|The gardens were beautiful. This is the vegetable garden.|
|This is the vineyard and the amazing view.|
|In the basement, Drew hopped into this and said, "Look, I'm in a picture frame."|
|The discovery Center had really awesome block sets to play with to build your own "Monticello."|
|Hannah wrote a little note to a friend.|
After leaving Monticello, we drove to Richmond and had dinner at a pub that had a gourmet food truck night. There were a dozen food trucks to choose from. We got the kids gelato as a special treat after they ate pizza and wings. Brian had some kind of fancy tacos and I went to get this quinoa bowl, but was distracted by this bowl of gourmet mac-n-cheese. A guy eating it told me that he comes up there on food truck night just for that dish. I caved and got it. Everything was delicious.
Then we drove the last hour to our hotel and got everyone baths. After the two littlest ones were tucked in, I read to the other kids a book about Jamestown. It's a biography type book but written a little bit more interestingly. The hotel had two rooms with doors and a fold out sofa. The girls slept in one room with Judah in a pack-n-play, Brian and I were int he other room with Bobby in his Moses basket. Isaac and Drew were on the fold out sofa.
The next day we were headed out to Jamestown. I read aloud more of our book on the way. First we stopped at the Jamestown Park which was free and the kids did a scavenger hunt while we looked around at the museums and the old Jamestown Fort. They each earned a prize, Jamestown bags, at the end.
Then we drove to the Jamestown visitor center where we had to pay for entry. It turns out it was a special homeschool day. However, for a myriad of reasons the cost for the homeschool tour was more than the cost of the entry to the center. We just did the regular entry tickets. We saw the reproductions of the Indian village, the three ships, and the fort. Drew was not so great this time. He was tired and cranky. We mainly had problems on the ships. It was misty/raining on and off all day and the decks were wet. He was running around and kept darting off with the older two (Hannah stays with us most of the time, but Genna and Isaac like to explore.) In hindsight I should have just made them all stay with me and Brian, but at the time had a sleeping baby wrapped on my chest and was trying to catch Drew. After a few attempts to get him to stay with me and giving him way more chances than I normally do, I removed him from the ships and he had to sit in the stroller with me while everyone else finished up the ship tour. Oh, that boy!
That's what our little, not quite so relaxing (AKA Brian was on the edge of his seat,) had me thinking. Every time it got hard for me to take, I thought, "I love that little boy. His mother is doing her best." I can only hope others will one day offer me and my children the same love if I am in a similar situation.