Obviously, I’m having the time of my life. I’m getting up around 4:30 every morning to try to run at least 5 miles before showering and getting to Islands of Adventure when they open for park guests at 8am. They open for the general public at 9am. That one hour is my favorite hour of the day. I can practice my spellwork in Hogsmeade, I can ride whatever I want without lines, and I can take pictures to my heart’s content without fretting about being in someone’s way. Nikki has come with me every morning but the boys have taken some chances to sleep in later because this whole trip is EXHAUSTING. But I’m running on pure love of Harry Potter and knowing I have more to experience and see, or the re-experience and see again is what is getting me going everyday. I’ve loved some of the non-Harry Potter stuff too, but really I do all of that stuff so I don’t feel guilty making the kids go back to Diagon Alley again. If I had it my way I’d be there or Hogsmeade all day, just walking around and photographing the wonderful little treats around every corner.
We have 2 full days left and I’m already getting really sad. I wish we could afford to do this more than once every 6 years, and I really wish I could believe that this would not be our last full-family vacation. But the truth is, this vacation is expensive and E is 20 years old and heading to Indianapolis for the summer for an internship. I’m going to do my best to savor every hour of these next two days and really hold onto the memories and the joy that this place brings me.