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Old 03-27-2006, 07:12 PM   #16
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Love it! More, please????

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[b]Excellent!!!

[img]/ubb/images/graemlins/love.gif[/img] the pics...

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You guys are just too cute together. SO which dress was it - I remember pictures a long time ago. A cruise to wear it again is definately a great idea - I know a great TA if ya need one [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Keep it coming, Maureen! Great so far!!! I love the pictures!
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The drive to Fayetteville is actually a really scenic and beautiful one.




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It is a very beautiful drive. I so remember this tunnel when we went to Branson 2 summers ago.
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I'm loving it - and that photo of Emily twirling in front of the mirrors is too cute! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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I am all caught up now and it looks like you and Emily are really having a wonderful trip!!! Love the pictures of her in the bridal shop!! Can't wait to read more!
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We pulled into the Residence Inn at 2:40 and headed to check in. Not super impressed with the front desk agents- they were pretty snippity, especially when she informed me that “Your room is not ready yet. Check in is at 3:00- you are early.” Gee, sorry I showed up a whopping 15 minutes early!! I informed her I would be happy to wait for the room and check in at 3:00. Another agent advised me it would be 30 minutes at least. I politely informed them I was happy to wait in the lobby and would be checking back at 3:00- as they had said, that was check in time and I would expect the room to be ready. If they had been nice about all this, I would have been happy to wait as long as they needed to me to- but their attitude set the tone for the entire process.

Emily and I got our stuff and helped ourselves to a table in the breakfast serving area to color.




At about 3:05, I approached the girl again and asked her to check the status of the room- she sighed and picked up the phone. To my delight and her embarrassment, the room was ready. She handed me the keys without saying a word and off we went.

I was really pleased with the room – a nice bedroom, full kitchen and then a full bathroom and dressing area. Emily was thrilled and did the inaugural bounce on the bed! I guess she liked it, because she crawled up on it, helped herself to the remote and asked for her pajamas!!



I got us settled a bit and we both freshened up before we went out to explore. My first point of interest was to the Merchants Factory Outlet- so we headed down 76 to get there. On the way though, I found the Grand Village Shops- which reminds me a bit of the Disney Marketplace. It’s very quaint and has some lovely stores so we stopped there first. I remember coming here on my last trip during Christmas 2001 and it was absolutely packed- this time around, there was hardly anyone there!



Our first store was a pet boutique where we counted the beagle things for display in honor of our dog Gabby. Next up was a Coke store, where Emily made friends with the polar bears out front. They had some incredible things on offer- including an antique Coke refrigerator for $4500.

Then we found the amazing Christmas stores- there were at least four or five of them. A wonderful window display caught our eye:



One store had about half its floor space devoted to Disney items- all the Lenox pieces and plates as well as ornaments. Emily excitedly found the Lilo and Stitch storybook set and then also the EPCOT Millenium CD’s. I began to wonder if they bought some of their stuff off Disney Deals?

The store also had some terrific children's trees, including Spongebob ones, a board games themed one and this Dora the Explorer one- which Emily loved. Not sure what's going on with her facial expression though! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/roflmao.gif[/img]



On to the next section, where it was villages galore- Dept 57, Coke, Disney- many different collections. Emily was in heaven, she found something she liked about each one and was fascinated by pieces that moved- like skaters and trains. I found a city collection that featured a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge- which we will be seeing for real very soon!

Still another building with even more holiday delights:



The last store had absolutely exquisite trees and even though I could see her little hands just aching to reach out and touch ornaments, Emily kept them to herself and I told her a million times how proud I was of her. The shopkeeper in the ornament/trees store became quite fond of her and took her over to some of the giant wooden Santas.

After the Christmas stores, we found a toy store on the way back to the parking area- and I found tons of stuff for my future classroom- and Emily kept herself busy on a Thomas Ride On..



At about 5:30, we headed out from the Grand Village and I called Barb- we talked briefly and agreed on our meeting time. She sounded lovely and I couldn’t wait to see her and Bob in the am!

Speaking of Barb- I know my trip report is taking a bit longer than hers and I am dragging this out a bit- I am hoping my new signature picture will tide ya'll over.

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Your TR is great, I loved hearing about all your pre-meet activities!
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Another great installment - I loved the way you 'won' over the room being ready in the end! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Emily was really well behaved in the Christmas - I bet you were so proud of her. And just think - in a month's time, we'll be seeing that Golden Gate Bridge for real! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif[/img]
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