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Day 1 Of Our Trip To Virginia

Two years ago when I went to Florida with my mother, Bill and I took a picture of the kids in front of Cracker Barrel. We ended up hanging it up in our bedroom and it’s something I look at and cherish on a daily basis. Today, we took the same picture and I am so happy we did. I can’t wait to print it and put them side by side. Maybe I should make it a “thing”. Every time we are somewhere that has a Cracker Barrel – we make a memory. LOL!

So – we are on our family vacation this week. Forgive me for not updating as frequently as I normally do – but it won’t be for long.

Here are some photos from our first day in Virginia. We visited Colonial Williamsburg for the afternoon and really had a great time.

My husband is a child. But let’s ignore the fact that I can’t get one good picture with him. LOL! If you notice – we are basically eating bread in every single picture! Holy Smokes – I couldn’t get enough of their pretzel bread. OH SO GOOD!

I went to Colonial Williamsburg as a child and have fond memories of it. When Bill and I were deciding on a vacation, I thought Virginia would be an easy trip. In less than an hour we landed and were collecting our bags. You can’t BEAT THAT!

It was about 90 degrees and everyone was in costume. We couldn’t help but ask them how hot they were. I’m sure it didn’t help! hahahahah – We were like “HI! How are you? Hey – is that made out of linen? MY GOODNESS you must be sweating”. Even the kids were asking about the long sleeves and high socks.

As you walked around there were a ton of photo opps. It’s so cool that Natalie is old enough to actually take photos. That means Bill and I can be in some pictures together. LOVE IT!

There were a TON of opportunities to go into the houses and see how people lived during Colonial Times. The kids enjoyed seeing some of the demonstrations.

Then we headed to the shops section for dinner. There was a nice variety, but something side tracked us… Natalie lost her shoe! We were about to go into a restaurant and she MENTIONED that she didn’t have her shoes.  Bill back tracked for a good half hour – and nothing. We ended up having to buy her a pair of shoes and had to beg a shop to open up because everything was closed. They WERE SO NICE and let us in.  For $13 – I think they are the nicest sandals Natalie owns so it was a blessing in disguise.

Tomorrow we have a few more things lined up.

Are you looking to travel anytime soon? Virginia looks like it’s going to be an easy and fun ride! To learn more about Colonial Williamsburg, click here.

All proceeds from admission tickets, dining, shopping, lodging, spa, golf, etc. at any official Colonial Williamsburg establishment benefit the non-profit Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Kinda made me NOT feel guilty about buying a hat that Liam wants  no part of!!

Thank goodness Bill is into it.

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  1. wow….so strange that I mentioned I had a dream about you and then you actually came to VA. lol. Williamsburg is soooo much fun. I have the same picture of me in those stocks, from when I was a kid. I hope you guys have a great trip! What else do you plan on doing?

  2. When I was a kid, and we travelled to the US, Cracker Barrel was always my favourite part of the journey to our destination! Love it there.

  3. I’m convinced now that if i ever come over to US i should visit Cracker Barrel. Still have no idea though what is this place exactly :-)))

  4. LOVE the pics! And Natalie is a great little photographer already. I love places like Colonial Williamsburg. They make me feel good – I don’t know why! Vera, you look so happy – you all do, actually. Fun times!

  5. Alana, I live in the US and am not really sure what Cracker Barrel is either….it’s a restaurant with a gift shop I guess…but there is also a brand of cheese in the US called Cracker Barrel – I’m assuming it’s the same co.

  6. We went last week to Colonial Williamsburg but it was rainy the day went. Go check out Water Country USA. We had a great time there.

  7. I Love Colonial Williamsburg. Looks like you guys had a ball. Off topic, where do you get your daughters bows from? They are adorable.

  8. Cracker Barrel is a restaurant that also has a store in it. The breakfast cannot be beat — but they aren’t located in NY. So whenever we go away, we find one and chow down. We are going to go one more time before we leave.

    Bill and I have both written them a letter asking them to open one up in NYC or Long Island. I am SERIOUS!

    Natalie’s bows are from Gymboree or The Children’s Place. A few of the larger ones are from Lily Pulitzer – but those are expensive so I don’t have too many from that latter.

  9. Looks like a great trip! FYI, when I took a trip to Virginia, I used the FXVA site (www.fxva.com) to find attractions in virginia and it worked out really well. You should definitely check it out next time you go back. Looks like you had no problem finding things to do this time though!

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