49 / 52 : “Happy Day”

Spring is here…finally, sort-a. This is my husbands Spring Break from work, and for the most part, the high temperatures are in the 50’s. However, on the day we arrived home from spending a wonderful Easter weekend with my in-laws, the weather was so gorgeous we had to get outside! Yesterday we grabbed some bubbles, my son’s airplane, a blanket…and NO jackets, HELLO…then headed over to Colonial Williamsburg for an afternoon of playing.

49 / 52 : “Happy Day”

Happy Day

Looking forward to more warmer weather in the coming weeks. Spring is such a beautiful time up here. Pretty, invigorating, colorful, breezy…where’s that blanket? I would like to nap in the warm sunshine on a lazy afternoon please…

41 / 52 : “Cold Nose”

It has been a while. I have been hit with what I call the “project monster” (overloading myself with things to do) and have had some wonderful out-of-town family guests. I will finish this Self Portrait Project hopefully sooner, rather than later. Anyway, I took this photo while out in the lovely Christmas Town at Busch Gardens over the weekend. The temperature/”feels like” was in the low 40’s to high 30’s by the end of the night…so it was a bit chilly. Nothing that some FANTASTIC hot chocolate or well placed area heaters could not fix. I love the cold….not the brutally freezing, just the cold. I would rather shiver than sweat any day!

41 / 52 : “Cold Nose”

My wonderful brother and his amazing wife spend a few days with us and the kids. It has become a Thanksgiving tradition. Christmas Town was better this year because they were there. We ate my favorite smoked BBQ, rode some rides, saw some shows and walked among the paths lined with tons of real, lighted Christmas trees. It was a beautiful time with priceless memories.

34 / 52 : “Park Path”

My family and I discovered a new place to play this past week. It is a park very close to our house. There is a playground, hiking trails, a fishing pier, paddle boats/canoes, and shelters for parties. It was really pretty and peaceful. We look forward to going back, especially the kids. They were not happy when we left that playground. My husband is planning on taking some of his marine science students out on the boats for a field trip. It is nice to get out and play once and a while. Next time we’ll have to explore the paths into the woods.

34 / 52 : “Park Path”

 

Garden Additions

This week we added a couple new containers to our garden. The kids and I picked up two new plants I had been looking for from our local Farmer’s Market last weekend. I am very excited about these two. I think next year we will do all our plant choosing from the Farmer’s Market in Colonial – organic and beautiful!

Zucchini – one of my absolute favorites

Bush Cucumber – interested to see how this grows

Mother’s Day

I love being a Mother. I even get a special day. I chose this year to spend the day at Busch Gardens with my dear family. Why not spend a beautiful day, with beautiful weather at the most beautiful park in the world? It was wonderful!

It was the first time we took my sweet daughter without a stroller. It was an intimidating venture, but both kids did great walking and playing for hours around the park. We rode rides, munched popcorn, learned about animals, had a yummy BBQ lunch and I got a sweet Mommy’s Day gift – a caricature of my kiddos!

My precious daughter had a blast not being confined to a stroller, the only thing was she kept falling on her knees! She got a little beat up, but that kid is a trooper and it didn’t bother her much at all. She had way too much fun exploring and riding rides. It was all smiles on the egg ride and all “ohh’s” and “wow’s” as she bobbed up and down on the carousel.

My sweet son always has fun at Busch. He loves all the rides he can get on! He is my little curious monkey. As soon as he gets on a ride, while waiting for it to begin, he starts looking around at the buckles, levers, water, buttons – whatever happens to be around as he sits. He has figured out how to get out of the seat belt on one of the rides – needless to say he does not ride that one alone anymore.

I want to wish all the amazing moms I know…and those that I don’t…a happy belated Mother’s Day! I hope you all had lovely day yesterday like I did… God Bless!

14 / 52 : “Spring”

I was pleasantly surprised by this week’s self portrait. After going on vacation and coming back home, the woods in our backyard had begun filling with the beautiful, bright, green leaves of the season. No more barren, see-through trees – Spring has officially sprung in our pretty little forest.

14 / 52 : “Spring”

I actually took this with my cell phone with no editing. Just a whisper of Spring, or a wood nymph or something…haha. Anyway, I love it. This is me paying homage to Spring. A beautiful, fresh, renewing season that I have come to love since being in a place that actually has seasons. 😉

11 / 52 : “Shoe-Shoes”

This photo is a self portrait for several different reasons this week. To me, it represents: family time, Springtime, being active, local fun, and mine and my daughter’s love of all kinds of shoes! 😉

11 / 52 : “Shoe-Shoes”

This was taken at our first family trip to Busch Gardens today. These are mine and my sweet daughter’s feet. We are both wearing our walking shoes – which she refers to any shoe as a “shoe-shoe.”

Busch is open, which means Spring is here! We were so excited to get out there and walk the park, or in my daughter’s case, stroller the park. My son couldn’t wait to get on some rides with his Daddy. Unfortunately, about half way through our park time it started to rain, so walking out the last half of the park we all got soaked instead of enjoying the warm relaxing weather. We will try again soon!

It feels so good to get out there and walk again. I love walking. I love that we live in a city with so many opportunities to get out there and walk. For me right now, it is the best form of exercise. Colonial, Busch, Jamestown, outside malls, outlets, parks…we live in such a historical, beautiful area that allows us places to get out there as a family, spend time and be active.

Little Readers

My kids and I make weekly trips to our local library, Williamsburg Regional Library. It is such a wonderful, kid-friendly place where my kids love to explore the rows of books, movies, giant foam blocks, puzzles, toys and rocking chairs.

They look forward to helping return the books they have already read and discovering some new ones, and some old favorites to take home again. They even get to help scan the books for check out.

Then when they get home, they are always trying out new ways of reading. Haha… Here they decided to empty out the book boxes and use them as reading boxes instead. I am so grateful that we are a family of readers!

I know everything is going digital…technology, technology, technology…but get out there and experience your local library, you won’t be sorry! There is just something special about the sights, smells, and the quiet of walking the rows of written words…

6 / 52 : “My Backyard”

I love where I live. Today during a rather warm winter day, my family and I took a wonderful weekend stroll through one of our favorite places. It is right around the corner and such a peaceful place to enjoy the weather and some quiet thoughts. The history is beautiful, the architecture is stunning, the animals and costumes are heartwarming….ohhh Colonial.

6 / 52 : “My Backyard”

It is also pretty funny to walk around where I had vacationed many years ago as a child. See some of the same sites and take pictures in some of the same spots, now with children of my own. Makes me feel OLD. hahaha

Just for fun, here is a “Then and Now” of my brother and I:

In photo 1 you will notice the amazing headband and our clothing choices, we were a stylin’ duo. In photo 2 you will see what age has done to us…a difference of 17 years…wow.

Just thought I would throw in a a few extra shots of this gorgeous place…I feel a bit rusty at taking creative images, but Colonial speaks for itself.

Governor’s Palace…

Cannon in the field…

My sweet family walking the streets…

Weekend Christmas

This past weekend, the first weekend in December, our family spent the evenings celebrating a little local Christmas fun. I feel so blessed to live here in Williamsburg where there is always something exciting going on. Of course this being our first year to experience all this fun, we aren’t always properly prepared for the weather or have enough knowledge of the events for everything to go smoothly….but that is just part of the adventure.

Our first stop, Christmas Town – Busch Gardens! One of our favorite local places all decked out for Christmas. There were live trees lining all the pathways and in each section of the park they were lit with a different color. As it got dark the lights everywhere just made the place glow, it was very beautiful! There were Christmas shows and events placed in all the “countries” around the park themed for each region. You could smell all the holiday treats, kettle corn, fudge, and candies enticing you as you walked through the crowds.

Now, it was COLD, very cold…we weren’t completely prepared for how cold it would be, but we survived – BARELY! Haha The best part of it being freezing was this AMAZING Christmas Town Hot Chocolate. Probably the best hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted. Two mugs later and we were a bit wired, but it was worth it and kept us warm. 🙂

The kids had a lot of fun too. They really enjoyed all the Christmas scenery with the polar bears, snowflakes, trees, lights, penguins and listening to the music everywhere. There were a few rides open which made our son very happy!

Our daughter loves to cruise in her stroller and of course munch on snacks!

Somehow she even took a nap amid the crazy light and booming music of the “O Tannenbaum” show. We then went off for some YUMMY dinner at the Trapper’s Smokehouse and a little jog through Ireland and we made it to the kids favorite show of the night…

The Sesame Street stage show was precious and was a perfect way to end our Christmas evening. Our daughter even said “Elmo” for the first time! Well worth braving the cold for a great Christmasy time!

Sunday night we heard about another local event called, “Grand Illumination” in Colonial Williamsburg. They had live music and three areas of where fireworks would be sent up. Since we did not know much about the event, we figured we would just drive out to the parking garage about an hour before the fireworks and walk around. Haha a funny notion. We live very close to Colonial, so as we turned to go down our usual path, we soon realized that this event was A LOT larger than we imagined. There were people walking from a long ways away, cars were shoved between every tree and lining every curb. We chuckled, thinking we would just casually park in the garage close to town – we soon found ourselves on the hunt for some small hole or corner we could shove our car too and walk through the cold to the fireworks, assuming we would make it on time. We ended up finding a great spot by the Post Office with a bunch of other questionably parked cars. The walk wasn’t bad and the crowds were immense, but it was incredible to be a part of the experience. We made our way to the lawn of the Governor’s Palace…a great spot! There were large fire torches lining the center of the lawn and people just everywhere – singing, talking, laughing, waiting for the SHOW! That night was not quite as cold as the one before, so it was much easier to enjoy the wait – it was a short wait and the fireworks began right above the palace…

Daddy held one kid and I held the other as my camera on a tripod attempted to capture how spectacular the lights were….

If you turned around you could see fireworks going up all around you and the glow on all the onlookers faces was breathtaking.

It really was a special event. It was beautiful, historical and a truly unique experience to be able to walk through those old streets and see it decorated for Christmas and be around all those families and people who were there to enjoy themselves just like we were. I can’t wait to go again next year!