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For our last morning in Anaheim, we got checked out of our condo and headed over to the Surf's Up with Mickey and Friends character breakfast at the PCH Grill at the Paradise Pier Hotel. Most of us had fun... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at House of Estrogen
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Our next morning at California Adventure was a bit more relaxed. We were mostly trying to knock out a few rides we had missed the day before. We rode Soarin' which is always a favorite. It was probably our last... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at House of Estrogen
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This day was the Disney day I was most looking forward to. I must have reworked our Ridemax plans twenty times to get the "just right" itinerary. We got there for rope drop and carefully positioned ourselves to the far... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at House of Estrogen
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When it comes to Disney vacationing, I'm a planner. I like to plan strategically to maximize fun and minimize waiting in lines. Although we had never been to Disneyland before, I had done my research, created my itinerary on Ridemax,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at House of Estrogen
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Day 5 was really just designed to be a travel day. The plan was to leave San Diego in the morning as soon as morning traffic had died down, get to L.A. around lunch time, have lunch, see the Chinese... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at House of Estrogen
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Our day spent in La Jolla was our favorite day of the trip. If you are ever in the San Diego area, I highly recommend driving up to La Jolla for a day trip. The coastline is just gorgeous. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2015 at House of Estrogen
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In the early stages of planning this trip, I assumed we would hit the most well known and popular San Diego tourist spots - Sea World and the San Diego Zoo. As our planning came together though, it dawned on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at House of Estrogen
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Our Southern California trip got off to a bit of a rough start with a lost and a found. The house was in complete disarray with all the downstairs belongings moved either upstairs or to the garage for the hardwoods... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at House of Estrogen
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This is an important public service announcement to you, my faithful blog readers: DO NOT LAY A REFRIGERATOR ON ITS SIDE OR BACK TO MOVE IT. Just don't. If you MUST move a refrigerator horizontally for some reason, do lots... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at House of Estrogen
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d For Today... Outside my window... I put out Halloween decorations in the yard today! I am thinking... about planning a social event for Elise's new jump rope team. I am thankful... for friends and family. I had a fantastic... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at House of Estrogen
Amy... that is such a hard question! I honestly don't know that I can say I preferred one over the other. They are quite different and have different pros and cons. I think you get a different experience at the two. If money were no object and travel time was the same, I can't honestly say which I would choose to visit again next. Here are some ways I think they differ and which is better: Character meals - many more and better options at WDW if you want a lot of character meals. Disney brand lodging - more options and varied theming at WDW non-Disney lodging - so many great options all within walking distance at DLR. You can get great hotel deals right across the street from DLR. That isn't an option at all at WDW. You can also get reasonably priced condos within walking distance. rides - there are more rides at DLR in 2 parks than there are in the 4 parks at WDW combined. crowds - WDW has better "low seasons" (Sept, Feb, early Dec., etc.) with low crowds. So many of the DLR visitors are local annual passholders that there isn't really a low season. It has higher crowd levels in off peak times than WDW does. maneuverability - weird category, but it is just so much easier to navigate DLR. The two parks and downtown Disney are all a stone's throw from each other. When you go through the security line, you are going through security for both parks. You don't have to deal with buses, monorails, boats, cabs, or any other complicated transportation to get between places. planning - WDW is easier to plan if you are a planning type of person. They announce park hours, entertainment schedules, special events, etc. months ahead of time. That helps a lot when trying to book plane flights, dining, etc. With DLR, you are lucky if you learn any of that one month out. That can make planning harder. That said, if you procrastinate and leave planning to the last minute, then DLR is the better choice because things aren't all booked up already! Clear as mud?
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2015 on SoCal Picture A Day: Day 8 at House of Estrogen
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Jen... I KNOW! Isn't that cool? Elise was thrilled when the author asked her. We just got the pre-release ARC of the book, and I'm anxious to read it!
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For Today... Outside my window... it is so cool and fall-like here! It is a nice refreshing change from the crazy heat we had all week in California. I am thinking... about work... and trying to catch up after being... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at House of Estrogen
Armin, that one refuses to meet the characters. She wouldn't even stand on the other side of JC far away from Woody.
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2015 on SoCal Picture A Day: Day 6 at House of Estrogen
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Robin, we did enjoy it! It was a really hot day, so we didn't stay a long time. I think we would have stayed longer if it hadn't been so hot. We enjoyed what we saw though... the school, the women spinning yarn, the gem stone place, etc. We did a little shopping too. Fun place... just too hot a day to really enjoy it as much as we could have otherwise.
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2015 on SoCal Picture A Day: Day 2 at House of Estrogen
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Jen, honestly, I was expecting it to be colder than it was! I've always heard how cold the Pacific is compared to the Atlantic. It was certainly chilly getting in, but once you were in, it was fine. We all managed! We've been to NC beaches when the water has been that cold too.
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2015 on SoCal Picture A Day: Day 4 at House of Estrogen
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Southern California, here we come! Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2015 at House of Estrogen