Welcome!!! Our Grand Gathering (dubbed "The Sweet 16" in our PTR - found here) just returned from a full week in the World, and we couldn't wait to share our adventures! I'll be writing this report jointly with my DSIL Shelley, Belle8306. Our DH's might also chime in from time to time, but they're not quite as interested in posting on the DIS as we are (they have another word for it besides "interested"...more like "obsessed" ). (By the way, the title is a reference to The Big Bang Theory, which is a great show if you haven't seen it. The game mentioned in the title is explained on Youtube here. I don't know how much discussion we'll have of the show, but we thought it made a good title!) I suppose introductions are in order, especially since we were such a big group. Don't worry, there's no quiz at the end, even though Shelley and I are both teachers. (To those of you who read our PTR, sorry for using some of the same pictures, but I'm still working on uploading pictures from our new cameras. They're much higher quality, and so upload muuuuccchhh slower!) Our crazy bunch includes.... Shelley and I (she's on the left), the master planners/unofficial travel agents/obsessive Disney planners...you pick the adjective! We have been to Disney upwards of a dozen times between us (two of those trips together now), and we both love planning. I'll let her introduce herself a little more once she chimes in, but I had to post this picture from last winter, as this is one of our favorite things to do! My DH and I and our three kids: Haley, 8, Jack, 6, and Will, 2 DH (Bryan) is an IT guy who helps me get passed my limited tech abilities. Luckily for me, he has embraced my Disney obsession with open arms, and was just as depressed as I was to be leaving at the end of our trip. I am a fourth grade teacher at our local school, and I'm also getting my master's degree on-line right now through Ball State. Yes, I'm insane. Haley - 8 (almost 9, and we celebrated her birthday a bit on this trip) She loves the fairies, the princesses...and Star Wars, thanks to her Dad. She's trying to navigate that transition between little girls and (gasp!) pre-teen. She watches Playhouse Disney with her little brothers every morning and then begs me for Suite Life on Deck in the afternoon. Jack - 6 All boy, all Star Wars - all the way! He actually brought home more weapons than anything else from this trip, which you'll hear more about later. He also, however, bought a stuffed Baby Goofy which now sleeps next to him each night. He definately has a soft side, and is still known to (try to) crawl into my lap for a snuggle. I hope he doesn't loose that anytime soon! Will - 2 Don't let his cute smile and dimples fool you...there's a reason he's nicknamed "The Monster" in our house! He is personality plus, and was known to get people that we didn't know dancing during this trip. He's a ton of fun, but also the source of most of my exhaustion these days! The rest of our group, with minimal introductions only because this post is going to be miles long if I don't keep it that way... My mom: Mom took us to Disney three times, but this is the first time going with her grandkids. She also just retired after 35+ years as a pediatric nurse, so she was ready to celebrate! She roomed with her sister: My aunt Dee, who is a ton of fun. She used to live very close to us until I was a junior or senior in high school, so we got to be very close. They don't live as close anymore, and it's hard to keep in touch. But Dee pretty much makes fun wherever she is, and she was a blast to have along for her first trip. Besides, she got my mom to do more! My in-laws: (this picture is from 'Ohana on our 2007 trip) They're incredibly supportive - DFIL actually spends three-four days a week with us babysitting in our home. They live in NW Indiana near Shelley and Tim. I really lucked out as far as in-laws go! DH's Uncle Tim, Grandma, and Great-Aunt Jane: (Grandma and Aunt Jane are the two on the left) It was Uncle Tim's first trip. Grandma and Great-Aunt Jane had been before. Uncle Tim (Un to my kids...It's what Haley called him as a baby) lives in NW IN. Grandma and Aunt Jane live in New Mexico most of the year, but come for extended visits to IN. DH's cousin Norah and her goddaughter Ruby (yes, this is Norah and Haley...pictures of Ruby to come) Norah and Ruby live in Texas. It was Ruby's (age 6) first trip to Disney, but Norah had been there several times before. Shelley has better pictures of herself and Tim (all the recent ones I have involve Star Wars characters at our Children's Museum from early June). She'll be along any time now to introduce herself. So, as you can see, we're quite the group! The details of our trip: We stayed at CBR June 13-20 (most of us arrived the afternoon/evening of the 12th). We planned the trip so that we could accomodate Shelley and I's school calendars, but also to hit Star Wars Weekends! We had park hopper tickets and the basic dining plan, so we went all over and ate some really great food. Most of us flew, but my little family drove, as well as Norah and Ruby. So that's what I'll start with here pretty soon. Come along on our adventures with us!