Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WWoHP: Staff Costumes

My friend Tina (a way bigger Potter Geek than me!) asked for photos of staff costumes while we lived in Harry's world.  After weeks there, I really believe the staff was one of the best parts of the WWoHP.  They were really great and always in character.  Besides looking magical, they were friendly and very knowledgeable about Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.  In Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, we were trying to remember the name of a cute little fluffy animal.  A staff member nearby said "Oh these are pygmy puffs, just like Ginny Weasley had, but hers was purple." She went on to tell us what they liked to do and eat and was so serious, but entertaining.
My favorite story was when someone beat Matt is a battle of words (which usually just doesn't happen!).  It was a different train conductor from the pic below, but Matt asked him if this train was the real one from the movie.
In character, he said "What movie are you referring to? Something about trains?"
Matt said "You know what I mean." 
He said "Well maybe I haven't seen that movie yet, but this is the one and only Hogwarts Express."
Matt said "We just came in on the Hogwarts Express."
Conductor: "Oh, from London then? Yes, it drops off passengers, then comes here for photos."
Matt: "But this one doesn't move."
Conductor: "I thought you said you just came in from London!"
Matt had no idea what to say and just walked away, hanging his head. You could tell the conductor enjoyed his job and probably gets a lot of practice talking to all those muggles. :)
They seemed to always be having fun.
Even if they were keeping the streets clean, they looked great and were friendly.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure

Besides Harry Potter, we thoroughly enjoyed the rest of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure too.  We found many play areas to burn off extra energy for those of us who don't love lines.
The animal actors show was great, and a little different each time. Men in Black! 
The weekend Mardi Gras parties were kind of insane.  Matt kept catching beads, then giving them to little kids. :)
We got to see Kelly Clarkson in concert! For a little while anyway. It got a little too crazy, so we left early, but it was fun to see her.
The water rides were fun, although a little cold some of the days, but the lines were short! 
We weren't too proud to wear raincoats. 
Especially since we've stored these in the RV "just in case" since Niagara Falls in 2012!!  Look how little they were. :)
Want to see the Harry Potter posts?  See all our posts about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter:
(coming soon)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fish, and more fish

There was a lot of fishing in Florida. As in Allen went all day, every day.  He took a random child here and there.  Here are a few highlights. 
Many roadschooling opportunities for the campground kids as always.  Mr. Lundy's filleting fish again if you want to go watch!
Of course this is what happens when you fish all day, every day...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Broken bone!

It was inevitable, but we're all surprised it took this long.  Matt does some crazy adventurous things, and has no fear, and has some coordination and sensory issues, and well, he's just crazy.  Oddly enough, this time he was just playing with friends in a sandy playground, ducked under someone and landed strangely on his arm. A big goose egg rose quickly on his shoulder and since he said he was in pain, we knew it must be bad.  So after 9 years of not needing one, we headed to the doctor.  Well, after buckling in, I said Matt, do you have shoes on?  No, so I went back in for those. Such a mom.
He liked the attention of course and embarrassing me. The boy likes to talk, loudly, to anyone, about anything. 
After x-rays, we learned he had a slight break in his collarbone and just needed a sling for a few weeks and rest. I'm sure *that* will happen. 
A little roadschooling, the nurse showed him his insides.
He had a pretty fun time, until the excitement of having a broken bone wore off and the pain started becoming more noticeable.  But a little medicine and pizza helped and he was happy to rush off to show his friends. 
It healed well and he wore his sling for a little while. We're trying to remind him to be easy with it, but well, he's Matt. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Josh is 15!

This boy had a birthday and requested our homemade ice cream cake.  We ate cake with the grands, and Allen took Josh to watch American Sniper, which he loved.
He's also shaving now, can you tell?  It helps if you squint. :)  Well, maybe it's the monitor! :)  We might enjoy teasing him a bit too.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Florida homesteading

Our friends the Fosters have a homestead in Florida and invited us we begged them to let us visit. It was fun to see how others set up for their RVsteading.  They're on a beautiful river and the guys got in (even more) fishing time.
Jack was excited to finally have some freedom again! So of course he just did this beside the RV all day. :) 
The boys were happy to pull up and see a zip line first thing. They had a lot of fun just being boys. Loud boys. :)
And we all had a good time visiting, eating, and enjoying their lovely spot in the middle of nowhere in Florida!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Key Largo glass bottom boat

After the Everglades, we took a quick trip down to Key Largo! We took a great glass bottom boat tour at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. A beautiful day, lots of fish, friends, and fun!  Plus, key lime muffins for breakfast and fresh fish for lunch!
Of course.
Ah, here is a view of Florida that we love! From afar.  :)