Thursday, April 26, 2018

W is for Colonial Williamburg

Colonial Williamsburg is the restored capital of eighteenth-century Virginia, a living history museum that encompasses much of the historic area.  It is our favorite place to visit in Virginia.

We've been visiting Colonial Williamsburg since our first time here in 2003-2007.  They have wonderful homeschool programs where the children are immersed in history.  They have conversations with the leaders of the colonial periods, play colonial games, learn colonial arts, and enter the world of people who lived more than two hundred years ago.  Here Sophia has just been fitted for her mob cap and straw hat.

One of our favorite stores is the King's Arms Barber Shop (Wigmakers).  It is an amazing history lesson to learn all about hair and wigs in the colonial era.

There are reenactments of all sorts going on throughout the year.  This was part of a Revolutionary City program.

The Mary Dickinson Store has everything colonial mothers and daughters need in the way of fashion, and everything modern-day women would like to dress in period-correct style.

A colonial Miss

The Governor's Palace, residence of Virginia's royal governor, is an elaborate palace complex complete with stunning architecture and furnishings.  The house and exquisite grounds also include stables and a carriage house, service yards, and the outbuildings for the large staff of butlers, footmen, maids, cooks, laundresses, gardeners, grooms, and landscapes who were needed to maintain this magnificent property.

Read all about Colonial Williamsburg here.

April Rudolph Day

In the midst of the A to Z, I completely forgot to put up the Rudolph Day is Coming post for April.  I hope if you're a Rudolph Day participant, you had a fun and productive day.

I started out with this month's movie, Four Christmases.  It's been a while since I watched it so it was very enjoyable.

I updated my gift closet list as I added a few items to the closet last month and made my final selection for the Christmas in July ornament I am making for a swap.  That ticked the box for this month's task - Plan Holiday Crafts.  I had planned to make yo yo trees but what a disaster that was.  If you can make yo yos, I salute you!  If you want to give them a try, check out the instructions here.

As a lovely bonus to April Rudolph Day, my package from the Nail Polish Swap I entered arrived in the afternoon.  I can't give you the details yet - the reveal is scheduled for May 8 - but I can tell you that my swap partner put together a lovely gift box.  And, to finish off a great day full of all things Christmas, the new Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Dream Book is available online and in stores.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

V is for Virginia Beach

I have a love-hate relationship with Virginia Beach.  It has great shopping, restaurants, cultural events, festivals, and historic sites but it also has an oceanfront, boardwalk area that I cannot imagine anyone would choose for a vacation destination.  It's fortunate for Virginia Beach tourism that I appear to be in a minority.

We've seen Virginia Beach grow dramatically since we first moved here in 2003.  The town center area, far from the waterfront, is full of trendy lofts and hipster bars and restaurants.  The city has done much to rejuvenate old shopping areas and construction continues.  I'm not sure I'd ever choose Virginia Beach as a place to live but we have enjoyed living close by.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

U is for Universities

There are dozens of public, private, and predominantly religious universities in Virginia.  Perhaps the three best known are the College of William and Mary, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

The College of William and Mary, established in 1693, is the second oldest institution of  higher education in the United States.  The alma mater of three Presidents, it is also that of numerous key public figures in our country's early history.  Located in Williamsburg, the College of William and Mary has been named one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States.

Designated in 1987 by UNESCO as the first collegiate World Heritage Site, the University of Virginia has strong ties to Presidents Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe.  Located in Charlottesville, it features a campus rich with Jeffersonian architecture. 

Through its Corps of Cadets ROTC program, Virginia Tech is one of the six senior military colleges in the colleges.  The university was brought very much into the eye of the entire country with the tragic shooting event in 2007.   The university is Virginia's most comprehensive with 280 degree programs and its leading research institution.

If this is Tuesday, it must be England #93

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their new prince and doesn't she look fabulous?  Anxiously waiting to hear the little one's name - Arthur, Edward, Thomas, and Philip are the front runners so far but we'll just have to wait and see.

Monday, April 23, 2018

T is for Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Opening on April 15, 1964, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel won numerous awards as an engineering wonder.  Measuring 17.6 miles from shore to shore, the Bridge-Tunnel consists of more than 12 miles of trestle roadway, two mile-long tunnels, two bridges, four man-made islands, almost two miles of causeway and 5 1/2 miles miles of approach roads for a grand total of 23 miles.

The Bridge-Tunnel connects the Eastern Shore and the Virginia mainland, a route previously only connected by ferry.

Spring where you're from - TBB April Themed Link-ups

The Blended Blog has some really great link ups.  I'm not always organized enough to catch every one but I'm going to try because they are such fun.

Today is Spring where you're from (pictures of your home, your city).  Home for us right now (fellow MilSpouses and MilBrats, you know the drill...home is where the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard sends you) is Norfolk, Virginia and I gave you all a brief overview of the city in general earlier this month in N is for Norfolk.  Here's a more personal look (as in, photos I actually took).

We live in the historic neighborhood on the base.  I LOVE living on the base - our neighborhood is gorgeous, full of tress, one block from the beautiful Jamestown Exposition mansions that are now home to flag officers, one block from the golf course, and one more block from the marina.  It is a great place to walk, run, push a stroller, or take Fido for a constitutional.  It's safe, I don't have to worry about a thing when Vic travels and there is one site maintenance staff should I need them.  We lived in this house from 2012-2014 and surprise, surprise, when we moved back in 2016, they assigned us the exact same unit.  No wondering about the floor plan, everything went right back where it had been before.

I am not one of nature's little gardeners so I don' t have any vibrant flower beds to show you but several of my neighbors are fortunate to have these beautiful trees in their yards.