Williamsburg Weekend

May 31, 2010


Once in a blue moon, you come across people with whom you just “click”.  Kirk and I have found that in our friends, Vince and Melissa Walker.  I’ve talked about the Walker family a few times here on the blog.  Both of our families moved into the Washington area last August, our girls are the same age, and since then we’ve become good friends. 

So, we (Kirk, Vince, Melissa, and I) had talked about going away together for a weekend – a real “test” of our friendship.  (You never know, we could’ve gone on a trip and realized, “Wow…we really don’t have a lot in common…”, but that didn’t happen.)  We all decided that Williamsburg would be the destination, and that Mother’s Day weekend was the best weekend.  So, we packed our bags, headed to a two-bedroom suite at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, and spent a really fun weekend taking in the sights at Williamsburg and enjoying each other’s company.

Here’s the lowdown on the weekend:

Friday night – arrived and unpacked

Saturday morning until naptime – toured Colonial Williamsburg

Saturday afternoon during naps – Melissa and I had “lomi lomi” massages at the Kings Mill Resort Spa (unbelievable and definitely one of the best massages I’ve had!)

Saturday afternoon after naps – Kirk, Vince, and the kids joined me and Melissa at the “Sports Club” for a little swimming before dinner

Sunday – packed up, had an amazing brunch at the resort’s restaurant, did a little sight-seeing at the College of William & Mary, and then headed home

Spring 2010 027{Cole checks out Zoe’s “bed” at the resort – Kirk’s sleeping bag unzipped with the duvet from our bed.  They both loved it!}

Here are some of my favorite photos from the weekend:

Spring 2010 002{The Governor’s Palace.  This is where the Royal Governors and their families lived when Virginia was still an English colony.  It’s also where the first 3 governors of the State of Virginia lived (including Thomas Jefferson).} Spring 2010 011{One of the children’s beds in the palace.  This was for the 6-year-old little girl.  I loved Zoe’s reaction to it.  She saw it, and said, “Oooh, Mommy!  Look!  I love it!!!”}

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{I can’t remember what room this was in the palace, but the portrait is of Queen Charlotte, the namesake of Charlotte, NC.}

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{I love Zoe’s expression; to me, it says, “Really?!  Enough of the stupid pictures, already!!”}

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{A gentleman out for a ride.  It was really neat to see all the people working in Colonial Williamsburg while in “character”.}

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{Zoe shows off Margaret, a doll we picked up for her at an outdoor market in Williamsburg.}

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{Zoe and Catherine holding their matching “Margaret” dolls and having some sort of conversation while Melissa and I listen to a gentleman talk about the courthouse.}

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{Mr. Vince and the girls dancing in our suite at the Kingsmill Resort.}

So, there you have it…a little vacay with the Walker family…we saw some sights, we had a lot of fun, and we hope to do it again, soon!!  Thanks for the fantabulous time, Walker family!!


Mother’s Day Crafts

May 25, 2010

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These are the gifts that Zoe made for me at her different preschools for Mother’s Day.  I have to admit it was kind of hard to keep it together in front of her and her teachers when I received them, especially the picture and the handprint poem.   

Spirit Week

May 22, 2010

The last week of April/first week of May was Spirit Week at Kinhaven School.  Each day during the week was a “special” day. 

Tuesday was “Pajama Day”.  Each kid got to wear their pjs, and they could take a favorite blanket, pillow, or bedtime buddy.

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Spring 2010 002 {Every day before and after drop-off/pick-up the kids can spend time in the gym playing with scooters, bikes, wagons, or just running around.  I love how Zoe looks like she is having the time of her life.}

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Spring 2010 003{Some pictures of Zoe with “Bear” after pick-up.  In the bottom picture, Zoe is pretending to be asleep; a new thing that she does when she doesn’t want to have her picture taken.}

Thursday was “Costume Day”.  Zoe went as a “princess”.  Actually, she just wore a regular dress that she thinks a princess would wear.  Also, each child took 1 flower per teacher to put into a bouquet for their teachers.  At lunchtime, she had a pizza party, and then I was the “mystery reader” – one time a week, Zoe’s class has a different surprise guest (usually a parent) read them a story of their choosing.  I didn’t tell Zoe because I wanted to see her surprise – she was super excited!  I read “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”, one of my favorite all-time stories when I was Zoe’s age.  Sorry, no pics…

Friday was the “big finale” of Spirit Week.  Even though Zoe doesn’t go to school on Fridays, we were invited to attend the puppet show. 

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Spring 2010 004{Zoe and Sara wait for the puppet show to start.}

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Spring 2010 013{One of the 2 stories that the puppeteers performed.  This was their version of “The Frog Prince”.}

Long Lost Cousin

May 19, 2010

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Back in January of this year, Kirk’s family located a long lost family member via Facebook.  Vikki is our age and, surprisingly, lives in Charlotte.  Even more amazing, 2 months after Cole was born and spent time at the Presbyterian Hospital NICU, Vikki gave birth to Chance, who was born at Presbyterian and spent time in the NICU as well.  Chance weighed an unbelievable 1 pound, 1/2 ounce and spent 3 months in the NICU!  Chance is turning 1 this weekend, and I thought it fitting that I post about our first meeting.  Happy birthday Chance!

So, the first weekend in May, Kirk, the kids, and I made a spur of the moment trip to Charlotte.  It just so happened that Presbyterian Hospital was having their 28th annual NICU picnic, and Vikki and her family were planning on going also.  Kirk’s parents drove in from Asheville, and it was a nice little family reunion.   Spring 2010 007

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{Some pics before Vikki, Mike, Jacob, and Chance arrive.}


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{Chance and Cole meet for the 1st time.}

{Cole and Chance in cahoots already.}

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{Just some pictures of Zoe and Cole that I like.  Jacob, ever the thoughtful young man, gave Zoe her “flower” balloon.}

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{What a cutie!  It’s hard to believe that Chance spent 90 days in the NICU.  BTW, Chance started sitting by himself just a few days before we met, and he stood for the first time a few days later!}

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{Zoe going down the big slide at the NICU picnic.  We were all impressed that she climbed up by herself and then slid down by herself without any prodding.}

We had a great time meeting Kirk’s “new” cousin and playing.  It made the NICU picnic even more emotional for us.  I can’t really put into words how I felt while we were at the picnic – relieved, thankful, and oh so happy about our little Cole.  We’re really fortunate that Cole has done so well since his early arrival.  It was especially emotional for Kirk and I when Kirk took Cole to see Dr. Ganapathy Rama, one of the neonatologists who was at the picnic and who had taken such great care of Cole when he was in the NICU.  We were so proud to show off our boy to Dr. Rama. 

To Presby NICU, thanks for the fun picnic and a huge thank you for taking care of our “little man” and for taking care of Chance, too!!

And to Chance, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, big guy!!  Enjoy your cake and continue flashing that adorable smile!

Clemyjontri Park

May 17, 2010

Spring 2010 053{Zoe and Cole play in the airplane in the “Movin and Groovin’ Transportation Area” at Clemyjontri Park.} 

Continuing on my quest to catch up, towards the end of April, we had a fun day with the Walker family.  First, we had lunch at Elevation Burger, and then we headed over to McLean, VA to a really fun park.  Clemyjontri Park (AKA “Rainbow Park”, according to Zoe) is a 2-acre playground that was developed so that all children (abled and disabled) can play side by side.  The playground is set up with “4 rooms” surrounding a carousel.   

playground-aerial{Aerial view of Clemyjontri Park.}

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Spring 2010 014{Zoe and Cole swinging in the “Rainbow Room”.  Zoe’s swing is a swing that is actually for disabled children.  This is Cole’s 1st time riding on a “big kid” swing by himself.}

Spring 2010 020{Melissa, Zoe, Catherine, and Kirk pose before taking a ride on the carousel.}

Spring 2010 021{Amy and Cole on the carousel.  This is Cole’s first time riding the carousel.}

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Spring 2010 025{Zoe and Catherine have fun while riding the carousel.}

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Spring 2010 051 {Zoe, Catherine and Cole play on the airplane in the “Movin and Groovin’ Transportation Area”.}

Ok.  So, I’m still way behind on posting, and I have got to catch up before we head back to Charlotte in 4 very short weeks (whew, I have a LOT to do before then!!) 

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Anyway…about a month ago, we took a day trip to Mount Vernon to see George Washington’s homestead with our friends, Vince and Melissa and their daughter, Catherine.  We had a lot of fun checking out the house, seeing the farm, and really, just enjoying the day and each other’s company.  (Isn’t that what day trips with friends are supposed to be about, anyway?)

Here are some of my more favorite photos:

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Solo Field Trip

May 9, 2010

Some early morning pics while hanging out around the house, before we left for the day’s excursion.

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I’m not really sure why, but up until recently, I didn’t venture too far outside of Arlington without Kirk.  So, about a month ago I put on a brave face, packed a picnic, and the kids and I headed to the US Botanic Garden to take in the spring blooms.  Here are some pictures – Zoe loved the flowers.

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