Sunday, April 23, 2017

Egg hunts, a visit from the Easter bunny and crepes at DelFosse Winery...

I love it when Easter falls later in the year.  Everything is blooming, the weather is warmer, just so spring-like.   

This year was fairly low key for us.  I had plans to incorporate more Easter-type activities into our school work, had a whole stack of Easter and spring themed books to read, had some Pinterest decorating ideas for eggs, had an Easter craft idea,  planned to decorate my mantle and buffet with an Easter/spring theme...you get the idea.  We did read the books and we bought a dye kit from the store for the eggs. 
So, close.  Right?

Despite the lack of crafts and seasonal decorating we still had a great Easter. The kids did get to participate in a couple egg hunts. On Saturday there was an egg hunt at the beach club.  It is a great event, the kids run around looking for sugar and the adults drink beer and wine.  
Fry's Spring Beach Club Easter Egg Hunt 2017


Fry's Spring Beach Club Easter Egg Hunt 2017

Ainsley loves bunnies...so not much is better than a visit from a big, white, friendly bunny!!
Fry's Spring Beach Club Easter Egg Hunt 2017

Fry's Spring Beach Club Easter Egg Hunt 2017

 
Fry's Spring Beach Club Easter Egg Hunt 2017


The big kids group....eager to go.
Fry's Spring Beach Club Easter Egg Hunt 2017

 And they're off!
Fry's Spring Beach Club Easter Egg Hunt 2017

Fry's Spring Beach Club Easter Egg Hunt 2017


Taking your kids out in public can always be risky. As a parent there are times I've considered pretending I don't know who those little heathens belong to.  And then there are times when your mama-heart just about bursts with pride.  This was a heart-full-to-bursting moment, watching my son share his Easter eggs with a kid who had lost all of his eggs. 
Fry's Spring Beach Club Easter Egg Hunt 2017




Of course, the Easter bunny made a stop at our house too.  The kids had been worrying that he might not know we had moved since last Easter, so they were relieved to find eggs in the yard that morning!




It was a beautiful day to visit a winery so we decided to spend Easter afternoon at DelFosse winery again.  
DelFosse Winery, Easter 2017

DelFosse Winery, Easter 2017

DelFosse Winery, Easter 2017


DelFosse Winery, Easter 2017


We haven't explored many wineries in the Charlottesville area yet but we have been to this one a few times and we really enjoy it.  The setting is lovely, there is plenty of room for the kids to run around and best of all...crepes.  Yep, crepes.  Real, handmade French crepes.  Several times a year they serve crepes and they are fantastic!  They are quite possibly the best crepes I have had outside of Europe.  

 
DelFosse Winery, Easter 2017 - banana and Nutella crepe

DelFosse Winery, Easter 2017 - chicken, artichoke and sundried tomato crepe

DelFosse Winery, Easter 2017 - sweet cherry crepe


When we arrived, they were preparing to have an egg hunt for the kids.  We came unprepared but the staff was kind enough to provide bags for our children to join in.  Long after the egg hunt was completed we were sitting on the patio drinking our wine and we were discussing how many places there are to hide eggs.  We "may" have suggested that there might be an overlooked egg or two way up on the hill, or maybe he was just feeling adventurous, either way, that tiny person you see is Wythe making sure all eggs had been claimed. 
DelFosse Winery, Easter 2017




A quick dash to get a picture with some lovely azaleas in our neighborhood. 

 



  And to end our day...

Easter dessert


'til next time...


Friday, April 14, 2017

A visit to Roanoke, Virginia

Peter decided he would like to spend his birthday exploring Roanoke.  After such a warm spring we had a brief cold snap and his birthday was very windy and very cold, thus...winter coats in April. 

We started off with a visit to the Virginia Museum of Transportation. They have a variety of exhibits; vehicles, buses, air and space, model trains and more. 


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Virginia Museum of Transportation


They have a some neat vehicles to see.  From the earliest models of the Studebaker...
Virginia Museum of Transportation

...to some lovely old Packards.
Virginia Museum of Transportation

You can see large model trains sets...
Virginia Museum of Transportation

...or sit at the controls of a diesel train.
Virginia Museum of Transportation

We even took Peter on a small jet for his birthday. Surely that makes up for the fact we didn't buy him a present....ahem...
Virginia Museum of Transportation

Virginia Museum of Transportation

But the best part was the railyard...
Virginia Museum of Transportation

Virginia Museum of Transportation

If you have train lovers in your family it is a great place to visit!  Walking around the train yard was fantastic, it is easy to forget how big these trains are until you are standing right beside them!
Virginia Museum of Transportation

Virginia Museum of Transportation


Virginia Museum of Transportation

Virginia Museum of Transportation

Virginia Museum of Transportation


Virginia Museum of Transportation - Jupiter rocket



After the museum we took a drive up to see the Roanoke Star. 
The Roanoke Star


The Roanoke Star



One surprising discovery was the "Center in the Square" building in downtown Roanoke.  We went in the building to get out of the wind and warm up a bit, then spent the next couple of hours exploring.  
In the lobby is a large coral reef aquarium.  Our kids were delighted to find Nemo and Dory there.
Center in the Square, Roanoke VA - aquarium

They also had a tank with "Predators of the Amazon" as well as a "Turtles of Virginia" aquarium. 

The building also houses the Mill Mountain Theater, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture, the Science Museum of Western Virginia, the History Museum of Western Virginia, the Roanoke Pinball Museum and a rooftop garden. 
Center in the Square, Roanoke VA - rooftop

Center in the Square, Roanoke VA - rooftop

Center in the Square, Roanoke VA - rooftop

Center in the Square, Roanoke VA - rooftop



We went into the Roanoke Pinball Museum to take a quick look.  They have over 50 machines that you can play, from new machines, to machines dating back to the 1930's.  Apparently it is one of the few places you can access that many different pinball machines and pinball enthusiasts from all over the country are coming here to visit this museum.  

We spent the rest of our afternoon in the Science Museum of Western Virginia.  They have some fantastic exhibits and the kids would have loved the stay the entire day! The kids really enjoyed the Healthy Bodies exhibit,  the geology exhibit and the Living River and touch tank.  I didn't get many pictures there, we were having too much fun exploring. 
Science Museum of Western Virginia


Science Museum of Western Virginia

They learned that giving the weather forecast is harder than you think...
Science Museum of Western Virginia

Science Museum of Western Virginia

Science Museum of Western Virginia

Science Museum of Western Virginia

The butterfly garden and bug zoo was also fun. Except for seeing the biggest Tarantula I have ever seen in my entire life.  Fortunately they are smart enough to label the case with a "Warning: Arachnophobia Trigger" sign, so you know to look at your own risk. 
Science Museum of Western Virginia

Science Museum of Western Virginia

Science Museum of Western Virginia

Science Museum of Western Virginia



After all that fun it was time to find a coffee shop and head back home.
Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea, Roanoke VA


Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea, Roanoke VA

'til next time...