Sunday, September 09, 2012

Williamsburg Vacation, Day One

We had the opportunity to go on a short vacation to Williamsburg, and we had a wonderful time!
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We stopped for lunch in a field full of flowers next to a gas station, which is as random as it sounds :)
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These pictures were so close to being cute! If only the sky hadn't been quite so painfully bright and sunny... :)

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After checking into our hotel, we headed straight out to Jamestown. If, like us, you want to see some history but don't have the cash for Colonial Williamsburg, I highly recommend this option! The tickets are good for a whole 7 days, and we paid a grand total of $50 for all of us, in comparison to the $110 it would have cost for 3 day passes to Colonial Williamsburg. One day, when our children are old enough to actually appreciate the history, we will go, but right now they just like running around, seeing cool stuff, and bypassing all the old stuff ;)

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Fountains fit into the "cool stuff" category, so Jamestown started out great :) Plus, there were bugs on the sidewalk, which was even more exciting, in Oliver's opinion!

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Exploring the Powhatan village. Brogan was a little concerned about what was wrong with all the animals...

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"Pirate" ships are "cool stuff" too :) 
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Time to go below decks. It was a hot day, so we could better appreciate how miserable it would have been to fit 53 people into that small space! Ugh! 
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The boys held and learned about some different kinds of cannon balls. Avery had already gone back up top with Dad, and soon the boys and I followed and explored the Captain's quarters, steered the boat, and looked at hour glasses :)

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Brogan, Oliver, Dad, and Avery aboard the Susan Constant :)

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Then we needed a break. As I said, it was a hot day, so we sat in the shade and drank some water, and saw a crow in the crow's nest :) Then we decided to go find the Fort, because it was too hot for the little ones to find any desire to get onto another boat! Oliver found some more bugs along the way, and the boys sat in a dugout canoe thing.

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Such a friendly looking place, don't you think? ;)

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The boys tried on some armor. Such cute little soldiers :) Daddy showed us how to carry water, and the boys tried to fire the big canon.

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Avery and I took refuge in the little church when they started doing a musket firing demonstration, because she did not like the loud noise, so then she was ready to leave!

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Another highlight for Oliver - a lizard!!!! SOOOoOOOO awesome! The other two saw it too, and thought it was great, but didn't feel the need to follow it for several minutes until it finally managed to escape :) The Ollie Boy loves BUGS! (ie, bugs, birds, lizards, little bits of fluff that almost look like bugs....)

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About 50 feet from the van, Brogan was DONE! He sat down and refused to take another step! And Oliver does everything Brogan does, so he went and sat by him too. He probably thought there were some good bugs to see :)

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Our hotel room was AMAZING! Thank you, Living Social :) I could have stayed there for a long time quite happily! It had a big living area, a big kitchen with a full size fridge/freezer, oven, microwave, lots of cupboard space, and nice big bedroom with a comfortable king bed and a nice little balcony overlooking a forest, and the bathroom had a jacuzzi, in which the children had an absolute blast! In fact, it looked like so much fun that Dad decided he wanted to play too :) Now Avery and Brogan want to get a jacuzzi tub at our next house... :)
The first night, Gabe and I took the fold-out bed in the living area, and the three kids shared the king bed. It was super cute, I should have got a picture :) They were so tired that they pretty much went straight to sleep :)
Here is a video of the whole vacation. I probably should have waited to post it until the last day, but it's such a great video :) My husband is talented :) If you haven't already, you should follow him on youtube (here and here) and like him on facebook!

1 comment:

Kim said...

Your family is just lovely. It looks like everyone had a great time. The kids look very happy.