As my 40th birthday approached, I could tell my husband was getting nervous.
“What do you really want?” he asked me, and I told him about this really pretty aquamarine necklace on I saw on Etsy. It was $22. Plus shipping.
“OK, but do you want a party? Or a girls weekend or something?” he pleaded. “People are ASKING ME. Do you want to take a trip?”
“Yes,” I finally managed. “I want to take a trip. The four of us. Like last year.”
Last year was our very first real family vacation – you know, more than an hour or two away, to a place without a kitchen 4 feet from our bed so that we could make our meals and not pay ridiculous prices for cold pizza.
“JUST like last year?” he asked.
“Well … ” I said, and we sat on it for another month.
This is our relationship in a nutshell.
Finally one night he came storming out of our bedroom.
“Let’s go to Harry Potter World,” he said.
“Really?” I said. “You mean … really?”
And so we went. Because it’s my happy place.
It brings me joy. I would say that if you are a big fan of the books, Harry Potter World will make you a super-mega fan, and if you are already a super-mega fan, pack your Depends.
It’s just so darn magical.
I even ran into my friend Mary and a blog-reader there, and it was pretty much all the things I could have asked for.
So as you can tell, I’m a bit of an HP nut.
I never expected to be, and in fact when my friend handed me the first book, I asked him, “Isn’t this for kids?”
I quickly turned into a midnight line-waiter, and I couldn’t wait to introduce Harry to my kids.
But I held off a long time, and then we proceeded through the series slowly. In fact, we haven’t finished them all yet. I’m dragging this out as long as my people will put up with me.
And I’m doing as many Harry-related activities as we can.
And this spring, we spent many weeks doing a Harry Potter-based Herbology study. We grew crazy Magical Creature Potatoes, created a mini green house and much more.
That’s actually my first resource to share:
- I created an ebook about our experience and it’s available for purchase. You can learn all about it here.
Here are three more great HP resources to add to your homeschool:
- This Summer at Hogwarts post from my friend Shawna is packed with ideas! I can’t wait for us to write with our own quills and ink.
- My friend Erin wrote a post that includes 5 Harry Potter-themed STEAM challenges plus an origami sorting hat project and more for 5 days of Harry Potter Inspired Fun!
- And finally, I am so excited to try these Harry Potter Potions Class Experiments with my kids! I am going to make it one of my Monday Morning Invitations for the summer, which I’ve been sharing on Instagram. (You can find more strewing inspiration at the hashtag #mondaymorninginvitation or at Learning Well‘s hashtag #thedailystrew.)
NOTE: I’m actually sharing a day in our life at Learning Well’s Instagram account this week, so make sure you like them if you want to follow along!