PRINCESS Palooza 2011! 9/9 Update: Departure Day

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  1. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk My, what red cheeks you have, Santa!

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    An all girls trip sounds perfect! :cool1: But then you've probably figured out by now that's how I feel! :rotfl:

    I'm really not worried about Katie missing school for a week. My issue really is when that week is. In middle school their grades are cumulative over the course of the entire semester. And that week would hit her at the very end of the first semester when they are likely to have some testing going on. I've never had trouble with the schools for taking kids out. I even took Timmy out for a week in High School. I just need to decide about taking that particular week.

    So you're a heat lover. Hmmmm.... sorry, but we can't be friends. ;) I just think there's something in my makeup that makes me heat intolerant. I've been that way from a very young age. I marvel at the folks who are able to do Disney in the summer. Heck, I don't even like the BEACH in the summer! :rotfl:

    LOL! Tell Kadence she's a little too smart for her own good! :rotfl: But then I reckon you know that already!

    I hear you on the lens thing. Everything loses when it comes down to X .......... or more days at Disney.

    Mike, we go when we can get free dining. So LTT was on the plan. Dinner at ANY table service meal at Disney without the dining plan will give you heart palpitations. We paid OOP at Chef Mickey for 3 adults (since Katie is a Disney dining adult now) and that was enough to upset my stomach. So for 5? :faint:

    Thanks as always Vanessa! I really have loved hearing all the stories about the much beloved Flynn. :love: I hope Disney understand what a gem they have in him.

    I feel like I'm within striking distance of finishing scrapping this trip. I'm on the second to the last page. I did a couple more yesterday. I'm gonna have to throw a party or something when it's finally done. party: I'm embarrassed to admit I'll probably fill 3 albums. Anyone have some room to store them for me? :teeth:

    No weirdness necessary. Just pop in and say hi every now and then and all is good! :goodvibes
     
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  3. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk My, what red cheeks you have, Santa!

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    Awwwww...... I'm so glad we got to be part of Layla's crush on Flynn! :goodvibes

    I knew he looked familiar! I'll have to go though my photos now and find him in the parade!

    Drop me a line by email and I'll fill you in. And send you some photos!

    And I tried to fend them all off for you. I'm glad you're finally here to take up the fight yourself! :rotfl:
     
  4. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    I started reading yesterday and t hen finally finished today...and I had a list of questions...that I no longer remember. :confused3

    Oh well. I am sure I will reread this TR closer to my trip and then remember what I wanted to ask.

    So you are thinking of Nov. ay? Well I think this is the perfect year to take that dream trip of yours...you know ..the one where you do the 2 parties in one trips...halloween and Xmas......I know a couple of gals who would love to see you then.

    I am really party stupid. I may be asking lots of questions.
    So my plan is to enter the MNSSHP at 4 with our ticket. Do they give me a bracelet then?
     
  5. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk My, what red cheeks you have, Santa!

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    Well, I can tell you that today I am less likely to do November than I was yesterday. At the big presentation this morning they said Be Our Guest and the Little Mermaid ride would be open "Holidays 2012". That's cutting it a little close. I'm guessing they've padded that by quite a bit to allow for any delays, but I really don't want to take a chance on missing any of it. The "dream trip" might have to wait just a bit longer.......

    When they start letting people in with party tickets at 4 PM, they put your wristband on right then and there. I actually entered at the front gate with a party ticket for the first time since we did the Pirate and Princess party all those years ago. Every other time since (2 Halloween parties and 7 Christmas parties) I've been in the park and just gotten my wristband at the station they had set up.
     
  6. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk My, what red cheeks you have, Santa!

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    We had a great day yesterday. I got an email telling me Timmy had been selected to attend the American Legion's Boys State this summer. 4 boys from his school were selected. It's a leadership conference, a great experience and a great item to add to his college resume. Of course, it's nice that it comes with many scholarship opportunities.

    I just love moments like these! :cool1:
     
  7. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    Yay Timmy!!!

    I still think that Be Our Guest will open in Oct...I just have a feeling. BUT, even if it is open when I go. with my luck I won't see the ADR's opening up right away and still not be able to get it. LOL!
    I really wish they would post a menu for it.
     
  8. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk My, what red cheeks you have, Santa!

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    Thanks Jen!

    I have a hunch it will be open in October too. But I want to stack the deck in my favor. I really want to head west to DL in 2013..... but that requires that I see this phase of the FLE.

    And we all have to promise to alert each other when the word goes out. I bet we can crash the Disney system...... not that it's that hard to do! :lmao:
     
  9. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    I agree. I just read that someone said a "CM" told someone that free dining for Oct -Dec is supposed to be released in a couple of weeks...that seems really early to me though
     
  10. Glennie5

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    I was just catching Julia up on your pictures from MVMCP (she LOVED them) and we compared them to the Princes and Princesses pictures that we got that night. We went during Wishes and didn't see the same one's you did. Sleeping Beauties Prince looked like he was about 12 yrs old and they were kind of... you know unexciting. Our Snow White and Prince and Rapunzel and Flynn were amazing. Julia had so much fun with them. I have no idea how to post pictures on here but if I can figure it out I'll put them up.
     
  11. vamassey1

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    Congrats to Timmy! Michelle did Girls state and had a blast.
     
  12. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk My, what red cheeks you have, Santa!

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    I saw that too. I'll believe it when I see it, but that's just sort of my approach to everything. I guess the Sept FD deal will expire at that time, and I'll cross my fingers that it's 1st quarter FD that shows up next. But I also remember the same hopes last year. I had been about 50/50 on whether I thought they'd do FD with the FLE opening. But they are so non-committal on their dates for opening the new stuff, I can see them needing to offer something just to get some reservations on the books.

    I did ask Timmy what he remembered from the experience middle school exams as I consider taking Katie out so close to the end of the semester. He rolled his eyes and told me to do it. I do recall everyone trying to scare the kids about 6th grade, but it not being that big a deal.

    Wow! Maybe they swapped out while the others took breaks. Did you have the same Flynn? Maybe we were way luckier than we even thought! In retrospect, I can't believe how lucky we were to find the right one. I smile every time I think about it. :goodvibes It's fun to be in the role of helping sprinkle pixie dust! :cool1:

    Thanks Vanessa! I'm excited for Timmy to have this experience. And I'm glad Michelle did. Did she take pictures so you could scrapbook it? :laughing: I'm expecting absolutely nothing back from Timmy. Probably not many stories either. He is a man of few words!

    I did just read today that he needs to bring a suit or a coat and tie. I guess we better get shopping.

    What year is Michelle in college this year?
     
  13. kwitcherkicken99

    kwitcherkicken99 <font color=deeppink>Sleep keeps me pretty. CAFFEI

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    :wave:

    I'm caught up with the TR but behind on commenting.

    All I'm gonna say is :sad2: to the ONE room that night.

    We had a date with Jack Sparrow and wasted SO.MUCH.TIME. in the princess line.
     
  14. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk My, what red cheeks you have, Santa!

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    Yeah. Sort of irritating that it wasn't sold out, was indeed seen as a "low-ish" attandance night (although it certainly didn't feel like it) but that the line was insanely slow because they went with one room........

    I'm hoping to catch back up on your TR tomorrow. I keep getting pulled away. Between Timmy's tennis, and Katie being sick most of the week..... it's been even crazy by our standards. I went ahead and brought Katie is for a throat culture this morning, but it was negative, so I guess we're just waiting out a virus.
     
  15. kwitcherkicken99

    kwitcherkicken99 <font color=deeppink>Sleep keeps me pretty. CAFFEI

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    No bueno, senora...

    There is a cold bug going around and it's just starting. And luckily it's not another round of strep. My 5th grade teacher has it and has been miserable the past two days.

    Hopefully Katie gets through it quick.

    How IS Timmy's tennis going???
     
  16. Caretames1

    Caretames1 Mom & Crazed Planner

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    I'm one of those Gals!:thumbsup2 Jen, we need a good bribe.....I mean treat!:mickeybar

    We got our MNSSHP band right before entering MK, they had a station set up right before the tunnel to go in. We entered at 4.



    Would that be great! I won't get my hopes up thought. I do hope Be our Guest opens soon for ADR's though!:yay:



    Yay for Timmy! A lot of hard work must have gone into that, congrats!
     
  17. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk My, what red cheeks you have, Santa!

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    Thanks Jenn. I sure hope Katie is on the down side of THIS bug. And that somehow miraculously everyone else can escape it. I was really thinking strep since the whole thing started with vomiting last Sunday night. But apparently not. :confused3 That happened once and she was over that part pretty quickly, but then the respiratory stuff sarted. Now she's coughing like crazy.

    It has been a lot of fun to watch Timmy develop over the tennis season. He doesn't win a LOT of matches, but has won a few and I think that's enough to encourage him. He really seems to be having a lot of fun and making lots of new friends. I really thought he'd miss that if he wasn't part of a team. He already told me he plans to play his senior year.

    I'm still plodding along with photographing tennis. I'm wishing I had a different lens. I've been using my 50-150, but sometimes that 50 is too long depending on where he's at. When I get a moment I'll post a few more shots.

     
  18. scrapbookersdis

    scrapbookersdis <font color=darkorchid>Yes, we are going to Disney

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    Amazing photographic skills and needlework, as usual. :)

    What is your favorite technique for attaching flippable photos (with journaling on the back) on your scrapbook pages? Do you use a photo pocket?

    Looking forward to the next installment!

    Sharla
     
  19. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk My, what red cheeks you have, Santa!

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    Many thanks Sharla!

    I used to attach my flip up pages with cute metal hinges. But now I mostly just use a narrow piece of textured cardstock scored down the middle and covered by the journling printout.

    I have used photo pockets, but not on any of these pages.
     
  20. RinkyTinkyTinky

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    First off, congrats to your son! That is wonderful news. I know you are so proud of him.

    I sure hope those FD rumors are true but I think that would be the earliest that it has ever been released. I'm not so sure about that one. I hope I hear about it before it happens though!

    Also, I want to know about the Be Our Guest opening. I would LOVE to get an ADR there. I bet they are going to go in a matter of minutes! Please do post if you ladies hear anything definite.
     
  21. nannye

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    Question for you, I remember you and katie went to the perfectly princess tea party. I am thinking about buying one of their dolls for V and a cinderella outfit for it. My other option is getting an American Girl Doll and then getting a cinderella outfit made for it. V has 2 baby dolls, but she does not have a "big girl" doll if you know what I mean. Just wondering what you think of the quality of the Princess Tea Party doll versus an American Girl Doll - Trying to decide what the better choice is.

    Thanks for the advice!
    Erin
     

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