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Old 06-10-2014, 07:33 AM   #226
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Just read your whole TR and you are giving me hope for our 2015 trip with our boys who will be turning 2 will be fine. You just have to go with the flow. Loved all your pictures including "Where's Cam?"
Sounds like you made some great memories.
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:52 AM   #227
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Originally Posted by xwewhisper View Post
Great wrap up and thanks so much for sharing! I love your honest reflection on the trip, they all have their ups and downs but it's going to be the good things that you remember and that first trip with both of the kiddos will be special forever!
Thanks for reading! Ups and downs are going to be had on any trip. With little kids things can just be more stressful. Or at least more work for the parents. Such is life for us right now. We were just happy to be there and it was quality family time. The kids will look back on their childhood with fond memories. Not with memories of me being a terrible mommy who made them put sunscreen on their faces.

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Great wrap up. With two years to grow, the kids should be a lot more fun on the next one.
I definitely think the kids will be easier to deal with in 2 years. Hopefully the youngest will be over the potty training issues by then. Especially since we're considering going in October, which would be after she turns 4. I can already tell that my son would be easier to take now. Yes he still has his moments, but all in all he's better behaved and it's only 4 months later. Kids grow up too fast!

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Loved your wrap up of your adventures with the two kids in two! Lots of and for planning the next adventure in 2016.
Thanks Cam! I need to make time to read another one of your TRs. I always enjoy them, but I find if I don't catch them at the beginning they get away from me. Hopefully once things settle down with us moving I'll have more time for TRs!

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Great final thoughts! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!
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Originally Posted by lfredsbo View Post
Great wrap up!!! Thanks for sharing your trip with us! I enjoyed all the stories, as well as the photos!!!
My favorite thing about these trips with little kids is the photos you get. They are so excited about the characters. I can't wait until later in life when I can put together a "through the years" picture set like you did with Emily. Too cute!

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Just read your whole TR and you are giving me hope for our 2015 trip with our boys who will be turning 2 will be fine. You just have to go with the flow. Loved all your pictures including "Where's Cam?"
Sounds like you made some great memories.
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for reading! Your trip will be fine! But it will be different from non-kid trips. And there will be challenges every day. And fits will be thrown (especially since they'll be 2). You just have to accept that stuff and not let it ruin things. And when everything fails just give them a mickey bar!

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Finished up this morning! I loved this TR! You are such an entertaining writer, I think! Must be the honesty mixed in with a dose of humor. Alas, I am sad to not get to read another one of yours until 2016!
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Sp I was WAY behind but i finally finished and now you're done. Overall it looked like a great trip. Mallory's interactions with the characters are just priceless! I loved them all! And so glad to hear Cam loved the coasters - lukas wants to ride EVERYTHING when we go back while Dylan will be able to, he doesn't really WANT to do them all. Thanks for sharing your trip with us! And good luck witht he cruise! We're hoping for another next October!
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Great wrap-up Missy!

I'm not surprised your kids had meltdowns. Heck, my kids are older and although there weren't meltdown per say, there were a couple of frustrating moments involving tears and lots of complaining.

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I'm finally catching up too - great wrap up. Hope you get to go in 2016
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Just read ypur trip report. Sounds lije even with the few kids melt downs you all did have a pretty good trip with the Mouse. Now I will have to see if you all made the Halloween cruise and how that went with the kids. As a Grandma to 6 I understand the trips with the kid's and the potty issues melt downs ect. So I'm intrigued to see how the cruise went because we haven't attempted a cruise yet with everyone.
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