Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Jamestown **06.02.13**

After a good night's rest at the hotel
we woke up, got ourselves ready,
spread some more egg throughout the dining room,
and carried on our way.

We walked A LOT the previous day throughout Colonial Williamsburg.
My feet HURT!
No, that's an understatement...
my whole body ACHED!
I was not sure how much walking I was going to be up for in Jamestown, 
so we were smart and grabbed the stroller this time.

It was a beautiful day!
The entire weekend was nothing but sunshine!
Luckily, it was a bit cooler down by the water,
so maybe 89 degrees instead of 90!
I'll take it!


















After touring the grounds,
getting attacked by giant horse flies,
and sailing the ships,
we spent a lot of time enjoying the artifacts at the museum.
By the end, we were tired & knew we had a 3 hour drive home,
so instead of venturing over to Yorktown to fulfill our tickets,
we grabbed some lunch and hit the road.
We will make sure we visit Yorktown in December when we make our
return trip for the Christmas decorations!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Colonial Williamsburg **06.01.13**

I have heard about Colonial Williamsburg my entire life.
My parents honeymooned there.
Brad's family vacationed there annually.
A location I have wanted to cross off of my bucket list
for a long time, so we booked a suite at 
The Historic Powhatan Resort 
& took the 3 hour drive to Virginia for the weekend.
We arrived Friday evening, just in time to let Norah explore
the room & put her to bed.

We woke up on Saturday to Daddy's homemade eggs and toast
which were quickly scattered across the dining room floor
{well, Norah's share was}.
And Norah got a quick nap in before we ventured out for the day.

I had no idea what to expect.  
I envisioned a stroller being the biggest headache possible
between the cobblestone and dirt roads 
& constantly having to take her out to go into the shops & museums.  
So, I decided I would carry her the entire day.
I called it "Weighted Williamsburg for Time"
{although, I couldn't tell you how long we were there}.
It was hot... 
Norah loved it... 
and I got one heck of a workout & lots of snuggles in.


















Norah fell asleep in Daddy's arms before dinner.
We enjoyed a meal at, Chowning's Tavern.
Turns out there wasn't much for vegetarians back in the day,
but I must say the beer and ice cream were delicious!
We were serenaded by a violinist.
Norah clapped right along.
We had the most wonderful day...
and this was only the beginning of our trip.








Sunday, July 14, 2013

Jumping ahead **7/13/13**

Sorry for jumping ahead of our other events, but I'm just so excited by this news... I couldn't wait to catch up to post this!  
I will return to our other adventures later.

When I was 16, my family grew.  
My father & step mom welcomed a sweet little baby boy into the world.
I loved Jonah so much... from the first day he arrived!  
I loved to sing to him {specifically the 'Not for Kids Only' album.  
When Norah was born, I would sing it to her, too 
& always thought of the days I would sing to Jonah}.  
I loved to play baby games with him and watch him grow into a toddler.

Over the next few years my sister Ellie & brother Martin joined the party.
Before Martin arrived, I went off to college and a lot of changes took place in our family...
in an effort to leave those details out of this post, I'll just say, sadly,
we all lost touch with those sweet little kids.
13 years later, I tracked my step mom down on the wonderful social media site we know today as Facebook.  
We talked for a few weeks and made plans for me to make a visit on my trip home this weekend.
I was over the moon with joy to make this visit.

Before I left, Brad asked me if I was nervous...
I wasn't.
Not for a second.
Not even the second I pulled into their driveway...
and not when I walked up and introduced myself to them all for the first & second time.

They were all so young the last time I saw them,
I would have never guessed they would have remembered me.
Jonah had a memory or two, 
and my step sister, Brighid, remembered my curly hair, 
but Ellie and Martin were practically meeting me for the first time,
where Stu, Mary's husband, and their adopted son, Izzy,
were meeting me for the first time.

I was greeted with the most wonderful hugs!
I felt so welcome.
They showed me around their home and the farm grounds.
The kids all showed me their talents...
Ellie on her upright bass
Martin on the electric guitar
Izzy's art work
and Jonah's drumming

IMPECCABLE!!!!

We all gathered around the table to catch up on life.
I had missed them SO much in the past 13 years.
A few hours was not enough time to catch up.
I really could have stayed all day!!
It was WONDERFUL!
The kids are so smart, so much fun, and way too funny!
I hope to have the opportunity to visit often with them.
I have so much to learn from them!!!

I was thrilled that Mary took a picture of our reunion before I carried on my way.  
If I could turn back the hands of time, I would have changed so many things and would have never lost 13 years with my family!


{Jonah, Me, Ellie, Martin, & Izzy in front}

Sunday, July 7, 2013

baltimore science museum **5.26.13**

The day after Norah's party, we sent Omah off to Phoenix...
after all, it had been 4 weeks since she saw Opah.  
We couldn't keep her forever!!
Her flight was early... we left the house before the sun came up.
Norah, with her Bitty Baby in tow, spent the drive to Baltimore talking
and laughing my ear off in the back seat.
She's my little chatter box.

After lots of hugs & kisses for Omah, I knew I wanted to make the best of
our time in Baltimore.  I found a children's museum a short trip from the airport, but there was still time to kill before anything opened.
We went to the mall... it was still closed at 8am.
Turns out, on Sundays, they don't open until 11,
so we found a Starbucks, enjoyed a coffee, and practiced walking 
with Norah.  She was really getting the hang of it & everybody
just loved her & kept cheering her own.
We danced to the music, read a story {a few times},
and played with Bitty until the Children's Museum opened.

When we pulled up to the museum, it did not meet our expectations.
The toys outside were dirty, Brad found some pretty horrible reviews,
so we changed our plans.

We headed into downtown Baltimore.
I wanted to take Norah to the big Children's Museum in the city.
It got wonderful reviews & I thought she would have so much fun
playing with all of the toys, but somewhere along the way
Brad had become a germ-a-phobe.  haha... probably the first time we 
ever had a sick baby.
So, we went to the Science Museum instead.
Norah loved the touch and play exhibits.
They even had a children's room on the top floor with a giant water table
& a baby/toddler room.  It was a great choice 
& a wonderful way to spend our Sunday in the city.













We had a lot of fun at the museum.  
Norah got tackled by some toddlers on the Children's floor
{now I understood Brad's fear of going to the children's museum}.
Norah & Brad walked on the moon... and the museum emailed us a picture.
Norah made lots of friends while walking around.
She is our social butterfly & now, our little scientist!