Friday, November 26, 2010

A very NON-traditional Thanksgiving

We woke up on Thursday morning to begin a very fun, but very non-traditional Thanksgiving day! This was our last full day at the timeshare, and we had some very fun things in store...none of which included cooking all day in the kitchen for 4 kids who don't really care about the whole feast anyways! :)

Started off with a little parade viewing...Callie loved the dancers the best! :)
Made sausage balls for Josiah specifically - they're his favorite! :)

We headed to go explore around Luray Caverns. David LOVES caves and caverns and thought the boys would REALLY enjoy this. Callie had her two babies along with her too :)

Caleb was excited about walking all through it - but nearly made me lose my mind trying to keep him contained. He's not a "wild child" at all, but trying to keep a 14 month old quiet (he is a happy squealer) and SLOW while you are with a guided tour is near impossible. I kept saying to mysef "everyone is having such a good time...just suck it up and keep caleb and callie from falling off the side of the trail into a pit of the cavern and you'll be successful". I didn't really get to "enjoy" it like everyone else did, needless to say...
I can't remember way Jacob was "in a mood" but he apparently was. Everyone got to wear a headset, and the kids had special ones. Their headset tour had them look for really cool things and they were TOTALLY into it!! David said eventually he switched over from the adult channe to the kids channel because it was more fun and interesting! :)

Can you see the little green sign in the distance? Every so often we'd be walking on the path and stop at these green signs. They would punch in a number on their headsets and then hear the info pertinent to where they were standing. It did look very cool...but again I was just trying to keep my toddler and 3 year old alive and trying to minimize their distracting of everyone else.
See her face? She looks so cute with her blonde ponytails...and then she makes a face like that! Oi!
Another failed attempt at a picture of all four...ahem...angels.
This was called "the waterfall"
A point where the stalagtite and stalagmite met (top ones met the ones at the bottom).
Organ that used the stalagtites as pipes to play "A Mighty Fortress". Awesome!
"two fried eggs"
We came home for some rest time....watched a little bit of the dog show...
I went for a run and saw more people out for a walk than EVER before! It was about 3 pm,and I think most people had just finished their big feast and were trying to walk it off! :) When I came back, the boys were playing Monopoly (the U-Build version!) and having a little snack! Yes, when it's the last day of vacation, you have to eat up the ice cream so that was offered as a snack and they all said YES!
Even Caleb got in on some ice cream when he woke up from his nap!
We decided to enjoy dinner out one night that week, and so I voted for Thursday night and we went to a Japanese hibachi restaurant!!! YUM! (Not sure why Jacob wanted his napkin tucked into his collar, but he did!)

Caleb was quite intrigued, and LOVED the soup!
Everyone loves the flaming volcano! (Callie and Caleb started crying- it's always a little startling :) )
Josiah LOVES the shrimp there, and ate his WHOLE meal with chopsticks!!!
A little worried that there might be more fire....

I don't think Jacob ate a bite of his dinner...but he loved his chopsticks.
Came back to the timeshare and watched the new version of "The Karate Kid". It was SO cute - they all loved it, as did David and I! A fun, but very non-traditional Thanksgiving day. A GREAT way to end our week at Massanutten!

1 comment:

Judy said...

sometimes it's fun to have non-traditional holidays!!! Looks like a great time. We love Luray Caverns. I grew up going there and remember being impressed with those eggs :)