#139 The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Finally made it to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Well actually to Universal in general. We got the two park ticket because it was needed to be able to see both Hogwarts and Diagon Alley, as well as travel on the Hogwarts express. I also thought it was a good idea to get a couple of fast passes so we could see as much as we could in just one day.

We started with Islands of Adventure. Walked around all the attractions there like Dr. Seuss, Skull Island, Jurassic Park, Spider Man, etc. We made the mistake of getting on Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges early on in the day. The rapids were loads of fun but we got completely drenched. Having no spare clothing, we had to walk the rest of the park completely drenched. Regardless we made our way around the park and finally set our eyes on Hogwarts and Hogsmeade. Of course we got on a few rides. Went to Olivander’s where joy was chosen to do the wand demonstration and it was awesome! Of course we got ourselves some butter beer!

We took a ride on the Hogwarts express to Diagon Alley where we walked around the shops visited the bank, saw performers, saw 12 Grimmauld Place outside and the Knight Bus. Ashley got off of work early and met up with us after we had left Harry Potter and checked out a few other places like the MIB ride and the Simpsons.

We went back into Diagon Alley with Ashley to eat at the Leaky Cauldron. I had some bangers and mash with pumpkin juice and more butter beer. We took a ride on the Hogwarts Express again back to Hogsmeade where we explored some more before heading back to the hotel.

We are spending the night again tonight and driving straight to work in the morning. Eeek! Exhausting weekend and I feel the rest of the week will be the same. Big things ahead!


#138 Joy in Florida

Guess who came to tooooooooown! Joy! We had the most amazing day which I will tell you about quickly because I feel like I am dying.

She got here yesterday. I wanted to spend the day doing stuff but between her train ride being massively delayed, the nasty pit stop we made at a Tampa Checkers, and just an overall long journey we decided to chill at home after freshening up. Also went to target briefly. Yay fun! Target! A place she’s never been to before in her life.

Anyways, early this morning I showed her around my town a bit; the botanical garden, the flea markets, etc. Then we went on a small road trip to Orlando where we rented the hotel for a couple of nights. Once we settled in to the hotel, went to pick up my cousin Ashley from her job, where she got us in to EPCOT for free! The food and wine festival was going on so we got to try some food, a new cotton candy drink, walk around the world, and saw some shows. We didn’t really have much time before the park closed so we didn’t get to do much but we still saw a lot. Ended the day with just one ride, Soarin. Because of course we cannot leave the park with out at least getting on that one ride. Great fun.

We’ve just now gotten back to the hotel to rest our tired little feet because tomorrow is another big day! I can’t wait. Yet another croak list moment!

#137 Corey and Christina Get Married

It’s all over! And what an amazing time it was. Yesterday after work we had the rehearsal dinner and I got to see my paternal grandmother for the first time in over twenty years. She was shocked to see me, mostly because of how tall and fat I have gotten since she last saw me. I used to be short and sickly. Drastic change.

Anyway today was the day, of course. We slept over at Christina’s last night as we were all getting our hair and make up done at the same location (Ulta Beauty). They did an amazing job we all looked so good! Especially Christina. From hair and make up we went straight to the wedding venue at Glen Lakes. From then on the night is one big fun blur.

We had a few malfunctions while getting dressed but in the end it was all sorted. The ceremony itself was all of two minutes long, done on purpose so we all had more time to party. We went all around the venue doing wedding photos while all the guests enjoyed a little cocktail hour. The wedding party was presented to the guest, then the party really began with dinner and dancing. We all ran around trying to take photos making sure the newlyweds were having fun and everything was in order, cake cutting, major dances, etc. It was a lot of work but at the end of the night we had such a great time. It was marvelous! Everything just went perfectly how it was supposed to.

When it was all said and done Nina and I packed up all their gifts and whatever else they needed and we brought it to their house so it was all set up and waiting for them when they got home.

#136 Art of the Brick

THE ART OF THE BRICK is a global touring exhibition rated by CNN as one of the world’s “Must See Exhibitions.” These are the first art exhibitions to focus exclusively on the use of LEGO® bricks as an art medium and artist Nathan Sawaya has taken it to new heights.

This award-winning artist has multiple unique exhibitions created solely from standard LEGO bricks often with several new sculptures created specifically for each exhibition. Each show has countless colorful LEGO pieces which Sawaya has transformed into whimsical and awe-inspiring creations.”

I never made it to Art of the Brick when it was at Times Square back in 2014. I thought my chances of seeing it were gone forever until Corey and Christina where looking for something to do non wedding related to get their minds off of everything and asked me if  I wanted to check it out. I immediately jumped on the opportunity. I missed it once and I was not about to miss it again. I was so excited!  I am so glad I got to go. Nathan Sawaya is a talented genius. His art was amazing. He must have a lot of patience.

What’s even better is that we were very close to Snobachi. Of course, we returned for some more of that delicious rolled ice cream when we got done exploring the exhibit.

#135 Bridal Shower

Today was Christina’s Bridal Shower. She didn’t know we had anything planned. What spoiled the surprise was that when she pulled up to her friends house she saw all our cars and knew something was up because why else would we be there. It wasn’t normal. We sat around playing typical bridal games like bingo and make a toilet paper veil. Ate food. Opened presents. Listened to music. Everyone went out drinking afterwards but I wasn’t feeling very well so I ended up going home. Fun night thought.