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!

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