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!!


Fun in the Sun

June 20, 2009

IMG_2428Last weekend, we took our 1st family vacation as a 4-some to Aunt Melanie’s Mom’s condo in St. Simons, GA.  We had a total blast hanging out with Uncle Kyle, Aunt Melanie, and cousins Reese and Davis and getting a little salt air into our lungs.  Zoe didn’t completely love the beach; the sand was hot, and the ocean was way too big of a bathtub for her taste.  Of course, now that we’re back, it’s one of the two things she likes to talk about (the other being happy birthday).  On the other hand, Cole didn’t seem to mind the heat and did really well just laying on the beach on a blanket under an umbrella.

< One word for long, boring car rides: SUGAR!! in the form of a chocolate chip cookie.  Zoe was one happy camper until she got hungry for dinner.> 

  IMG_2540 Our umbrella city.  Notice Cole has his own private island.

Zoe and Daddy at the beach.IMG_2432

IMG_2487 Ahhh…is this what is meant by “sleep like a baby”?

IMG_2563 Reese holding Cole (the oldest and the youngest of the cousins).

IMG_2488 Zoe tries out Reese’s boogie board.

IMG_2546 Reese takes down Kirk using his karate moves.

IMG_2560 A VERY rare photo of all 4 cousins.

IMG_2571IMG_2577 Zoe and Kirk go for a bike ride.  Zoe had a blast on her first ride ever!!

IMG_2446 Zoe and Reese (her 1st crush).  One night, he gave her a good night kiss; she giggled and then ran away!

Sorry it’s taken me so long to get this draft up onto the blog page; it’s been ready for a little over a week now.  Anyways…hope you enjoy, and I’ll hopefully be able to start blogging a little more now.

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and that your new year is well under way.  We had a busy couple of weeks, and it’s taken me awhile to get back into the swing of things…so here is everything that went on during Christmas and New Year’s.

Christmas, Part I (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day): The actual day (and the couple surrounding it) was spent with my family in the bustling metropolis of Rocky Mount.  Zoe did a great job entertaining everyone, including some of the neighbors who stopped by to visit, and I think we all had a lot of fun.  Santa brought her a rocking horse and a Tickle Me Elmo, which she loved and still does, although now she tries to have her animals ride the rocking horse and Elmo goes to “sleep” a lot.  The other gifts she thoroughly enjoys is her baby doll stroller from Gramma Joanie and Papa Joe and her “life-size” Winnie-the-Pooh from her Uncle Corey.  Here are a couple of videos from Christmas.

Christmas, Part II (Also Known As New Year’s Eve and Day): New Year’s Eve and Day were spent with Kirk’s family in Asheville.  We (Kirk and me) spent New Year’s Eve on the town with Kirk’s brother, Kyle, and his wife, Melanie, while Grandmommy and Granddaddy listened to their grandbabies sleep.  We opened presents on New Year’s Day and then watched Clemson lose (yet, again) in the Gator Bowl to Nebraska.  The rest of the time was spent hanging out with each other.  Zoe had a grand time with all of her gifts, especially the baby doll and kitchen playset from Grandmommy and Granddaddy, and she also loves the book of nursery rhymes from Uncle Kyle, Aunt Melanie, Reese, and Davis.  I think my favorite part of the weekend was not just hanging out with everyone but also watching Zoe crack up while chasing Cooper (the dog) and listening to Zoe ask for Reese (“Beese”) and Cooper (“Cooh-pear,” sounds like pooh bear).

This past weekend was spent in St. Augustine, FL with the Bradley family.  We had a great time visiting with everyone, and Zoe had a blast meeting all of her cousins.  Pretty much, we played games, went swimming, and celebrated my nephew, Reese’s, 5th birthday!


Zoe, Amy, and Aunt Katie (matriarch of the family)






Zoe and her cousin, Abbey





(L to R): Amy, Zoe, Kirk, Melanie, Davis, Jimmy, Nancy, Reese, Kyle

Other things going on around here:

Zoe has decided to become a full-fledged toddler and loves the 3 main things toddlers do: eat, climb, and push things around.  The eating was already solved, but to help combat the climbing onto things that aren’t so safe (like the stone hearth in the family room) and to keep her from pushing the chairs and bar stools around, we bought her a couple of new toys.  One is a grocery cart, which she loves.  Not only can she push it around, but she can also take things in and out (another toddler fascination).  The other toy is her 1st chair. 

Zoe chilling with bunny. (And yes, she drags her “animal of the day” into the chair with her!)

Zoe’s 1st birthday coincided with Father’s Day this year.  Everything was kept pretty low-key: cards for the daddies in the group, cake and a few presents for Zoe.  It took awhile for Zoe to figure out that she could get down and dirty with the cake, but once she did, she had a ton of fun!


Zoe and Kirk watching the Bellagio fountains show. 







Watch out cake; here I come!







Hmmm…I’m not so sure about this.







Daddy, that cake is really yummy!






BTW. that is a bruise you see under Zoe’s left eye.  She decided to “walk” (really lunge) into the coffee table and misjudged the distance.  So, instead of grabbing the edge with her hands, her cheek decided to try and grab instead. 

Hey everyone!  I’m actually writing from Vegas today.  Kirk, his parents, and his brother are at the wrestling trials, and Zoe is next door trying to go to sleep.  Since this week was spent primarily packing and getting ready to come out here, there isn’t a whole lot to report .  Zoe did excellent on the flight here; she took a short nap and then played the rest of the 4 1/2 hour trip.  Although she has woken up at 4 and 4:30, she has gone back to sleep both mornings until a more appropriate time to wake up (between 5 and 6) and is eating and sleeping at her normal times.

Reviews of stuff:

1.  The hotel: We’re staying at the Flamingo https://www.harrahs.com/casinos/flamingo-las-vegas/hotel-casino/property-home.shtml, which is in the center of the strip.  It’s been perfect so far.  The rooms are nice, clean, and nothing special, and the overall atmosphere is pretty relaxed.  Most people walk around in their swimsuits and coverups or t-shirts and shorts.  I think the casino minimums are kinda high so Kirk and everyone else has gone elsewhere.  The pool is awesome!  The main pool has all sorts of ledges so Zoe can sit on the ledge and crawl around; we haven’t tried the slides yet, but we might do that tomorrow.  The only slight issue: the adult-only pool cranks the music up at 2pm until ~5pm (I can tell what the songs are from the 12th floor), and our room faces the pool.  So, if you think you might want to stay here with itty-bitties, and they don’t do so well with noises at naptime, it’s probably not the best place to stay.  Besides for the noise in the afternoon, the resort is quiet (for a Vegas resort) but bustling and is very child friendly.  In fact, this morning when we went to the pool, there were about 10 kids under the age of 5 playing and swimming around in the little section we were in.  It’s also a great place if you don’t have kids because of the reasonable room prices, the casual atmosphere, the ability to get away from the kids at the adult-only pool, and it’s central locale.

2.  Date night.  Kirk and I went out on a date Thurs night while Grandmommy & Grand-daddy stayed to hold the fort down.  We ate at the restaurant, Shibuya (http://www.mgmgrand.com/dining/shibuya-japanese-restaurant.aspx) for dinner, which was fabulous.  We had a flight of “premium” sake, chu toro (fatty tuna) sashimi appetizer, Alaskan king crab and veggie tempura, snapper sushi, shrimp tempura roll, and the green tea cake.  Everything was excellent; however, I wouldn’t recommend the shrimp tempura roll because the shrimp were overcooked.  After dinner, we saw the cirque du soleil show, KA (http://www.mgmgrand.com/entertainment/ka-cirque-du-soleil-show.aspx), which was amazing.  The show is different from a traditional cirque show in the fact that it actually had a plot.  If you like the cirque shows because there isn’t much of a plot, and you dislike Broadway shows for the same reason, this show probably isn’t for you.  

3.  Girls morning.  Nancy/Grandmommy and I went to Caesar’s Palace spa, Qua (http://www.harrahs.com/qua/) for a 1-hour massage.  Both of our massages were excellent, and it was nice to be pampered without having to worry about the crumb-cruncher.

So, that’s it for now.  We have some cool pics that I’ll put up when we get home.



Countdown to Vegas!

June 10, 2008

YEAH!! Vacation-time!  We are leaving on Thurs morning sometime between 9 and 10; I’m not exactly sure of the time.  The trip is two-fold: Kirk, his parents, and brother are going to watch a family friend at the wrestling Olympic trials (good luck, Jared!), while Zoe and I peruse the Vegas strip and hang out at the pool, and Zoe has the chance to enjoy her 1st birthday cake (Happy Birthday, Zoe!).

Be on the lookout for lots of pictures from the trip!

Check out Jared: http://www.themat.com/bios.php?page=showbio&ContactID=559