Sunday, January 27, 2008

Williamsburg, Virginia

Dan had a week of and so we took off on a roadtrip to Williamsburg, VA. We had a great time and even got to see my cousin Josh and his wife, Sloan. There was so much to see, that I am sure we missed a lot. The highlights included, restored historic Williamsburg, the College of William and Mary, Jamestown, Yorktown, and lots and lots of wonderful historical sights...both Revolutionary War Era as well as Civil War. On the way down we listened to a CD of the book 1776 that got us all prepped to learn more. Here is Davie loving a gun-making demonstration. Kids these days are not easily impressed :)
I take that back...they are easily impressed. The highlight for them was the bus we would take to and from the parking lot.
We put Grace in the stocks and at times wished we could leave her and Davie there while we checked things out, but the darn things wouldn't lock. So much for authenticity!
Here is Dan the pack horse. The real horse and carriage rides came at an astronomical cost and so Daddy made a good substitute.
Here is Grace by a cannon in Jamestown. Jamestown turned out to be really fascinating. Our guide was working on the archeological digs at the time they discovered almost everything they know about Jamestown (including...I kid you not...over a million artifacts.) He was incredibly enthusiastic and so it was neat to learn from him.

One of the highlights for the kids was the swimming pool they got to return to each afternoon. Living in Hawaii really paid off. They are both little fish. Grace almost swam the length of the pool with no help. David would just jump in regardless of who was there to rescue him from drowning. Water adjustment...check! Swimming lessons needed...stat!

We also visited Atlantic City, NJ on this little adventure. As this post is so long, I will add more about that in a few days.


s & g said...

what a great historical vacation...I am so proud of you guys...listening to 1776 on the way mom said that is a great book!! the kids are getting so big!! hope you are feeling well!

supalinds said...

What a great rode trip!! I am surprised you can keep the kids tame enough to do all that!

I loved, loved, loved 1776!! I love McCullough in genenral! Truman being my personal fav!!

Live everyday to its fullest said...

Fun FUN FUn! I need a vacations so bad...although I need one from my daughter, not with her! :) It sounds like you guys had a blast! I am so busy packing again I want to shoot myself! post, lets see some tummy momma!!

Kevin and Ruby said...

How fun that you live close enough to do that! I went to Gettysburg and absolutely fell in love with it. I read 1776 and it is a great book. I thought it was a slow read, though. Grace is cute!

Stephanie said...

How fun for you guys! I want to take a trip there... we'll have to chat about it. Looks like it was a good place to go with kids and all.
Great pics of the kids- and love your commentary!

Lindsay B. said...

I love that you guys wanted to lock the kids up in the stocks! I am also very impressed with your historic-themed trip. I have a feeling that Andrew and I are never going to expose our kids to anything like that - I don't think I would be able to stay awake! :)

Natalie said...

Fun trip! I love Williamsburg.

jules said...

This looks like a really fun trip - and educational. I wish I knew more about our nation's history. American Heritage 100 didn't cut it.

Starley Family said...

1776, great job. We read Harry Potter on the way there. Either one sets you up well for the crumpets and tea/disneyland type feeling in Williamsburg.

I love that the stocks wouldn't close down all the way. Must be some sort of safety feature, but who needs that? Super cute photos.