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Universal Orlando Resort - Universal Studios

I can't tell you how many times I sat down to write this series on Universal Orlando Resort. Where has the month of January gone?! In any event, we went to Universal Orlando Resort in the days between Christmas and New Year when the concept of time is but a figment of our imagination. We spent 5 days / 4 nights and had 3-day, 3-park, Park-to-Park Tickets, so we were able to move freely between Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay. Rather than my usual daily recap, I'll dedicate one post to each park, and another to our resort and CityWalk.
Universal Studios is the world's premier movie and tv-based theme park in Orlando. Once inside, you are made to feel like the star of a movie. One minute you're in a jaw-dropping adventure, the other you're behind the scenes jumping into action. You'll recognize lots of favorite movie themes including, Harry Potter, The Minions, Shrek, Curious George, Spongebob, Transformers, and Trolls, just to name a fe…
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Happy Christmas!

Just popping in to wish everyone a Happy Christmas!
The kids were up at the crack of dawn naturally. We switched up our four gift rule this year. Instead of something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read, we did something to play with, visit someplace new, support a charity, volunteer too. Stay tuned for the visit someplace new coming Spring Break 2020.
Once they settled down, we called the grandparents, then enjoyed a quiet day at home. In fact, we spent the last two days doing nothing but crafting and watching tv. 
I found the inspiration for these on Pinterest. The oyster shells are from our summer trip to Hilton Head, and the others are from our Nassau collection.

 Tomorrow we're headed to Universal Orlando and I can't wait!

Hope you enjoyed the day with those you love the most. Merry Christmas, everyone!

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Though Stinky has not believed in the *magic* of Christmas for years, he still enjoys seeing what mischief our elf Odette gets up to. Blinky knows the truth, but still wholeheartedly chooses to believe.
I am so in love with our White House Advent Calendar I purchased at the White House Visitor's Center on our DC trip. And it makes a great backdrop, no?!
Stinky has decided to help stage Odette for Blinky. Here she's seen trying to steal the Bill of Rights from armed guards.

And, this was Odette's mood last night when the kids had to do homework instead of look for her latest hiding spot.

Can't wait to see what she gets up to next!

Thanksgiving in Washington, DC Day Five: Ford's Theatre, Boy Scouts Memorial, Washington Monument, Sakina Hallal Grill

We backtracked to Ford's Theatre where we signed up for a talk with a National Park Service Ranger. He went into great detail about John Wilkes Booth's background and how that drove him to assassinate President Lincoln, who Booth saw as a race traitor and a threat to the South. He also walked us through the series of events on the night of April 14th, 1865, Lincoln's subsequent passing on April 15th, and Booth's capture on April 26th.

Just like the Capitol Building, the exterior walls are original, but much of the interior is a reproduction. In the photo below, the booth in the top right-hand corner looks just like it would have 154 years ago.

You'll remember from yesterday's post that Lincoln was carried to a boarding house across the street where he passed away early the next morning. It was in the talk we found out why. Lincoln attended a play on Good Friday. In those days, actors were perceived as a sketchy bunch, making the theatre a less than desirable p…