OK. I get it about the disappearing divs. I was not thinking of your accordion menu but this video
The presenter is excellent but the example he uses is so lame as there is a giant white space where the (dis)appearing text is and because of the example I cannot tell if they collapse or just keep a big white space.
Where did you find your accordion menu code or did you write it yourself?
The expanding thumbnail might be in lieu of lightbox. I like lightbox, and it is clean and classy, but everyone and their dog uses it, it might be fun to see if this would work with a number of photos or if it would blow the page apart if you had more than one.
WP Plug-ins I recommend:
Calendar by Kieran O'shea...places a calendar on a page http://www.kieranoshea.com/calendar
Event Calendar 3 for PHP 5.3 I like this one better. It is smaller, used in a widget in the sidebar. use with Event Calendar 3 for PHP 5.3 Widget
Log-in with Ajax- Ajax driven login widget. Customisable from within your template folder, and advanced settings from the admin area.
Member Access- Member Access is a WordPress plugin that allows an administrator to require that users be logged-in in order to view certain posts and pages.
Akismet along with Bad Behaviour for spam and harvesters
SI CAPTCHA anti-spam (though Akismet and BB catch everything)
Fast Secure Contact Form
Contact Reply Notification
Headspace2 for seo
Live Countdown Timer if you need a countdown calendar to an event
News Announcement Scroll
Share This- for the bottom of blogs
Simple Page Ordering- drag and drop page ordering
WP-Polls. Quite sophisticated plugin that works in a widget on your sidebar. Will track by cookie and IP address so voters can only do so once.
Continuous Announcement Scroller (similar to News)
Capability Manager: If you have several people working on website and you want to control what they are able to do. Alter text, create new pages etc.
And my secret weapon: Add from Server. Everytime you upload a photo from your computer to WordPress, it uploads 4-5 versions. A thumbnail, small, medium, large, original size. If you have someone who blogs every day and uploads 1-2 photos per blog, in a very short period of time, you will be using up huge amounts of storage space for crap you are not even using. With FTP create a folder off the root called images or whatever. Tell Add from Server where you are storing the photos that you FTP. Then when you insert photos you have the option to Add from Server. It only uploads ONE version.
Best wishes for the future. I have done about probably 60 or more wordpress sites and I have always appreciated the help others have given me. I am glad to pay back by helping other people.
p.s. tell your daughter about carpet beetles. Maybe she will keep her clothes off the floor.