Since we didn't roll into Williamsburg until late on Friday the festivities did not start until Saturday. As soon as everyone scarfed down breakfast and the lunches were packed, we headed straight to the historic district of Williamsburg. Much like Nauvoo IL, it is a city that has been recreated to replicate that of Colonial Williamsburg. There is model homes, horse drawn carriages, artifacts from that time period, and even actors/actresses who speak as though they were really from that time period. Throughout all the tours I was amazed to see how much the foundation of our nation was built upon religion; the same nation that now spends so much time and effort separating church and state.
Williamsburg ended up being a great time. We toured the Governors Palace, the armory, the fabric shop, the Capitol Building, and TJ and Dominik got a first hand feel for the stalks...I actually really liked that one ;) The overall experience was really great. We learned a lot of interesting facts and got to relive an important part of our nations history.
|Dominiks favorite part of the day was the shuttle ride on the city bus :) He was SOOOO excited!!!|
Sunday was spent in Jamestown. This experience really hit home to me because it was the 9 week unit I taught during my student teaching. I got to see first hand the things I taught about using pictures and videos. There were real working models of the Powhatan yuchtans (houses), ships that the colonists came over on, and a colonial city complete with a church and a fortress built around it. There were many guides doing mini exhibits that you could go and watch, as well as a full museum exhibit that started in 1607 and ended with the American Revolution.
|While left unattended in the gift shop, TJ bought Dominik his first gun :) Pretty proud dad!|
|MaryAnne and I rocked at Big Buck Hunter!!|
After driving around the base we headed over to Virginia Beach. It was a BEAUTIFUL day with 73 degree weather (mid November...thanks global warming!!) and only a few white clouds in the sky. The water was still a bit cold for swimming, but that didn't stop us from building sand castles, digging up sea creatures, soaking up some vitamin D, and dipping our toes into the Atlantic Ocean (Dominik's first time).
We ended the fabulous weekend by eating some delicious seafood at a local restaurant called Mahi-Mahi. We said our farewells to the Georges and McCreary's and embarked on our 5 hour road trip home. We had such a fun weekend really living the history that is all around us. We feel fortunate to be in such a culturally rich place and hope that we can soak it all in during our one short year here.
|Dominik is a champ in the car!! Never fusses!!!|