Tag Archives: Williamsburg

Christmas Town

16 Dec

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I saw ads a few months ago for Busch Gardens Christmas Town and decided Miss H might have fun at this kind of thing. Well, we all had fun and I had no idea it would be such a huge hit. Also, we had no idea that Christmas would literally take over most of the park.

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Dad and Kathy got us a place in Williamsburg for the long weekend and Mom joined us on our adventure. We got down in time on Saturday just as a torrential downpour started. Knowing we could not doing anything outside, we headed to the outlets. We did some damage shopping and managed to stay dry. Miss H decided we should go to a Japanese Steak House for dinner (you know, food as entertainment) and we found a good one close by.

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We woke up the next morning to bright sunshine and decided to visit Colonial Williamsburg. Mom treated us to a fun carriage ride. Miss H kept correcting us that it was really a ‘princess carriage.’

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It took us around town and was lots of fun.

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Miss H also discovered colonial t-ball. (you stepped on a wood board and the ball popped out of the cup).

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It was hard to get people to cooperate for pictures.

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But there was lots of giggling.

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And, we finally found the sheep.

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After a yummy lunch at The Cheese Shop that refueled us, we headed back to the ‘vacation house’ to get changed for Christmas Town.

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Again, we had no idea what this was going to be like. Busch Gardens went all out with the lights, decorations and music.

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First thing we did was ride the gondola. Miss H was thrilled about the whole thing.

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We saw penguins.

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We road the train.

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We discovered the Miss H loves rides too. The faster the better! We did the tea cups first.

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Then the kids roller coaster.

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And, back to the tea cups.

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Then she was off to the swirly swings. Twice.

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We ventured through the different countries, train stations and finally ended up in the North Pole where it was snowing!

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12152013-19At this point, it was dark, we had walked miles and we all had sensory overload! We headed back to the gondola and headed home.

Miss H proclaimed that it was ‘the best day ever!’ right before she fell asleep in the car.

We had some tears as we packed up this morning. I think we have created a new holiday tradition!

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Weekend in Williamsburg

14 Nov

Since Friday was a holiday, we decided it was the perfect weekend to get out of town for a little getaway. Dad and Kathy were nice enough to book us, and Jorge and Gina, a place in Williamsburg. The weather has been beautiful and it stayed that way for the whole weekend!

Miss H did great on the car ride and the first day we explored Colonial Williamsburg. Of course, Jorge and Kerry hammed it up a little.

Not to be left out of the fun, Miss H wanted to be put in ‘timeout’ too! She did not quite fit but she thought it was funny.

We wore everyone out with all the walking and fresh air so we went back to the condos and ordered some yummy Italian food to finish off the evening. Miss H collapsed and we were all not far behind her.

On Saturday, we headed to Jamestown first. The weather was even better and the National Parks were offering free admission since it was Veteran’s Day weekend. I was the only non-Veteran in our group but the free offer was extended to everyone đŸ™‚

Plus, the local high school was doing kids activities and they were thrilled to have an eager participant. Miss H made a corn husk doll, a wooden bead bracelet and dug for treasure in a sand pit.

Also, she became a bowling champion.

All of us felt like old fuddy duddies when we kept commenting on how polite the high school students were at the event but seriously, they were so nice. Miss H loved the attention and we had fun wandering the grounds.

Then, we headed off to Yorktown. Big, wide open battlefield for someone to run and run. This was a great way to burn off some energy.

Miss H found a little British soldier in the gift shop but he did not last long on the battlefield. Kerry was so impressed with his, ‘yet another British soldier lost at Yorktown,’ joke that he wanted to make sure I got it on the blog. Well, there you go đŸ™‚

It was a great weekend and it was nice to have a scream-free car trip! Hopefully, we have more of these kind of trips in the future.

Williamsburg has a great playground called Kidsburg and we spent some quality time there too this weekend. If you are in the area, this place is a must!

Thanks again to Dad and Kathy for a great weekend!