Monday, July 12, 2010

Our trip to VA Beach

We spent a fun few days with Garr's mom and Buddy! Linda (Garr's mom) took the kids mining ... yes, mining. It was cool! They got a bucket of sand and then "mined" it in the river. You could choose fossils or gemstones. The girls chose gemstones and they were so excited to see what gems and arrowheads were in their buckets. We all sifted through the sand left by others and found some shark teeth and fossils too :) They had so much fun. After they mined their gemstones, they laid them out on the table and compared them to a chart so they could figure out what kind of stones they had. The lady working there was so kind and informative. She helped us figure out some of the tricky ones :) They are looking forward to doing it again next time we go. Unfortunately I forgot my camera, so no photos of that :) (I made up for it at the gardens though, lol...)

The next day, we visited the Botanical Gardens there. What a great place! We had so much fun... riding the tram (Daniel's favorite!), visiting the Butterfly Gardens and Butterfly house, and playing at the Enchanted Forest Children's exhibit. Unfortunately, before we could go anywhere else, a major storm hit! There was lightning and thunder right over our heads!! And then it downpoured! There was no place to go for shelter and no trams nearby. We walked, for what seemed like forever, in the pouring rain and the lightning! It was kind of scary. Garr carried Daniel and when Liv got upset, Buddy carried her. By the time we found our way out to the truck, we were all soaked to the skin. It was an adventure, though, and Daniel hasn't stopped talking about the "Boom!" and the "water" and "Daddy run!" It's rather cute :)

I was able to get a ton of great photos before the storm and am thanking God that my camera didn't get ruined in the rain. It was totally dry when I took it out of the diaper bag at the car. I couldn't believe it because the bag was so wet I could wring out the straps. We will definitely make another trip to the Gardens next long as we check the weather first :)

Garr and Daniel waiting by the fountain for the tram -
Daniel was SO excited!
Riding the tram
Liv, Mom, and Buddy on the tram

beautiful view in the distance,
but this photo made me laugh when I saw it.
Can you tell why?
views from the tram

In the Butterfly Garden,
Liv, Eme, Daniel, and Abby

The Girls with Ama and Mr. Buddy
finding our way through the maze

a gladiola that Abby wanted a photo of
In the Butterfly house,
there were all kinds of caterpillars, eggs,
flowers, and butterflies.
It was beautiful.

This butterfly was wounded
and the man volunteering there said
he was going to take it to the "butterfly hospital."

A view from inside the butterfly house.

Garr, Liv, and I -
Abby took this photo.

Garr, Ab, and I -
Liv took this one. :)

Mom and Buddy
Laughing together
Another great photo-op for the 4 kids :)

I'm telling you these are Christmas card material!
Ama and Abby
Mom thought I would never stop taking photos
I'm guessing, by the look on her face :)
There were all these little tables and chairs
cut from stumps of wood.
They had games like checkers, tic-tac-toe, and more.
Here the kids are pretending the wood circles are cookies :)
Daniel takes a bite :)
A "train"
The 3 little pigs house of straw
The house of brick
"Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?"
Danny and I
I love this boy SO much!
After the storm, wet and bedraggled!

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