Saturday, January 12, 2008

Going Back in Time, Part 2

Friday and Saturday of the Jamestown Quadricentennial Celebration was spent at Fort Pocahontas. Everyone gathered here for lectures, games, children's parades, the dedication of "The Children's Monument", and many other activities that took place during the two day period.

"Fort Pocahontas from the water"
When we took the boat tour on Tuesday, we actually left from Fort Pocahontas. In this picture you are literally looking up the hill to where the Children's Monument and the accompanying time capsule were placed and dedicated on Friday.

"Balloon Rides"
Hot air balloon rides were offered all week long and seemed to be a hot item! It was neat to actually watch the balloon and to hear the hot air being "pumped" into the balloon!

" Waiting in line"
On Friday, I took the kids on a "lets-find-out-what's-here" tramp over near the games and such. We found a "battle" going on that the all the kids took part in and was by far the "funnest" game of Jared and Davids' day!

"On Guard!"
Then we found a "game" where a young man would teach the kids how to sword fight. The boys were in "hog heaven"! Jared and David are all about swordfights, cowboys and indians, or just sneaking up on a person!

"Family Photo"
I've noticed that whenever a good "family photo" is taken, at least one member of the family happens to be missing! Here, Trevor, who had had to return back home, and Collin were missing.

Well, both us and our friends got a rather late start this morning. So by the time we left for the Fort it was probably after 1:00.
While us kids were waiting to leave...........
"The Hispanic version of Soccer"
No, the gun is fake! Don't ask me what's going on because I don't know!

Isn't he cute???!

"Cutting out Labels"
Yes friends, I was working while on vacation! I had brought at least one hundred labels that I needed cut out and had found the perfect time to work on them!

" The Picnic Dinner"
My Mothers' Friend and her daughter, Bethany, told us not to worry about dinner as they wanted to "treat us out"!

"Mixing the Dressing"
Bethany has come up with a mayonnaise like concoction for sandwiches that is delicious! (Bethany, I need the recipe! Can you include it in the next letter?)

Haviland did all sorts of things that were a help to her Mother. She's a sweet little girl that has a so much potential! I love it when "Havy" comes up and holds my hand as we're walking.......

"Our Fellow Picnickers"
I only know this lady as "the lady who holds Jane Austen balls", but she is a hoot!!! She, Mom, and Friend we're trading Jane Austen quotes all evening!
Here again, Momma went nuts with all of the costumes that we're being worn! Ideas, Ideas, pictures, and Inspiration were what she came home with!
I'm glad I bought a bigger memory card before we left home!

Our family and Friends family parted ways on Sunday morning. Fond farewells were said and hugs exchanged among the ladies. We had a delightful week and a half with them (the first few days was spent at a home school conference) and it felt odd parting ways. They'd become like family.

I'll leave you with the quote on one side of the Tercentennial Monument:
"Lastly and Chiefly the way to prosper and achieve good success, is to make yourselves all of one mind for the good of your country and your own, and to serve and fear God the giver of all goodness. For every plantation which our Heavenly Father hath not planted shall be rooted out.
Advice of the London Council for Virginia, to the Colony-1606"

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