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More Vacation Fun!

7 Jul

There was a lake-side shopping center not far from us and they had two of Miss H’s favorite vacation things. First, was the fish. Near the docks were some very well fed carp that love popcorn (the marina sells the popcorn and they must make a fortune!). There were 100s (if not 1000s) of them and all the kids were having a blast feeding them.

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Her second favorite thing was the arcade. It was raining and we all had fun. We taught Miss H how to play skeeball, drive a car and how to pound on some alligators.


vacation2She got most excited by all the tickets.

vacation3Plus, she became a pro at the ring toss.


vacation5Against all the odds, she won a toy turtle.


The rain did eventually clear out but not before we went on a boat ride.

We had signed up for a cruise of the lake on the Virginia Dare and it was a rain or shine type of thing. It definitely rained but we got some nice views.

Doesn’t Miss H look thrilled about the whole thing?


We posed for some pictures.




And, the lake was pretty with all the clouds.



She was a little happier at the end.


The rest of the week cleared up and we saw some fireworks and spent lots of time on the beach and in the water. More to come tomorrow….

Smith Mountain Lake

7 Jul

We left hone on Saturday morning and drove to Smith Mountain Lake in about 4 hours. Our hopes that Miss H would be better in the car were short-lived. Even with the DVD built into the car, games, crayons, books and a suitcase full of toys, she was still not amused with the whole event. We stopped a few times to try and break up the trip but there was definitely some tears along the way and many requests to go back home. But, once we got there- she was all smiles. The resort was great and the pool was a huge hit. Especially those orange tunnels.



Our place was nice too! I just forgot to take pictures to prove it. Right behind our place was this great little beach and docks.



The water was really clear and warm. Plus, it was easy to dig for clams.


Kerry helped point them out.


Miss H kept up with her fearless ways in the water and the lake was perfect (no undertow or big waves like the ocean) for her.


And, she liked to just lounge around.


On the drive down on Saturday, Kerry saw the sign for Appomattox Court House and I knew we would be making a stop at some point over the week. The opportunity presented itself on Monday morning when it was a little overcast.


The park was nice and the weather cleared by the time we arrived. Here is Miss H in front of the jail.


On the same location is McLean House.


For the Civil War buffs, here is the place of the surrender.


We walked around, hit the gift shop (I refused to buy the Civil War coloring book and luckily convinced Miss H that the train one was much cooler) and explored all the buildings. Then we made a stop in Lynchburg, found a playground, found the J.Crew factory and headed back to the resort for swimming.

Before you start to think that vacation is all fun and games- on Tuesday morning, both Kerry and Miss H got to be seen at the local urgent care. It was a really nice urgent care and they got us in and out super quick 🙂 They both had a variety of awesome symptoms- sore throats, coughing, vomiting, ear aches and congestion.Miss H had strep plus an ear infection and Kerry had a really bad cold and sinus infection so it was back to rest for all of us since sleep was not something any of us got the night before.

I think at this point we both considered heading home (Miss H was mentioning it every 5 minutes) but we decided to stay and the rest of the week was much better! Luckily, Tuesday was a rainy dreary day and it made for good being sick weather.

By Wednesday morning, Miss H was much improved (Kerry was slightly improved) and we were glad we stayed.

More to come….