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Harry wished he had about eight more eyes. He turned his head in every direction as they walked up the street, trying to look at everything at once: the shops, the things outside them, the people doing their shopping

“Harry wished he had about eight more eyes. He turned his head in every direction as they walked up the street, trying to look at everything at once: the shops, the things outside them, the people doing their shopping.”  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1) 

We took a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando this week and that quote from Harry Potter sums up exactly how I felt walking around. Oh, the joy on my son’s face as the Hogwarts Express came down the tracks, the shock and awe as we walked through the secret jagged wall that unveiled Diagon Alley, the hilarity that ensued when we met Doc Brown from Back to the Future…it was all worth a million dollars. What a magical fun place! There is nothing like viewing the world through your child’s eyes!


Things that made me happy this week
  • Our choice of vacation time. Visiting Orlando in February was a brilliant idea, if I must say. The crowds were practically non-existent and the weather was just right. Sort of like an Ohio November.
  • Seeing elderly couples dressed in full Hogwarts gear – robes, wands, and scarves. They were just adorable!
  • The customer service and convenience of flying on Southwest Airlines. We will never choose anyone else.
  • The perks of purchasing a vacation package and staying at an on-site hotel. Complimentary water taxi, express pass that lets you skip the ride lines, free delivery back to your hotel of items you purchase in the parks, free breakfasts at the Harry Potter restaurants, and more…it is highly recommended!
  • Flying back and seeing the Ohio snow from the airplane.


From around the web
  • The Kindle version of one of my son’s favorite science books is on sale right now for only $1.99! We have the hardback version and LOVE it. It is a gorgeous book!
  • How to Host a Book Club – Alicia describes, step-by-step, how she organizes a book club for her children and their friends. What fun!
  • Did you know that you can stream classic poetry readings from Harvard’s Rich Audio Archive? Over 6,000 recordings of poetry from the 20th and 21st centuries, all free!
Other books that I know you’ll love
  • Your God-Given Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling God’s Plan for Your Life  – a free ebook from my “nerd BFF” Alisha. Long before you were ever born the Lord knew you. He wrote out all of your days in His book. He created you for a specific purpose and it is a purpose that only you can fulfill. He has given you dreams and desires that will propel you toward it.

There was no school this week, since we were hanging out with the Minions, Doc Brown, Captain America, Scooby Doo and Wolverine, and screaming our heads off on roller coasters. (OK, I was screaming my head off, with my eyes tightly shut and my hands death-gripping whatever I could hold onto to most of the time. They were throwing their hands up in the air and laughing at me.)

I did learn a valuable lesson this week. Be careful with your stuff. I lost my brand new $50 Harry Potter scarf somewhere in the park and I have no idea when or where. It got a little too warm to wear it and I folded it up nicely around my tiny little satchel/purse. We just finished getting pictures taken with Optimus Prime when I noticed it was gone.



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  1. Love this, Amy! I’m so glad y’all had a great time. We’ve always gone to Disney World towards the end of February & love that there are hardly any crowds or wait times. But now you’ve got me wanting to go to Universal Studios too! My kids go *just* to visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

  2. That looks like so much fun! We have a trip to Orlando in our future, with plans to visit Harry Potter World. I can relate the scarf. When we went to Disney years ago, on Megan’s birthday, she sat her autograph book down in a bathroom. Despite searching, asking staff, and checking lost and found, we never found it – quite a disappointment for a kid, but especially since many characters had addressed her by name and included birthday wishes after noticing her birthday pin. 🙁

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