New Smyrna Beach 2017

Our yearly family Florida vacation took place in August this year! And though we had a bad time here two years ago, we were returning successfully pregnant. We were a little nervous but I was pretty far along, so we hoped all would be well and we’d have a good family vacation this time. It did not start well. We … Continue Reading →


Diagonalley, part 2

Here’s part 2 of our afternoon at Diagonalley. In Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes: Pygmy puffs: U No Poo The Leaky Cauldron sign actually leaks: The Daily Prophet: Crumple-horned snorkack to the right: Owlry again: You can ask questions inside Gringotts: And some videos that you’ll have to click through to view. Inside Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes: Dragonfire: Self-knitting needles Skele-gro: Candy shop: … Continue Reading →


Diagonalley, part 1

Last post was the Simpsons stuff at Universal – but we were really there to spend the afternoon at Diagonalley! Here is part 1 of my photos. And here’s a list of some of the Easter Eggs, or things to look for while you are there! https://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/hidden-gems-in-diagon-alley?utm_term=.bekOWOz3p#.ig64O461r You can see the main facade and the night bus here: Night Bus! … Continue Reading →


Universal Studios

On our last day in Florida last April, we went to Universal, mostly to see Diagonalley. I was pregnant and couldn’t go on any of the rides, but we bought an interactive wand and had fun just exploring and looking for Easter eggs, of which there are many! Before we got to Diagonalley (which was nicely shaded and totally bearable … Continue Reading →


Florida, August Family Vacay

Now on to the family vacation in Florida! We met most of the family at Dixie Crossroads in Titusville. Corn balls! They had the royal red shrimp in stock and they are always so amazing. It was no exception this time. My niece got engaged – she told some of us by text but wanted to surprise her grandparents. :-) … Continue Reading →


A Disney evening

This was not our best visit to Disney. We were in Florida for the annual family vacation and thought we’d fly in, head to Disney for the afternoon/evening before heading out to the beach. This was supposed to be a bit of a treat since we’d had a rough start to our year. Doug bought the tickets online, linked what … Continue Reading →


Florida – New Smyrna Beach

Here is a good parts version of the beach back in June. I do love staying at this condo. You can’t beat its proximity to the beach: Sunrise! Doug got a nice shot: We did find this sea urchin! One of our big lunches at my fav dive restaurant (which has the best seafood), JB’s Fishcamp. We sat with Doug’s … Continue Reading →


Florida – Boma and Old Town Kissimmee

Here post 1 of our Florida vacation. It started out good, but kind of went downhill due to health issues. But let’s focus on the positive, shall we? We started out flying over the Chesapeake, which I always like. Here’s Kent Island and the Bay Bridge: Annapolis. The Naval Academy Stadium is at top right. We had dinner reservations at … Continue Reading →


Annual Florida Vacation – Again Disney!

  • By M@ggie
  • July 25, 2014
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On our last half-day at Disney, we had lunch at Yak and Yeti, which was very good. We had dumplings, strip steak and shrimp with a side of fried green beans. And the dessert wontons: We kind of like the bird show at Animal Kingdom: Safari: We manged to go on Everest 3 times total I believe. Single rider twice, … Continue Reading →


Annual Florida Vacation – Beach!

  • By M@ggie
  • July 24, 2014
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The beach was about as perfect as it has ever been this year. I love New Smyrna Beach – it is definitely is one of my happy places. It wasn’t great weather the day we got there, but was still beautiful. And then the rest of the week was gorgeous. The ocean was really blue, which the Atlantic generally isn’t, … Continue Reading →


Annual Florida Vacation – First Disney!

  • By M@ggie
  • July 23, 2014
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Since we still had annual passes, so we spent an evening at Disney on the front end of our trip to the beach. I didn’t catch this breathing fire, but it was really cool! We did get on the 7 Dwarfs Mine Car ride, which was fun, but a sort of kiddy coaster. This is the dwarf’s house: We had … Continue Reading →


Disney Marathon Weekend, part 2

Back to Disney. Our next day, we headed to Animal Kingdom. I’d never seen the hippos sacked out like this before… I love Giraffes! Elephants and flamingos: Ostrich and zebras. We got a great look at the zebras this time.


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