Latergrams from Labor Day Weekend

Life is moving fast. Between an event that I’m chairing for my Junior Woman’s Club, working to get people to our 10 year high school reunion, and trying to put a little bit of pomp together for a special little man’s 2nd birthday – free hours are (once again) few and far between. Ay. I sense a pattern in my life. Yi.


My college roommate (and one of my best friends) spent about 65 hours in Virginia over Labor Day weekend. Last time she visited we did a whirlwind tour of D.C., this time we took on Williamsburg. The pace was slower with little J in tow but he was a welcome companion.

She got the “Vlk special” which included breakfast a Five Forks, the farmers market, a stroll through CW which included stops at the stocks, the giant tree, and our favorite place to feed ducks behind the Williamsburg Inn, the library, Jamestown Beach, a ghost tour, and dinner at Food for Thought. The time was short but we made great memories.

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Have you heard that newer Zac Brown Band song called “Homegrown“?

It’s been in my head a lot recently as a way to describe my life right now. Lyrics include the following…

I got some good friends that live down the street
Got a good looking woman with her arms ‘round me
Here in a small town where it feels like home
I got everything I need and nothing that I don’t
Homegrown, Homegrown

Williamsburg may not be a small town to everyone but it’s the perfect kind of small for me. It takes 10-15 minutes to get everywhere and has enough things to occupy one’s time with if you’re up for a simple life. Take our Memorial Day as my proof.

In between little J’s naps we took a two hour excursion to the James River beach that’s three minutes from our house and then crossed the street to Jamestown and briefly toured the museum and let J climb through one of the ships. {total cost: free! residency perks!)

Needless to say, he’s happy he’s homegrowing in Williamsburg. {and yes, in case you’re wondering he had a wardrobe change…he somehow couldn’t manage to keep himself dry with the waves calling his name 🙂 }

IMG_2061[1]Our day ended with friends, a grill, a fire in our new fire pit. s’mores and the confirmation that yep, this small town sure feels like a wonderful place to call home.

An Update by Numbers

30 – the number of days that Alex has been out of school.

16 – the number of nights we’ve been away from home since Alex finished school 🙂

4th – the holiday our nation celebrated a few weeks ago to mark our Independence. We decided at 11:30am to book it over to Colonial Williamsburg to hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Oh the perks of being local! Sadly our day did not include fireworks (b/c CW does an amazing job with theirs!) but we did have a cook-out with some church friends and heard them from our front porch.

6th – the last day we spent (and will spend) in Williamsburg in the month of July.

5 – the number of days Alex served as Mr. Mom Extraordinar (in a hotel room!) while I was ran my annual Constitutional Academy.

1276 – the number of times SBJ has said the word “dog” since being at his Vlk grandparents house. He loves their dogs soooo much!

3 – the number of steps SBJ took on is own two nights ago. Alex and I were sitting outside and letting him walk between us in the grass. I let go of his hands one time and elcited 3 steps

18.5lbs/28 inches – SBJ’s weight and height at his 9 month check-up

Catching Up

It’s always been hard for me to keep this space updated when I have family/friends in town. Enter the never-ending season of guests and I’m really struggling! A few pictures will have to suffice as memory collectors and updates as spring has rolled into full on summer and our little one continues to grow.

Alex’s parents and sister were in town and loved on SBJ for five days over Mother’s Day. Among other touristy things, one night they took me – while Alex stayed home with the babe and his grade-book – on a “Tavern Ghost Tour” of Colonial Williamsburg. My impression? LAME. Wouldn’t recommend this tour at all. I think we had a bad story-teller but it was pretty painful. After this experience, I’d say skip this if you’re coming to town! (as an aside, I think that there is another ghost tour that’s not the tavern type. The  tavern one is all modern ghost stories and I think the other is colonial)

{below, me pointing to the haunted Window at Shields Tavern}


We celebrated my birthday by going out to eat at Food for Thought as its one of my favorite local places and unlike the ghost tour a highly recommended stop on your way through town. SBJ is becoming quite a restaurant pro. Despite my early disdain for Baby Led Weaning, it’s growing on me and is already reaping dividends when we go out.


Lastly, summer is here (and so is my sister). She took this lovely picture this weekend at our church Memorial Day picnic. SBJ has recently discovered watermelon and is absolutely smitten.


Charlton’s Coffee House – CW Secrets File

A quick shout out for something to do in Colonial Williamsburg (CW) if you’re like me and haven’t done it yet or if you’re planning a vacation in the near future.



My friend Emily was in town this weekend for a 1/2 marathon and we spent Saturday afternoon in CW. Charlton’s Coffee House is across the street from the Capitol Building and is now on my must see list for visitors. It’s basically the 1770’s Starbucks. It’s a tour based visit but comes with the admission ticket. It takes about 20 minutes to go through the four rooms of the coffee house and you get a cup of hot chocolate, tea, or coffee at the end! Emily and I were lucky enough to get a private tour because there was a street program going on at the same time that had captured the attention of everyone else. We told the guide that we worked at the Bill of Rights Institute and he gave us “the trade tour” as he called it.

Make sure you stop in next time you’re in CW!

Christmas Cheer?

I’m finding it a little difficult to get into the holiday spirit despite the fact that our house is decorated and our calendar is filled with celebrations and parties. Perhaps it’s because the weather this week at least has been so warm, in the 60’s and 70’s. This year, just finding myself just trying to do my best to enjoy Christmas music and let me the words challenge my soul as well as to enjoy the beauty of this season in this uniquely decorated place.

We haven’t spent time learning any of the official history of the colonial decorations but even though they’ve only been up for a two weeks, we’ve already been to see them three times. A few of my favorites are below. And the day that we took these pictures was the coldest we’ve had which is why we’re kind of bundled up.


“Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel HAS come to Thee!”.