Taking A Break from Life with a Trip to My Happy Place - PassPorter Community - Boards & Forums on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and General Travel
PassPorter.com
Message Board Community
Thank you to our forum sponsor:
Home Florida - Walt Disney World Caribbean - Disney Cruise Line California - Disneyland Resort Anywhere and Everywhere! Travelers Store Community PassPorter's Club Help!
   Welcome!  |   Answers  |  Guidelines  |  Shorthands  |  Newsletters  |  Our Guides  |   Photos  | Login Problems  |  Help  |  Bookmark Us |  Follow Us on |
Search

Go Back   PassPorter Community - Boards & Forums on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and General Travel > PassPorter's Walt Disney World Resort (Florida) > Sharing the Adventure: Disney World Trip Reports
Register


Welcome! We're happy you've found the PassPorter Community -- the friendliest place to plan your vacation to Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland, and the world in general! You are now viewing the PassPorter Message Board Community as a guest, which gives you limited access. As our guest, feel free to browse our messages by selecting the forum you want to visit from the list below.

To post messages and ask questions, join our FREE community today and you'll get access to tools and resources not available to guests, such as our vacation countown timers, "living" avatars, private messaging system, database searches, downloads, and a special PassPorter discount code. Registration is fast, simple, and completely free. Just click the Join Our Community link.

If you think you've already joined, log in below now. If you don't remember your member name or password, please visit our Member Name and Password Recovery page. You are also welcome to contact us.

Forum Sponsor: MouseEarVacations.com
Learn Why PassPorter Recommends This Sponsor
 
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-12-2012, 02:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
Community Rank: Scout
 
honeybee723's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Maryland
Concierge Level: 3
Posts: 4,913
Taking A Break from Life with a Trip to My Happy Place

Taking a Break from Life with a Trip to My Happy Place
November 13th Ė November 19th


Now that Iím officially 30 days from our trip, I thought Iíd begin my next trip report. I guess you could call me a follower, or a sucker for punishment, because here I am writing another TR that I wasnít sure I was even going to write. Itís not that I donít like sharing my adventures, or that I feel like theyíre a burden to do, itís more of the fact that I donít see my vacations as anything too exciting. In fact, thereís even an underlying sense of guilt as Iím writing these insatiable page turners, because in a way I feel like such a fake in the Passporter world of trip report writers, and thatís why Iíve decided to come clean to everyone this time, which also became the inspiration for my title.

Iím sure anyone whoís ever written one of these things has tried to prevent people from having a peak behind the proverbial curtain that is their personal life. To keep a bit of their private life, well, privateÖtoo not give it ALL away. Yeah, Iíve done it. Iíve done it every time Iíve written one of these, and looking back on everything Iíve shared, and everything I havenít, it makes me feel like a faker, a master of illusion, and a person who didnít want to write another report.

We all know life isnít perfect, in fact, it seems that in at least two of my reports Iíve had a loved one pass away, and Iíve also had a handful of arguments or disagreements with a few family members, and while this trip started out as being something for us to do before our annual passes ran out, it became something that I needed to do in order to take a break from everything that seemed to be coming unhinged in my life. Now, please donít think this trip report is going to be the ultimate downer or a ďglass half emptyĒ sort of thing, because itís not, but as much as Iím not the type of person to put my business out there for all of the world to see, I needed to give all of you a bigger peak behind my ďcurtainĒ before I could continue writing about all the happy planning Iíve been doing.

Itís like the universe whispered to me when I decided to approach my mom about taking this trip, and the whisper went something like this, ďYou need a girls only tripĒ. Well, if you say so. Mom and I started going on our Girls Only Disney trips back in 2000, and since then we've gone on one in 2004, 2006 and 2010.


Girls Trip in 2000


Girls Trip in 2004


Girls Trip in 2006


Girls Trip in 2010

Going to Disney with my mom is an entirely different kind of trip when itís just us. We walk at a faster pace which makes seeing everything a lot easier and we like the same things, which means that we donít have to constantly ask each other what to see or do. I guess itís that unspoken connection we have between us, and I think deep down the universe knew that a few months down the road we would need to feel that connection once more, and so this vacation went from being more than just us needing a Disney fix. After some unexpected events, and some recurring troubles, this vacation became more about us spending time together than it did about visiting Disney World.

I apologize now for the length of this first installment, but there was no other way to shorten it. Letís rewind a bitÖ

Before the start of summer, my brother decided to rent out his townhouse and get a single family home built about 25 minutes away from us in a more rural area of our county. They ended up moving in with my parents so they would have some place to live while the new house was being built, of course, the quoted time of completion ended up being way off, and needless to say, they wonít be moving in until the beginning of December. At first, my parents didnít want them moving in since their house isnít that large to begin with, plus my niece Trinity is a big handful with a naughty streak thrown in for good measure, and I donít think they wanted to deal with the added noise that comes with a bad toddler. However, they couldnít say no to their son, and come to find out, the new living arrangements werenít as bad as they originally thought they were going to be. I can tell that as my brotherís been living with my parents, his relationship with them has gotten stronger, which is something that my brother needed and my mother wanted.

Itís a running joke in our family that Iím the favorite child, and that Iím still attached to my motherís hip even though Iím 36 years old. I take it as jealousy that I have a stronger bond with my mom, but in a way, such a close relationship can make it harder to let go. Iíll never forget what my mom told me one day. She said, ďIf I would have known someone like you when I was in school, we would have been best friendsĒ. That sentence pretty much sums up our entire relationship. Sheís my best friend, and I know there are tons of kids in the world that say the same thing about their mom, but my mom really is my best friend. Yes, I have close girlfriends that I call my best friends, but my mom comes before all of them, and without her in my life it would be like part of me is missing, and how can anyone function with missing pieces?

A few months ago, the heating and air conditioning company my dad was doing estimates for started bringing in less and less work, which meant my dad was bringing home less and less money. To make matters worse, his sister still hasnít given him any of the money she owes him from the sale of his HVAC company, which lead my mother to become the sole bread winner. [IMG][/IMG] Somehow my brother was able to talk him into getting an attorney and taking my aunt to court, which is a big step since my father didnít want to do that to his own family, but we looked it like all family ties went out the window a long time ago, and itís now time to look out for yourself and your wife.

Somewhere mixed in with all of this talk about money and the house, and what they could and could not afford, my brother offered them the opportunity to build an in-laws residence on the land he was building his house on. Their mortgage is paid off, so any money they got from the sale of their house would go towards the building of this new house, plus my dad wouldnít have to worry about the upkeep of the yard because my brother would now take care of all of that. It seemed like the perfect solution, and youíd think Iíd be happy for them, but the only problem with that is I didnít even know any of this was being discussed, and when I did find out about it, it wasnít my mom who came to talk to me, it was my dad.

He told me that she was afraid to tell me because she knows how close we are and she didnít want this to upset or hurt me, but how could it not? First, I was hurt that she felt she couldnít tell me about this herself, and second I was upset that not only would she possibly be living 25 minutes away from me (I know it doesn't seem like much, but it is), but that she would be having a house built right next to my brother. Now, before all of you think this is sibling jealousy, itís not. Back in October of 2009, I had discussed doing the exact same thing that my brother is now offering to do with them, the only problem we had was finding a builder who was selling the land and his services in one combined price that was also in an area we wanted to live. We never found it, and it broke my heart that my brother finally did, and was planning on helping them out in a way I couldnít.

In my eyes my relationship with my mom was going to change because of the distance between us, and her relationship with Hope would also suffer, but when I finally spoke with her about it, she said that would never happen, and I let it go. A few weeks later she casually asked me if I was happy for them, and I said it would be selfish of me if I said I wasnít because they need to do whatís best for them, but Iíd be lying if I said I was happy about the situation and with the fact that sheís moving so far away, and of course she didnít like that answer. Iím sorry, but Iím not going to sugar coat my answer just to make people feel better. Again, I let it go, and just pushed this whole situation to the back of my mind, until one day my SIL, Corinne, told me that my mom was unusually sad lately, and she thinks the reason is because I donít know how to be happy for other people. I had finally reached my breaking point with this entire topic, and I lost it...I broke down and cried. I told her that she canít understand the relationship I have with my mom because she doesnít have that with her mom. I told her that I feel like Iím being pushed to the outside of the family with all the secrets and lies that Iíve been told about whatís really going on with this whole house building process. I told her that I know how to be happy for other people, especially my family, and I in fact told my mom that, but explained that I wasnít happy with certain aspects of the situation. I also told her that I was jealous that my brother was able to give my parents the things I couldnít, and when they get to the age where they need help being cared for, he would be more responsible for them than I would, and I just canít see him being that good at it.

I think I surprised her with my response because she suddenly felt really bad for me, and started crying a bit herself. Not sure if it was an act to make me feel better or because she really did feel bad for coming at me the way she did, but either way, I decided that it was time for my mom and I to sit down and have a real heart-to-heartÖand we did. My mom told me she knows I know how to feel happy for other people, and she understood where I was upset about everything, but that our relationship would never change, and that we would find a way to make the distance work for us. She also said that they donít even know if the house can be built because of some building code issues, and right now everything was up in the air. And even though I felt better after that talk, Iím still very sad about it, and I still feel like a piece of me is being ripped out of my chest.

I honestly donít know where they are right now with the house because I havenít heard anything about it lately. Itís not like my parents are knocking down my door to give me the answers, and I half expect to find out they really are moving once the moving van pulls up in front of their house, but Iíll cross that bridge when I come to it I guess. For now Iím looking forward to spending a much needed vacation with my mom and daughter, and after I get back Iíll once again be faced with a reality check if they go through with the build. I had thought, in a plan to make me feel better, that this would help me down the road when it came time for her to leave me in life, that the distance between us would make it easier for me to let her go, but the only person Iím kidding is myself, because no matter how far away she is, and how little I get to see her, she will always be my best friend, my missing pieceÖmy mom.

So, I hope I havenít depressed too many of you already with that long drawn out story, but I just couldnít see myself writing this report without a bit of honesty thrown in. Our mothers are there to comfort us when weíre sick or sad, and this trip has become a sense of comfort for me during a time of uncertainty. I promise there will be a lot more light-hearted fun stuff to write about than sad depressing stuff, but to quote good Ďole Dr. Phil, if I plan on ďgetting realĒ than I need to keep it real for all of you too. And maybe this will end up helping me out in the long run because at least I will know there are a few people out there that I can let it all out too, and they will be ready to offer advice, understanding, and even a bit of comfort of their own, and I would be extremely grateful for that.


Up Next: Do We Even Know Where Weíre Staying? And Some Exciting News (no, Iím not pregnant)
__________________
Melissa


Celebrating as One Big Happy Family Quick Update 9/19/14
Cruising on a Dream Full of Frights and Friends Completed!
Taking a Break from Life with a Trip to My Happy Place
My Countdown Counting down to: Big Beach Club Family Vacation
Having a Beachy Good Time with Mickey!
My Previous Trips1981 to 1992-Various times and hotels, especially DTD Royal Plaza, 1993-Swan, 1994-CB, 1995- DTD Double Tree, 1996-AS Music, 1997-POR, 1998-GF, 1999-AS Music, 2001-YC, 2001-Off Site, 2002-AS Movie, 2003-AKL, 2003-AS Music, 2004-AKL, 2005-CB, 2006-POR, 2007-SSR, 2008-DCL Wonder/Pop, 2008-SSR, 2009-DCL Magic, 2010-DCL Wonder/BWV, 2010-BCV, 2011-AKLV CL, 2012-BCV, 2012-AKV, 2013-DCL Dream/AKLV
honeybee723 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 02:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
Community Rank: Navigator
 
lexiemom's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Kansas
Concierge Level: 5
Posts: 6,688
I don't have any advice, but I am in sort of the same shoes as you. I have always had the closest relationship with my mom out of my siblings and I also live the closest to her at 10 minutes away. My mom dropped a bombshell on me about a month ago that she is moving to Florida (we live in KS) and I am crushed. I cried for 3 days and then I went through a stage where I thought I was just too old to need my mom that much. But, I was only kidding myself and I don't care how old you are, when you are that close to your mom it is not easy to be far away. Thanks for being so open, it always helps when there are others out there that understand.

Now I can't wait to hear about your trip plans!! I am glad you decided to do a TR.
__________________
Aimee


Find my DisneyLAND TR here! Updated 4/5/14 - now Complete!

Find my WDW TR "Our Disney Summer Kickoff" here! COMPLETED 10/16/2013
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous TripsDL 1995; WDW 1997 offsite; WDW May 2005 Honeymoon AKL; WDW Aug 2006 WL; WDW Dec 2006 AKL; WDW Sept 2008 POFQ; Sept 2011 POFQ; May 2013 BC; DLR January 2014 DLH
lexiemom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 05:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
Community Rank: Navigator
 
islandgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Virginia
Posts: 6,386
First of all, I'm really glad you decided to do another TR. I always enjoy reading them!
I fully understand where you are coming from, as I have a very close relationship with my mom as well. We are more like sisters than my sister and I are, and while I love my sister dearly, I have always had a very special relationship with my mom. We are so alike and have so much in common, we understand each other when the rest of the family just doesn't get it. Of course, having that relationship with my mom has caused friction at times, even jealousy at times, from both my sister and I, for different reasons. It's automatic that mom & I get along, but the relationship my sister & mom have has had it's ups and downs, so mom has had to overcompensate sometimes, just to make the situation better. This in return, often left me feeling like the one left out.
Just try to understand that as moms we have to spread ourselves very thin sometimes, and if we have more than one child, we have to be different things to that child under different circumstances at different times throughout their lives. It doesn't mean we love or care for one of them any less, that's just how it is sometimes.
It sounds like you have an amazing relationship with your mom {as I do}, but sometimes even the most perfect relationships go through rough times.
I hope that this trip will help to ease some of the tension you are feeling, and you get to enjoy some special time together with your mom & Hope.
Looking forward to following along.....from the start this time!
__________________


Susan
My Countdown Counting down to: Going back to Disney!!!
135 days, 19 hours, 10 minutes
My Previous Trips1st trip- Nov 1987 Off-Site * Jan 2008 Coronado Springs * Jan 2010 Caribbean Beach * Feb 2011 Beach Club * Jan 2012 Caribbean Beach * Dec 2012 Caribbean Beach * Feb 2014 All Star Movies
islandgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 06:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
RED SOX NATION!!
PassPorter's Club Passholder


What's this?

PassPorter Guide

Community Rank:
Legend VIP
 
Colexis Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Connecticut
Concierge Level: 7
Posts: 129,657
I'm glad you're writing the report! I'm sure it will be a special trip for you all!
__________________

Marnie - PassPorter Co-Guide THE FAMILY ROOM , DISNEY WORLD TRIP REPORTS and GLOBETROTTING TRIP REPORTS

The Disneyland, San Diego, and Vegas oh my! Trip Report

The Trip of a Lifetime - Alaska Land and Sea - Trip Report

Non-Creative Title Spring Break Adventures Trip Report

A Whirlwind Trip to Arizona/Utah and the National Parks - UPDATED 9/27!

My Countdown Counting down to: Grand Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands
Hiking around the National Parks
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous TripsAPR '12 - POFQ, JUL '10 - DL, AUG '09 - DCL Western, AUG '08 - POFQ/BC, AUG '06 - AKL/BC/DisneyWonder/Poly, DEC '05 - AKL, APR '05 - AKL/BC, DEC '04 - AKL, MAY '04 - AKL/BC, MAY '03 - WL/BC, MAY '98 -offsite, MAY '94 - BC, AUG '85 - Poly, AUG '83 - Poly, AUG '81 - Poly, JUL '79 - World Inn, JUL '76 - World Inn
Colexis Mom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 06:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
Community Rank: Scout
 
JKnott17's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Edison, NJ
Concierge Level: 3
Posts: 4,802
Great start, Melissa. I'm so glad you decided to write this TR, I've enjoyed the last couple of ones you did! Great pictures from your past trips!

I'm so sorry that you are going through a rough time right now with your Mom thinking about moving away, I hope that some quality time spent with her in Disney will help you some. I went through something similar last year when my parents dropped a bombshell on my sister and I that they were selling our childhood home and moving about 30 minutes away (they used to be about a minutes drive away ). It was seriously upsetting to me, I remember crying and feeling depressed over it for a while. Especially since there was no warning at all. They went away for the weekend to Cape May, and when they came back they tell us they just bought a new house in a 55+ community They moved in last November, and in the end, everything has worked out for us. Our relationship is just as strong as it ever was, if not stronger, and I know that they are really happy which makes me happy. I hope that the same will happen for you
__________________
Jenn

My first TR:A Very Merry SurpriseHere we go again: Goin' Down the Bayou Our Anniversary Trip: Happy 10 Years

My Countdown Counting down to: Our Second Cruise
264 days, 6 hours, 10 minutes
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous TripsYearly trips to WDW as a child with my family (1982 - 1989), WDW/Universal 1992, Senior Class Trip to WDW June 1994, WDW 2001, First Family Trip with my girls 2009, First MNSSHP October 2010, First MVMCP November 2011, POR November 2012, POR and our first cruise on the Dream August 2013
JKnott17 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 07:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
PassPorter Guide

Community Rank:
Legend Extraordinaire
 
KMB733's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ballston Lake, NY
Concierge Level: 6
Posts: 38,610
I'm glad you decided to write another TR. This trip sounds like just the thing you and your mom need right now. Looking forward to hearing the details!
__________________
Kathy
Passporter Co-Guide for: Making More Magic
My Countdown Counting down to: Family Christmas Trip
61 days, 13 hours, 10 minutes
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous TripsWDW June 1979, WDW 1985, WDW 1987, WDW Oct 2003, WDW March 2004, WDW Oct 2004, WDW Sept 2005--Pop Century , WDW Nov 2006--Pop Century, WDW Jan 2007--Pop Century, WDW Nov/Dec 2009--Pop Century, DLR Oct 2011
KMB733 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 08:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
Community Rank: Explorer
 
bsblady01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: new york
Posts: 8,973
I hope that you and your family have a magical time at the world
__________________
Heather - "I'm Tinkerbell's biggest fan!"

WDW - August 1997 Off Property
WDW - January 2005 AKL
WDW - May 2006 Pop Century
WDW- november-dec 2007 pop century
WDW- dec/jan 2009/2010 pop century
WDW- oct/nov 2012 art of animation
WDW- sept 2013 port Orleans riverside
My Countdown Counting down to: summer fun in disney world
290 days, 6 hours, 10 minutes
My Previous Tripsaug 1997 off site jan 2005 animal kingdom lodger may 2006 pop century dec 2007 pop century dec 2009/jan 2010 pop century 0ct/nov 2012 art of animation resort sept 2013 port Orleans riverside
bsblady01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 08:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
lauriep's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Boston, MA
Concierge Level: 6
Posts: 12,970
I'm so glad you're doing a report! I don't find your reports boring at all (I always think MINE are boring, though.) I'm sorry that you're going through this with your family, but it also makes me jealous that you have such a close relationship with your mother. It sounds like you have a bond that her moving a bit further away will not change. I hope travelling together again will reaffirm that for you.
__________________
Laurie


My Previous TripsMost recent WDW trip 2/14; Most recent DLR trip 7/12; Most recent DCL trip 7/12 Alaska Wonder
lauriep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 08:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
Community Rank: Explorer
 
cubfancolleen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Reston, Virginia
Concierge Level: 7
Posts: 7,117
Glad you're doing another TR. sorry things feel so tough right now with your mom. It's great the two of you have such a close relationship, and it sounds like she feels the same about you, so have faith you aren't losing her. This will be a good chance for you to have some good quality time!
__________________
Blue Lagoon Dolphin Swim, Nassau
My Countdown Counting down to: An Alaskan Anniversary
278 days, 22 hours, 10 minutes
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous TripsDisneyLand too many times to count; DisneyWorld: ('82; '94; '00; '04; '05; '08 - twice!; '10;'11 - twice; '13); DCL (all 4 ships): ('00, '05, '06, '10, '11, '13); DVC Hilton Head Resort :D ('06, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13 - twice)
cubfancolleen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 09:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
PassPorter Guide

Community Rank: Explorer
 
OhToodles!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: St. Peters, MO
Concierge Level: 7
Posts: 10,673
Oh Melissa! I feel so bad! How come you have not shared this with us on our monthly chats? I'm sure you & your Mom will make it through this. This trip will come at a great time and you'll have so much fun!
I'm close to my mom too. I see her every day at work and on the weekends I tend to call or see her too because it just seems weird if I don't. She called me tonight to make sure it was ok to go visit my brother & his family this weekend as we're going to see the new baby for the first time and she didn't want to take anything away from us. I told her it was fine, but I got the baby and she had to take Lukas aka 'Terrible 2'!
Can't wait to hear the exciting news!
__________________
PP Besties!
Kelly Co-Guide to Sharing the Adventure: Disney World Trip Reports
Punta Cana, DR /Marceline, MO / SWW:IV / Just Because/ 1st Cruise PTR
My Countdown Counting down to: Reaching New Heights
9 days, 0 hours, 25 minutes
My Previous TripsDVC members at AKV since 4/08 WDW Visits: 5/04 - 5/05 - 6/07 - CBR; 11/06 - AKL; 10/08 - SSR ; 12/09 - BCV; 6/09 - 8/10 - 9/11 - AKV club level; 5-6/12 - AKV; 9/12 - BWV; DCL - 10/13 - Dream
OhToodles! is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 11:41 PM   #11 (permalink)
Community Rank: Navigator
 
MayraLR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Puerto Rico.
Concierge Level: 7
Posts: 6,742
Oh my Melissa, I was on the verge of tears reading your post. I'm so sorry you're going through this situation. I've seen, through your TR, how close you are to your mom and I know how difficult this situation must be.

I've never had that kind of relationship with my mom, it's just not the way I was brought up. I do love my mother dearly but still at my age, it's very difficult for me to have a relationship that deep. I've never confided in her because growing up she was never that open with me. And when I see people who have these close-knit relationships with their parents, it makes me feel like I missed out.

I hope this trip helps you solidify your relationship your mom. Thank you for trusting us enough to share your feelings with us. Rest assured that we will always be here when you need to talk. And don't even think for one second that your TRs are boring. I enjoy reading them and I've loved seeing Hope growing through the years. I still remember your first TR I read, Hope was so little and look at her now.

Can't wait to read what you have planned.
__________________

It's started ~ Getting Wild Disney Style TR updated 9/24

Rain, Sunshine & Cupcakes ~ June 24 - July 3, Magical Memories & Total Insanity TR
My Countdown Counting down to: Returning to our happy place!
Having fun with Mickey!
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous TripsMay 2006 - WDW / offsite; May 2008 - WDW, SW, US, IOA / offsite; May 2011 - WDW / off-site; June 2012 - WDW / POR; June 2014 - WDW / AKL ~ Kidani Village
MayraLR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2012, 03:39 AM   #12 (permalink)
PassPorter Message Board Manager

Community Rank:
Legend VIP
 
chezp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Maidstone, Kent, UK
Concierge Level: 3
Posts: 159,170
I'm so glad you're writing another trip report, as I love reading them.

I have no words of wisdom for you, as my mother lives 250 miles apart and see each other two or three times a year. Much as I love her, the distance doesn't bother me, as we just don't have that type of relationship.

I hope you have a great time with your mother on this trip and I can't wait to hear the exciting news!
__________________

Enjoying beautiful Mykonos on our magical Mediterranean vacation.

I'm Cheryl and I'm the author of PassPorter's Walt Disney World for British Holidaymakers and the co-author of PassPorter's Disney Vacation Club Guide I'm also one of the PassPorter guides for the Disney Vacation Club, Eateries, Globetrotting, Globetrotting Trip Reports, Disneyland Resort Paris and Disneyland Trip Reports forums.

My Countdown Counting down to: A day out in Paris!
6 days, 9 hours, 20 minutes
My PassPorter Bookshelf
My Previous TripsDisney: 17 trips to WDW, 5 to Disneyland in California, 7 to Disneyland Paris, 1 to Hong Kong Disneyland, 1 to Tokyo Disney, 1 to Aulani, 1 to Hilton Head, 2 to Vero Beach and 6 Disney cruises on the Magic, Wonder, Dream and Fantasy to the Caribbean (three times), Alaska (once) and the Mediterranean (twice). Non-Disney (because otherwise I can't keep track...): American cities (Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington DC), American National Parks (Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Death Valley, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Virgin Islands, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion), Hawaii (Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Big Island) and Europe (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, France, Spain (including Tenerife, Lanzarote and Mallorca), Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Monaco, Finland, Norway and Sweden)
chezp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2012, 06:51 AM   #13 (permalink)
Community Rank: Navigator
 
dutchdisneyfamily's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Illinois
Concierge Level: 7
Posts: 6,398
I'm so glad you are writing another TR. I love them! I understand about the family stress, believe me. It does feel like family on this board. We're here for each other.
__________________
My Previous TripsWDW Nov. 1988, DL Dec. 2006, WDW June 2010, WDW June 2013
dutchdisneyfamily is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2012, 12:15 PM   #14 (permalink)
Community Rank: Adventurer
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: 5 miles from WDW
Posts: 975
Great start, Sorry about the trouble with your mom, but at least the move is fairly close. Hope you have a great Mom trip.
mushu22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2012, 03:11 PM   #15 (permalink)
Community Rank: Legend
 
lazanya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Tinley Park, IL
Concierge Level: 7
Posts: 26,693
I am glad that you decided to do another TR! I enjoy following along on your trips!

I have no advice for you, as I wasn't that close to my mom when she was alive. (My mom passed away 4 years ago.) I lived only 5 minutes away from my parents, but my mom and I had a very difficult mother/daughter relationship. It was hard to see eye to eye on a lot of issues between the two of us. There are times when I do envy others that have such a tight knit mother/daughter relationship. With that though, I do love my mom, and I always will, it's just that her and I never became close to each other.
__________________
JODI

My Previous TripsWDW (offsite) Mar. 1988, Former Dixie Landings Resort (Honeymoon) Dec. 1996, OKW Aug. 2006, POR (12th Wedding Anniversary) Dec. 2008
lazanya is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Returning to our Happy Place: Pre-trip report - UPDATED 09/08 emvenable77 Sharing the Adventure: Disney World Trip Reports 158 09-27-2012 10:57 AM
Stressed Out and Taking a Break! eff051102 The Family Room: Family and Friends 14 11-24-2011 01:20 AM
Taking a Break in the Parks - your best tips? Politzania Touring the 'World': The Parks at Walt Disney World 30 05-16-2009 09:21 AM
I need a break, Roz! I'm taking the rest of the day off! AKLRULZ The Sunroom: Fun, Games, and Chat 9 12-08-2003 06:39 PM

Thank you to our forum sponsor:













Please login or register to hide these ads -- it's free and easy!

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:49 PM.



PassPorter ~ 1998-2014 ~ 16 Years of Making Dreams Come True!
Publishers of bestselling travel guidebooks and proud recipients of 13 national book awards
About PassPorter
About Us
Site Map
Press
Privacy Policy
Images & Artwork
Guidebooks
About
Previews
Buy
Reviews
Updates
Features
News & Updates
Articles
Podcasts
Photos
Message Boards
Newsletter
Concierge Desk
Desktop
Trips
Books & E-Books
Tips
Settings
Customs Office
Register Books
Book Updates
Contests
Checklists
Help & Info
Finding Answers to Questions
Help Desk
Using Your PassPorter Forum
Store Customer Service
E-Mail Us
Follow Us
PassPorter.com Front Page (Updated Daily!)
PassPorter Newsletter (weekly and free)
Latest Posts
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube Channel
Questions? Check our Site Map and visit our Help Desk to learn how to contact us online, by e-mail, and by phone.
Please feel free to link to this page so that other vacationers can find it.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
(c) 1999-2013 PassPorter Travel Press/MediaMarx, Inc.
Celebrating 15 Years of Making Dreams Come True
Ad Management plugin by RedTyger