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The Rest of Vacation

10 Jul


The rain cleared out for the rest of our vacation and everyone starting feeling better! We spent two full days at the Smith Mountain Lake State Park. They have a great beach, snack bar and playground so it was perfect for us. Miss H loved the water there- and swimming out to the platform.


vacation19 We did some relaxing there too.



Miss H was really interested in the fireworks but we were not sure if she would be able to stay up so late so we spent most of the day at the beach and convinced her she needed a nap. For someone who was supposedly not tired, she fell asleep in about five minutes. We headed to Moneta for their annual fireworks and 4th of July celebration. It was a mini-carnival with music and food and we all had fun!

Miss H loved the section of bounce houses.

vacation13She was pretty disappointed when they closed down at 10pm because of the dark. But, then, the fireworks started. It was pure joy!



Here is a short look:

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The show went on for about 20 minutes and they did a great job!

Friday, we headed to the Smith Mountain Lake Dam

vacation15Again, Miss H thrilled with looking at engineering projects 🙂

vacation16We returned back to the state park and enjoyed our last full day on vacation. We had a few bumps in the road but it was still a great week!




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….