One of the cool historic sites here in Virginia is the Jamestown Settlement. It's pretty cool that we lived in New England and were able to see many historic sites there and now a little further down the coast, we can explore even more history. :) Also, they are great homeschool field trips! ;)
Waiting to go view a short film about Jamestown.
Daddy sharing what he has read. :) Love this shot.
Old-time darts type game where you throw a corn cob arrow through the hoop.
We have a membership to our local zoo (so fun to have a local zoo!) and we visited a day earlier in the summer for a fun day out. The zoo also has sprayers that you can play in at the entrance, so that was extra fun. We got there right when they opened, so the children were able to play in the sprayers first virtually alone. It was a great, fun day, and we'll be back for another round before the summer is over, I'm sure.
Each child had their own sprayer. :)
Clara watching her siblings in the sprayers.
I have never seen a tiger this close to the glass before!
Pretty cool...our zoo currently has a baby giraffe.
The second round of sprayer time in the afternoon. Clara snoozed through this sprayer play time. :)
Busch Gardens is only about an hour from here, so we made the trip when Carl had a few vacation days. All the older children are tall enough to ride most everything (that they want to ride) either by themselves, with an adult, or with Will, so it was a great time, and a full day (their endurance has also increased with their height 😉).
Clara taking a rest while we waited with Jadon for the rest of the family to ride the log ride (Jadon and I rode previously and he decided he didn't need to go again).
Daddy and Hannah with Jadon and Will behind them (Will's in the red shirt, Hannah's in the pink).
Hannah and Daddy sharing a swing toward the middle, and Will in the red shirt on the outside.
End of the day sky gondola ride back to the entrance.
A few weeks back, we went to the beach for the first time here in Virginia. It was a perfect day for the beach and we had a lovely time, enjoying MUCH warmer ocean water than Maine, and great weather, before it got too hot. Additionally, we saw many little sand crabs, and even DOLPHINS! That was pretty cool for us, to see dolphins from the shore. :)
The family on the way to the beach!
Clara cannot yet crawl (which makes beach going much easier, in my opinion), and was very content just sitting with me in the shade tent playing with whatever I gave her. :)
Hannah coming to tell me a quick something about what she was doing, and then she was off again!
Jadon telling me a story about some recent, impressive swimming achievement.
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, whenI have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. I COR 9: 24-27