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Old 10-26-2008, 02:48 PM   #16
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Great updates. Wednesday sounded like a wonderful day--both parades and the fireworks!. Glad you didn't get lost going to your friends house, the beach there looks nice. Have a good week.
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Old 10-26-2008, 03:28 PM   #17
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Another great update Amy!! Pack warm if you're coming up here.......it's supposed to be cold this week!!
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Great updates Amy!
I love all of the pics of the parade and Wishes! You had a great spot for all of it!
Sorry about your ride on SM! It doesn't scare me, I just think it is a pretty rough ride!
Don't you just love the Mickey electric pole? When I drive up from Naples, I always know that I am at my favorite place when I see that!
And then when I see it on my way out of Disney - it makes me sad!
I have often thought about stopping at Dinoland. I don't know if I have ever met anyone who has actually gone there.
Happy packing for your trip back to the land of COLD!
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Sounds like a great couple of days Amy. Love the electrical tower, nad yes they all should be shaped like that!
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Hey Amy I haven't read all your updates yet. We got home a few hours ago and I'm catching up with laundry, emails, and PP.

It was great to finally meet you. Glenn is always on the fast track as far as walking goes. So he's zipping out of Soarin and I'm struggling to keep up. I look over at your canes. (My mom has started a small business embellishing canes) As I recall, (it's been over a week and my memory could be rusty) your mom has a cute cane. So I check out the owner of 'cute' cane and Think "where do I know that face from?" That's when I saw you and it all came together in my mind.

meeting you and your mom. Our paths kept crossing thru out the day but I didn't want to intrude on your day with your mom. We watched Off Kilter at the same time but we were sitting close to the lagoon. (I got a good burn on my forehead) I also saw you at BI but I didn't stay. I went in to shop while DH stayed to listen.

I also have to agree about the drunks. We didn't stay around Sunday night but went to DHS. it was cold watching Fantasmic! Anyways, I figured the drunk guests wouldn't be occuring so much during the week. Wrong! We were at Epcot over 4 days and every day I saw rude/crazy/drunk people all day long. We're not prudes. We had drinks or wine but we weren't rude or walking into people. : Crazy people!

Ok, back to checking out your updates and laundry.
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I just found your moving report (pun intended!) but I don't have time to read the whole thing right now! I'll be back...
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great trip amy
glad you got to stay and enjoy both spectro and wishes
sorry you got to "experience" space mountain
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Love that palm tree in Sharon's yard!! These are great Amy.
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Great updates, Amy. I'd forgotten all about the Mickey electric poles until I saw your picture. It sounds like you're having a lot of fun.
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Great update Amy - looks like a fun road trip. And yes, all electric poles should be like that one - isn't it cool?
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Amy, thanks for continuing to share your Orlando adventures with us.

But you know what's the best thing of all? That you are obviously so very happy!
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