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I finally got some Disney Family stencil stickers for the car window, after all these years. I'm glad I managed to get them in place without tearing/losing anything. First here they are in their wrappers:
And now they're on my Subaru Outback (the opposite side of the window has a nice In'n'Out Burger oval sticker):
I put them somewhat close together, to allow room for the windshield wiper back there to hopefully not hit them. The dog represents our dachshund Peanut, who'll sadly probably never get near a Disney park. I like the little Mickey head medallion around the dog's neck.
Hi Rebecca - omg , the forest fires are so close, hope you are ok and everyone else too - we were worried about fires closing Big Sur as I think that happened last year - not something we really suffer from here in the very wet UK
Wouldnt it be great if hubby got the job in FL - I rememer that Titusville is where people recommended we went to see the shuttle launch but the traffic seemed horrendous so we didnt get out there in the end - fingers crossed for him
I am getting so excited about Anaheim now - I cant wait to see the Disney parks although I am being very slow in getting my park plans together - I think that because we are going straight on to WDW , I am less stressed about doing it all - quite the reverse, I kinda think we should concentrate on doing anything thats not in Florida and then I want to try and do the Fantasyland type rides ( as no one will do these with me in WDW ) - which would leave our MK day in WDW as being quite relaxed with mainly tomorrowland and adventureland being on our to do list. Seems BTMRR is down alot these days so hope that is sorted . I also think we are going to do the "divide and conquer" technique more so while the kids go do something like Matterhorn or Screamin, Andy and I will do something more genteel for us oldies , heh heh. We just ordered some tracfones today to be shipped to store in SF so we plan to use those to keep in touch with the boys in the parks
Love your Disney silhouetttes for the car - too cute
Cant wait to hear how Jenn gets on at DLR - she is there only 10 days or so before we fly so I will be eagerly awaiting your update
You take care now xx
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Thanks Amanda....we're still fine here. My throat, nose and chest were affected a bit yesterday since I was outside for more than 10 minutes but it's still not bad like it was last Monday and Tuesday. This morning I'm taking Kimberly to our old Anglican church (we haven't been since Easter Sunday and even though we attend a different church now I like to go check in every 2 or 3 months and see how everyone is doing. It's a small church, and a few of the people are affected by the fire so I want to see how they're doing.), so we're leaving in just a little bit. I'm so glad they changed their mass time back to 10 am. It was 9 am for a while, which was almost impossible for us to make on a Sunday.
Jenn has told me she's not going to wait in any long queues on the 16th, but I know she also wants to get her money's worth so I bet she'll wait in a couple before the day is out.
Our fire is 45 percent contained now (as of last night's press conference....I didn't see this morning's, and they do it twice daily) but the air is still smoky. We either don't notice it now (there's no firewood smell) or it's staying west of us. I can see smoke way over there, and today I'll be getting closer to it but further south. For the past week I haven't gone further than the roller skating place where I took Kimberly (she has lessons there on Saturdays, and we went Wednesday just for a summer skate session). Oh, and yesterday when we were there the family skate session after her lesson had Mickey and Minnie Mouse visiting again (like last year - remember I had pictures of them in my trip report at the time? One time they were missing their gloves because they took them off to hand out flyers at the exit? This time they had a regular employee hand out flyers so M&M could keep their hands on and wave to people). I took some pics of them again, so maybe later I'll post them here.
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Well, it's nine days since my last post and I do have a few pics to share PLUS I can announce that the fire here is now 100 percent contained. I don't know how much of it is really "out" for good, but it's fully secured and won't burn any more structures. Kimberly and I took a few loads of things to donate to our local Care'n'Share (food and personal hygiene items they asked for, for the evacuees and the firefighters) and to Good Will (toys, household items)...small loads, not much but it was what we could give away. I had LOTS of little travel tubes of toothpaste that I knew we'd never use up, amongst what we donated.
My sister and our parents will be at Disneyland on Monday, and I'm still here in Colorado - probably will just stay here now until school starts because we've heard of some trouble at the school (seven teachers quit....new ones were hired, but something is wrong internally) and I want to be around in case I have to go enroll Kimberly at a new school. She's already on a waiting list for another public charter school in town. She's #19 on the list for second grade, and I'm to check back later and see if she moves up the list as they start finding out about people who've moved out of town, etc.
So now on to the pics....First, here is Kimberly wearing a Mickey Mouse bandage on her nose:
And here is the aforementioned shot of Mickey and Minnie at our local Skate City, this time keeping their gloves on (unlike last year when we were there for the same "skate with Mickey and Minnie" event):
And finally, just a picture of our dachshund Peanut resting on the huge plush Mickey's feet since he was taking up her usual spot on the sofa:
Next month I can start making dining reservations for everywhere we might think requires them. My mom today was under the impression that she and Dad will be with us there at the same time Hubby's mom visits us there. Nope, I told her I want that to be two separate days. They all get along fine....we just want Kimberly to experience her grandparents the way they like: Hubby's mom is fun and willing to go on rides, plus she can stay the night with us and watch Kimberly in the room while Hubby and I go off to do some stuff in the parks. My parents are more into walking around and window shopping. They'll have already been to Disney with my sister, so I figured they might not want to go into the parks - just explore Downtown Disney and/or use our hotel pool with us (or both), have a nice dinner somewhere in one of the hotels. Hubby's mom wants to see Cars Land, so she's planning on getting a one-park one-day ticket. So I reminded my mom about that idea (except for the phrasing about Kimberly experiencing her grandparents separately).
Also, a friend of mine (she's more my sister's friend but I know her well, too) just got engaged at Disneyland to her longtime boyfriend - and I'll be invited to the wedding, which will be in SoCal some time in April (date unknown and unplanned as of yet). I found out my sis-in-law and her family will be leaving Tokyo in April, which probably means they'll be stopping in California first to visit everyone before they head off to wherever they're going to live next (Air Force). Maybe if we wind up going to CA in April to see them (like we did last year) my friend's wedding will be around the same time and I won't have to make two trips, lol. I don't think I could make two trips anyway. My sister has to go - I think she's going to be a bridesmaid. And my parents will also be invited. The friend getting married is one of the ladies I went to Disneyland with a couple Decembers ago when we got loopy and kept having CMs pose for pics with our loaf of sourdough bread my sister bought for a friend, if any of you remember that story in one of my old trip reports. The DCA CMs are kind of more fun than the DL CMs....they really played along and had fun with the bagged bread, which eventually made it by train to the friend in San Diego. My sister chronicled the "Journey of the Bread" on her Facebook page back then, and we had some goofy photos. Four women with no kids present, posing the bread in Duffy clothes in shops, etc.
If this works, here's the link to the page of pics of "Bobby's Bread" (purchased at the Pacific Wharf place in DCA)
Well, here are some of those pics, why not (just in case the link above doesn't work):
DCA Security got in on the act:
And he brought his work buddy over later:
And as we left after World of Color ended, we got a BUNCH of CMs to pose with the bread:
Anyway, one of the crazy ladies is now engaged, and her boyfriend popped the question over by It's a Small World (her kids smuggled posters in under their clothes to do the actual asking), and she answered "yes" just as the first of the fireworks went off. I've been promised a copy of the video (or they'll post it on Facebook and I'll see it there). Bye for now.
What a magical proposal!!
Love the CM's with the bread, and all the other pics - very funny!
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Thanks, Pam. One reason we got a bit loopy and started having fun with the bread was because we were so hungry, waiting for our seating time for Ariel's Grotto (it was a late dinner, WoC 10 pm show package with dinner at 8). We had a passing CM take our picture ogling the bread:
In that picture, I'm on the right with my backpack and ever-present tiny notebook on my lap. My sis is sitting next to me, and the newly engaged friend is standing behind us. Sis's friend Maggie is the other friend on the bench.
I didn't show this one before, and I quite like how the bread looked surrounded by princess costumes in the window:
And when we finally did get seated for our AG dinner, we had more fun with the bread (before they brought us our own appetizer bread):
Actually, we must have already had their bread because we either finished it or moved it out of the basket so we could pose Bobby's Bread there and pretend to stab it.
We are all people who are used to eating dinner earlier in the evening, and I don't think we snacked much between lunch and dinner - hence the silliness. We really had run out of things to do, which was why we ran around with the bread and talked to CMs. The Little Mermaid ride wasn't open yet at that time. None of my companions wanted to go ride the Bug's Land kiddie rides or the Monsters Inc ride (which at that time I had never ridden before). Sis and I rode Tower of Terror, I remember (long wait). They didn't let us on CA Screamin' with our FPs because they were an hour away from closing all the rides on the pier in preparation for the first WoC show (which seemed odd because we could have ridden the coaster and been off way before show time). I think we did ride Soarin'. Grizzly River Rapids had just a 5 minute wait (walk on) but it was winter and it was too chilly to do a wet ride. (I still have never ridden it.) And Jos'Anne (the engaged friend) had looked around DCA for a place to charge her phone while Maggie had not yet joined us at the parks (she has an AP so she just shows up whenever she wants to hit Disney)....while Jos'Anne was charging her phone (this is how I knew there were outlets you could find, and on a future trip I had to charge my phone somewhere in the Animation Building) she bought Kimberly a fun Disneyland coloring book that she still has and hasn't finished all the pages yet. Kimberly and Hubby were at Legoland the day I was with the girls at DLR, but I had been to Disneyland with them the week prior anyway.
Here's something from Jos'Anne's proposal story that she wrote up for her friends to see on Facebook. I'll paraphrase. We all knew she and her boyfriend, three kids (all teen ages) and a couple friends of the kids were at Disneyland for a few days - they kept posting pics on Facebook of the various rides they were on (Luigi's Flying Tires, Alice in Wonderland, Splash Mountain, etc.)...but their first full day in the park began with a Disney Scavenger Hunt that the kids at first tried to make Jos'Anne believe was set up by Disney and that they were a "trial family" doing the hunt, getting printed clues from various CMs at the rides. The eldest daughter set this up, she had made all the clue cards (which looked quite fancy) - and sometimes the CMs would go along with it and be good at revealing the clue, and other times they'd just hand off the card to Jos'Anne or delay them a lot (it was July 4th, after all - very busy/crowded day at Disneyland). The daughter was missing out on most of the rides because she was running around, secretly setting up these clue cards with the CMs beforehand. So she finally gave up and told her mom the clue cards were from HER and not Disney. Jos'Anne knew this anyway, and as soon as I and some other friends of hers on FB started seeing this Scavenger Hunt going on (she was posting pictures of the clue cards as she got them) we knew this wasn't just an ordinary trip to DLR....there must be a marriage proposal coming. Here...I'll show a few examples of the clue cards:
It was very well done (I liked the Pirates clue the best, above) - at each ride she was given another clue card (and after a while her daughter just gave them to her herself....the best cooperation they had was at Jungle Cruise, where all the cruise directors gathered around and had her read the new clue card aloud to them) and the card told them what ride to go to next (granted, with no regard whatsoever for how crowded that ride's queue would be at that time of day, lol).
This one had me stumped, but she told me the answer later:
The "children of the world" part made me think IASW but I didn't remember any clown. She told me later it's the face on the clock outside the ride. She knows every nook and cranny of that ride since it's her favorite, and it's why the proposal happened right after they got off that ride and were in a good position to see the fireworks.
So, anyway...thought I'd share some of her adventure. That night the kids bought the engaged couple Mickey ears hats for "bride to be" and "groom to be" and they wore them the next day at DCA (I told her that considering the fun we had with the "Journey of the Bread" at DCA two Decembers back, they might have had more luck getting DCA CMs to help more with the clue cards over there...but DL itself is more magical; stick with the classics):
It's probably hard to see, but the groom's hat has tuxedo tails on the back.
And here they are from the front, why not:
And that's all for today. Edited: Actually, I think in the next post I'll share Jos'Anne's words since I just re-read it on FB and it's a fun story.
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Okay, I'm kind of bored today (well, we did go get our free Slurpees at 7-11 since today is 7-11 Day - so that was fun) and since I'm fiddling around in email while watching stuff on Hulu Plus while Kimberly finishes her lunch and watches "Space Dogs" I think I'll go ahead and post Jos'Anne's engagement story for your enjoyment. While it's not part of MY trip, of course, she's a big Disney fan too (her fiance bought her and her kids Annual Passes when they moved from Phoenix to San Diego to be closer to him) - and who wouldn't want to get engaged at Disneyland when it's their favorite place on earth? So the story is a fun read. Know that Jos'Anne (and I guess her eldest daughter too, lol) are very organized, "structured" people...so when things go wrong or "not as planned" they can get stressed out. Add to that the fact that the poor boyfriend (a nice guy from the Navy) was stressed out because HE wanted everything to go well, too - plus he was nervous. But this proposal had been a long time coming...Jos'Anne had been married once before (hence her teenage daughter and her younger twin daughters), and John had been married before (no children) - and they were off and on for a while, but in the end meant to stay together.
Now here goes (read when you have time, if interested):
From Jos'Anne (I will fix spelling and spacing where necessary, lol)....
"I am not sure where to start…..Do I start when I know they were up to something, or do I start on the morning of Disney? I am opting for the latter at this point. We packed up the car the night before with plans to leave early in the morning. John took off with Dallin (a friend of Katie’s) and Katie at like 7pm and went for ice cream—I wondered why the rest of us weren’t invited, but I was tired and didn’t really mind. They walked in and the kids went straight upstairs (the NO BOYS upstairs rule must have been vetoed for the moment). Katie, Dallin, Emily and Jordan (a friend of the twins) all ended up in Katie's room—my saying "door open please" was ignored!
So we got up early on the fourth of July and drove from San Diego to Disney. Traffic rocked and we made it to the hotel in record time (an hour 15). We parked the car at the hotel and went to the park. We went through bag check and the twins, Jordan, Katie and I all walk through -- didn’t notice that John and Dallin got stopped at bag check. Dallin came running up and said "Katie get out of line John needs you" and he pointed at me and said "please stay here." I sent the younger girls through with Dallin to hit the restrooms and waited for Kate and John to catch up - I could tell John was really upset and Katie was thinking (could see the wheels spinning). I made a joke about trying to smuggle in anti-Disney paraphernalia and neither of them laughed. When I asked what was wrong they both just ushered me into the gates and off to catch up with the kids. (Come to find out much later that the poster boards the kids had worked on for John were taken by Disney security—you are not allowed to bring in posters to the park.)
Kate disappeared and John was on his phone….. I am starting to wonder why we are sitting at the entrance to Disney--- shouldn’t we be heading to rides? (from Rebecca: YES! haha) Finally the group gathers back up and we start walking.
At the hat store next to Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln, a cast member comes up and says "Josanne—this is for you," and she hands me a big envelope with two smaller envelopes inside. There was a letter stating that Kodak and Disney had sponsored two families to test out a Disneyland scavenger hunt. The directions were to follow the clues and collect bottle caps for the map as we went. The first bottle cap was included.
CLUE 1: Happy merry Un-birthday to you Josanne
Will you take a trip with us down the rabbit hole?
With us, be careful not to roll heads with the dreaded queen of hearts and
always remember the roses must be red RED RED!!! (The first clue sent me to Alice in Wonderland.)
We walked down Main Street to the Castle and when I turned around Katie had disappeared again. (Found out later she was fighting with Disney security to get posters back.) When I asked John he said her tummy was bugging her and she would catch up (plausible, but mommy-radar is now fully up and functioning—there isn’t anything wrong with that kid) so we went to Alice and waited in line. Jordan, Dallin, Emily, and Shannon all ride in one buggy and John and I in the next—I love the Alice ride.
When we get off I expect my next clue—and it’s not there—I look around, no clue. We go into the Mad Hatter shop - no clue—I see Alice walk by—“No dear I have no clue for you." HMPH where’s my next clue! Dallin says maybe it’s a random thing and cast members will bring you clues--- John is looking ILL at this point and I am worried something is wrong and of course my eldest daughter is still missing. Dallin and Jordan decide they MUST ride the tea cups (buying time for Katie I now know)—and get in line with the twins. And John is on his phone again.
Katie calls and asks that we head towards Indiana Jones and meet her. The group spreads to the winds on me and I am trying to figure out who went where. Katie calls ME and says she is at Jungle cruise. I am confused and worried I am messing up the Disney Scavenger hunt (but I kind of know now that this is a John thing and it’s not going as planned). I get to Jungle cruise and somehow they are ALL there.
We ride the jungle cruise and it is a blast. Everyone seems back to normal laughing and enjoying the 8th wonder of the world (the back side of water). We get off the cruise and I get ready to walk on and Katie looks ready to kill someone…… turns out she wants to kill Shane (a cast member) and she keeps saying "Stay here mom." I get the hint and start asking cruise directors if they have my clue……. Then from around the bend comes an empty jungle boat and Shane calls out- "Josanne I have a clue- I found it in the jungle" and he hands it to me. All the Cruise directors gather around me and I read the next clue out loud to them…..
Clue 2: We are but six pieces of eight
Yo-Ho-Yo-Ho a pirate’s life for me!
Oh great all the rum is gone!
So off to pirates we go. Once again my eldest daughter disappears but the rest of us get on to Pirates (at this point I am trying to pretend I still think it’s a Disney sponsored event, but know for sure it’s John and Kate up to something). We ride Pirates and then I get off I am once again looking for my clue….. and looking and looking—and finally when I get out of the tunnel to the park there is a cast member with a clue. She just hands it to me and goes back to work….. Okay, it's official—this is NOT a sponsored event. Laughing out loud and Katie looks at John and then says, "That’s it- I am giving you all the clues from now on—I want to ride the rides with you all and it’s not easy to get these people to help me!" (Makes me sad to hear that cast members weren’t helpful in this.) (from Rebecca: But hey, it was very busy and crowded that day...one of THE most crowded days at Disneyland each year, even on a Wednesday.)
John laughs (thank goodness—the stress is gone!) and says, "We are way ahead of schedule and we should have lunch!" We are in New Orleans Square and that means the Monte Cristos are within reach! We have a lovely lunch, laughing at the chaos of the morning and read my third clue.
Clue 3: Jose, Michael, Pierre and Fritz
All Walt’s favorite boys
Don’t upset the Gods. Hurry before a downpour starts! (Took me a few minutes to realize it was the Tiki Room – they made it hard on purpose.)
After lunch we decide to do a few rides that aren’t part of the hunt and go on Haunted Mansion and Indiana Jones before the Tiki Room. We enjoy some Dole pineapple whip and the Enchanted Tiki Room. I love the Tiki room—We need to sing like the birdies! LOL.
The kids decide to take turns giving me clues. And my next clue is from Dallin:
Clue 4: You slip into your seat and the cast member buckles you in.
Climb Climb Climb - up you go into the atmosphere.
You are now ready for an intergalactic adventure. Have a safe flight!
Off to Space Mountain. Wait wasn’t too bad and we are singing songs and being silly in line. About 25 minutes later we ride the first mountain in the park and the picture is AWESOME—we don’t buy it—but we all had a great ride.
My next clue is from Emmie:
Clue 5: It’s a tragic fall, you must be 40 inches tall.
Hiskapin Hill is waiting for you.
My o my what a wonderful day!
UGH! Splash mountain is next (I do not enjoy this ride) but off we go to get wet! The younger girls opt out and Dallin, John, Katie and I go—it’s a 45 minute wait and the picture is once again AWESOME—we do buy it this time—just too funny not to! We are SOAKED! And so we decide to go and check into the hotel and change. The younger girls come with me and John, but before we leave I get my next clue….
CLUE 6: You will hear the songly cowboys humming Red River Valley. Hold on tight for a bumpy ride
On the wildest ride in the wilderness……
Yep its gonna be Thunder Mountain when we get back. Dallin HAS get a gift for his Mom and so he and Katie opt to go shopping and hit a few rides while we go change, check in and come back.
We take the bus back to the hotel—took forever. Checked into the hotel—this went quick and easy—but we are in building 13 all the way in back. We move the car and get all the bags into the room and change clothes and OMG its already 6p, and we have reservations at 7 at the BBQ place behind Thunder mountain.
As we are riding the bus back I can feel John start to get tense again…..something is not going right. He gets a txt from Katie and relaxes a bit and tells me Katie and Dallin checked in at the restaurant but we will have to have dinner before the rollercoaster. (Come to find out the text is Katie saying she has the posters and she and Dallin have smuggled them into the park like ninjas.)
We get to dinner and we wait to be seated—and we wait. The Marine Corps Band is playing right next to us so we go to listen to them (boy can they play!) and we wait—an hour after our reservation I go ask how much longer—and we wait—I can see John and Katie getting nervous again, and we wait - an hour and ½ after our reservation we are finally seated - and we wait—and we wait—and 1:45 after reservation we get drinks, and 2 hours we finally get food—service is slow—and SLOWER. John is literally getting Ill next to me again and I am not sure what is wrong.
Katie kicks me under the table and says, “Mom you have to goto the bathroom NOW—right” so I get the hint and go away.
When I get back everyone is in better moods, we finish dinner and dessert and John grabs my hand and says, "Okay—we are going to have to change things up a bit and we gotta be quick about it. We need to do the last few clues out of order because of the fireworks and crowds"……He hands me clue #9:
Clue 9: Only one shall frown on this ride- a clown. Can you help us find him?
The children of the world can help you find him.
Well of course it is It’s a Small World. The clown on the clock is never happy no matter what time it is (come on folks its my favorite ride!). I think they were a bit disappointed I got it so fast. But we are on the run towards It’s a small world now…….. John is holding my hand and I say, “Hey where’s my bottle cap?”—and he just laughs and keeps me moving.
We get to It’s a Small world and there are people all over waiting on fireworks to start. Katie says we will get a place for fireworks—enjoy the ride and all the kids take off (exit stage right).
We literally walk right on to It’s a small world and get a boat all to ourselves. John is quiet- too quiet. And so I try to make small talk and he gives one word answers and it dawns on me—OMG is he gonna ask me on the ride?—no way—really! LOL…..but alas—we start pointing out things we notice—that's why I love the ride—so much detail that after 30+ years of riding it I still see something new every ride. He didn’t ask…..well, I still have more clues to go….
We get off the ride and John takes off on the stairs—I call him and say "Hey how about waiting for me" and he slows down…. He stops to put his jacket on—because he says he is cold (really? because I am hot) but okay—so I wait for him to put his jacket on and he grabs my hand and we head off to find the kids.
The girls are all standing with their backs to us off to the right side of It’s a small world, and Dallin and Jordan are leaning against the wall—it’s a quiet little spot off to the corner and there aren’t many people over there (to be honest we will probably watch fireworks from over there from now on).
John walks me around the front of the girls and they each have a folded up sign in front of them, and the unfold the signs and they say "Jo -- Will—You-- Marry me? John" I am told I gave a girlie squeal and jumped up and down. Katie reminds John to get on his knee and he pulls out a beautiful ring of diamond and sapphires and asks me "Will you marry me?" —and I say "yes"--- just as I say yes the first firework hits the air--- no joke!
Seriously, they couldn’t have planned it any more perfectly if they had tried—no line at It’s a Small world and fire works at the exact moment I agree!!! AWESOME!
The kids—ALL the kids who were involved in helping bought us "bride to be" and "groom to be" hats! Katie made us wear them around California Adventure the next day—but they are sooo cute!
We finish watching the fireworks—I txt Mom who I promised would be the first to know if anything like this should happen and follow it with one to Jenn (Rebecca: my sister, who is now Maid of Honor), Cara and Mel. Of course my phone DIES at that point, but that’s fine with me.
After the fire works I get my last two clues and we finish the scavenger hunt.
Clue 7: Just keep swimming
You are almost done
So let us go visit the Australian subs in the amazing California sun. (It's dark by now but that's okay - Rebecca)
Off to Nemo Subs we go……My ring is so pretty and sparkly—both John and I are caught looking at it over and over again.
Clue 8: To sum Disney into one, This Attraction is a relaxer compared to some, but be careful not to rock the boat
Yippee Story book cruise! Another favorite of mine!
We finally get to go ride Big Thunder and then we head out of the park for the bus—it's midnight and everyone is EXHAUSTED from the big day."
Isn't that cooooooooool?
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Hey Rebecca - I remember the Bobbys Bread ! Great update
Cant wait to hear how Jenn has got on - I am hearing that DCA now has MM entry on the alternate mornings to DL - frowny face- thats great for you on site but I only get one MM so I think we will have to peg it round fantasyland on the Tuesday MM and then buzz across to DCA for normal park opening so treat it like two RDs in one day - I had planned to do DCA on Monday and DL MM on Tuesday - but DCA has MM on M,W,F so will already be packed out by the time we get thereif we do that - totally wrecks my plan .
I think we may have to use the Sat and Sun eves to do some late touring after we have been out elsewhere for the day as otherwise I just cant see how we can fit it all in now - i am glad I got the 5 day tickets now !!!
Oh and I love the pic of Peanut and Mickey xx
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Amanda, do I get more than one MM entry since I'm staying on site? I thought I just get one, also. BUT I have heard that if you do an early breakfast on a day that has Magic Morning (at DL) you could do that FIRST before using another day as your MM entry, and that's kind of how you can get two MMs (although you'll be spending all of one of them at breakfast, most likely). Anyway, that's what I'm going to try to do when I book our Breakfast With Minnie (and friends) at the Plaza Inn, which I can book next month. However, I'm not going to book anything until I know which school Kimberly will be attending....long story I can't share right now (no time, we're off to see a movie soon), but suffice to say Kimberly will either be continuing at the school she has attended for the past two years starting August 15th OR she will go to a different charter school (same curriculum, uniforms) in our area that starts August 1st (and if she doesn't move up from #18 on the grade 2 waiting list she'll start later than that if it's before August 15th). Basically it has to do with a new principal at her current school, new vice principals on all three campuses who report to the one principal overseeing all of it (which may or may not work out well), and the fact that SIXTEEN employees (teachers and other staff) have left for other jobs. They're being replaced, of course, but we'll have to see how it goes and I'm disappointed we haven't had any explanation whatsoever from the school or its board of directors as to why SIXTEEN PEOPLE WOULD SUDDENLY QUIT. Some of it is financial....the teachers make diddly squat. Almost any other job would pay them more money, so kudos to them for moving on. I might find out more next Friday at a principal/parents meeting I just heard will happen that afternoon (and boy do I have "questions and concerns" for them to address). Okay, I guess I DID have time to explain it all, lol. Bye for now.
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Okay, my sister and parents went to Disneyland and DCA yesterday and I'm still waiting to hear all the details but from what Jenn posted on Facebook I know the following things: My mom rented a motorized scooter for herself (like she did while at Epcot with us in October) and tried to talk my dad into renting one for himself but he wouldn't....and Jenn said that having that scooter was even better than having Fastpasses (which to me means they probably got let onto rides sooner). She also said that when they pulled FPs at 9:30 am for Radiator Springs Racers the return time was already 10:05 pm and they were too tired by then (or weren't there that long) so they didn't ride. Obviously they should have pulled FPs earlier, and I think it was their first stop once inside DCA, so it's possible they didn't get there for opening time. Also, Jenn had an issue she had to work out at Guest Services about a Disney Rewards card from her Chase Visa that didn't get to her in time back in Houston so she needed to see about getting it replaced (and a friend told her she could do that at Disneyland). She's flying back to Houston today so I don't know yet if she was successful in having that done (I think the rewards card was going to help pay her park admission, so she'd have to take care of it outside the parks - no one at the Chase bank near my parents could help her with that; she tried). And now she'll have a rewards card at home in Houston that I might buy off her so we can use it in October - or maybe she'll let me have it as an early birthday present or something.
Anyway, if she tells me anything else later about their day yesterday (or if Mom or Dad tell me), and if it's interesting, I'll post it here some time.
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I got a somewhat detailed email from my mom about their Disneyland trip yesterday (while yesterday was Dad's 69th birthday, TODAY was Disneyland's 57th birthday - I think). So I'll post it here. There are no photos (I don't know if Dad even took any pics....if Jenn took any pics, it would have been with her cell phone. She's flying home to Houston all day today so I might not hear from her for a while). Here's what Mom wrote (and where I've added notes you'll see my name):
"To wrap up yesterday's day at Disneyland, we left home about 7:30 am and got down there fairly quickly taking State College through Fullerton/Brea to Anaheim when traffic got busy on the 57. We parked in the Downtown Disney multilevel parking off Ball Road. We went into Calif Adventure first so Jenn could take our tickets and get to fastpass for Cars Land. Yes, we did get to buy military discounted 3 day passes for $99.00. Your Dad used his for 2nd time so he still has one day to use before September 30th expiration. We might
go again for my birthday (September 2nd). I didn't know I needed the ticket to re-enter the park as well as the hand stamp so we had to wait to meet up with Jenn before I could go out and get an electric convenience vehicle, ECV. Same deal as in Orlando, so very much worth the money. So we looked around in CA Adventure before going over to the Disneyland side and got an ECV for me on the way. Having the scooter turned out to be
quite an asset because they put us (3) ahead of the regular lines and that saved a lot of time. No, I didn't run into anybody or anything (Rebecca: I had asked this, LOL), even though people walk in front of you all the time without looking, especially kids. We went on Soarin' Over California and the Little Mermaid rides in CA adventure. The Cars Land is quite fantastic. Everyone really enjoyed it. We walked through everything so we saw a lot. There have been many changes since my last visit. When we went back over to the Disneyland side, we went to the Golden Horseshoe Revue for lunch & the show. Very funny! After which we went on the Mark Twain steamboat and were put on first because of the ECV so we sat up front at the bow. We walked all through Frontierland but avoided
Big Thunder because of Jenn's sore abdomen (Rebecca: she's still recovering from gall bladder removal) and your Dad's back and my sheer terror of fast rides.
The weather was comfortable, not too hot. Most people were in shorts until sundown when the jackets came out. It was quite cool, especially at the World of Color water show in CA Adventure at 9 pm. Jenn and I went on the submarine ride because Storybook land was closed due to the parade assembly & crowds. We rode Star Tours and then headed back up Main Street to go park hopping again. Saw many street shows including one that a former friend of Jenn's was in. I will let her tell you who it was from Citrus Singers (Rebecca: show choir) Jenn and I were waiting for your dad in front of Mr. Lincoln when there was a ceremony to retire the flags at sundown, very musical and patriotic. Yes, Jenn did get her Disney Rewards at the Public Relations office in Disneyland. By the time we got back into Cars Land to eat dinner, we decided on Flo's. The food there is very good and we could see the RSR track from there. Too soon to ride the cars after eating so we walked around Paradise Pier area, then it got dark and we decided to watch the waterworks. They included Brave's princess in this one, and it was well received by the crowd.
When we went past Tiki Room, we stopped for those pineapple ice cream drinks, yum!
Your Dad is hurting today from all the walking, but he is on his way to the physical therapist for treatment, so that should help. I kept offering him to trade off on the ECV for a while, but he kept saying no so today he is paying for it a bit.
Hope that answers all your questions. I will leave room for Jenn's interpretation. We had a good time. I think you will really enjoy Cars Land & the rest. I still have 2 more days on my ticket so we will definitely go for my birthday, if not sooner. They don't check the ticket, so anyone could use Jenn's and claim to be her. (Rebecca: I say that's not true, and I reminded her that her fingerprint is most likely linked now with the ticket, all electronically scanned the first time you enter the turnstiles.) Your Dad only has one day left on his though. Then the campaign ends. Still, it was a good deal for both parks. We headed home about 11-ish and were home by midnight, so traffic was not very bad. (Rebecca: They live 45 minutes from Disneyland, on a good freeway traffic day.)"
Now, I've asked her what did everyone eat at Flo's V8 Cafe and maybe one or two follow-up questions...plus I forwarded Mom's email to Jenn so maybe she might add more when she's ready to tackle some email. In three months and just under 4 days, we'll be at DLR! At least, that's when we get to our hotel. Tomorrow we'll receive "The Nightmare Before Christmas" in the mail from Netflix so I can watch it with Kimberly some time this week (I saw it once a long time ago but she has never seen it)....I think she's ready to handle it now and it will prepare her for seeing the Haunted Mansion and maybe some other things at Disneyland decorated with that theme in October (through Christmas...but of course we'll only see it in October).
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Dad answered some of the questions I asked Mom (it was to his email address anyway, and she had written from it earlier), so I'll post what he said.
"We had looked at Carthay Circle for dinner, but they were charging around $27 per selection. Jenn went inside Flo's to check the prices and found them quite reasonable. When we got there early in the day, folks were having breakfast. Your mom had the turkey breast, Jenn had the same but with different sides...you get 2 sides per selection. I had the loin tips with the cole slaw and peas and carrots. Your mom had the cole slaw and baked beans. We found the rolls to be very good also. Jenn was treating me for dinner, so I really did not want to stick her with a high price tag. My loin tips were $11.99 while their meals were $11.49 per selection. (One thing we noted was that if you had a scooter, you sent to the front of the line and they wrote you a fast pass and sent you to the end of the ride. Then you were first getting onto the ride as we did for Star Wars. We did not try that with the Cars Land ride (Rebecca: RSR), however. Actually, your mom did not want to go on that ride, and being late into the night and with my back really bothering me, I did not want to go either. Jenn's back was also bothering her, but she did want to go but did not want to hold us up since it was getting late."
And about the tickets/fingerprints thing, he said:
"Both your mom and Jenn have the 9/30 deadline. Jenn left her ticket with us so that we could take someone with us. They did not take fingerprints, so it would need to be a female using Jenn's ticket. If they were to request ID, then it would be different. But they were just scanning these tickets and not asking for ID. I believe Jenn did have to show her driver's license so that they could print her name on the ticket; so, unless they were to ask, then any female could use it. In fact, even I did not do a fingerprint when I bought that ticket while with you and Kimberly."
I think he misunderstood that part, though....he might not be remembering if they actually scanned everyone's fingers at the turnstiles (but that's how I put it to him and Mom in the email). Gee, maybe I could go down there for Mom's birthday and use Jenn's ticket! lol
He is also trying to figure out how to email me some pictures he took of Cars Land (if it doesn't work out, it's not a big deal because I've already seen and posted lots of pictures I got elsewhere of Cars Land) - since Kodak Gallery is no more, I think maybe his EasyShare software for his Kodak camera isn't working so the emailed photos aren't coming. Shutterfly bought Kodak Gallery, so he just needs to try out Shutterfly and get used to it. It's what I use, and I've never had major problems with it.
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Aha, so now my sister Jenn wrote to add on to what Mom wrote about the DLR day. Here's her take:
"When we got to DCA, there was a long line to get Fastpasses for Radiator Springs Racers. At 9:30am, they were already up to giving FPs for riding at 10pm that day. So, I got them anyway, but knew by 10pm we might be tuckered out, which was the case. It looked like they shut it down during the World of Color show (9pm and 10:15pm), so that sucks for the fast rides at DCA. But, the cool thing was that getting the FP for Racers, you also got a surprise FP for California Screamin' for less than an hour later (10:30am). That would have been cool, except none of us could go on the roller coaster (for the reasons Mom mentioned). But, I thought that was a smart idea.
Cars Land is neat. Like Mom said, we ate at Flo's for dinner. I was doing my best to avoid fried foods. At the Golden Horseshoe, they only had fish and chips and chicken nuggets. Not wanting to spend the next hour in the bathroom, I went down to the Gumbo window next to Pirates and got clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl and brought that back to eat for lunch. It was good, and I didn't have any repercussions. At Flo's, they have rotisserie ovens, so I knew I could avoid fried food there. Mom and I both had the Citrus Turkey Breast with turkey gravy (like a classic turkey dinner meal), with cranberry sauce. My sides were the mashed potatoes and gravy (very good), grilled corn medley (not the greatest), and Mom and Dad had the peas and carrots and cole slaw as sides. Those meals were also served with a garlic dinner roll - which was very good. Not too expensive either - I think it came out to around $15 per person, with a regular sized drink. Dad had the sirloin and said it was good as well. We sat in Flo's and could watch the Racers ride, and that's when we noticed it must have broken down, because there were no cars for a while, and then they were running empty cars to test it. That must have sucked for everyone who had been waiting in line or had FPs for that time.
Over in Disneyland, I treated Mom and Dad to Dole pineapple whips, which we all enjoyed. Crowds weren't too bad - not like when we were there at Christmastime. And, like Mom said, the scooter gave us the advantage of avoiding most of the long lines. She and I went onto Pirates through the exit, and we also had a much shorter wait for the Submarine ride when we had to forgo the Storybookland ride. I knew they'd revamped that ride for Finding Nemo and had not been on the ride since we were kids, so I was excited to see the changes.
On our way out of DL to return to CA, we decided to go see Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. Turned out, they were also including a performance by Voices of Liberty for a limited engagement (edited by Rebecca in November to add: They're still there), so we got to see them before the Abe Lincoln part. Very good - they must all have perfect pitch to sing in such unison. Oh, and they've changed the beginning of the show - more narration and pictures depicting history, and in the end, a vampire came on stage and Abraham lept out of the chair and staked him. JUST KIDDING. That would have been cool to see though.
Oh, and the friend I saw perform was Meloney Collins from Citrus Singers. She's African American, tall, and she was the one who performed Respect during our 60s/70s medley my last year at Citrus College. She's in the Five and Dime show that they perform in front of the fountain by Carthay Circle. We looked at the menu at CC, but it was a bit pricey for what we were looking for, and I had a feeling Flo's would work out well for us.
I had no problem getting my Disney Rewards card taken care of at the Guest Relations desk. I guess it happens all the time. She basically handed me an envelope with a generic letter and a new card, and I had to call the Chase Disney Rewards center to activate the card, and they transfered the balance from the card that was being shipped to me to my new card, and I was able to use it right away. So, good to know! What I forgot to do while there, however, was ask about getting one of those big buttons like what you had so Dad could wear a button telling everyone it was his birthday. Mom and Dad are thinking they may go for Mom's birthday in September, so I suggested they look into that - actually, Mom should still have her pin from last year, come to think of it."
And that's it from Jenn.
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So Dad and Jenn answered again about the fingerprints at the turnstiles. Dad says: "No, they never had us put fingerprints at the turnstile. The only time they even touched our hands was with the stamp so that we could return to the other side. Maybe it was due to the volume of people, but, no, no fingerprints. I don't think Jenn had them either." And Jennifer says no, there were no fingerprint scans done.
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My dad emailed photos and they're amongst what Jenn also just posted to Facebook today so I can get the image links from there easily. These will be out of order, but I thought I'd share some of their pics. You may see pics of them again later during OUR trip since my parents (and Hubby's mom) will join us some time during that time, whether we're in the parks or just bumming around Downtown Disney or the hotels.
First, here are some from the Golden Horseshoe Revue show....they put on a different act from what we saw when Kimberly and I were there in December. This was from some bit involving the mayor trying to pick a suitor for his daughter (the guy in drag....the "mayor" is on the right):
The hands on a camera in the lower left of this next pic I think are my dad's....this one shows the stage and the "contest" that was going on:
The guy in drag actually approached my dad (he appeared to be in one of the first few rows from the stage) during the show and said, "There may be snow on top, but I know there's still fire in the furnace!" Jenn wasn't quick enough to get a picture of that moment, but Dad took a blurry photo of the girly dude as he was about to leave:
Billy Hill and the Hillbillies (the usual performers at Golden Horseshoe) are also appearing off and on at a big stage area behind Big Thunder Ranch, alternating with some other performers. So if Golden Horseshoe is closed when we go, we'll check over in the other area for their show times.
Mom and Jenn posed for a pic in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, which Dad shot from below Mom's ECV area:
Mom was wearing the WDW 40th anniversary ears hat she and I both got last October at the Grand Floridian's lower level shop, and Jenn was wearing the shirt she got at Animal Kingdom during our May 2010 WDW trip.
Actually, here's a better picture to show Jenn's shirt - and Mom's shirt seems to be something from Disney, too, but I can't tell what's on it:
The birthday boy (he didn't buy the hat, but Jenn and Mom made him try it on for a picture...it's the same hat Kimberly has from when we went to WDW for the first time in May 2010):
It seemed to be an overcast day....here's part of Cars Land:
Mom and Dad, who like nostalgic Route 66 stuff (Dad took a few pics of the signs but I won't share them all here):
And Jenn took a pic of them inside a Route 66 shop (might have been Sarge's Surplus or another location in Cars Land):
Mom has now adopted the habit of leaving the scooter/ECV outside stores and walking around inside, causing less damage that way to all but her wallet. (Back when she used one at Epcot, she nearly knocked over some trading pins at a booth, almost took a door off its hinges in an Innoventions building, and almost mowed down some people - so now we make her leave the ECV outside and just walk into shops and restrooms, etc.)
I STILL don't know what all these little signs say (or what they all add up to in a sentence), but I did note the other set of signs earlier in this report that says something about the Sheriff being old but not slow:
Luigi's tower of leaning tires (I've shown pics of Luigi's before but I'm not sure if I ever included the tower of tires):
Some flowers that seem to be made out of car parts:
Crowded area, July 16th:
Sorry this one isn't brighter...must have been pretty cloudy at this point in time, but this is a shot showing most or all of the Cozy Cones area:
Rest Stops for cars, haha (the restrooms):
It looks like Jenn didn't post all of Dad's pictures....I think he has a nice one of Fillmore's that I've got on my desktop so I'll see if it's any different from what I've posted in the past.
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Okay, just a handful more pics after looking at Dad's pics again. He had a better pic of the Cozy Cones area (not as cloudy/dark as Jenn's):
And he had a pic of Fillmore's with some signage in the foreground:
A pic of Flo's V8 Cafe to show they have outdoor seating in front (I don't know if there is any indoor seating at all, but somewhere you can sit and eat while watching the Racers go by):
And this one looked a little funny to me, with strollers parked near the fake gas pumps:
And this singer is Meloney from my sister's college show choir group, as the "dime" (singer) in Five & Dime (the "five" are musicians) - Meloney said hi to Jenn on Facebook and told her she should wave S.O.S. style to her next time so she'll know her in the crowd. Meloney has a great voice...I remember her solo performances with the college group:
The last few won't fit here, so watch for next post.
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Just for perspective, here's a shot Dad took FROM Flo's area across to one of the shops (and you can see Tower of Terror in the distance above the shop):
And he took a pic of the view the other way from near the end of Cars Land, so you can see the head of the bear mountain at Grizzly River Run off in the distance:
Now here are just a couple pics of them enjoying riding in the front of the Mark Twain riverboat:
(And I'm in "half serious" negotiations with Hubby to see about my getting away for a few days if I could get a cheap flight and go down to see my parents and maybe go to Disneyland with them if I could use my sister's ticket she left with them....he has had a couple trips on his own to go off camping and mountain biking with coworkers so it's my turn to go do something, except mine is always more expensive. Stay tuned.)
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Phew! Okay, I know I posted a lot today and I don't know how many are really reading along....but I have some more news. My "half serious" negotiations turned into full fruition, and now I'm going down to stay with Mom and Dad from August 31st (a Friday, after I drop Kimberly off at school) until September 4th, the day after Labor Day. Kimberly and Hubby are off school and work for Labor Day on the Monday, but he'll pick her up from school on the Friday and take care of getting her to and from there on the Tuesday when she goes back (because I couldn't find a flight that landed back here sooner than 4:30 pm). Now I can go to Disneyland, using the second day of my sister's ticket (I'll answer to Jennifer all day if anyone asks, shhhhhhhh!), and we'll go on either the Sunday or Monday. Crowd-wise, it should be a little better on the Sunday than the Monday because Sunday is restricted to pass holders (meaning, they can't go with the three types of passes for Disneyland) and Monday is not. But this way we can stay late on the Sunday if we want (we probably won't) and I'll still have another day before I have to be at the airport. Two flight connections each way, but I got a good airfare through priceline.com and I'll request my next Disney Rewards card (I better do that tonight) so I can use it for other expenses at Disney (or save it for the October trip, whatever's left on it afterwards).
Sunday, September 2nd is Mom's birthday, so this way she gets to use the second day of her 3-day ticket and Dad will use the last day of his that he has had since last July. Jenn got to be there for Dad's birthday and now I'll be there for Mom's.
Also, I found out that shirt my mom was wearing said "Twenty Eleven" for last year when we went the year of the WDW 40th anniversary. The only part I could see on her pink shirt was the "Twenty" in the photos.
Rebecca, lovely pics from your sisters trip - CarsLand does look pretty rammed though - the lady's face on the RSR picture kind of sums it all up !! Some really nifty theming details and your folks look like they were really having a blast
Good news about your mini trip too !
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Thanks, Amanda. One thing that could have maybe helped Mom, Dad and Jenn get onto RSR (and they didn't think of it)....Mom didn't have her ECV until she had her ticket back from Jenn (who had gone off to get the RSR FPs, which kicked out surprise CA Screamin' FPs, too - hope that continues to happen) because she needed her ticket to get into DLand and go rent the ECV (I guess it's only inside the park). When they went back later to DCA (because they started off just walking around there, going in the shops, etc., after they caught up to Jenn) they could have gone to the exit for RSR and be let on early because of the ECV (since that was happening at every other ride they went to all day, just the stuff Mom would ride). Anyway, Mom and Dad will have another chance to try to ride now when they take me - even if we just head into DCA for FPs (to use just in case the ECV thing doesn't work out there), leave and stay at DL for a while and then go back to DCA for the bulk of the afternoon. Mom wants to see the Aladdin show. And Dad says this time he'll also get an ECV, so I'll be walking around with the two of them driving themselves around. Dad will attempt more rides than Mom - I got him to ride Big Thunder last July after he already knew it wasn't a cute little choo choo train ride (we fooled him with that one before, years ago).
I'll answer your email too, but I just wanted to say thank you to your son for inquiring about me with that Aurora theater tragedy - you can assure him I wasn't there (I live about an hour southwest of Aurora, and that's where Denver's big airport is located)....I didn't go to any midnight premiere of Batman (I went last night, though, to the theater just up the street from us - great movie. I only went because Hubby came home early from work and he could stay with Kimberly while I got away for a few hours). Hubby was out of town before, camping from Thursday through Sunday in Crested Butte (good mountain biking), so I didn't go to any late movies away from Kimberly. She and I went to see Ice Age 4 a second time on Saturday, partially so I could see how our Cinemark theater had stepped up Security (they have a guard on duty now - he might be armed but I couldn't tell, and a sign out front that says they no longer allow people to wear costume makeup or masks). It might help if they'd put alarms on the exit doors inside the screening rooms. They all have "exit" lighted signs above the doors but I don't think any alarm goes off if they're opened. I've seen people let friends in that way before, mostly teens - when they're trying to sneak into a movie for free. Alarms would eliminate that problem, too.
Bye for now.
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I have some pictures of two new Disney shirts I just got, from Disney Store's website. I never find any good Disneyland t-shirts for adults, at least not anything I like. So the two I got with a 20 percent off discount are for Walt Disney World but that's okay because of course I love that place, too. And I can still wear these at Disneyland - to me, Disney is Disney no matter which park you visit and I support the company as a whole.
There are lots of details on these shirts, and all the little characters on them appeal to me. Here's the front of the first one (Minnie's bow has rhinestones or something adorned on it):
And on the back it's the same characters but the Fab Five are posed differently and aren't in color like they are on the front, plus there are more characters visible (Pixar and traditional Disney animated characters):
As long as kids don't poke the various characters while I'm in ride queues, my shirt will survive and all will be well. Kimberly already played "spot the character" while I was NOT wearing the shirt, while we filmed a video of all the details.
And I got this shirt, in blue tie dye - I liked it because of the monorail wrapping around the front, with part of it showing on the back:
So, those are the new shirts. Also, yesterday while on roller skates I was standing by the wall around the rink, on the carpeted area - and I decided to go a few feet away and sit down. My legs must have been weak at the time, because WHOOOPS! my feet slid out from under me, I did the splits and my right ankle turned funny when I landed. No one saw me, or at least they didn't come help me. LOTS of pain with that right ankle (the rest of me was fine). Took the skates off, put my shoes back on - there was no swelling yet....told Kimberly she could skate just a few more minutes (it's always hard to get the kids out of there...I was with a friend who had her two boys there), and then we went home after stopping for groceries (couldn't be avoided...I was afraid I'd be in no shape to go the next day). I elevated and iced the ankle last night, then switched to a heated pad (remembering that last time this happened to my ankle a doctor friend told me to apply ice and then heat). This morning it was swollen a bit and I felt it crack a little whenever I moved it. I can put weight on it but not easily. So, Kimberly and I went to Urgent Care (where I know they have an xray machine, whereas my primary care doctor does not). They xrayed it (Kimberly stayed behind the safe wall with the technician), and there is no fracture. But my ligaments are sore and tender near the ankle, and they put me in a splint wrap thing. I have to keep it on for 4-6 weeks. If I take it off at 4 weeks (with breaks here and there, of course, for bathing and whatnot), then I won't have it on for the Disneyland trip with Mom and Dad. But if I keep it on, Dad's joking that I'll have an ECV like him and Mom. I have to take four 200mg tablets of Advil (ibuprofen, however it's spelled) every 8 hours with food (I probably won't do it exactly every 8 hours) and ice the ankle a few times a day, keeping it elevated. I follow up with my own doctor (or back at Urgent Care) in two weeks. They are supposed to call me when they get more air-gel splints, but for now they have me in this:
And if this feels better than the air gel thing they'd rather use, then I can keep wearing this. It's tight but it keeps the foot in one position and will help the ligaments heal. I KNEW I should not have skated yesterday...I only put mine on and used them a bit because my friend was also skating. I had a cold and actually didn't feel much like skating that day. Oh well.
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Just a quick update. My ankle is now more supported in a better brace/wrap that has inflated things on either side, strapped to the lower leg with Velcro. No picture available. It feels better and I can put weight on it.
Also, Hubby has now told me he's not ready to move to Florida or anywhere else. I don't know what will come of the two jobs he applied for in the Orlando area (one was Titusville, closer to the east coast), but he says right now he's happy with his current job and he'd rather we stay here. He said he'd consider retiring to Florida later, or if things go awry here with his job (or he loses it or whatever) then he'd consider moving. But he's fine with our going there on vacation as we have been doing (three times so far for me, once for him, twice for Kimberly).
I don't have a countdown ticker for my posts, but as of now we have less than 3 months until the big family trip (and a month from today I fly to Cailfornia on my own to be with Mom and Dad over Labor Day weekend....with Disneyland on September 2nd. I won't be fussed that day with how much we get to do and see, but it'll be a nice preview to get me ready for October 21-26).
I really do understand not wanting to move to Florida. As much as we enjoy vacationing there, it's just so darned flat!
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Pam....yeah, but Kimberly and I are a little disappointed. Kimberly loves the heat (strange kid). And Florida is much better for my allergies (I've been getting them bad in Colorado this week). But it's very flat, yes - wouldn't do well for Hubby's mountain biking hobby. I saw a video on YouTube about "Florida mountain biking" and it was basically a guy filming himself riding his bike along railroad tracks (just to get the bumpy feeling). Oh well, by the time we might live there Hubby would most likely not be mountain biking any more....we could just race each other with ECVs around the theme parks, lol.