Vacation Postcard – Wish You Were Here!

This week the whole family is on vacation in Florida touring Universal Studios and Disney World. It’s a much-needed break from our regular routine and a chance to hang out with the extended family in a fun environment. (This was our surprise Christmas present from my husband’s parents that I blogged about last month).

On Saturday we spent the entire day at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

The Spiderman ride was amazing with special 3 D Effects.

Spiderman 3D

Jason and his sister with the kids.

My son Ryan is a Spidey fan!

Spiderman RideThey recreated Jurassic park complete with a fantastic water ride gone wrong. Thank goodness we escaped from the T-Rex. It really felt like we were in the world of movies!

Jurassic ParkWe visited Seuss Landing, full of truffula trees and characters from all of the books.

Truffula Trees

Truffula Trees

Jason and I paused for a minute in front of this cute little store-front window. Hmm, maybe we could use this in a future advertisement for our Grinch fabric collection???

Dr. Seuss The GrinchBy far, our favorite area of the park was a re-creation of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. (We are huge Harry Potter fans!) We visited Hogsmeade, downed some delicious Butter-beer and took a look at the famous Hogwarts Express.

Hogwarts Express

The kids were thrilled to visit Ollivander’s to buy their own magic wands, and Ryan was chosen to act out a special “wand-finding ceremony” of his own at the famous shop. The best ride ever was a tour and intense motion ride inside of Hogwarts castle (sadly, no pictures!)

Ollivanders Wand Shop

I was very pleased to see that the robe-maker’s sewing machine of choice was an antique singer featherweight. Because the individual robes were way out of our price-range (over $100 each!), my kids asked me if I could “quilt” them a Hogwarts robe. I had to patiently explain that quilt-making and clothing design are two entirely different things!

Singer Sewing MachineOur family motto is that “we work hard and we play hard.” Because I worked long and hard before we left,  all of my regularly scheduled blog posts are coming up later this week: my quilt-along tutorial, sew and tell, and my favorite quilt-links. Thanks for stopping by!

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3 Responses to Vacation Postcard – Wish You Were Here!

  1. Cathy K. says:

    Looks like a lot of fun!

  2. What a great present..the gift of fun and memory making! Love that singer, too.

  3. dezertsuz says:

    Wow. I’ve never wanted to go to Disney World, but Universal Studios looks fabulous!

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