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Pina Colada Tour - The Highlights - Part 1

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by Beccaberry, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. Beccaberry
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    At first, I toyed with the idea of writing a day to day report.
    Then I remembered...we were there for 11 days.
    It's just not going to happen.

    So, what I'm hoping to do is share a few highlights...a few magical moments...and maybe even a secret or two...

    They may not be in order (in fact you may get downright dizzy), and you won't hear *everything* (because let's face it, sometimes what happens in Disney, has to *stay* in Disney) but I hope you'll enjoy the stories...

    Cast:
    Jon, Becca (that's me!), Andrew and Baleigh
    Johnie (EVERYONE know's JOHNIE!!) and Alysia
    Chris, Krista (luvthemouse), Holly, Jack and Bryce and of course MOMMOM!! (otherwise known as Ann, Krista's DM)
    Karen (kazzaqld) and Gareth

    (Alysia, Holly and Gareth all have memberships here at Secrets as well, but it's late and I can't remember their usernames, so let's just use that fun little line about "the names have been changed (or forgotten) to protect the innocent" :wink: )

    On Friday the 26th, we met at Fort Wilderness for the Hoop Dee Doo Revue...all 14 of us. First of all...have *you* ever tried to organize 14 people in the same place at the same time in an area roughly twice the size of Manhatten? It's like herding cats. Johnie's and my crew arrived first, though not by much...apparently we took the slow boat around China to get to Pioneer Hall...I swear we stopped no fewer than 8,452 times. Krista's and Karen's crew however, only made three stops...show offs. :tongue0011-1:

    We had a brilliant table downstairs at the back of the "Hall" with a perfect view. Before long we were tapping our feet and stuffing our mouths! The food was delicious and the drinks were plentiful...

    As the show began, the performers asked if anyone was celebrating a birthday...Andrew raised his hand. As he was asked how old he was, I realized this would be the first of *many* times over the course of the next few days that I would become misty eyed as I heard my son say, "I'll be sixteen on Saturday." Sixteen. I've been blessed to have this amazing person in my life for sixteen years. Ok, Rebecca...stiff upper lip...

    Then Johnie replies, "I know it's hard hon, Alysia won't even be IN school next time we come!" O.M.G. How is that even POSSIBLE? Misty eyes again.

    Finally, there was a call for anniversaries...including a sweet couple that had been married over 40 years. I looked over and saw Ann...misty eyed herself. Krista shared that the day before would have been her parents anniversary...

    It was a happy evening, but a bit bittersweet in it's timing...the poignancy of it stuck with me for a very long time...

    Near the end of the show, as a small boy stood on stage portraying the role of "strong, brave sheriff"...I recalled a time when Andrew, barely seven, had played the very same roll....my how the years have flown...and they are all here...tears again...and then laughter as Jon leaned over and said, "For G-d's sake woman!!! This is a HAPPY show!!!!"

    And it truly was. Just ask Jackson.

    I snapped a photo of Andrew in the same spot he'd sat on our very first trip...here's a peek at some fun I've had with it...

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    It seems like only yesterday I looked at you
    You were full of promise
    You were smiling
    You were young

    Today I looked at you
    And realized
    That promise is fulfilled
    In your smile and youth
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    I've gone sniff sniff , that is so cute.:hug1:
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    Ok I'm crying and Katelyn thinks I'm crazy :sigh;

    Maybe someone should just send the non-crying parts of this report :p
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    Well I have a day off today...so expect a few more :yes: all happy of course :D
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    Love the superimposed photos of Andrew! Definitely a keeper for your scrapbook.
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    A wonderful account Becca. Also very very touching.
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    There was lots of crying this trip :hug2: How can these kids be this old already???
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    Yeah, where has the time gone? We talked about that before...oh it is going to be lonely next year this time...maybe spend a little more time in Richmond (VCU) then. Hey it is a nice city.:p015:It will give me a lot more reason to visit..just pop the kayaks on top of the Subbie and visit and paddle the falls of the james.
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    We'll have to get together for lunch then!
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    Hey that would be cool. Oh, totally off track and don't mean to hijack this thread, but do you ever get over to Maymount...Alex used to love that place!
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    Oh yes, we go over to Maymont a lot. It's just beautiful there.
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    OMG, that poem at the end did me in!

    Great times!!!! :)
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    Brilliant report.....looking forward to reading about more of your adventures (did you wear the t/shirts?)
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    We *did* indeed wear our shirts! :D Bob loved them :D
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    We took a picture of us with Bob and then he took a picture of us! He says he will put us on his website....so far we aren't there :p

    I wore my t-shirt ALL day.......
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    gads...ur killin me here...My son will be 21 when we go back....and he's the baby...my baby...great, I'm all teary eyed now...
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    I hate it when kids grow up...now I've got to do it all over again with the Grandkids. Not fair.
    Good report though!
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    you brought tears to my eyes too . I remember trick or treating with Baleigh , pushing her in a stroller . Talk about misty eyes .
    Who is Bob ? :unsure:
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    Piano Bob over at Port Orlens Riverside.

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