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Roughing it…My Disney Birthday Weekend- Part 2

February 28, 2011

After we left Traci we wandered around a bit. We got to ride Toy Story Mania one last time and then went over towards the Animation Building where we wanted to see Lotso from TS3. Bella spotted the Einsteins first so we stopped there although she wanted nothing to do with them when we got there.

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We decided it was time to go after meeting Lotso. We all wanted to check in to our cabin and see what it was like. I was very pleasantly surprised. The campground is huge! You may only drive to and from your campsite and other than that you can rent a golf cart or take the internal buses that run back and forth to do any of the activities or visit the restaurants. We were off of Peacock Pass in the 2300 loop. The cabins looked nice on the outside. You went up a few steps to a deck that had a picnic table on it and there are 2 doors- one is the front door and then a side door from the bedroom (in case of fire??). The cabins have full kitchens with all dishes included and ice maker in the freezer, one bedroom with a double bed and bunk beds and the living room that a double sized Murphy bed (which was really soft!) and a regular full size bathroom. There were two cable TV’s and one DVD player. They can sleep up to 6 people. It was great because we didn’t have to worry about the kids making too much noise or bothering people downstairs/next door in a hotel running around. The wood floors in the cabin are kind of noisy though. Even the lightest of my kids had heavy footsteps.

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Plenty of storage space.

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Hall had a closet with pack & play, broom, dustpan…

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You’d think my kids had never seen a bunkbed before! You can’t see it but there’s a small counter area across from the bunks with mirror and blow dryer. There’s also a curtained closet area with vacuum and ironing board.

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View from side window onto deck.

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View from back window. There’s a ravine/drainage ditch back there.

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View of cabin next to us. They aren’t too close together.

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I would most definitely stay here again. It is expensive though but for what you get I think it’s a good deal being it’s on Disney property. There are a lot of activities from boat rentals to horseback rides, Chip & Dale Campfire SingALongs, playgrounds, 2 pools, restaurants, pony rides, archery… you can also camp here with an RV or with a tent. They have full hook ups and electricity (even cable!!!) for tent camping. Now that’s my kind of roughing it. LOL

After we ate a dinner of PB&J and chips in the cabin we went over to Magic Kingdom. I really wanted to hook up with two of my online friends but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. I left one girl’s phone # in the cabin apparently and the other girl and I just couldn’t coordinate. Oh well…maybe another time. We mainly went to see Wishes one last time and the Main Street Electrical Parade. We also did the Laugh Floor (the kids have been bugging me for it) and the TTA which is just a classic. Someone handed us FastPasses for Peter Pan so that was our very last ride of the night. Ian fell asleep before the Castle show and parade and Bella was out right after the parade so it was just Logan and I for one last ride.

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We got back to the cabin late, got everyone into pj’s and into bed. Bella slept with Ian on the inside. She slept soundly all night. She was the first one up though of course. A good hour before our alarm was set to go off. Ugh. Once we were all awake we took the internal bus down to Trail’s End restaurant for some breakfast. It’s the cheapest buffet on Disney property and was very good. We explored a bit afterwards, played on the playground, checked out the beach area (no swimming allowed in the lake) and went back to pack up and go home. 😦 Poor Ian was sadder than even me and that’s saying a lot. He thought that WDW was completely closed and wanted to know why so many cars were still driving there. He wasn’t understanding that just because WE couldn’t go that others still could. We had a lot of tears on the drive home. He wanted to stay in the cabin longer, he wanted to swim and of course he never did get to ride Splash Mountain. He broke my heart. I guess we’ll just have to make another trip!

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One of the 2 grocery stores on property

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Looking back at the restaurants and tavern

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Lawnmower tree- it grew around the lawnmower. Look carefully at the bottom.

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Public bathroom. I liked the theming.

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Bus ride back to the cabin

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My Disney Birthday Weekend- Part 1

February 28, 2011

My birthday and the expiration of our Disney passes were this past Saturday. I’m so sad that there will be no more WDW park trips for at least one if not two or more more years. My hubby (dh) told me back in Jan. that he borrowed some money from his boss to pay for my gift. He then sold his car stereo equipment (had planned on it anyway) to pay him back. He didn’t want anything showing up on our credit card statement where I would see it. So on Thursday morning he gave me my gifts early. He knew I’d need some time. I walked into the kitchen Thursday morning as usual to get the boys’ lunches together for school and saw some Disney mail sitting on the counter. I hadn’t seen it the night before so I picked it up, glanced at it and then put it back down. He was standing there too and when he saw me put it down he asked if I shouldn’t maybe look a bit closer at it. I picked it back up and then saw that it said Welcome ____ Family to Karlise’s Birthday Celebration. He had booked us a one night stay in the Ft Wilderness cabins at the Campgrounds!! Now we could stay and play all day at WDW and not have to drive the hour home. No wonder I needed to get the gift early. Spent the day Thursday and Friday doing laundry and getting everything I could together.

Saturday morning I finished the final packing and we set out. We had lunch ressies at the 50s Prime Time Cafe at DHS so we went to the Studios. I picked up my birthday button first. I like all the Happy Birthday wishes I get at Disney. Grabbed our fastpasses for a late afternoon ride on Toy Story Mania, went to watch MuppetVision 3D, had a quick snack and rode the Great Movie Ride all before our 11:35am reservation.

I was so excited to eat at 50s. Dh had me make the ADR (advanced dining reservation) last week. You walk in and you are in a different era. “Mom” is in the kitchen cooking and you usually have a “cousin” or big  “brother or sister” as your server. Sometimes you get your own “mom” and then watch out! Our cousin was our server this time and she was a lot of fun. You have to set your own table, no elbows on the table and don’t get caught with a cell phone! Sharing food is okay because, “Sharing is caring”. I started out with a REAL cherry coke using cherry syrup and dh got the famous PB&J milkshake. Oh Emm Gee. It was SO good. This is a real milkshake made with real ice cream the old fashioned way in the metal tumbler. It made 3+ big glasses worth and was perfect for sharing. I didn’t get the jelly part of it. To me it tasted like a Reeses Pieces. Nom nom. I totally forgot to get pics of the food. Bad DIS’er! Sorry. You’ll be able to see the empty glass later though. 😉

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We meant to start out with the onion rings for two as I’ve heard such good things but we forgot to order it. Oops. It’s probably a good thing because we were stuffed at the end. DH ordered the Uncle Dana’s Artichoke and Ricotta Agnolotti – Pearl Pasta with Roasted Zucchini and Crookneck Squash with spicy Tomato Broth. He said it was really good and he’d order it again.

I got Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken – served with mashed potatoes, chicken gravy and southern greens. Yum! Mom makes good fried chicken. I like greens so I didn’t substitute them and I made sure I finished them. My Cousin told me I was a very good girl for eating all my veggies. I didn’t want anyone playing airplane with my veggies (Here comes the airplane! Open up wide!) Dh ended up finishing Ian’s salad (all 3 got the salad, mac & chs and ice cream sundae) and our Cousin had some fun with him about being a bottomless pit. LOL

For dessert we decided to share Dad’s Brownie Sundae – Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream, Hot Fudge, and Caramel topping. It also had M&Ms, whipped cream and caramel popcorn on top. I was so stuffed I only had a couple of bites. Our Cousin also brought out a birthday cupcake for me. She lit the candles and had the whole room sing to me (louder!! faster!!). It was fun! I couldn’t eat a bite so I asked her to please pack it up for me. She also got us some fresh mac & chs to take with us instead of the leftovers the kids didn’t eat.

DH forgot his regular glasses in the car. There were TV’s all around playing 50s shows.

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Our Cousin wanted to know how we made a TV so small and in COLOR! Wow!

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See those curtains. At one point our Cousin heard someone crying in the other room so she opened them up to see what all the commotion was about and leaned out to talk to them.

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Yummy! Empty shake glass and Dad’s Brownie Sundae.

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Bella’s hand and spoon trying to get to MY cupcake!

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During our meal I was texting with a friend I’ve known online for a while (secretly texting, don’t tell Mom!). She met us outside the restaurant and we hung out for a few minutes and took pics together. I’ve known her for probably 8 years now as we both have Sept 2002 kids. It was so great to finally meet her and her family.

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Epcot Day

January 31, 2011

We are just weeks away from our beloved Disney passes expiring. We won’t be renewing this year but hope to go back in 2013 after the new Fantasyland expansion opens. I don’t know how I will deal with my Disney withdrawals. It hurts to think about. So Saturday we went to Epcot for some much wanted Disney time. We’ve been sick for the past 2 weeks and even though I’m still coughing and required a quick trip to the Hess Station for some cough drops and meds we were going one way or another. What a gorgeous day it was too. High in the 60s, beautiful blue skies and super low crowds, Throw in some Disney magic and Bella actually falling asleep in the stroller and you have the perfect day.

We got there late morning and headed over to Soarin for some FastPasses before going across the World to the American Pavilion for some lunch. Now 99.9% of the time we bring our lunch but we decided to go ahead and buy today and I’m so glad we did. While walking around the World we were stopped by Mulan. Bella wasn’t talking though and the boys clammed up at the same time. /rolls eyes We had a long talk about being rude after that. It was still really cool that the characters came to us.

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Our next stop was Africa for some drumming.

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When we finally made it over to America’s Liberty Inn Publick Dining Room we were in for a Magical Moment. I went up and ordered. Dh and I both wanted to try their new *designer* burgers. The cashier then told me *Susan* would take us to our table.  Um? Ok? Turns out we got the royal (or is it Presidential?) treatment. There is a special *Reserved* table in the dining room complete with table cloth, lanterns and flowers. I noticed it when I walked in but didn’t think anything about it. I guess I thought it was for decoration. We were served our drinks in real glasses and ate off real plates with real silverware and with real cloth napkins! The food even came out under domed lids. I don’t know if the kids understood how special this was but we did!

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Our server today.

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No Uncrustables here. The kids got to make their own sandwiches.

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My designer burger- 1/3lb burger with bacon, ham, smoked gouda, pickles, onion, lettuce and tomato. It was supposed to have a mustard aioli but I think it got left off. It was still really good!

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Dh’s veggie burger- Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and avocado. I gave him my onions too.

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As were leaving we were stopped yet again. This time by the sounds of drumming. We got to see The Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps perform. It was very moving as they played patriotic songs and praised God for our country as well as gave a mention to all our Armed Forces.

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And a few more…

Bella watching the trains in Germany

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In Morocco

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In France. Bella wanted to meet Belle until she actually had to go up there. She refused to look at the camera or Belle! I have several pics with her looking anywhere but at me.

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Bella refused to go see Marie but this time Ian didn’t! I even got a smile out of him.

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Aahhh! Bruce is eating my children!

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A magical moment for us…Bella and Logan sitting together and smiling!

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Japanese drumming- Matsuriza. I think they lulled Bella to sleep because she was out shortly thereafter. Maybe they are a must do every time we are in the World!

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Dinner at Disney our way. PB&J, crackers with cheese/salami, Cheetos (or chips), usually a fruit of some kind, juice boxes and Diet Pepsi all in the car in the parking lot with a movie on the dvd player.

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Baby It’s Cold Outside

January 31, 2011

It has been yet another freezing cold winter for us Floridians. I know my Northern friends are shaking their heads and saying, “Yeah, right” but this is c-c-cold for us. Our crops are suffering and my thin FL blood is suffering. So much so that my dad went out and bought thermal underwear for me for Christmas. LOL The pants aren’t easy to fit under my jeans but man are they toasty. My biggest problem isn’t me freezing though but my daughter. She refuses to wear sweatshirts, jackets, hats, etc. Some days I force one on her and others I’m saying, “Meh, if you get cold then oh well!”.

During the wee hours of one of our 1st freezes my hubby went out and took some pics. Wanna see some ice? See the roofs of our neighbors? All that white is frost.

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My frozen truck.

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It’s been so nice the past few days. If it would only stay in the 60s-low 70s year round I’d be thrilled! Is there such a place?

Germs, germs go away!

January 17, 2011

It’s a 4 day weekend and nearly everyone in the house is sick. Yuck. Is the plus side that it’s a 4 day weekend and they aren’t missing school- at least yet? My kids are very rarely sick so when they do get sick they aren’t sure what to do. I ran into Logan’s teacher at Costco yesterday and she said she had been a bit sick (cold) and a few kids were out last week with the crud. I know at least 2 of them sit at Logan’s table. Joy.

Bella has it the worst right now I think. She’s feverish, headachy (eyes “huut”), coughing and has very little appetite. She’s been laying (lying?) in the recliner watching movies for 3 hours straight now. If you know my girl you know she never sits still that long. Her mouth” huuts” which I’m guessing means her throat and it hurts when she sneezes. She outright refuses meds which means forcing them on her while she screams and tries to spit them back out. Hubby finally ran to Walgreens and found some chewable/meltaway generic Tylenol for her when he came home today at lunch. Had to make her take those as well but she didn’t put up nearly the same fight thankfully. She’s at least sitting up now to watch Elmo and taking sips of Gatorade. She woke me twice last night calling for Mama in her raspy voice. Mama’s tired now. Had to change her sheets because they were so wet from drool and who knows what else.

I have the nasty chest cough and just feel rundown. I think Ian is the only one so far to skip the sickies (knock on wood!!). Logan’s coughing and sometimes has a fever but right now with meds he’s feeling okay. I’ve been Lysol-ing the house and everyone is using soap and hand sanitizer as much as possible. Just hoping the germs go away and go away soon!

Gold Medals

January 14, 2011

Our school has a Gold Medal ceremony twice a year. Logan won once in kindergarten (if I remember right) and this year he won yet again and so did Ian!! Both won for math. The awards are given out for Most Improved, Best Effort or Academic Achievement. There are only 4 medals per class in Writing, Reading, Science and Math. I’m so proud of both of them! Hubby was able to get a couple of hours off in order to watch Bella at home so I could go see the ceremony. I would have loved for him to go with me but Bella would not have been quiet or sat still long enough.

Once again, please forgive the photos. I was shooting video with my right hand and trying to take pics with my left. LOL Had my big camera’s battery been charged I would have just taken that. I blacked out the other kids’ faces for anonymity.

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Ian with 2 of his classmates. The other winner was absent. 😦

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Showing off their medals.

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More Disney photos

January 10, 2011

Please forgive any grainy photos. I was playing around with the manual settings on my small camera plus some were zoomed in and/or low light. ISO was set to 1600 I believe on the night shots.

Safari ride
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Ian said, “Look Mama! He has a zebra butt!”
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Jump!

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Magic Kingdom
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