Sep 20, 2016

Fall Holiday in Williamsburg, VA

The kids' fall break at school gave us another chance to get out of town, so we planned a quick trip to Williamsburg, Virginia.  Here is Corinne enjoying one of her last few flights as an infant in arms...
We connected in Charlotte in the middle of the rioting there.  My heart hurt for this city because I know how rough the summer was for Baton Rouge.  From this point of view it looked quiet and peaceful...
Our first attraction was Colonial Williamsburg.  The kids loved learning more about colonial life...
We all enjoyed exploring the hedge maze behind the Governor's Palace...
And a huge bonus for Williamsburg as a destination is that one of my best friends and former roommates lives nearby and her family met up with us to vacation together!  It definitely made the trip so much more fun for all of us!  Our oldest girls were born only two months apart and it was love at first sight...
Even our babies loved each other!  They were the perfect family to vacation with because there was a friend for everybody!
I doubt Stella would have deserved this type of punishment if she had lived during colonial times...
This one, however, might have been right at home in the stocks...
See what I mean?  She has the glare of a hardened criminal down pat...
I told you the kids loved each other...Adelaide even tried to sneak off with our family when it was time for her little brother to go take a nap...
Corinne probably needed a nap, but she decided to party with a bag on her head instead...
The live demonstrations were pretty cool, although I am not sure that we prepared the kids well enough to understand what exactly was supposed to be going on...




One of our favorite events was the "Come, Let's Dance" colonial dance activity that we attended our first night there.  Stella and Cille both got a chance to try out their dance skills at the "colonial ball."  They posed for these photos with their partner afterwards, but the low light situation was rough for the photographer...

The next morning the kids thoroughly enjoyed the Punch and Judy Puppet Show...
Watts was laughing uncontrollably.  He was cracking me up...

After the puppet show the kids and two lucky adults took an oxen cart ride.  Did you know that oxen are just trained steers?  I always thought that they were an entirely different breed of bovine, like buffalo or something.  From the kids' point of view, the most interesting thing about the oxen cart ride was waiting for the oxen to make cow patties.  The oxen did not disappoint, and we got the full report several times once the ride was over...

Silly girls!
These two look like they should be sisters...
Our friends sadly had to head back home for Sunday night, but we kept the good times rolling with a visit to the Go Ape Zipline and Treetop Adventure Course...
We did the Tree Top Junior Course because Watts was old enough to go with us.  He was a little nervous about it when we first started, but after his first time down the zip line, he was hooked...


The kids all got certificates for conquering the Tree Top Junior Course...
The kids had really enjoyed a scavenger hunt activity at Colonial Williamsburg and wanted to turn in their completed cards and get their souvenir pins, so we swung back by to do so.  Guess what happened while we were there?  Cille lost another tooth!
Here's Dad checking it out...

Other stops on this trip included Jamestowne and the Yorktown Victory Center, which is currently transitioning to the Revolutionary War Museum.  I would highly recommend both stops...

We also visited the Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex, which was an absolute blast and loved by every member of our family.  I think it absolutely makes Williamsburg a "must-experience" destination for families.  We had so much fun and would love to go back anytime, but sadly it was time to hop a plane and head back to BR.  This is what we looked like reentering the airport...
And this is what we looked like trying to keep Corinne entertained on the flight home...
Williamsburg, Virginia gets two big thumbs up from the Pourciau Family!

Sep 18, 2016

Bye-Bye, Babybed

In March of 2008, we put together this baby bed for Stella at our house in LaPlace...
 We carefully chose gender neutral bedding and decor since we planned to have several children and wanted to avoid purchasing more than one set...


For the next 8 and a half years, the baby bed had several occupants, but apparently we only took pictures of Stella in it...
I did uncover these photos of the nursery in LaPlace when Cille was the crib occupant...
Corinne's room currently features the same baby photos on the wall, with two additional ones...
It was never really this clean...we took these when we were selling the house...
All those years of continued baby bed occupancy ended on September 17th, 2016, when we decided Corinne was ready for a big girl bed.  Taking the baby bed apart looked similar to putting it together, even though the house and the haircut were a bit different...
And how could we possibly say goodbye to a piece of furniture that has been such a big part of all of our lives?  We simply could not, so we converted it into Corinne's big girl bed...
The double bed rails may be overkill, but we Pourciau's are nothing if not cautious.  And thrifty.  If you recognize those curtains, it is because they are recycled from Stella's old big girl room in LaPlace...
After all those years, not only were we having a hard time giving up the baby bed, but I was also struggling with what to do with the bedding.  Lucky for me some of our cousins are expecting a couple of sweet twins soon and they kindly agreed to use our crib mattress and bedding at grandma's house.  It made me feel so much better to know that babies I love will continue to use the sheets and blankets!  The new grandma might be a little overwhelmed when the mobile and curtains show up, but hopefully she learns to like bees as much as we do!

Sep 5, 2016

Labor Day in ATL

We decided to have a Labor Day adventure this year and hopped a plane to Atlanta.  When we travel, everyone has to help out...
Planes, trains, and automobiles were our modes of transport for this journey...
Everything was just peachy in Georgia...
First stop: Legoland!  How much do you weigh in Lego bricks?



Lego Friends Karaoke was Cille's favorite...
She gave several rousing performances of "Everything is Awesome!"


Next stop...Stone Mountain...




Pawpaw and Mawmaw met us in Georgia on their way to Asheville.  Pawpaw should have been in this photo, but was wandering around not paying attention, per his norm...

We rounded him up for this one...

Photography by Cille...

We stayed at Stone Mountain for the fantastic Labor Day fireworks display, but it did not photograph well.  In the morning we hit Six Flags Over Georgia...



Whoohoo!



Watts wanted this horse because it had a sword...


Tuckered OUT...

I sure hope she packed her shark-repellent bat spray...




We had a super-fun weekend in ATL and would love to go back and check out more fun stuff there soon.