Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Virginia... Part 2

So we loved the historical part of Williamsburg...
But the real fun was had at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.
I actually scored a great deal by purchasing tickets ahead of time...
a 7 day pass to Busch Gardens, the water park AND Williamsburg including parking was $89 for adults...  considering that Disney World offers their 1 day hopper for $90.53 {gasp} - having it for 7 days wasn't a bad deal.

we spent 1 1/2 days at Busch Gardens...

Having all kinds of fun...

And riding lots of crazy scary rides like these...
Kenna braved "The Loch Ness Monster"...  I thought she might pee her pants she was so scared...  But actually she wasn't scared until we were right at the gate and Shane took a picture while I told her that yes we would be going upside down on the ride!
Doesn't she look excited!

That was kind of a mean mom thing to do I know but she liked it enough to go again the next day. :)  Even if she did say "I can't do this" over and over and over again the whole first ride through!

But the tidal wave she didn't try twice...
(zoom in on that face!)
Then there was this bad boy,
the GRIFFIN

My brave, fearless hubby who loves all things roller coaster like and usually has his arms high in the air on all the rides that I am holding on for dear life on... definitely met his match on this chunk o' steel.

And when Tayler, Saige and Shane got off and we looked at the pictures they sell from the ride, I decided two things.

1.  I was NEVER going on that ride
AND
2.  We were forking out the $20 bucks to buy that picture.

Because my fearless hubby looked like one nervous little boy!
(Tayler and Saige don't look like they are enjoying it that much either!)
Of course Shane and Saige both LOVED it...
Tayler told us she was never doing that again.
.... and that I would HATE it!!
But my 2 bravies Shane and Saige jumped right back on.
(And we picked about the perfect time to be at Busch Gardens because the lines were never more than 5 or 10 minutes!)


On a calmer note we got to meet fun characters like...
Except not very calm for Jadyn.
I don't know about you, but Elmo doesn't seem that creepy to me...
just sayin'...
Then oddly, later she wanted this bird to jump on her hand...????
I was glad that it didn't because I don't think she REALLY would have liked that.
She did pet this cute little lamb though. :)
Lydia loved the whole experience too and pretty much refused to close her eyes for a nap... in fact she would hold on to the tray on her stroller and fight to keep her eyelids open before she finally conked out.

She's cute.
we like her.
a lot! 

And this is the cheese that she gives when ever the camera points in her direction...
but only for 1 second so I have to be fast!
We had a blast together at Busch Gardens...
AND
an AMAZINGLY fun time at the water park!

The park was HUGE!!
We spent 3 - 1/2 days there and couldn't get to most things a second time.

Jadyn surprised us all by having no fears about water slides... except for maybe the landings. :)

This was her all time favorite slide...
All in all Water Country USA was just plain fun...
Lydia could have played in that fountain for hours it was hilarious!

Virginia was fantastic!  We didn't go more than 20 miles from our resort and there was so much more that we wanted to do but just not enough time!

On June 18th I woke up to this...

Thanks sweet family it couldn't have been a better way to spend my birthday... the whole day with my favorite people!
And then just like that our vacation was over...
... and we were all completely exhausted from all the fun. :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Virginia... Part 1

At the end of the last post I said that we were...
"Off on another adventure."

And an adventure it was!
A full week in Williamsburg, Virginia...
refreshing our American History lessons...
and learning stuff we never knew.
Playing at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.
And having a great time together.

It happened like this...
A timeshare week that needed to be used.
Enough sky-miles for our whole family
....And Williamsburg it was!

The trip didn't start out fantastic...  we woke up @ 4 am and made it to the airport with more than an hour to spare... but then there was a ridiculously long line to get checked in, (and yes Lisa if you were with us you would have saved the day by telling us to use "curb-side check in!)  We didn't even think of that though... and we would have missed our flight if it hadn't been delayed an hour.  We definitely had our allotted carry-ons...  but I was pretty proud of myself that we only had to check ONE bag for all 7 of us!!  Then there was Tayler who woke up telling us she felt sick...  and then the puking in the airport bathroom.  And then me telling her not to "act" like she was sick which didn't make her very happy.  (I'm just saying that no one wants to sit by someone who looks like they will puke on you...  put on a smile and pretend...  And then when the plane gets in the air you can blame it on motion sickness!)  There was also a MAJOR freak out from Jadyn in the airport bathroom about the "auto-flushers"...  same old story there.  Except that she didn't have nice friends to cater to her and save the day.  During our layover in DC she FINALLY went... and although timid about it the rest of the trip she was OK...  (the Atlanta airport with the amazing new fangled "auto-seat covers" set us back a bit on the way home though :)!)


Then we were there... pheew!

We stayed here...
We spent a day and 1/2 exploring Williamsburg...  It was fascinating!  So much to do and see and LEARN...  we loved all of the period costumes...  everyone in costume was fabulous at staying in character and acting just as if they were really there in the 1700's.  Some of the more memorable sites were the cabinet shop, the brickyard, the wig maker shop, the plantation, the slave quarters and the governor's house.

It will be interesting to see what Kenna/Jadyn remember from this trip in a few years.  One thing is for sure they never seemed bored... I'm sure they won't remember too much of the history part but they had fun...  Our awesome little Lydia was along for the ride...  O... and to make everyone smile with her adorableness :)

(stomping the clay for brick making :))


Then there was a 1/2 a day at Jamestown... 
The first permanent English settlement in North America...
Back in 1607...
You know the whole "John Smith/Pocahontas" stuff...
Is it ringing a bell??
(Tayler knew ALL about it, it was vague memories for me...  and I think Shane was absent for most of his American History classes... He was a clean slate! :) )


Another 1/2 day at Yorktown...
the site of the surrendering of Great Britain in 1781...


And actually I know what Lydia will remember the most about Virginia...
The dirt and rocks...
She was fascinated with both! :)


The weather was perfect... we missed the 90 degree weather from the week before and stayed in the 70's - low 80's without much humidity at all!  Yippee...

Of course we ate lots of yummy food like 2 nights that Shane and I went out and had delicious seafood while the girls ate lame stuff like Subway and KFC at the condo.

And the night that we went to a "hibachi grill".

And the dinner that we had at the "Movie Tavern" while we watched "Mr. Popper's Penguins".
It was fun to order food and have it delivered to us while we watched the movie!


Other memorable moments from our trip were seeing "fireflies" - and then catching them in our backyard... we only wish that we had noticed them before the 2nd to last night!!

And then there was serious fun at Busch Gardens...
and Water Country USA...
but I'm saving that for another day!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Dance Review Week...

This week has been filled with all things dance... about 25 hours of it to be exact...  But I love it, because I remember how fun and exciting it was to be perfoming "back in the day".  And I know how much my girls love it.
 AND
They are extra fun to watch... I'm pretty sure much better than me at their age... although I could have smashed them at a "drill down"... which they have probably never heard of so they won't think I'm all that cool.  But let's just say I won... every.single.year... (up to 7th grade when I changed to Tuellers and got to expand my dancing abilities and learn other sweet moves!) :)

This year I opted to save some money and take our own dance pictures.  It took FOREVER because they have a bijillion costumes... but they didn't turn out half bad.

It helps that they are stinkin' cute!!

Tayler...













Saige...











Kenna...








And those are my dancing girls in the review this week...
But wait I missed one little cutie who had a "preschool" review back in May...
My cute little Jadyn with the "awesome jazz walk".

We loved watching you dance too!







Good job girls...
Can't say I'm going to miss driving to dance this summer...

Instead it will be gymnastics.
Tayler and Saige are feeling a little behind since Kenna can now do a round-off bck -handspring, back-handspring, back-handspring.  So they will be playing a little catch up with their 7 year old sister.

Jadyn will be learning the basics... like maybe a cartwheel. :)

But for now... we are off on another adventure...