Thursday, July 30, 2009

Beach Day with Grandma

My mom came out to Virginia and I was lucky enough to have her visit me for a couple of days. We had a beach day with my playgroup and it was a lot of fun, although a bit warm. William has been afraid of the water ever since a big wave knocked him down early in the summer. My mom worked her "Grandma magic" on him and he ventured out into the waves with her. We had to retreat after a couple of hours because of the jellyfish invasion. Good times!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Salad Chips

I steamed a couple of artichokes for dinner last night. As Sean and I were peeling off the leaves and eating them, William kept asking for 'Salad Chips.' He was eating his chicken pot pie so I didn't know what he was referring to. Then I figured it out. The artichoke leaves look kind of like chips and we were dipping them in melted butter and mayonnaise. They were also green, like a salad. Salad Chips. What a clever little guy. I shared mine with him and now he is a big fan of the 'Salad Chips.'

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Happy Birthday, America!

We had such a great day on Independence Day. We went to Colonial Williamsburg and it was fantastic. We had a picnic at the Governor's Palace. They provided a boxed lunch style picnic and commemorative blanket. We found a place on the palace grounds and enjoyed a feast of chilled fried chicken, turkey and cheese wraps, ham sandwich on focaccia bread, cole slaw, potato salad, giant cookie, and red, white, and blue cupcakes. Like I said, a feast. While we ate, there were period costumed characters that put on a show with traditional dance, jokes, and magic tricks. We were a little too far away to hear what was going on, but William had a good time running around on the lawn. When it started to get dark, we went to claim our spot for the fireworks viewing. We ran into the Livesays and the Satterfields and joined their party. Then there was a fife and drum parade and mini concert. Then it was time for the main event. I was a little worried that William would be afraid of the loud noises from the fireworks but he loved it. He was willing to sit and wait for the next fireworks show. Poor guy, he still thinks that fireworks happen every night. I'm so glad that we got to do something memorable as a family this Independence day.