We arrived at our giant hotel Friday afternoon which is directly across the street from the park, checked in, painted my fingernails an awesome shade of Robin's Egg Blue, and then we all walked across to Universal!
First order of business was the new roller coaster, Rip, Ride, Rock It. And we did Rock It. That Friday night, my wonderful group was Chandler, Taylor and Aaron. And it was great.
We did a few more rides, ate dinner, and then headed to some concerts. That night we saw Jars of Clay, (I wasn't too impressed with them...) and Skillet. And they were real good.On Saturday, we went to Islands of Adventure, and went straight back to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And it was so amazing looking! It really looked like Hogsmeade, and I felt a little like I was on the set. (Aside from the hundreds and hundreds of people all smashing into each other.) We saw the whole "town," rode The Hungarian Horntail, and then decided to try Butterbeer. (For those non-HP fans, it is not alcoholic in any way.) But it was waayyy too sweet. And no one finished drinking theirs.We stayed in that park all day, riding all the most awesome rides, eating some delicious pizza for lunch, and laughing and having a good time. New and different people flowed in and out of our group for the day, and we had a lot of fun. Including Hannah, Meagan, Sara, Kristen, Kaitlin, Jacob, Daniel, Nikki, Will, and maybe a few more...We then met Duncan for our check-in time, and were back into Universal for another night of concerts.
After dinner, Chandler and I went to the Needtobreathe concert. And they were soo good! I'm going to be purchasing their new album this weekend, The Outsiders.
And then we waited for our beloved tobyMac! There were tons of people all around us, but it was worth it, because we were real close, and the concert was real great! I've seen him probably six times now, and every time I love it just as much!We then saw some of Jeremy Camp, and just kinda hung out, because we were exhausted by this point. At midnight, we met up with the group, and walked back to the hotel all together.
Sunday morning we got to sleep in, and then had a small Sunday school lesson with Duncan. Packed up and left after 11, got gas, and headed home. The bus was silent as everyone was asleep, which it was nice for Duncan and I. After a few hours, lunch, and countless bathroom breaks, we were home. A great weekend in all. With great kids that I love.
Oh, and here's a picture of me and my weekend-roommates.