Hi everyone! After reading everyone else's pre-trippies and getting very excited about everyone else's plans I decided to take the plunge and jump in here with my own trip planning and let you all see just how insane I will become over the next 2 months, 2 weeks and 1 day! I know that is how long until we go because I am obsessed by my ticker. It is the first thing I check when I get up in the morning. Yep, even before I start pouring coffee down my throat! I think I have a problem....is there a 12 step program for those of us addicted to our tickers? Chapter 1 - The Cast Anyways, I'll start with our cast of characters. Me! I'm Sarah and I am NOT going to post my age! Its crept up higher on me and I am not a big fan of getting older. Maybe that's part of the reason I love all things Disney so much. I was a stay at home mom for almost 11 years but recently "re-joined the workforce" - got to love the politically correct code for "we needed the money"! Actually, not completely true but with 2 kids in private school who also dance and figure skate I figured I should do something to help contribute to the family income. I also love to travel so I am working feeding the vacation-fund! I am also a crafter, sewer, quilter and wannabe photographer. DH aka Handsome Genius (stealing his alias from Chloe) or "HG" for short. I won't post his age either or he'll get really mad at me! No sense in angering he who pays for Disney! He's a computer geek who shares my love for Disney yet he only humors me when I try to share the importance of my obsessive planning! He loves to eat and the thrifty side of him was thrilled and a bit relieved when I announced "we got free dining". He loves all sorts of gadgets and trinkets and hates anything Mac. Did I mention I am an iMac girl? Love that it annoys him! DD#1 aka Belle is 10 1/2 (can't forget the 1/2). We have trained her well from a very young age the importance of loving Disney if she indeed wants to stay part of the family! I'm kidding folks! Well, sort of! LOL! She is a dancer and has already danced professionally. Her dance classes suck up most of our money. But she loves it so we just sign the cheques and try not to think about it. Belle always has her head in the clouds and is very naive (how do you spell that?). She thinks she is very grown-up but is actually completely the opposite but I'm not going to be the one to tell her that! DD#2 aka Tink is 7 1/2 (yes, there is the 1/2) again. She is the youngest Disney freak in the family and there was no training required with this one. She is a total daredevil when it comes to the rides - the bigger the better. She also dances but isn't into it quite as much as her sister but still loves it. She figure skates as well and is seriously in love with her coach. Tink is wise beyond years and has been since the moment she was born. In fact our midwife looked at her when she was born and said "Oh, she's a 40 year old Jewish woman" and she has fit the role perfectly ever since. She is super smart and is always thinking 2 steps ahead of me - I hate it when she out-thinks me! I'll leave you all with that for now as I have to get Belle off to a birthday party! See you all soon! October 10, 2007 Okay - caving to peer pressure here and I am adding an index to the first page. I didn't do it when I started this because I didn't think anyone would read it so no need for an index. Well, thankfully I have friends here and you all read and respond so I thought I'd add the index for anyone who is jumping in now so they can read and catch up! Chapter 1 - The Cast Chapter 2 - Disney Trips of Long Long Ago Chapter 3 - The Liberation of The LGMHPCs Chapter 4 - A Pre-Trip Trip Chapter 5 - A Surprize Booking Chapter 6 - The Food Chapter 7 - Let the Crafting Begin Chapter 8 - We'll Be Glowing Chapter 9 - My Shopping List Chapter 10 - Its Real Now! Chapter 11 - Mickey We Have A Problem Or Two Chapter 12 - Let the Countdown Begin Chapter 13 - Notice Anything Different? Chapter 14 - Photo Time! Chapter 14 - Good News! (apparently there are 2 chapter 14s) Chapter 14 - Hippo Hippo (it seems I have lost the ability to count) Chapter 15 - Doing a Dance Chapter 16 - I'm Back! Chapter 16 - Anyone Know How To Avoid The "Poof-Palace"? (it seems I still can't count) Chapter 17 - The One I Didn't Want To Have To Write Chapter 17 - Only 4 More Days! (really, what happened to the counting part of my brain?) Today is The Day! We're Back! The Trip Chapter 1 - The Beginning The Trip Chapter 2 - The Next Day The Trip Chapter 3 - We're Still On The Wrong Plane The Trip Chapter 4 - On To Pop Century! The Trip Chapter 5 - Room For 4 Please A Short Interuption The Trip Chapter 6 - Finally Heading to a Park! The Trip Chapter 7 - Day 1 Part 2 The Trip Chapter 8 - We're Epcot Bound! The Trip Chapter 9 - Food! The Trip Chapter 10 - Day 2 Bet You Never Thought We'd Get Here! The Trip Chapter 11 - It Really Happened! The Trip Chapter 12 - Moving Along The Trip Chapter 14 - I Think! The Trip Chapter 15 - Heading Home! The Trip Chapter 15 - Day 3 Part 1 (yes, I did it again) A Little Disney Creativity... The Trip Chapter 16 - Lunch with Pooh! The Trip Chapter 18 - We're Stuffed - Is That A Pirate I See? The Trip Chapter 19 - Crossing the Castle Yet Again The Trip Chapter 20 - Feed Us! The Trip Chapter 21 - Just One More Thing The Trip Chapter 22 - Yawn, Stretch, Welcome to Day 4 The Trip Chapter 23 - A Grand Circle Tour of the World The Trip Chapter 24 - The Moment Tink Has Been Waiting For! The Trip Chapter 25 - Back To Our Around The World Tour The Trip Chapter 26 - Still "Around-The-World"ing The Trip Chapter 27 - We've Almost Made It Around The World The Trip Chapter 27 - One Of My Favourite Moments The Trip Chapter 28 - Dinner Time! The Trip Chapter 29 - Its Segway Day, Or Is It?