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Friday, October 10, 2014

Harry Potter fans turn 9

This week the world’s biggest Harry Potter fans celebrated their birthday in style at Harry Potter World in Orlando. Happy 9th birthday Ro and Ree! We all had so much fun celebrating with you. What a fun Team Salsa reunion tour (with wands this time).

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter now spans two parks in Florida, Diagon Alley is in Universal Studios and Hogsmeade is in Islands of Adventure. The two are connected by the fun Hogswart Express train. We bought park-to-park tickets (the ones that included Hogswart Express) and stayed at the Loew’s Royal Pacific Resort, which was awesome. If you go, make sure to stop by Ollivander’s first to get an interactive wand so you can cast spells throughout the parks.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Enjoyed a small Moon Festival in the park

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We usually meet up with the local FCC group for our annual Moon Festival, but this year felt like doing our own thing. So the girls and I went on a Dollar Tree and Michael’s shopping trip for lantern supplies, then invited a few folks to a little park near our house where we all had picnic dinners, made lanterns, shared mooncakes and other desserts, and hung out.

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The night was a big success, with one tiny absence: The Moon! Did you know that the moon rises 30 minutes later every night? I do now... and will check the moon calculator next time.

Anyhow, if you want to make your own lanterns, here are the instructions Ro and I made and printed out for the kiddos (click and print):

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We Brought These Supplies:
- Colored cardstock (2 reams, Michael’s)
- Stamps and washable ink pads (Michael’s has cute Chinese characters)
- Stickers (Dollar store)
- Bag of tinsel stuff from the party section (Dollar store)
- Staplers and extra staples (had already)
- Tape (had it)
- Scissors (Dollar store, bought enough so each kiddo had one)
- Felt Pens (had them)
- Patterned wrapping paper (dollar bin at Michael’s)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Big fourth graders on their first day of school

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Ro and Ree love school, but none of us were ready for summer to end this year. The girls say it was the best summer ever, and I have to agree.

Wishing everyone a great back-to-school experience.

PS: Just mentioned that the girls couldn't audition for the school play because it was the upper-grade play and Ree casually and without any thought for the extreme and immediate angst it would cause me replied "Uh, we ARE upper graders now." (sob!)