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June 12, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

Since I haven’t been in my kitchen this week, I don’t have anything to contribute to This Week In My Kitchen, but that’s OK. We were off on a family adventure!

Vacation for us is generally a quiet, slow, and restful time. We read, knit (me, anyway) nap, chat, and basically do very mellow things to recover from everyday busyness.

But not this year! We saved our pennies and took a special family trip to Florida. We visited with wonderful friends who moved from Cincinnati to the Orlando area, and also met a long-time online friend in person for the first time. We also did the touristy thing and hit several Orlando attractions.

Kennedy Space Center.

NASA Vehicle Assembly Building

Space Shuttle Fuel Tank and Boosters

Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom

Maleficent’s Dragon

It’s A Small World

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios


Hogwarts Express


And to make you all jealous, they took down the construction walls the day we were there and we got to see the new Diagon Alley section. It wasn’t open, but we got the first look!

King’s Cross Station

Book Shop

London Street

Grimmauld Place

The Knight Bus

We all agree, the Harry Potter section was the best attraction experience we’ve ever had. The design and construction is flawless – down to the minute details.

Roof Detail, Hogsmeade

Tea Shop Window, Hogsmeade

Bravo, Universal. True excellence.

Yes, this was not our typical vacation! Because these were all things we were excited to do, we found the energy and powered through 3 – 4 miles a day of attractions!

We did have some down time. Lots of reading and knitting on the plane. Plus…

Poolside movie night.

Spoiled By Our Friends!

Chilling in our funky retro hotel room.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Cocktails in the lounge.

Swizzle Lounge

It really was an amazing trip. Smooth travel. Good weather. Time with fantastic friends. And did I mention the frozen butterbeer?

It tastes just like you imagine it would.

We are feeling pretty grateful right now to have had this wonderful trip together. Time to curl up with a book and recover from all the fun…


One Comment leave one →
  1. Melanie Moore permalink
    June 16, 2014 10:26 am

    Looks like you guys had a fabulous time. I love the pics of the hotel you stayed at, looks so fun!

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