Spectrum Moms Take on The World! Our Last Day...Multiple Posts!

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  1. KathyRN137

    KathyRN137 ...and the greatest of these is Love

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    INTRODUCTION:

    Well, I’d better kick off this Group PTR before my fellow “cast members” burst from excitement! :hyper:
    I’ll start with the absolute basics and let the others join in…

    WHO: Essentially we are moms with kids on the AUTISM SPECTRUM who love to hang out on the Trip Report Boards. Needless to say, we’re all crazy about Walt Disney World and the Magic it has brought into our lives.

    My name is KATHY and I’ll be the one posting in Blue!

    I’ve been married to ED for fifteen years. Our daughter Tricia is 14yrs old and our son Billy is twelve. He was diagnosed with PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder) at age three and with AUTISM at age five.

    WHAT: This will be a MOMS-ONLY trip!

    WHEN: Thursday, January 20 – Sunday, January 23

    WHERE: We’ll be staying at SARATOGA SPRINGS RESORT & SPA.

    WHY: We’re getting together at our mutual Happy Place for a weekend of fun, friendship and sharing. Most of us have never met in person!

    Okay, Gang! Let’s get this party started!! party:



    PTR LINKS:


    Some More Background
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37906380&postcount=26

    Amy Introduces Herself
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37893257&postcount=3

    Anne Marie Introduces Herself
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37893399&postcount=4

    Tracy Introduces Herself
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37893489&postcount=5

    Tracy's Planning
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37911735&postcount=33

    Julie Introduces Herself
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37897260&postcount=13

    Julie's Planning
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37902830&postcount=22

    Two New Cast Members and a Resort Change
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37912400&postcount=40

    Heidi Introduces Herself
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37914395&postcount=50

    Jessica Introduces Herself
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37915086&postcount=56

    Anne Marie's Planning
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37915472&postcount=61

    Julie's Puzzle Piece
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37934204&postcount=74

    Amy's Planning
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37967965&postcount=99

    Tracy's Puzzle Piece
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=37996734&postcount=120

    Amy's Puzzle Piece
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38018009&postcount=156

    Our Resort
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38023531&postcount=170

    Prizes Revealed!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38024501&postcount=172

    Holland
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38039823&postcount=203

    Schmolland
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38039868&postcount=204

    Jessica's Puzzle Piece:
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38122581&postcount=241

    More Fun and Games!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38137929&postcount=249

    More Fun and Games II
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38275994&postcount=372

    Itinerary Posted!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38330021&postcount=446

    Our Animal Kingdom Day
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38340542&postcount=448

    Not-So-Off-Topic: Autism Program/Quiz
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38354924&postcount=470

    Chicago DVC Event (with PIX!)
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38379611&postcount=482

    Our EPCOT Touring Plan!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38413791&postcount=499

    Our MK Touring Plan!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38605353&postcount=546

    Our Studios Touring Plan!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38763440&postcount=564

    How's The Weather?
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38910571&postcount=594

    To Tell or Not to Tell... That is the Question!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38934136&postcount=601

    Every Trip Needs at Least One DISign...
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=38969041&postcount=615

    Time to Start Making Lists!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39103561&postcount=640

    Nerd Alert!!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39141395&postcount=651

    Sip 'N Snack Game
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39338816&postcount=722

    Let's Celebrate (with wacky pix!)
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39359753&postcount=739


    Well.... umm... I kind of stopped making links for the PTR (sorry!) BUT, I can tell you that the Trip Report starts on pages 71/72 !!


    Trip Report Links:


    Scrappie's Travel Day
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39706538&postcount=1078

    Amy's Travel Day
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39708396&postcount=1081

    Kathy's Travel Day, Part One
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39716553&postcount=1090

    Jessica's Travel Day
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39721274&postcount=1092

    Tracy's Travel Day
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39722578&postcount=1093

    Heidi's Travel Day, AH EMH
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39737254&postcount=1105

    Heidi: Day One, Magic Kingdom, Part One
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39742148&postcount=1113

    Heidi: Magic Kingdom, Part Two
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39744943&postcount=1119

    Kathy's Travel Day, Part Two
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39762584&postcount=1129

    A Magical Arrival at Kidani Village
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39766905&postcount=1131

    Amy's Travel Day, Part Two
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39767311&postcount=1132

    Our Room and More Arrivals
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39772727&postcount=1136

    Kidani Room Pix, Part One
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39774021&postcount=1137

    Kidani Room Pix, Part Two
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39775754&postcount=1141

    Heidi Passes Time at Kidani
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39812396&postcount=1167

    Scrappie's Lunch Post
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39812920&postcount=1168

    Kathy's Lunch Post
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39815100&postcount=1172

    Getting Settled...
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39840799&postcount=1195

    Tracy's Arrival!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39841544&postcount=1199

    Amy: DHS Part One
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39846522&postcount=1211

    Kathy: One (Mom's) Dream!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39939203&postcount=1239

    Amy's Pix: One Man's Dream
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39946504&postcount=1247

    Super Moms!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40090148&postcount=1262

    A Ghost Town
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40166864&postcount=1279

    Midway Maniac Moms! Part One
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40191242&postcount=1285

    Part Two...
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40202228&postcount=1291

    Part Three...
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40205873&postcount=1296

    Kidani, We've Come Home
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40268918&postcount=1312

    Tracy: First Look at the Villa!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40274515&postcount=1313

    Where Was Tracy?
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40412482&postcount=1371

    What Jessica and Kathy Were Up To!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40393583&postcount=1368
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40477871&postcount=1380

    More Magic Kingdom Fun!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40484989&postcount=1385

    One Mountain and a Pair of Captains!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40514794&postcount=1398


    Faces in the Queue: Meet Nathan!
    http://www.wdwfanzone.com/2011/04/faces-in-the-queue-meet-nathan/

    It's Dole Whip Time!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40701745&postcount=1425

    Transition Time
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40722453&postcount=1430

    Interlude on the Savanna...
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40793695&postcount=1459

    A Little Sip, A Little Snack (part 1)
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40805279&postcount=1466

    A Little Sip, A Little Snack (part2)
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40837473&postcount=1471

    Sip 'N Snack (part 3) Like White on Rice
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=40977887&postcount=1486


    A Little Something to Tide You Over...
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41089322&postcount=1509


    Next Stop: Germany!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41102119&postcount=1514

    Next Stop: Japan!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41114890&postcount=1517

    More Karamelle Kusch Pix...
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41116340&postcount=1519

    Saving Japan!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41129531&postcount=1529

    Mickey Mom Says MMM! in Morocco!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41150841&postcount=1539

    France and... Sip 'n Snack WINNERS!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41296445&postcount=1554

    The Rhyme of the Orange Mariner
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41310160&postcount=1560

    Illuminations...
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41355759&postcount=1574

    ...and God Save the Queen!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41355847&postcount=1575


    Soarin' and Speedin' to the End of Day Two!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41426702&postcount=1588


    Day Three: Animal Kingdom: ASIA (Post 1 of 2)
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41569674&postcount=1610

    Day Three: Animal Kingdom: AFRICA (Post 2 of 2)
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41569747&postcount=1611

    Animal Kingdom: Team Competition!
    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41609732&postcount=1624

    Continued....

    http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41609761&postcount=1625



    Kathy
     
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  3. moparop

    moparop DIS Veteran

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    Am I first??? I think the is the first time I have been a "first reponder".

    I think I know at least one spectrum mom on board besides you. You guys will have a blast!!!

    And :banana: for having a new trip to talk about!

    -Margaret
     
  4. DisMomAmy

    DisMomAmy DIS Veteran

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    Unless someone else beats me to the post, I'm spectrum mom #2 aka DisMomAmy! :wave2: I'll be posting in purple!

    I've been married to my DH, Tim, for almost 14 years and we have two boys, Alex, 9 & Zach, 6. Alex was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at 2 and Zach was just diagnosed with Aspergers this summer.

    I'm so excited to join Kathy & the other spectrum moms for our weekend getaway! :banana:
     
  5. irish dancer

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    Well, I'm Spectrum mom #3 aka irishdancer and I'll be posting in turquoise.

    I've been married to DH for 15yrs and we have 3 kids. Daniel was diagnosed PDD-NOS/ASD at age 5. We also have two girls Mairead 13yrs and Deirdre one week shy of 9yrs.

    I can't wait for this trip! I think we're going to have so much fun at our "Happy Place". :yay: It's also going to be great to add a new ticker.
     
  6. Mickey_Mom

    Mickey_Mom DIS Veteran

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    Hi there! :wave: I'm Tracy, aka Mickey_Mom and I'll be posting in pink. My wonderful husband and I have been married 16 years this October and we have three beautiful children..... two sons, Alex-15 and Demetri-5 and a daughter, Ariana, who will be 14 this September. Ariana was diagnosed with autism at the age of three (and her favorite color is pink!). ;)

    I am thrilled to be joining these fellow spectrum mom's and very excited to be taking on the World!
     
  7. Mickey_Mom

    Mickey_Mom DIS Veteran

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    Hey you! Welcome aboard! My first time leaving the kiddos behind and feeling a tad guilty about it :guilty: but so very excited too!
     
  8. KathyRN137

    KathyRN137 ...and the greatest of these is Love

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    Whew! Got this thing off the ground at last... now I can relax! :laughing:

    Welcome to all you readers (and lurkers!!)

    Yay Margaret... you ARE first!! I have NEVER been able to do that!


    Kathy
     
  9. moparop

    moparop DIS Veteran

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    Try not to feel guilty about leaving the kids behind. This is a good thing for all of you! You will have more of yourself to give by taking a break and having fun!

    I am not sure how I managed to be first, but I tell you what -- my heart was racing while I was posting hoping to be first! Look where my life has taken me -- excited to be the first to post on a message board. I have to tell you. It totally made me feel giddy to know I did it!

    So how long has this been in the works?

    Can't wait to read more about it!
     
  10. KathyRN137

    KathyRN137 ...and the greatest of these is Love

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    Plans came together recently, we've been plotting for the past week or so!
    Our family trip got bumped out until 12/11, so this was my "consolation prize!"

    (I think Ed agreed only to keep me relatively sane!) :laughing

    And I am wildly jealous that you made it to "first poster status!"
    :


    Kathy
     
  11. MeMom

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    I am excited for all of you!

    It will be wonderful to get away and just be yourselves - not mom or wife or PTA person or teacher or nurse or whatever else you do out here in the real world. Just go and relax and have fun and be you, and in the process develop some special friendships. Sounds awesome to me! :thumbsup2

    And some Florida sunshine in the middle of winter sounds lovely, too. :cool1:
     
  12. carissanboys

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    Hello Kathy and Amy! :wave: And hello to Tracy and irish dancer - nice to meet you both. :goodvibes

    Sounds like an awesome trip and can't wait to hear all of the details! :cool1:
     
  13. DisMomAmy

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    Thanks for joining us!! We're all VERY excited for this trip! I feel extremely lucky since I already have a girls weekend planned for this fall!

    Hi Carissa!! Thanks for reading - this should be a really fun PTR!
     
  14. mousescrapper

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    OK...little late to the party here ;)

    I'm Spectrum Mom #5 aka MouseScrapper or just Scrappie or Julie :rotfl2: I have some more name too....

    I'll be posting in Green and I am the one busting at the seems for this trip...kind of funny I was the last Mom to introduce myself....

    For those of you who don't know me or my family yet...here is a picture of us from our last trip to WDW:

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    I've been married to my DH (Matt) for 14 yrs and we have 4 children. Naomi-Ruth (going on 4), Rachel (going on 8), and twins (11) Nathan and Rebekah.

    Nathan and Rebekah are both on the Spectrum and have ADHD. Nathan has struggled since age 3, but was not diagnosed w/ Aspergers till age 8. Rebekah (or Bekah) was just recently diagnosed last yr w/ PDD-NOS.

    as well my youngest Naomi-Ruth has been treated for a significant speech delay and attends pre-school based on need for social speech & anxiety.

    I first found the boards when planning our June 2008 trip and Kathy and Amy were two of the first Disers I met and we instantly become close ...these ladies have been my Autism support group really from the start...

    Anne Marie and I are lucky enough to live just a few towns apart and have mini Dis-meets every few months.

    Tracy and I have met through our "fearless leader" Kathy...and have instantly bonded.

    I am so excited to be part of this trip and can't wait!

    J~
     
  15. wdwgirl03

    wdwgirl03 <font color=red>I'm just a big Disney Freak! :-)<b

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    Joining in ladies!
     
  16. Lady Lallie

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    I'm joining in ladies. I know a few of you and a few of you I am happy to meet. :goodvibes

    I'm very excited that you all get to have this trip together. :goodvibes
     
  17. Mickey_Mom

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    Hi Sarah!

    Hey LL! Welcome aboard and another exciting part of this trip for me is meeting you!
     
  18. mousescrapper

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    isn't that fun...silly how we get excited over those fun things...don't know if I've been first yet on a PTR/TR

    welcome!

    I agree completly....just some time to be "girls"

    Hi Carissa...we'll be right behind you in January..you get them ready for us ;)

    :welcome:

    we are too...it's amazing how quick it came to be....
     
  19. Lady Lallie

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    I will admit, I squealed out loud when I read the dates. :rotfl2:
     
  20. mrsksomeday

    mrsksomeday My Prince uses a power wheelchair!

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    I am here too!! Many of my favorite ladies on the DIS are going to WDW together :banana:, I am so jealous and wish we were going to be there at the same time.

    Kathy, Bill asked me your dates, I swear he loves to stalk you:rotfl:. He and I both adore you.

    This is such a great opportunity for you to get to know one another even better, I admire all of you for doing this trip and I can't wait to read about the plans!
     
  21. Tinkermom76

    Tinkermom76 Gawrsh

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    I'm joining in... I am so excited for you guys to have a moms trip!!!
     

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