Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Williamsburg and a Whirlwind Week

So... sorry to have disappeared last week. The funny thing is, I actually do have posts ready for weeks where I don't have time to draft something new. I just seriously didn't have a chance in an entire week to really think about this blog. Not complaining (sort of), just realizing that I may not be able to blog as much as I'd hoped right now.

In other news, Blogger's html template editor is failing me. A bunch of people have discussed it in forums, but apparently there are still bugs, so if you show up here and see a different site in the next couple of weeks, it's just me working on a complete redesign.

I do still have plans for this week to introduce you to another children's music group and to host a giveaway, so stay tuned. Today, though, I'll show you what we did when we visited Colonial Williamsburg over the weekend.

Colonial Williamsburg is the restored/reconstructed historic district of the city of Williamsburg. It served as the capital of colonial Virginia during the American Revolution and was the place where famous Virginians like George Washington, George Mason, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry discussed and debated liberty from Britain. As long as you don't hit traffic, it's an easy day trip from D.C.

A couple of tips for other parents: you can't bring your strollers in most of the buildings, and your kid's crying will really resonate through these old structures. Adjust your expectations accordingly.

Some classic mom-and-dad-in-the-stocks photos.

Gummy thought he'd try it, but quickly decided a life of crime wasn't for him.

 It wouldn't be colonial without three-cornered hats.

Or a fife and drum band.

Or a sword-wielding, horse-riding general to mobilize the people.

It rained a lot while we were there. Fortunately, Chris happened to have a poncho in his backpack.

Chris and his mom at the capitol building.

We toured the governor's palace. 

Chris and Gummy ran around the gardens.
We also saw a movie at the visitor's center, heard a presentation on the legal system of colonial Virginia at the courthouse, taught Gummy about prayer kneelers at the parish church, wandered by several period homes and shops, and learned about games and pastimes at the market.

After a pizza dinner we stopped at a candy shop where Gummy picked two items. He chose this purple sucker. If you look closely you can tell there is a cricket inside. I'm not sure if he knew this before we bought it, but we definitely didn't. Once we saw it and reacted, he wasn't sure he wanted it anymore. Then he couldn't help himself and decided to lick it anyway. When he started getting closer to the bug he asked me to please throw it away.

 And that was our day in Williamsburg.

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