The vacation didn’t last nearly long enough. The week just FLEW by.
The children all had a blast — making new friends and re-connecting with old ones, swimming, and playing miniature golf and tennis.
It was so nice to be able to spend a week with like-minded people, knowing that when your children are outside playing, they are safe and they are with people who can be trusted. I wish we could buy a bunch of property somewhere and several of us large-family Christian homeschoolers could set up a community. But alas! We will have to settle for one week a year.
I got busy and failed to blog about the rest of the week. On Tuesday we had a tour of Colonial Williamsburg, again led by Pete Olson of Vision Heirs. Then we explored some of the little shops before Audrey had one of her typical meltdowns, at which point Rob took her, the littles, and the boys back to the room and I took Boo and Tumblina to a tea party at Christiana Campbell’s historic tavern. This is always the highlight of the girls’ week. They LOVE getting all dressed up and having tea (they don’t even like the taste of the tea, just the experience).
Later Tuesday evening we used a coupon that I bought on restaurant.com to eat at a local Mexican restaurant. It was DELICIOUS! The children declared it, “the best Mexican food we’ve ever tasted”. (If you are ever in the Williamsburg area, buy a coupon at restaurant.com and eat at Tequila Rose.)
On Wednesday we sent the boys to Colonial Williamsburg with our friends while we took the girls, and their daughter, to the Doll Factory and a dollhouse store. Little girl heaven! We then stopped by a Tervis Tumbler store to buy me a water cup that wouldn’t break. On our way back we passed a feed store selling baby ducks so we HAD to stop in and take a look. They were sooooo cute!
We headed back to Colonial Williamsburg to pick up the boys and to browse some shops, then went to Ledo’s Pizza for lunch — another restaurant.com place. We eat there every year, and they have the BEST pizza crust.
On Wednesday afternoon the older girls had knitting lessons and on Wednesday evening the parents had the annual tavern meal. Very expensive, but worth every penny for the experience. We went to Christiana Campbells for dinner. “Christiana” even made fun of my husband’s wig! :) She is such a good period actress. She stays so well in character and has obviously studied that time period quite extensively.
One final plug for Christiana Campbell’s — they serve some wonderful spoon bread and sweet potato muffins!
Our time after the tavern meal was not the most pleasant, however. Audrey again had a major meltdown…fullblown. Kicking, screaming, punching…Quite embarrassing, to say the least.
But Thursday was a new day! We spent the morning at Yorktown, had lunch at Golden Corral, and hung out with friends in the afternoon, while the older girls took “spinning” lessons.
Later in the afternoon, while the older boys stayed to play with friends, the rest of us went to the Williamsburg Pottery Factory. We couldn’t stay nearly long enough to see everything, as we had to rush back to the room to get ready for the Seder meal, after which we traded digital photographs with friends, and said our good-byes.
This morning, sadly, we are packing up to leave. I will miss the fellowship, but I guess I have two Siamese cats at home who are probably getting lonely by now. We will be stopping at a friend’s house in Georgia overnight tonight, so Lord-willing we will be home on Saturday evening. Please don’t forget to say a little prayer for Lazarus!
I have tons of photos to share, but can’t get them uploaded on this pathetic dial-up connection. Hopefully I will get them uploaded on Monday.
Until then…Lord bless.