Porch Pictures

I recently took a picture of Baby T swinging on the porch with her Bubba, and it brought back fond memories of watching Becky and Susie in the same spot so many years ago.  Don’t mind me over here getting all misty eyed looking at old photos…I’m so blessed to have such adorable girls, such a sweet mother-in-law, and such a great spot for swinging! 

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Easter Day

The rest of our Easter was wonderful.  After we got home from our church meeting, we did an egg hunt and dinner at my in-laws’ house.  The weather was beautiful!

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Easter Morning

The kids all loved their Easter baskets:

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Danny especially loved the stuffed animal from Grammie – he was smitten!

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I loved watching them enjoy their new bubbles:

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More pictures to come!

Easter Eggs

After we got back from our trip, we got busy getting ready for Easter!  Here we are dyeing eggs:

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The finished products!

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And her are the kids’ baskets ready for the morning.  Many thanks to my mom and mom-in-law for showering the kids with so many fun gifts!   

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Colonial Williamsburg Part 3

Oops – I realize I forgot to post these pictures!

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The kids took part in a “bucket brigade” to put out a little fire.  It was so hot we were all hoping we’d get splashed!  We learned that there was no designated firefighters back then; each home had to have a few buckets and then they would all come out in the case of a fire and form a brigade to fill a little portable wagon with water to pump.  We also learned that the volume of water was nowhere near sufficient to actually extinguish a house fire, so if a building did catch fire, all you could do was pump water around the perimeter of the blaze to prevent it from spreading to other houses. 

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The kids were getting whiny so we stuck them in the stocks.  They didn’t seem to mind!

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These workers must have been so hot in their costumes!

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The kids loved getting to see the inside of an old jail (or “gaol”) – Jimmy was fascinated by the fact that this particular jail was once used to detain pirates!

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Of course we had to visit the gift shop on our way out.  Becky and Susie got stuffed animals and a keychain, and the boys got…weapons, of course!  Danny got a little pop gun and Jimmy got a rifle.  They were all very pleased!  photo 20170410_203603778_iOS.jpg  photo 20170410_204156806_iOS.jpg

Pennsylvania Pictures

On the way home from Virginia, we detoured to attend the funeral of a dear friend in Pennsylvania.  While we were grieved for the reason we visited, our kids were so excited to be able to see our family’s friends in PA again.

Even though our kids are younger than the two eldest boys we visited, they all played so well together.  I got a kick of seeing them all lined up on the swings at the park!

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Danny even figured out how to pump his legs for the first time!

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Danny also had his first Italian cream soda, courtesy of Tiffany’s new recipe!

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And the kids were overjoyed to spend time with their beautiful puppy, Leia:

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Finally it was time to head back to Connecticut in the RV.   It was a great trip!

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Busch Gardens

After our busy vacation day at Colonial Williamsburg, we piled the kids in the rental car and drove over to Norfolk to meet up with my sister and brother-in-law.  It was soooo good to see them, even if it was only for a few hours!!

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By the time the below picture was taken, the kids were so crazy and tired from their full day, I couldn’t get them to behave for the camera!

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The next day, we went to Busch Gardens.  After the parking process took well over an hour of sitting in traffic, we were worried that the park would be too full or crowded to enjoy, but we found it to be perfect!  We had a blast exploring this amazing theme park! 

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Colonial Williamsburg Part 2

Becky, our horse whisperer:

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The kids tried their hand at wagon-pulling:

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I loved getting to hear the stories of the tradespeople.  I can’t imagine spending so much time making cotton for clothes!

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The kids found a sheet of stickers in my purse while we were waiting to go into the gunsmith building:

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Baby T was happy when we let her out of the stroller to do some strolling!

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We were so thankful my mother-in-law could join us for the trip.  She’s such a huge help!

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Colonial Williamsburg Part 1

For Spring Break, we took the RV on a trip down to Virginia to see my sister and visit Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens.  The kids were super excited to be back in the motorhome!!

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Our fearless driver and backseat driver!

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I’m not sure the kids appreciated Colonial Williamsburg as much as I did (maybe except Jimmy, our history buff), but they still really enjoyed seeing people in costumes and admiring all the pet dogs other visitors were walking.  And hopefully a little bit of education seeped into their brains between exclamations over golden retrievers and exhausted requests for water (it was a beautiful 80 degree day, but we hadn’t gotten used to summer temperatures yet)!

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I can’t resist an old cemetery!

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One of our favorite parts of the trip was seeing all the beautiful spring flowers and trees in bloom:

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We took a hiatus from the history to find a modern burger shack to re-energize the troops for the rest of the sightseeing that day!

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Susie the Author

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