Saturday, January 29, 2011

Seuss Landing

Another fun place to visit at Universal'sIslands of Adventures is Seuss Landing.  It is so colorful!  What a great place to bring the kids.

You can't help but smile when you are here...

Signs point the way

All the favorite characters

Circus McGurkus Cafe - wouldn't you like to have lunch here?

The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride.  A nice calm ride after the wild rides at Harry Potter's Wizarding World.

Lots of cute topiaries

Looks ominous

The Cat in the Hat

Truffala Trees and the cutest garbage cans

The Lorax

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

My cousin, Cyndy, and I took a ride up to Orlando so we could see the new Harry Potter World at Universal Studios.

All Abourd the Hogswart's Express

Colorful candy at the HoneyDukes 

The Flight of the Hippogriff roller coaster brings you past this guy.

We ate lunch at the Three Broomsticks

I had ribs, corn on the cob, and pumpkin juice

Cyndy tried the cornish pasties and ButterBeer.  Everything was really good.

Happy Bartender at the The Hogshead Pub

Its been cold in Florida this winter....

We loved the houses

Lots of fun shops to explore.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey takes you through Hogwart's Castle - very cool.

Bring your own stamps for your postcards, and maybe you can get them postmarked at Hogsmeade, although we never found out where.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A visit to The Orchid Society

Thought you might enjoy seeing some flowers today - since the only states without any snow are Florida and Hawaii - here's some Florida sunshine.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Celebrating Oshogatsu at Morikami

I went to Morikami to celebrate the New Year.

Heard a delightful concert by the Friends of Koto

We watched rice pounding and making mochi rice cakes

We got to try mochi.  I liked it - especially the red bean paste stuffing.

I loved the taiko drumming.

The kids had a great time too.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy Holidays from Florida

Ornaments hanging from Palm Trees wrapped in rope light

Max's birthday cake - chocolate pudding cake made in the crock pot, with the coolest candle

Christmas dinner at my neighbor's house.  Christine is the best cook!

Mom and me in our New Year's hats

Christine's Christmas Dinner

Check out these deserts!

Who says its warm in Florida?

Mom and Dad join us for dinner on New Year's Day

Max made an apple pie. Mmmm...

I helped Phil and Christine decorate their tree

Love these huge Christmas decorations - they almost make up for the lack of snow.

Em loves all the partying.