Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Williamsburg, Virginia

Posted By: Leah

As part 2 (or maybe like part 5) of Gav and BF's super secret birthday roadtrip we went to Williamsburg, VA!

BF had visited when he was young and loved it! I lived in Richmond, VA for almost 5 years and although I had been to the outlets right outside of Williamsburg, I had never been to the colonial part. After our visits to Richmond and Great Wolf Lodge (get caught up on the first part here). We ended up at one of the colonial williamsburg hotels where we could walk to the historic stuff. 

I totally should have taken pictures of the room, it was like folk art themed. Sort of like a rich old person's house who is well traveled lol. I did manage to get a photo of the shower curtain in the bathroom. I thought the eyelets were a cool detail. 

We were STARVING and the hotel's restaurant was closed during that weird time like 2pm-5pm pre-dinner. We ended up eating at the club house at the golf course next to the hotel. It was so delicious! 

It was really pretty and we overlook the rolling hills and these shady trees, a pond, some flowers... and you'll have to take my word for it... again (worst blogger ever, right?)
Here's a picture of me at lunch. I look pretty happy with it all hahah!

Anyhow, so we got into the colonial section after eating and yeah... here's the deal. Passes to go to like 99% of the houses, shops, etc. you had to buy tickets for. It was already late in the day and let's be serious... it's olden days boring stuff. So we didn't pay the $40 or whatever it is per person, per ticket cost. 

So we just hung out around the historic stuff because we had booked a ghost tour and dinner at a tavern booked for later!

Oh! at 5pm they had this cannon shooting thing. These dudes were dressed up and if you stand next to them, you overhear them talking in historic olden days speak. I am seriously the worst tourist ever. I have no clue what was even going on lol.

This is a gate to one of the houses. BF was showing gav how the ball made the gate close. Gav was not too interested.

Here are some more colonial ladies outside of... a church? Seriously I fail at Williamsburg. 

Ok on to dinner! So the cool part is we got to eat at a real tavern!

In the olden days they never took baths so wore huge napkins tied around their necks. They called it "tying one on." 
In the pewter dish were olden days foods that you put on top of the meats and stuff to make it taste better. It was like pickled watermelon, some kind of pickled corn and I swear pickled meat. It was kinda gross... sorry olden days. 

And remember the part about us eating a super late lunch at the golf clubhouse? Yeah... we were crazy full. Probably a good thing because BF and I just had salads and our bill was insanely expensive. But it was still a cool setting. They had live olden days music like some dude playing a tiny flute? lute? Again... I'm the worst. Olden days just isn't my thing.

On to the ghost tour! So we met up with our group aka other people like us who stayed at the fancy hotel like us and got free tickets... I'm not sure if they were free to everyone. I mean i of course did my call ahead/email ahead to get the vip treatment. 

So the girl giving the tour was um... ok we'll just say I've never been on a ghost tour before so I didn't know what to expect. I thought she would be all " Hey here's a ghost. I'm super goth. You are all haunted because you are even here. Go have nightmares. Goth girl... OUT!"

It was more like this girl in ill fitting khaki's talking about some people who worked there who saw things move at some point years before. The best part of the tour was when Gav got to hold the lantern. OH! He did have a super awkward answer to one of the tour guides questions about what he would do if he saw a ghost. It was really awkward like I can't repeat it. But let's just say that it involved him throwing rocks, bricks, and killing himself. Yes, my 6 yr old child said this to a group of ghost-touring adults. Not one of my prouder moments.

Somehow Gav recovered for his awkward comment and the lady let him hold the lantern. 

At Williamsburg there aren't streetlights because, hi? it's oldendays before electricity. They have horse and buggy tours. Not a problem during the day, but at night as you can see below... there is a little bit of a hurdle. 

So Gav's job was to stand by the horse's business and yell "POOP!" seriously, the tour guide told him to do this. So who's the awkward one now?

So that's it for Gav's and BF's birthday adventure! I'd say the best parts were visiting Richmond, I do miss living there it was awesome! And although the great wolf hotel was not really all that great... the waterpark was a blast! Gav had a super good time and talks about going back to great wolf lodge all the time (I might need a while before I have the need to return). And BF really loved Richmond and I think he appreciated the effort I put into us all going to Williamsburg, although it was clearly not my or Gav's thing. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Happy Bday Gav & BF

Posted By: Leah
The first week of August were Gav and BF's birthdays! Yup, both of the dudes in my life have their birthdays a day a part. Both leo's.

You remember what bf did for my bday back in may right? Check that out here.  So for BF and Gav I had to double it. I mean it's not a competition but... well I'm an event planner. So how could I not make BF and Gav's bdays a huge event?

Remember a few weeks back, it rained for like 10 days straight or something. Well, it did here in NC. ANyhow, that prompted me in choosing the location for BF's and Gav's bday celebration. I wanted something fun but INSIDE incase it rained. So with some suggestions from BF's mom, I chose Williamsburg, VA for the destination and Great Wolf Lodge for the hotel!

I looked at the map and Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg is like 4 hrs away so kind of a long drive for a Saturday morning. I decided we'd break up the trip. And on the way there is Richmond!

But I didn't tell Gav and BF where we were going. I just said for them to pack their bathingsuits, we'd go fast, and it was in another state. Oh! and it didn't matter if it was rain or shine...

A super special thing we did that I don't have photos of is when we stopped by Gav's first daycare. He went there from age 11 weeks - almost 3 years. The teachers were amazing! So many people hate on daycares and say they are so bad, but I am sooo lucky and to be honest, feel honored to have these wonderful women watching Gav and teaching him everything he needed to know when he was so young. The cool thing is every single one of his teachers were there!  Gav remembered one of them, just because we still talk about her a lot. The others I'm sure he had no clue. 

I mentioned I didn't take photos, but I actually did something even better. Have you seen on Pinterest where people get Dr. Seuss' "Oh, the Places You'll Go" and then have the teachers sign, then give to the kid when they graduate HS or college or whatever? I did that for gav and had his daycare teachers sign! It's like a gift... for the future!

Anyway! So after that, we paid a zillion in tolls, because thats what you do in Richmond (true story), and went to pick up BF's and gav's super adorable cupcakes! I got them from a cute place called Pearl's.  I got myself one too... obvs!
Seriously. I had my own cupcake made. 

So instead of giving them to bf and gav in the car to eat or something, I took them to one of the prettiest places in Richmond... Hollywood Cemetary. Ok I know, it's weird. And I'm not into death or cemetaries or stuff like that at all. But this cemetary is gorgeous. It's full of rolling hills and the gravestones are from hundreds and hundreds of years ago in all shapes and sizes. There are huge holly trees everywhere (get it: Holly wood). So we found a cool spot with benches overlooking the James river where we had the cupcakes. super cool!

We ended up leaving there and going to our hotel, the Hilton Garden across from where I used to work downtown. I think I went to the groundbreaking like 5 yrs ago or something. Anyhow although we were advised not to, we walked to Bottom's Up pizza, seriously the best pizza place ever. 

We each only got one slice but they were huge. I used to go there w/ my friends from my old job all the time. And the pizza is still the same and delicious!

We got back from dinner and the hotel had left gifts for BF and Gav in the room. Something I know as a frequent hotel guest is that if you call and ask for a complementary amenity, they will totally give it to you! So chocolate covered strawberries for bf and a bag of treats for gav!

The next morning we went to Carytown, a really cute area in Richmond. It's sort of a hipster, preppy, hard to describe but really unique and fun area. 

Although we JUST had cupcakes, it was BF and Gav's bdays, so donuts all around as well!

We then went to the Great Wolf Lodge in Willimsburg, VA

The Great Wolf Lodge is that place with the indoor waterpark and cool kid's suites. I'd say the hotel was ok... Gav loved his bunk bed with his own tv. It's a few steps from the lowest level Disney property IMO. But... the waterpark was a blast! It made up for the so-so room.

 This was one of Gav's 1st times down the waterslide lol!

Gav's favorite was the lazy river in a life jacket lol.

There were super fun things too, but they were hard to get photos of. This is the boogie boarding wave called the 'Howlin Wolf' hahah.

BF at the top of the boogie board thing.

After a day in the waterpark we went to dinner to celebrate Gav and BF's birthday some more. 

We got back to the room and of course I had another surprise planned for Gav :)

The next day... Historic Williamsburg, VA!
(check back tomorrow)

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