Funtime with the family in a historic place

Sunday, July 05, 2009

I've been offline (and will be on and off for the next few months to deal with some pressing projects and issues) but I would like to say thank you to those who tirelessly pray and give me well wishes and to those who came to visit and left such sweet comments. Your support and presence truly mean a lot to me. I will be responding to your emails and comments soon.

Before I share my week with you, I would like to say thank you to the men and women who selflessly serve this great nation of ours so that we can enjoy the freedom that we sometimes take for granted. (Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!)

Thanks to our RCI timeshare, we had a fun and relaxing Independence Day week in Williamsburg, Virginia. ( A much needed change of scenery!)

We stayed in the resort most of the days just hanging by the pool, reading a book, writing and just chatting with the family. We're so happy to have honey's parents with us, too, especially since Dad had his heart attack a few months ago.

I saw some families gathered together and having fun - a sight that made me miss my families in the Philippines. I was able to call them overseas and followed-up on Dad's battle with painful gout and other health issues. I remember the times when we used to one big family! Someday, I say to myself, someday we can all be together again!

Being in Williamsburg, Virginia made me realize how lucky we truly are. We visited various historic sites that made this nation, a great nation!

You should read and review the Declaration of Independence. (If you have HBO, check if you can watch the John Adams story)

"...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..."

Everyday despite the chaos, there's always something to be thankful for!

Being in Virginia, we also had some time to be upside down! I don't know about you but after my 3rd child, I can't seem to get into those roller coaster without getting nauseous.

At Busch Gardens, my 8yo was so excited to finally able to go on the big-kid rides such as the Big Bad Wolf and Loch Ness Monster.

After one ride in the Big Bad Wolf roller coaster, I had to skip the rest of the roller coaster fun. My 8yo and 13yo went three times at least on each of the roller coasters. There were no lines, can you believe that?

This is one of the rides, Loch Ness Monster, that my 8yo and 13yo went on. Just looking at how it goes upside down made me queasy. ( And I was on Coney Island's Cyclone so many times when I was younger !)

We ended the day with the acrobat and musical show, Kinetix. It started to rain but we stayed and watched the entire show anyway. It was truly fun! We couldn't get over how amazing the acrobats and gymnasts were!

Visiting Virginia won't be complete without Jamestown Settlement. We all had a quick brush of history of the people who founded Jamestown and the Virginia Indians that they encountered. We boarded replicas of the three ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607, and had an awesome and memorable time exploring the colonists' fort and a Powhatan village. The kids were so thrilled to experience what it was like to live in those times but wouldn't trade the golden ages especially when they saw how the settlers used to wash their clothes!
(Note Disney fans, Pocahontas did not marry John Smith!)

The Manor House at the Powhatan Plantation resort was a treat for me and my 8yo. We roamed inside the restored and refurnished house. My 8yo touched every single item in the house! There is a picture in the foyer whose eyes follow you whenever you go!

Williamsburg, VA is the location of The College of William and Mary . What a beautiful campus! The college is also part of the Ghost Tour. Pretty interesting and creepy ghosts in Williamsburg!

The resort is occupied by families of geese. My 8yo's goal is to pet one of the geese.

He slowly walked to the lake but the geese jumped into the lake and away from my 8yo!

I can't blame them, it was one hot sunny day! I could use a swim myself!

Finally, my 8yo spotted another family of geese.

He tried his best to get their attention ...

But the geese are so much quicker than my "Speedy Gonzales"! (BTW, My 8yo said although he would have loved to be in South Pacific, a week in Virginia was one of his favorite vacation!)

It was definitely one enchanting vacation! I missed my two older kids who couldn't come with us. (They sure miss me because they begged me to make them lunch today, haha!)

Have you been to Williamsburg, Virginia?
Lastly, I would like to thank a dear friend, Buckeroomama of Mamahood Among Other Things, for passing the Humane Award. It's such a sweet award that totally warmed my heart! Thanks again, pal! If you haven't been to her site, you're definitely missing a big dose of Mamahood, so go swing by there and give her a visit!

"The Humane Award honors certain bloggers that I feel are kindhearted individuals. They regularly take part in my blog and always leave the sweetest comments. If it wasn’t for them, my site would just be an ordinary blog.
Their blogs are also amazing and are tastefully done on a daily basis. I thank them and look forward to our growing friendships through the blog world.

Link back to the person who gifted you with the award and share the love with other bloggers.”

I'm sharing this superb award to all of you who tirelessly share their thoughts and kind heartedness!
Have a great week everyone and until next time...

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  1. Glad to know you had an awesome vacation! Wonderful pics and thanks for sharing a li'l bit of history. So grateful we enjoy this freedom fought for by many lives, up to this time. Congratulations on your award. Your blog is full of life, love and all these wonderful things reflected by a contented heart. God bless.

  2. It didn't even take having kids for me to not want to get on roller coasters! LOL!

    I'm glad you all had a great Fourth of July weekend - though, I hope one day you'll get to celebrate it with your family in the PI!

  3. What a lovely post and the pics are great. We missed you, jenjen!!

  4. Good having you back, if only for a post or two every now and then. :)

    I used to LOVE roller coasters, but I'm too chicken now, too.

  5. Aww Jen Jen, it's nice see you back! I missed you.. Loved seeing all the photos!
    I'll be keeping you in my prayers. Hope all is well.

  6. Jen, I've missed you :o(

    You guys look like your having a great time. We've been to Williamsburg with the kids and went to several of the places you mentioned. I love going to historic places and seeing how people lived.

    Sending you well wishes and please don't stay away too long :o)

  7. Vacation looks so fun!! So glad you all had a nice time! And that your older two missed you and wanted to go to lunch with you! SO sweet! =)

  8. Great post. I've been to Williamsburg and loved it. Good luck with all your projects and issues, Jen.

  9. I am glad that you had a wonderful holiday. I'll continue to pray for you!

  10. A perfect place to vacation on the 4th of July. I've never been to Williamsburg, but it's going on my list.
    I enjoy reading your peaceful, thoughtful posts. Selfishly, I hope you aren't away for too long.


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