Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Happy Easter!

We had an awesome time on our Easter/Spring Break/Emily’s birthday weekend in Williamsburg! We spent three days exploring Busch Gardens and Jamestown Settlement, hanging out in the hotel and so much more! We even got our Easter baskets there and did an egg hunt! We hope you all had a wonderful Easter too!

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Ben loaded up some Easter eggs with Legos for Mom to hide in our hotel room, so she hid them while we went down to the pool for a bit, and she even sneaked some money in the eggs for us!

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Emily wanted to try an Escape Room for part of her birthday weekend, and we were so lucky that there was one right across the street from the hotel! We had one hour in a pretty dark room to pretend to be the “Last Samurai”, and solve puzzles and clues to open 6 different locks around the room, and ultimately find the lost “Lucky Cat”. We worked so awesome together as a team, and solved the mystery with 12 minutes left on the clock!

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We also had fun doing a picture scavenger hunt around the hotel…

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We wrapped up our last night of vacation with ice cream for dinner at Emily’s request… We found a delicious local ice cream shop, and it was the perfect ending to an awesome trip!

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Exploring Jamestown Settlement

Even though we didn’t think we wanted to go to the “old people town” (and complained about it A LOT), we ended up having a great time exploring Jamestown Settlement and learning so much! Thanks for the fun history lesson Mom & Dad! We promise never to complain again!

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Ben had the best time running in and out of all of the Indian’s huts and feeling all of the animal skins and finding their homemade weapons!

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Checking out how they made canoes by burning and hollowing out trees was pretty awesome too!

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Can you believe they made all these fun things by hand?

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We loved the demonstration of how to use a bow and arrow!

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And we got to play some of the games the Indian children used to play! We were actually pretty good at them!

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We also got to explore the replicas of the big ships that the English used to come to Virginia on!

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The demonstration of the Englishman using his musket was pretty awesome too… and LOUD!

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The homes of the English settlers were much more advanced than the Indian’s huts, and they even had a church with a really high pulpit!

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We had an awesome time… Thanks Mom & Dad for “making” us come here!

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Busch Gardens

We spent this beautiful Easter Sunday celebrating with our family together at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA! It was also an early birthday celebration for Emily, and we all had an awesome time!

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When you first get to the park, you have to be measured and get a colored bracelet to see what rides we were tall enough to ride on. Emily was devastated to find she was about 1/2” shy of the 52” cutoff, until she realized she had NO interest in going on any of those scary rides anyway!

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The park was set up like the world, with many different countries you could go and visit, taste their local cuisines, and hear music and see dances from that area. There was France, England, Germany, Ireland and Italy to explore!

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Good thing we had a map keeper!

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When we got to the park, it was nice and quiet, so Abby and Dad headed straight for their first of MANY roller coaster rides…

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We all tried really hard to convince Emily to try them, but she was NOT having it…

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Can you find Abby & Dad in the back row? Unfortunately, this is the only big coaster picture Mom got since she was exploring other parts of the park with Ben & Emily…

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Emily and Ben thought starting out in Sesame Street on the Grover coaster would be a good start…

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You’re never too old to see some Sesame Street friends!

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Next, we hopped on the train and rode around the park to meet up with Dad & Abby to try ONE real coaster…

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…and THAT was the end of the roller coasters for Emily that day… Smile

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They should have called this ride the “crusher” because whoever was sitting on the outside, just got crushed into the corner on every turn!

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We loved climbing in the big nets!

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We went on a few boring rides too…

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…but we still made it fun!

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Ben and Emily should never get their driver’s licenses…

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This looked like it would be fun… but when your sister is in the back controlling the plane, it’s NOT!

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The swings are still a favorite though, and these went high!

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Mom took us on the spinning tea cups, and unfortunately, that ride whipped us around so much that her camera lens broke Sad smile . SO much for pictures with the good camera for the rest of the trip…

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Check out the girl behind Emily & you can see how crazy this ride was too!

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Abby & Dad rode the flume ride (they are in the front), while Emily stood on the bridge to get soaked!

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Wine anyone?!?!?!?!

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We enjoyed our cold Dipping Dots on this 70 degree day!

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Mom & Dad enjoyed their snack too! Emily is following in Mom’s footsteps, and becoming quite the little photographer!

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When you’ve had enough, you’ve had enough… This was our first family trip to a big park without a stroller, and while Ben did awesome, he definitely let us know when he’d called it a day… We had a blast though, and can’t wait to come back again sometime!

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