We started the day early (always) with our new routine of cuddling, eating breakfast, getting ready, and playing some Breath of the Wild.
Then we set out for Longwood Gardens, 1.5 hours away. An emergency bathroom break meant we simply had to get donuts. 😉
We ate at the picnic area at the gardens then headed in just in time for the fountain show. It was timed to music and pretty neat.
Another bathroom break led us to the world’s coolest corridor.
Then we explored the kids area in the conservatory.
Their expressions behind this waterfall wall!
In a dragon head.
Chasing the water!
Heading down the tiny staircase.
To the tiny hall. It was all delightfully sized for kids.
They loved this fountain.
So many neat fountains here!
In the main conservatory.
Lily pad garden.
E was a little nervous here, the lillypads had spikes and were floating.
Exploring the less interesting outdoor kids garden.
Artichokes! C’s favorite.
Spinach! I want to grow this variety next year.
Resting. We did a lot of walking and since we moved pretty fast, we separated from my mom and sisters.
Hey, back for another restroom break. Common occurance….
E ran up and down this area for a while.
Kids were seriously drooping and we’d eaten all my snacks so we stopped for a cookie.
And walked some more to meet the rest of our crowd.
Made faces along the way.
Giant tree(ish)house. C is on the balcony. E is somewhere in there too.
Closer shot where the antique mirror makes us look all diseased. 😜
Then the kids got all silly.
And they started tickling me.
I tend to not react well to being tickled but they think it’s hilarious.
Long trek to the exit.
We drove an hour (on the most magnificent curving and hilly country roads) to meet my brother for dinner. The kids once again got (hot) chocolate milk with their meal. Wow, they do it fancy out here!
Enjoying the rocking chairs and talking.