Alby has returned home with fun souvenirs and a flamingo and pineapple bedecked album:
Among his treasures are a magnet from Busch Gardens; a sticker and magnet from the Center for Biological Diversity (that neato deer head silhouette is a piece of copper sheet -?- with a tiny, strong magnet on the back); and a pin from the opening of a ThinkGeek store (if you don't know ThinkGeek, I urge you to check it out: http://www.thinkgeek.com/
There's a wee leather pouch necklace I'm guessing came from a Pow Wow PFD and her husband attended, and a PFD-crafted domed pendant with a fun octopus image:
PFD also sent along a Mickey Mouse sticker and another with the three Hitchhiking Haunted Mansion Ghosts, a pin from Disney World, a Tampa Bay Lightning (hockey team) magnet and a stress puck (you know, for squishing), and some seashells gathered along Florida shores.
And here are just a few pages from the album....
Each page has a different paper print background; this one is perfect for the harbor view pictures:
Alby knows I'm a fan of anything miniature and eagerly pointed out the holiday village of Disneyland-inspired buildings under PFD's tree:
He was excited to show me pictures of his tiger cousins (both real and botanical) at Busch Gardens:
Among the ephemera tucked in the album are maps of Busch Gardens and Disney World, and on the inside cover is a map of the part of Florida around which Alby traveled with phoenixfiredesigns, from Orlando in the east to Tampa in the west, with colored stars at the various places they visited and a key noting what was at each location -- what a great idea!
Thanks, phoenix, and most especially for being such a great host to Alby!
PS - The ThinkGeek pin is currently adorning the t-shirt of my official Timmy the ThinkGeek Monkey: