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Friday, October 21, 2016

Busch Gardens: Part 1

We were suppose to go to Bush garden last year but it got cancelled because  of  the kennel's cancellation that was suppose to board our dogs at the last minute.  So this year, it was one of our main destinations during our road trip and mini vacation in Williamsburg Virginia.  We went there on July 8, the day after  our daughter's birthday.  The place does not open until 9 but we went there very early after we ate breakfast at Denny's.  
Busch Gardens offers fun for the whole family, from world-class roller coasters, rides, and slides to character appearances, shows, and animal interactions, you name it.  You can take the summer of thrills quiz to find out whether you are a Scream Seeker or more of a Junior Looper.  My daughter definitely belong to a scream seeker while I am on the other  option lol.     I love that that they have  kid-friendly online  tips on things to do in the parks and ride suggestions.  They are planning to have the  InvadR™, their very  first wooden roller coaster that will come in  in 2017.
Busch Gardens offers hidden adventure from every angle.
When we went to  the Waterworld USA  the day before, we were told by the admission  agent that military can avail discount  when going to  Busch Gardens so we were like "cool!"  So when we  asked for a discount  in BG,  the lady told us that  you have to buy  the tickets online to avail the discount.  Hmmmn, it doesn't make sense to me because  anyone can say   they are  military member online and they have to  way of checking it.  Military discount should be given  at the  admission booth so they can ask for military ID as proof.  But we didn't argue since that was  their rules.  I just find it odd that they do it that way.
Anyway, it was a great decision to go there early because  the line was just starting when we came.
I love the entrance, it's very  colorful and filled with  plants and flowers.
I have no idea what this cute building is for but we didn't tried to look around there.  We just went directly to the park as the kids were excited to see what's there to ride and see.
I am always behond them as I try to capture  different things.
I love  how they incorporated  France, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, England, and  Italy into the parks theme.
We get to feel like we were in a different country as we explored the park.
I am not sure if  I want to go back there again though.  As beautiful as it is, amusement park is not really for me.  It's fun for the kids that's why we go  but for me, I would rather  go to a place wqhere it's not crowded like the Jamestown Beach  or the quite and beautiful Waller Mills Park that we visited.  But while  the kids are into amusement park, we can still go.  Maybe when they are a little  older we can just visit a relaxing place and chill.

How to choose a moving company

As many of  you who read my blogs regularly knows that we just recently  moved to a new house  few months ago.  It's been a really busy  time for us  because we  did some home improvements to this house  before we moved in.  We had all the flooring done, applied a fresh coat of pain  on all the walls,  and now we are  having  new  windows put in.  We did most of the  works ourselves except the the tiles in the kitchen, and family room.  If we would have enough time, we would have done the tiles too  in order to save money but  the former owner  occupied the house for another 30 days after we closed the sale.  
We got the Ultimate Moving Checklist From Home Depot   and also rented all the equipment and tools we used  there since we did not have those specific cools that we need .  Moving is stressful not only physically  but also emotionally.  It can be emotionally draining and not to mention  the financial expenses that comes with it.   We did not hire a professional  movers but we got some help from  some my husband's co workers and  our neighbors.  We rented a truck and with other people's help, we moved most of our stuff.  We had to do two separate move because we didn't get to finish hauling everything out in one day.  One of the  other things that we didn't attempt to move is the piano and refrigerator.  We hired a professional piano mover to do it.  My husband asked a relative to help him  move the refrigerator as I couldn't help him with it.

It is really nice though that you can  obtain a  Moving Company License Checker online and  see your options.  It will give you an idea  or a guide on how to choose a moving company.     When my husband was  still in the  military, we didn't have to worry about the expenses of moving because they took care of everything for us, that's one thing I missed about  the military but I am glad he is now retired.  We don't have to worry about him being sent overseas.  

I felt so relieved this month because we finally sold  our old home.  I mean we received the offer back in July but we didn't get to close till this month.  The buyer have requested  us to do some stuff, we agreed to some of it but the other stuff, we declined.  I am just glad, we don't have to  pay two mortgages anymore, it's been stiff paying for two every month!  I feel like a strong weight has been lifted off my shoulder.  This has been quite a wild ride and journey for us.  

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

#FamilyFunTime at Jamestown Beach, Virginia

Lucky are those who live near the the Jamestown beach, it's a beautiful place to  swim and relax with the whole family.  During our last day in  Williamsburg, we wanted to  use all of our remaining time to explore the beautiful Virginia.  We went to the nearby city, Jamestown and has the best time on the beach.
My goofballs expressing their excitement.  I can't even take a normal picture lol.
Virginia is rich in history.  I love that  they do  display  the historical piece about a place.  Visitor can  learn something just by reading it.
Luke any other public places, there are also rules which is very nice.
After our exciting Jamestown Ferry experience, the kids could not wait  to go to the beach so we drove  straight from the ferry to this beach.  Here are the fully loaded photos of  our adventure.
I was tempted to  swim but I couldn't, I didn't want to attract  sharks with my  present condition that time lol.  I didn't want to scare people either hahaha.  The downside of being a woman, most of the times, it comes in a very wrong timing.  I am not sure if it's the excitement that causes it to come early or what but that happens all the time we have to go somewhere.  So no matter how I schedule our travel, it always happens.
I love looking at my children's faces when on the beach.  Their  faces and body language completely  expresses  their feelings.
Iwish we live nearby the beach, summer would  be much more exciting as they love water.  Going to the swimming pool is  completely different than going to the beach.
Seeing them run around the beach  reminds me of my  happy childhood.  We didn't have fancy toys nor have any gadgets to play like the kids have now but we were contented because everything that we need to enjoy was provided by nature.
We lived in the coastal area so learning how to swim was part of our survival.  We didn't have   swimming lessons, we learn it by ourselves.  That's one advantage when you live  near the ocean, you will learn how to swim.
My kids are the same way on learning how to swim.  We offered for them to have a swimming lesson but  they never liked the idea.  They learned how to swim  with my husband's help.  Although they know how to swim, I still want them to learn  different strokes in swimming, I think that it would be good for them.
I would love to take them there again when we get a chance.
I love that both of them are strong enough to be carrying each other.  They love to show their tricks to us.
They really had a fantastic time at the beach.  We would have stayed longer if it wasn't getting dark already.  They did not want to leave.
I told my husband that next year, we should just hit places like this where we don't have to pay hundreds of dollars just to be able to have a good time.  On this places, you don't have to fall in line to get in, you don't have to pay over  fifteen bucks for  a small snack and the great thing, you can bring the food you want to eat there, no ridiculous rules  imposed like the ones in amusement parks.
He definitely agree with me.  He said that now that the kids are  bigger, we can just go to places that is now crowded, a places that we could all enjoy!  Hooray for that!
Jamestown beach is definitely  a great place to unwind, relax and have a great time with your family especially with kids.
A couple of hours that we spent at the beach was like a little vacation already.  We should have came here instead of  paying a wazoo over at the  Water Country USA where I was miserable because it was so hot.  This is one of the many things we did in Virginia, where I really had a great time and wasn't stressed out of looking out for my kids as it wasn't crowded.  


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