Since August??? Really?

Wow, I am now the winner of the bad blogger award!  It’s been since August since I have posted.  DO I have anyone even reading this anymore.  So lets play catch up!

I still need to finish my January 2011 trip report and start and finish my August/September 2011 trip report.  I hate this. These are my memories and I need to get them written down!  Lets not even talk about my pictures that have been/have not been uploaded and edited.  I MUST get this all done before January when we are heading back to Disneyworld for Alyssa’s 4th birthday.  We are staying at the Boardwalk hotel in a 2 bedroom villa.  I am very excited.  It is going to be MAGICAL!

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This is the Disney Dream!  It was amazing.  I still can not understand why anyone would want to cruise with another Cruise line.

That brings me to other good news.  Only 11 months (almost to the day) until our next cruise,  We will be cruising on the Disney Wonder.  That is the ship we were married on.  We did cancel our New york cruise to be able to go on this one.  Where are we going???

I CAN NOT WAIT!  This is going to be a long 11 months. We are going on a 14 night cruise to the Islands of Hawaii.  But before we step foot on that boat we will be spending two days in Disneyland with wonderful friends of ours!  We will be checking into the …..

During the wait we will have house guests for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Pete’s Mom and Sister are coming for Thanksgiving and then his mom is coming back for Christmas.  Pete is so excited, I am too!  I am sad about the circumstances that make these visits possible, but very happy to see my family.

Pete’s dad passed away on October 23rd.  Pete and I spent a week in Arizona helping his mom deal with all of the things you must take care of during such a sad time.  We will be having his funeral on Saturday, November 19th in Pete’s hometown in New Jersey.  I am not looking forward to it.  I hate being sad.  I had a great father-in-law and he will be missed for sure.

On a lighter note….my favorite kids are getting big!!!

Austin is walking (and running) and climbing and just growing so fast.  He is so much fun these days!  I love watching him grow and learn!

Alyssa is growing so fast.  She is already 42 inches tall!  She is also soo smart.  She can write all of her letters and is starting to sound words out.  She is sweet and lovable and kind.  She is a pure joy to be around!

I do not love my new job full time job, but it pays the bills and allows for extras.  Speaking of extra’s …..

Pete bought me a New Macbook Pro for our anniversary…

This baby is Disney-fied and ready to work.  I love it and it makes my Travel Agent business so much more enjoyable.  It is super fast and so portable.

I also bought a Kindle Touch, canceled my order and bought the Kindle Keyboard & Pink light up case.

Kindle Leather Cover, Hot Pink (Fits Kindle Keyboard)Kindle Leather Cover, Hot Pink (Fits Kindle Keyboard)

Life changing purchases!  I love it!

I am really going to work on blogging and keeping up to date on this blog.  I hate the holes in my life story!

Traveling

I love traveling.  We have lots of vacations planned in the next year or so, both for our jobs and fun.  A new trip has just been added to the mix.  Pete just found out today that he is going to INDIA for two weeks.  INDIA!!  It’s a work thing and I know he has to go but I sure wish I was going with him. 

 

I am not envious of the 20 hour flight though!  I though 5 hours to Vegas was killer!  LOL  Pete gets home just in time to wash clothes and pack for our Disney Vacation.  We have 2 nights in Disney followed by 7 nights on the cruise and then 2 more nights in Disney!  By the time we get home Pete is really gonna want to sleep in his own bed!!!

2011 Disney Vacation ~ Day 9

January 11, 2011 ~ Day 9

Grand Cayman day! We woke up today and went to Lumier’s for breakfast. It was a good breakfast and the service was great. We really like the sit down breakfasts. It is easier than the buffets with the kids since you don’t have to hold a tray and a kids hand all at the same time. After breakfast we waited for them to announce that the tender boats were starting to take people to the Grand Cayman.

We had no real plan for today. We just wanted to go to Hell and send some post cards.

We got on the tender boat. It was my first time not pulling onto a port. What a neat experience.

OMG the water was the prettiest color ever! We were amazed!

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Alyssa aka “Jessie” really enjoyed the ride.

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Once we got off the boat, we had to walk through a security area.

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Alyssa loves her Uncle Petey!

We were told which tent to return to after we were done on the island. I had done some research and found out that we could get a tour including Hell for about $10 a person. Well once we got here I couldn’t find the sign advertizing that. I didn’t know to bargain. My sister got scared talking to the van drivers and was afraid of getting killed or something (EYE ROLL) so they opted out of going to Hell. Seriously she has little kids to worry about so I understand.

We looked around and there was a shopping area set up with people selling all kinds of items. Like coconuts.

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Look at this cutie pie!

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Pete and I found a guy who took us to Visit the post office in Hell. He was also taking 3 Cast Members to the turtle farm so we got a bit of a tour. We saw some of the pubic beaches and it made me want to go swimming. I will know for next time.

We dropped the CM’s off and then he took us. He told the girls he would be back in about 45 minutes.

We got our post cards and mailed them. Shame on my husband for not knowing his parents address! Then we looked around for a few minutes before heading back to the van. While we were heading back to the Van we ran into Lisa A fellow disboard member, who got her tour for $10 a person. UGH!!!!

This is Hell, Cayman Islands.

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Looks it’s me in Hell!

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The driver left us in the van an went looking for the CM’s at the turtle farm. I snapped this picture!

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Look at the price of Gas!

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We saw some more of the island on the way back to the ship.

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They drive on the wrong side of the road and it was kinda scary!

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We dropped the CM’s off at Wendy’s….yuk….and the driver said he would be back to pick them up since it was a really long walk back to the ship and it was getting very hot out.

Once we got back to the port we looked around a bit, but we didn’t buy anything.

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We went back through security and boarded the tender boat.

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I got some really nice ship pictures from the little boat!

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Look at that water!!!!

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Once back on the ship Pete and I walked around some before grabbing some lunch.

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Lunch was good, we went back to Lumier’s again today.

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If you want to order off of the kids menu, no one even questions it! LOL

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After lunch we headed back to the room. Austin and my sister came over to visit before we headed to the matinée show of Twice Charmed.

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Pete and I took Austin and went to save us seats since no one else was ready. Austin flipped out and cried like a big baby (HA!) so we had to take him back to my sister. I met them at the door and he stopped crying soon as she swooped him up. Figures!

I loved the matinée shows. We had good seats and the show started just about as soon as we sat down!

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After the show Pete and I went to our room to get ready for Palo!!! We got married on the Disney Wonder and had our reception in Palo. It holds a special place in our hearts!

Empty pools on the way to Palo!

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That is the same dress I wore on our wedding night, then again last year on our 1st Anniversary, and on this trip (celebrating our 2nd anniversary).

We checked in and made sure we had Annie Marie as our waitress. If you are on the Magic you should see if she is still on the ship! She was sooo great!

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We started with some Rosa Regale….My favorite!

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Palate Cleaner

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My desert…it was so good. Chocolate and raspberries!!! MMM!

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After dinner we got a picture taken with Annie Marie and Laura and Joe from the Disboards.

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After dinner we walked around and settled on Deck 4 to relax before heading to bed!

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2011 Disney Vacation – Day 7

January 9, 2011

Today was the day we were going to be docking in Key West. The Magic did not dock until 1pm so we had some time in the morning to sleep in a little before our character breakfast. We headed to Parrot Cay a few minutes early and were seated right away!

The characters started coming around pretty fast!

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Alyssa and Austin loved them all….except Pluto. He scared Alyssa so much. Look at her little face!

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Breakfast was really good.

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Except….Mickey Waffles are NOT the same in the parks and on the Cruise ships. These were dense and not very tasty. I have just discovered the goodness of a Mickey Waffle at Walk Disney World a few days prior, so I was disappointed!

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Alyssa would get so excited each time a new character would come by!

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After some drama over Brandon’s breakfast the waiters made us all fun hats out of napkins. Look at Pete’s…

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We still had a few hours before it was time to get off the ship. We walked around some.

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Then it was time to learn to Do-Si-Do with Snow White. Alyssa was not registered in the kids club this cruise. She still visited the nursery. But we took her as often as possible to go play in the kids club. She isn’t fond of strangers so this was the best option. She could still visit the nursery when she needed one on one babysitting, but we could take her to play with the bigger kids.

Notice her fingers again!

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Alyssa got picked to go into the back for a special meet and greet with Snow White after the party. She couldn’t stop talking about it.

We headed up to the Deck and got a littl ebite to eat before we got off the ship.

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Once we got off the ship we stopped and talked to the Trolly Tour lady that was set up right at the pier. Pete and I knew we wanted to do the tour, but we talked Laura and Brandon into joining us too. It was a great deal, much cheaper then Disney charges and when you book the Trolly through Disney excursions you do not get the hop on and off option.

We waited for the next tour to start.

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We got our seats and the tour started pretty soon.

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Austin and I enjoyed it. LOL It was a really good tour. We saw some interesting sights.

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By the time we got to the southern most point Alyssa was out like a light!

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Austin had taken a little nap too so he was in a good mood once he woke up.

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Chickens were everywhere!

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We waited our turn for a picture and when we got there Alyssa didn’t want to get up. She ended up in her family’s picture and ours. Love her! She was not happy about her parents trying to make her get up. Look at that face!

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We walked back to the bus stop and Alyssa found something she liked!

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We got back on the Trolly and started towards one of the places I was most excited for….the Key West Winery!

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We got off and walked a few blocks to the winery.

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We bought some of the best wine ever! Key Limon. I LOVE it and can not wait to get more. I am hoarding one lone bottle, but I want alot more. LOL

We walked back to the ship after we were done at the winery. We wanted watch the sun set onboard.

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I think we all liked Key West alot!

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It had gotten hazy and the sunset was not as clear as it could have been.

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We had to go get showered for dinner. One of the reason’s I like the late dining is because you don’t have to rush as much. You have more time before dinner.

The beauty of the Disney ships still amaze me.

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Dinner was in Parrot Cay tonight. These chicken fingers were my favorite part of dinner tonight.

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Alyssa was drawing some pictures to help pass the time. The dry erase board was nice to have at dinner.

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We celebrated Alyssa’s birthday tonight! The was her 3rd Birthday cruise!

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Even with cake she needed a Mickey Bar.

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After dinner Pete and I went to the club and it was 70’s night. We enjoyed a good show before we headed up for bed!!!

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2011 Disney Vacation – Day 6

January 8, 2011

This morning was my last morning waking up in Bay Lake Towers! I woke up extra early to sit and look at my Castle. It never gets old. I could take a whole vacation and do nothing but look at the Castle. After showering and getting dressed Pete and I headed over to the main building of the Contemporary Resort. We had a breakfast date with some great friends and Mickey & the gang.

Laura and Jennifer were there and we checked in and got our picture taken.

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We got a great table and hit the buffett. Before long the characters started coming around. They don’t wait any time at Chef Mickey’s!

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We had a good time at breakfast and I was so glad Laura and Jennifer made it to breakfast. The Marathon was this morning so traffic was bad. The girls were heading to the Magic Kingdom and Pete and I had a boat to catch. We said our goodbye and shared hugs before we parted ways.

This was the view from the walk way between Bay Lake Towers and the Main building.

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This was the view facing Bay Lake.

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We sat on the balcony a little while until we saw this……

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Our Limo was here!!!! We grabbed our bags and headed down to the lobby.

It took a little longer then usual to get off property since there were detours for the race. It was nice to be riding in style.

We got to the port and checked in. We got number 8, so we started waiting. Well then Laura calls me and she got lost in the airport then they checked in at the airport for the cruise. The called number 8 but since our family wasn’t there yet we traded with a family that had number 21. Pete waited at the steps we missed Alyssa and Austin so much. Finally we saw them! YAY!!!!

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Alyssa was so excited to start her Disney Cruise! We got in line to see Mickey. Pete and I had bought Alyssa an Autograph book while we were in the Magic Kingdom. Notice her hands in her mouth…we discoved that is what she does when she is nervous!

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We got a great group shot! Our Tie Dyes looked so good together!

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We got on the ship and had the picture taken before being annouced as “Princess Alyssa’s Family”.

Once we got on I went to the member services desk and got our tickets for the Tea with Alice and the Mad Hatter. I also turned in the Pillow cases I made to get signatures for the kids.

We headed to Parrot Cay for lunch!

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After lunch we stopped for a quick dance party! Alyssa was already having so much fun! It’s no wonder that Disney Cruises have shot to the top of her favorite vacation list.

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It was now after 1:30pm so we could go check out our rooms. We were close to the evelator when Pluto wanted a look at our baby Austin!

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We cut through Beat Street to the elevators closest to our room. Alyssa love “walking in the road”!

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She also loved the portholes. She climbed in them evertime we walked by them.

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Pete and I had arranged for a special deliverly to be waiting in Alyssa’s room. This was her Birthday Cruise! She was very excited!

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She loved it all. We had ordered it from A Perfect Gift. Shirley toook care of us and it was full of sand toys, juice boxes, her favorite snacks and a few extras….

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We started to unpack some then we had to head to the Walt Disney Theater for our life boat drill. But in all honesty if the boat was going down I am running right to a boat and jumping in. LOL

It was time for the Sail away party. I love the Sail away party!!!

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Alyssa LOVED it! She danced and cheered and enjoyed it whole heartedly. Austin on the other hand….

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Everytime the crowd cheered he screamed and we all laughed! LOL So mean of us!

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Once the party was over we took Alyssa up to the kids club to get all checked in and to play awhile. She loved it, the rest of us were tired! The kids club was great though I wish DCL was around when I was like 8 or 9! WoW!

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see tired…

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The first day goes so fast and before we knew it we had to get dressed for dinner! We had the late dinner, which I prefer it gives you time to do somethings without rushing too much!

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This Pasta dish was so good.

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But Alyssa enjoyed this alittle more. So much more she had one every night for the next 6 nights!

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We had a special guest at dinner. Pete’s favorite Mickey Mouse!!

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Alyssa was already making friends with out assistant waiter. He was great and so nice!

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After dinner I think we walked around the ship a little before heading to bed. Look even sleepy my girl is adorable!

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When we got back to our room there was another gift for being a Gold Castaway Club Memeber!

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2011 Disney Vacation – Day 5

January 7, 2011

Today was a non-park day! We slept in just a little bit before heading to the Polynesian for breakfast at the Kona Cafe. Pete wanted some Tonga Toast, I wish I would have headed and gotten a Dole Whip. We only had a few minutes wait and then we were seated. We ordered and waited for our food. Our waitress was less then Magical and I really dislike the open-ness of Kona. I feel like I am eating in the lobby. BUT the food was pretty darn tasty!

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Love the lights here.

Breakfast…….

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We were almost done eating when we saw our friends from home (We had planned to meet up with them). Ms. Val and Amy! Ms. Val was running the 1/2 Marathon. What a wonderful accomplishment!!!!

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We walked around the hotel a bit after we were done eating. It is so very pretty here. I totally want to do a vow renewal at Sunset point. Maybe in 7.5 years ;)

We grabbed a bus to downtown Disney. We wanted to shop a little bit before we met up with my DISNEY BRIDE friends for our Mega Meet!

This is our favorite store in all of Downtown Disney! We used our entire wedding registry gift card in here during our honeymoon.

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This totally makes me want to do a train garden at Christmas time.

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We had a few snack credits left so we stopped in Goofy’s. When did the Pretzel rods become 1 for one snack credit?? Too bad this isn’t one snack credit!!

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Pete wanted to head into the World of Disney and I wanted to sit and people watch (and look for my friends)!

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Thankfully I was sitting there because in no time at all I spotted Laura! We talked a few minutes then she went to meet Amanda and little Miss Emma. They came over and I made Pete take our picture!

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We all sat around and chatted. Pete ran back to the room to get a sweatshirt since I thought we were going to be outside and he was kinda chilly (BAD IDEA).

Look at pretty little Emma!

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We took a quick group picture since Tricia, Carly and Rachel were now here! I love being with my friends in the happiest place on earth!!

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Look at adorable Owen! I love him…so sweet!

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We all started the walk over to the other side of Downtown Disney. We had a reservation for like 50 at Bongos!

We got all checked in and headed up to the area we were going to be sitting! It was nice, but I hated the way the tables were set up. We couldn’t mingle well at all. After some of us ordered then we took a group picture since a few ladies had to leave early!

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Look at us all….Me, Tricia, Lori, Tracy, Leah, Lisa, Sandy, Jennifer, Laura, Amy, Vanessa, Amanda, Patty, Cam, Betsy, Rachel, Mikkel, Carly & Owen, Jenna & Riley, and Amanda & Emma!!!!

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My favorite Red heads! Lisa and Vanessa.

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Loook at the boys! I think they are friends already!!! They even wore matching outfits.

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I love this picture of Howard and Melody! Vanessa your kids are so friendly!

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We got a few appitizers. They were ok. Fried Plantains and Ckicken Croquets.

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I also had a STRONG drink and was a bit tipsy!

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Kisses from Mikkel!

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Look at me, Sandy & Amanda!!!

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Tracy & Danny. He was probally telling her which Powerball numbers to pull so him and Amanda could be the big winners!

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Speaking of Amanda here is a picture of Jennifer, Amanda and me!

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Look at short Cam and I. Lucky Amanda and her long legs!

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Look it’s two of the three prettiest nurses I know (where is Sandy)!

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Here she is….Sandy and I!

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Things were dying down and some people were heading to Epcot, Pete and I on the other hand were heading back to our room to watch Wishes, one last time! :( Oh but we will be back to BLT! But first….Me and Vanessa!!!

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So Pete and I talked about it and since he had such a hard time with the buses (It took him 2.5 hours to get back to Downtown Disney) we were going to catch a cab back to our hotel. We walked to the parking lot with these ladies!

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Tracy, Betsy, Leah, Me and Mikkel!

We got a cab and when we were in the cab I got a call from the town car service and they had upgraded us to a LIMO! How fun! We got to the Contemporary for our dinner reservations at the Wave. I was still all excited and we jumped out of the taxi. We walked in and sat down in the Wave. The waitress asked to see our room key, I went to pull it out and my purse was GONE!!!! I left it in the cab! Can you tell I am a Cab rookie. Pete and I ran to the front desk. They called the Cab company and left messages and were super helpful. We were leaving on the cruise the next day and all of my money, my license, everything was gone. I was crying, Pete was insanly mad, it was bad. Then my cell phone rang. It was the Contemporary Vallet service and they had my purse! My phone number was written on my shipping receipt from the Magic Kingdom. The Cab driver had brought it back. Pete ran out to the vallet service and we got the purse back. Oh did I mention it was my D&B Mickey Purse…yeah it was! Everything was still in there…including my $200!!! Talk about Disney Magic!!!!

So we calmed down and went back to the Wave. Honestly we should have skipped it…Ick!

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We rushed through dinner and raced back to our room. Just in Time!!!

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It was a perfect end to a perfect (1st half) of our vacation!!!

We finished packing and laid in bed and I looked at the Castle until my eyes could not stay open any longer!

DVC & Vacation

So I know I promised to update and then dropped the ball…LOL!  It’s so hard with no internet access at work.  I mentioned in the last post that I was looking forward to some upcoming vactions.  I can not wait for vacation. 

In September we are going on a cruise for Austin’s 1st birthday and in January we are visiting the Castle for Alyssa’s birthday!

When we were on our last cruise Pete and I bought into the Disney Vacation Club.  This is Disney’s version of a time share.  This is not for everyone, but it makes so much sense for our family.  We love Disney and we love vacations.

With Disney Vacation Club you buy into a “Home Resort” that you have access to making reservations at 11 months prior to travel, you can book hotel rooms at any Disney Vacation Club Resort besides your home resort 7 months prior to travel. 

Our home resort is……

Bay Lake Towers

It has this as it’s view….

We stayed here in January of 2011 and fell in love.  Isn’t it pretty.  Now for the next 50 years I will be able to stay! 

This year before our cruise Pete and I, My sister and her family, my Dad and my Aunt and cousin are using some of our points and staying at the Old Key West resort.

This will be a first for us.  I think it will be fun!  After the cruises (there are two of them…more on that later) Pete and I are staying at the Wilderness Lodge Resort.  Again another first for our family.  This one I am extremely excited about.  Look how lovely!

We are only staying a few days, but I already know it won’t be long enough.  Funny saying that when the whole vacation is going to be 11 nights long.  Thank god for Paid Time Off.  I love that my new job offers vacation time more on the level of Pete’s 4+ weeks of vaction time. 

Now for the cruise.  We are going on the new Disney boat….the Disney Dream!

 

I am so excited about this cruise.  I have wanted to go on the Disney Dream since I first heard about it.  I knew that a 3 night cruise would just not be long enough so Pete and I booked an additional 4 night cruise to make a whole week.  Basically when one cruise is over we walk off the ship, re-check back in and walk right back on!  Isn’t that great!  The cruise just goes to the Bahamas and to Disney’s island (the Island where we got married) Castaway Cay.

 

We like to go visit the spot where we said “I Do”each year.  Because we are taking two cruises we get to visit Castaway Cay twice.  I am so excited about this.  TWO STOPS at Castaway Cay.

In January we are doing just a week at Disney World.  Alyssa is turning four this year (FOUR…where did my baby go) and what better way to celebrate!  We have love of princess meals planned and some other surprises.  I can’t wait.  My dad is joining us on this trip too.  I am excited about the memories Alyssa and Austin are making with “Popeye”.  They love him so much and he loves them more then anyone else in this world.  Hense the reason my non Disney loving dad is taking two Disney vacations less then 150 days apart!  🙂  We are currently booked to stay at Bay Lake Towers, but with the addition of my Dad we are going to need a two bedroom villa.  I am going to do my best to switch us to the Boardwalk resort. 

 

 

I think my family will love it.  I know Pete and I love it.

I am so glad that we bought Disney Vacation Club and I can not wait to plan many more vacaitons using our Disney Vacation Club Points.