MagicShell

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    Somehow I missed your latest posts. I am caught up now. I can't believe the lack of crowds at DHS! 50 minutes is the shortest time I have ever heard for Toy Story Mania. I am sorry to see that your trip is ending, but I have really enjoyed reading all about it.
     
  7. SunnieRN

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    Welcome home!! Congratulations on the job and I hope you are all rested up and recharged for work!! Of course it sounds like you've been really busy since you got home, so maybe work will be a break. :lmao:

    What a fantastic 4th of July, other then the headache. I am truly shocked at the lack of crowds at the park that day!! Amazing and wonderful!

    How cool Brian got to have his birthday at disney! Did he get the gift card? To me this is a great promotion, but would have been even better if I could have been there on my birthday.

    R2D2 looks very cool!! I am so glad my grandson didn't notice this on our last trip. We'll be back in a few weeks, so I'll have to steer him in a different direction if I notice it first!

    Darn I forgot. How sweet that Matthew gifted Lauren with his stuffed animal!! Abd, I loved the photopass pictures!
     
  8. MaleficentMama

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    Loving the TR!
     
  9. Happydog

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    Hope everything with school is going okay, did you get a new job??!!

    Hey, so fun your 4th pics! It is really funny being there at the same time someone else is! WOW DHS was a ghost town!! Epcot wasn't too crowded either, really it was the timing I think -- I agree it was pretty mellow until after noon! Great shots on the boardwalk that does look fun! AND I get your lament about fireworks photos, I can't get any either!! :rotfl:

    Looking forward to your final posts .. I have to end my TR too, so I can start my Dec PTR!!! :goodvibes
     
  10. dddisrunner

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    It really was SO EMPTY!

    It was a GREAT morning! My job is a little quirky, I have moved to a different middle school, this year teaching 6th and 7th grade for Sept. and Oct. then not teaching Nov. and Dec. but then working from Jan-June!

    It was a fun day! Thanks!

    Thanks Kelly! Matthew was proud that he made Lauren happy! I will probably do a Nov. TR but not a PTR...NO TIME!!

    Welcome Home! I hope you had a GREAT trip!! I will do a picture post about Aruba!! We did have a GREAT trip!

    I was shocked by the low crowds too! ESPN was fun! We did have fun on the 4th!

    WOW! Welcome and thanks for posting! Sorry you had a sick moment at Disney, that is the worst! Thanks for the sweet comment about my family!!

    Thanks Jackie, the one of Eric and Minnie is my favorite!

    Thanks so much for posting! Wonderful memories for sure!

    Thanks so much, the kids loved that slide!

    Thanks so much for your post! It was our first stay at the BWV! We LOVED it! The boat ride was ALOT of fun!
     
  11. dddisrunner

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    Thanks for posting! Glad we could provide you with some entertainment! Thanks for joining us!

    Thanks Julie! I was amazed at the lack of crowds too! Hooray for an official trip!! Good Luck with your dining! Thanks about the photopass pics., I LOVED our pics. this trip!!

    Thanks Anita! Happy belated birthday to you!! The lack of crowds at DHS were NUTS!! Thanks for the Eric w/ Minnie compliment, I just love that one too!!

    Hi Nichole! I hope all is well with you guys!! The 4th of July was GREAT!

    Thanks Sooze! I was over my storage capacity!! I sure wish your family was there with us too...HOW FUN!

    Thanks Laura! Maybe they will have the Minnie ones next year!

    Thanks!

    Thanks Tammy! Watching from the balcony was really COOL!

    Welcome back and thanks!! I know 50 min. for TSM is NOTHING!!

    Thanks Sunnie! Thanks for the congrats on the job! Bryan got the $50 gift card and LOVED using it!! Yes, avoid the R2D2 especially if it is $129, it is not worth that price!!

    Thanks!

    School actually starts for me on Tues. and the boys go back on Weds. I am shocked to hear that Epcot wasn't very crowded either! Boardwalk was a lot of fun! Glad I am not the only one who doesn't get good fireworks shots!!
     
  12. IluvXU

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    I like that two month off schedule thing... Physical Education again or something else?

    Enjoy your last day off tomorrow....
     
  13. dddisrunner

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    Since some of you have asked, I have decided to do a mini TR of our trip to Aruba! It will be picture heavy and text light!!

    We traveled to Aruba from 8/16-8/24! We stayed at the Marriott Aruba Surf Club and we were there with Bryan's sister and her family and Bryan's mom!

    After we landed at the airport in Aruba!

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    The lobby of our resort!

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    Some pictures of our room! We had a one bedroom with a king sized bed and a living room with a pullout queen sized couch! We also had laundry in our room!!

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    A few family shots out to dinner!

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    Enjoying some gelatto

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    The next night we barbequed on the grills that were outside our room!

    I want to point out that my nephew is a very low functioning autistic child but a complete LOVEBUG!

    The boys and my nephew

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    Some playground fun!

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    Eric being silly...

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    Enjoying the balcony in the morning!

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    The next night we went out to dinner for some GREAT barbeque at a place called Smokey Joes

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    A picture of Amici, our gelatto place!

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    Some Smokey Joes food porn!

    Dry Rub Ribs...

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    Pulled pork sandwich!

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    We did some shopping at a near by little outdoor mall!

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    Enjoying the walk back on the beach!

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  14. dddisrunner

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    More from the walk back...

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    Our resort sign!

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    Life sized chess!

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    Matthew giving Bryan gambling instructions!

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    Some beautiful pool and beach pictures! The ocean is GREAT in Aruba on the resort side of the island! Because of the constant tradewinds, there are no waves!!

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    Bryan floating with his sister...

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    Now to the pool...you could walk back and forth in between the two, it was GREAT!!


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    One of the many iguana's that just roam free all over the island but do not bother people!!

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    On this day we had some bad luck come our way! Our room FLOODED! It destroyed many of our things and we had to move rooms! Marriott made up for the inconvenience by providing us with a free vacation in any of there resorts in a one bedroom to be used within 12 months!

    Here are some pictures from the flood!

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    Notice all the people cleaning up!

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    We needed to relax a bit that night so we headed to Hooters for dinner! The boys got a kick out of that!

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    The next day we went into town shopping! Everything in Aruba is either very high end (Cartier, Louis Vitton(sp?)) or crap basically!

    Some pics. from that day!

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    The Aruban parliment building!

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    Our lunch at Iguana Joes! This restaurant was neat because it is on the top floor of a shopping mall and you can look out over the water and the streets below!

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    That night Bryan's mom volunteered to watch the boys so that we could go to dinner alone! Our original plan was to eat at a restaurant that is right on the waters edge but we weren't loving the menu so we ate at Ruth Chris Steakhouse instead! YUMMY!

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  15. dddisrunner

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    Some pictures from the lazy river that went around the pool! it was SO FUN and RELAXING!!


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    Some pool time!

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    Eric enjoying some poolside fries!

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    Some drinks at the swim up pool bar!

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    Pictures before and during the gorgeous sunset!

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    Out for ice cream again!

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    We stopped to see a water show that was done all to Disney music...this made us smile!!

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    At the end of the night!

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    Some pictures from our dinner the next night at Champions which was in the resort next door which is also a Marriott!

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  16. dddisrunner

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    Our last pool day, enjoying the slide!

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    On our last night we all went out to dinner together. Here are some pictures of that!

    All the cousins..

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    Our family and Bryan's mom!

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    After dinner we walked back alone and stopped at the Hyatt! What a GORGEOUS resort! Here is the lobby!

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    This is a restaurant right on the side of a little pond..it is BEAUTIFUL!!

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    Our last goodbye's

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    In the lobby waiting for a cab to take us back to the airport!

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    Overall it was a WONDERFUL and relaxing vacation! Funny though, 8 days in Aruba SEEMED longer than 15 in Disney!

    Thanks for reading! I am going to try and post our last Disney day either tomorrow or Tuesday!!



     
  17. wigdoutdismom

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    Diane,
    Aruba looks heavenly! What a pretty place. I especially love the pictures of the ocean. I can't believe how calm and beautiful that water is. I'm glad you had a chance to relax, you guys have wonderful tans!
    Anita
     
  18. LuvnDizney

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    Great pics of Aruba, what a beautiful place!! Can't wait to see how your last day went at Disney!!


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  19. vamassey1

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    Gorgeous pictures!!! I'm lovin' your tan. The sunset picture is frame worthy. Sounds like your family truly enjoyed your stay. Did you love Ruth Chris'? We have one here and ate there for our anniversary this year. It was the best!

    Can't wait to hear about your last day.
     
  20. Trentmom

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    Aruba looks amazing. The water is gorgeous there.

    I love all your family shot. They all came out so nice :goodvibes

    How did that flood happen? Were you out of the room when it happened? That was so nice of them to make it up to you. :goodvibes

    Swim up Bar is so neat. :thumbsup2


    Can't wait to read rest of your disney updates :surfweb:
     
  21. CRSNDSNY

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    Wow! Sounds like a wonderful vacation (minus the room flood)! What a great way to end the summer. :)
     

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