Well, I'm pretty excited about our trip to Jamestown and Williamsburg next week. I think the kids are too - they've been talking about it for a while.
To prepare them, I have been filling them "chock full" with information about colonial times and how they lived so that they can appreciate what they see. They have each read at least 2 books about the time period and each read a magazine with articles about the colonial times. We have made a collage of foods that they ate during each season, made a "mocked up" house for them to see how they lived, and made "paper dolls" with colonial clothes. Tomorrow we will be making a "memory game" using cards matching up tools with the apprentice jobs that people held during colonial times.
And, we are watching the "American Girl" Felicity movie on the way down.
I think they will really enjoy the trip - we'll just hope the weather holds out for us - and stays in one season so we aren't packing shorts and winter coats.
What the kids don't know is that on Sunday after we get there on Saturday night, we will be going to Busch Gardens. We would have liked to save that for the end of our trip, but they are only open on weekends now. And, after we have been to Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg (probably 2 days), and Yorktown, we are moving to a different hotel - the Great Wolf Lodge. They have an indoor water park and different themed rooms. Our room will be like "camp" and the kids have bunk beds in a camp cabin in the room.
I'm hoping to provide updates here throughout the week. That will be based on our internet access on the trip, and how tired we are at the end of the day - these kids are exhausting!