What did she just say?? Did I really say October Quickie??? I did, I did!!! After a year of planning last year for a fabulous family trip to WDW in December.....then having to cancel .......I'm happy to say....that my hubby & I are getting another chance to step foot on new territory (for us Disneyland lovers)!! We will finally make it to WDW in October!!! Sooooooo, what's the plan?? October 8-12, 4 nights & 3 days in the parks. Staying at All Star Sports with our son Derek who is a CM in the Disney College Program. Well let me introduce the cast of characters for this report: This is me (Laurie) and my hubby Mike last December at Disneyland. We weren't able to swing the WDW trip but we did have a magical time at Disneyland!! This is our son, Derek. Derek is on his 2nd go round with the Disney College Program. Last year he worked at All Star Movies in the food court. Not a fun job for him, but he made some wonderful friends. This year, he's a captain on the boats that go from DTD to Port Orleans (and Saratoga too I believe). So if you see him......say hi!! We tried really hard to get to WDW with the whole family, but finances being tight (always.....) and a large family....we just couldn't swing plane tickets on top of the WDW stuff. We ended up driving down from Oregon to Disneyland & Derek flew over to spend the week with us. We had a great time but after I had spent so much time researching & planning the dream trip to WDW......I was feeling let down that we didn't make it there. No one (other than Derek) has been to WDW.......so being 50 yrs old......I knew I really needed to get this done while I could still run around & have fun! Well......it really didn't look to be in the cards this year either......but my hubby forgot he had an IRA (?) through a company he no longer worked for......and we're cashing in on it. It's not a lot, but enough to squeak out a very quick, cheap trip. The most expensive thing was the plane tickets! Derek was able to get us a room with his CM discounts and we added dining......so for the most part we're set. We obviously will need some spending money for incidentals (and for my hubby to go hog wild in EPCOT with the sampling of different foods).......but I think we will still have an amazing time.....even if our time is short. So why only 3 days (+2 travel days)......we have more kiddos at home. We are leaving our 26 yr old son home (and in charge) of our 4 littles. We have a 12 yr old son, 8 yr old daughter & 6 yr old twin daughters that are special needs. Both twins are mentally delayed and autistic. It breaks my heart that we can't take everyone with us......but we also need to take some time for us once in a while. This is Mike & I with the 4 youngest kids (all 4 were adopted after being in our home in foster care). Adaleah (8) & Anthony (12) in the back......Shyann (6) and Michayla (6) on my lap. This is Tyler (the one we're leaving home to watch the troops). There are 2 more that aren't making the trip with us & it would be my oldest son, Nicholas and his soon to be wife, Marie. (September 7th!!) Well I think that's enough for now......more info to come!!! Thanks for stopping by & I hope you will follow along!