Monday, November 14, 2016

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Part 3!

 When the Hogwarts Express arrived in Hogsmeade I don't think any of us expected we could still be so amazed. But there was such a different magical feel that it felt like a completely brand-new experience. We walked around a bit taking in the town...



...and Little Man stopped into Honeydukes for a chocolate frog and some Bertie Botts every flavor beans.


We walked on and our mouths practically dropped when we saw Hogwarts for the first time! We walked in to begin the tour of the school that is the cue for the ride inside. We all agreed the ride was fantastic!



And we loved seeing things we recognized from the movie, like the entrance to Dumbledore's office.



And the talking portraits!



And the sorting hat!



When you board the ride you see the enchanted ceiling!


After the ride we grabbed dinner. My sister had a ginormous turkey leg.


Hubby had a platter and Little Man had fish and chips while I had shepherd's pie. With butterbeer of course!



We had dinner at the Three Broomsticks.



Butterbeer has long lines!! You can get the original, slushy version, ice cream version or during the cold months you can have hot butterbeer.




We all agreed that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is truly magical...even for someone who hasn't seen the movies! It was a fun way to celebrate Little Man's birthday!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Part 2


The first shop that Little Man wanted to go to was Ollivander's. It's the wand shop. We were not prepared. There were so many to choose from. And there were so many people. Little Man wanted an interactive wand so at least that narrowed it down a little. We went to the case and he found one he liked best and then we tracked down the box. The interactive wands enable you to do magic spells throughout the park.  Think making water shoot from a fountain, making window displays move,etc.




After he had wand in hand we headed to the Leaky Cauldron for lunch. We loved that you order and then the food is delivered to the table. The traditional English pub food was so yummy! Oh, and you don't have to find your own seat! AND...it was at the Leaky Cauldron that we had our first taste of BUTTERBEER! Little Man was definitely a fan!



My sister had some Butterbeer too!



My sister and I both thought the Fisherman's Pie (a mix of cod, salmon and shrimp in a creamy sauce topped with mashed potatoes) and Fish and Chips looked good so we ordered one of each and split them. They were both SOOOOO good!




Little Man and Hubby both had the banger sandwiches.



After lunch Little Man walked around waving his wand and checking out some more shops like the candy shop, magic shop and magical pet shop.


Then it was off for our first ride! We headed to Gringott's Bank and waited and waited...and then we saw the inside of the bank and it looked just like the movie too!




There were even goblins at work looking at us while we waited.


After the ride we headed to the Hogwart's Express for it to take us to Hogsmeade. To get to Platform 9 3/4 we had to walk through the wall...


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Once we boarded the train we enjoyed the ride and the show during it.



We arrived in Hogsmeade and the Harry Potter fun kept going, I'll share more next time!


Friday, November 11, 2016

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Part 1!


A couple of years ago when Little Man had hit a point where reading the Harry Potter series was possible, we started Harry Potter nights. After he read one of the books I cooked a meal from the Harry Potter Cookbook and would find a little gift that was Harry Potter themed. Then, while we ate the dinner we would watch the movie that corresponded with the book he had just read. We didn't watch any of the movies with him before he read the book. The books get to be pretty big, so Hubby and I told him when he finished the last book of the series we would take him to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando. Fast forward to this past spring and we weren't in a place time-wise or financially to take him at the time. So, as his birthday approached Hubby and I decided to do what we needed to to finally make it happen.

We left the day before his birthday and drove to my sister's place, had dinner with her that evening and then turned in early to be ready to get up with dawn the next morning for the drive to the theme park.




We started with Universal Studios and walked through City Walk, Then we walked through Production Central, New York and San Francisco before making it to London where the Harry Potter Wizarding World begins.

We made a call to the Ministry of Magic from the phone booth...






...and stopped to talk with the Night Bus driver and the shrunken head! The shrunken head actually chats and interacts too...he talked to Little Man and wished him a happy birthday....later he asked my sister if she had been attacked by a werewolf because her jeans were ripped...too funny!



We actually had to ask a witch for help finding Diagon Alley! It was so well hidden it felt like magic when we found the opening!

It was so fun and lively!



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I may have squealed when I saw the magical knitting needles...although I still haven't decided if I would really like some or not...seems like it would take all the fun out of it!

Stay tuned for more of the magic!!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Puppy Artwork


Look at the super cute puppy dog card Little Man made for my sister's puppy! He just celebrated a birthday, so Little Man drew him on the front of this card.  So sweet!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Mom's Card

I just love interactive cards! My mom's birthday was a great reason to whip up a waterfall card...I just had to find some great lighthouse images to make the card perfect for her! I found the waterfall mechanism in the Silhouette Store, and the lighthouse images I found on Etsy.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Pottery Painting with Little Man


On Halloween, since Little Man had off, we also went and painted pottery. Little Man painted a helicopter and I re-glazed a yarn bowl I had made before.

He took his project VERY seriously!



Look at this awesome chips and dip plate! I love it!! It's fun to just walk around and look at the projects that have been painted as examples.




I enjoyed watching him more than working on my own project. 




Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween 2016!


Halloween was pretty relaxed. Little Man had off from school so we carved the pumpkin during the day.




It was kind of scary watching him handle the knife...EEEK!





Of course he had some fun playing with pumpkin guts! After the pumpkin was done we separated out all the seeds for roasting.




Little Man was The Grim Reaper.  Hubby walked with him and another group of parents and kids while I stayed home and handed out candy. It was a lot of fun watching the little kids.  There were some really cute costumes!




Later, after Little Man went to bed, Hubby and I continued the fun with our Halloween tradition...Bram Stoker's Dracula. We watch it every year. This year I had my new wine glass that says "You Call Me Wicked Like It's a Bad Thing" which I LOVE.


I made some snacks for Hubby and I (hey, it's not like we had a bucket of candy).


And worked on my second Fright Night sock...you know I love a theme!