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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri


Our Summer's Last Hoorah

With summer winding down, and school starting, we decide to take a short trip to Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.  We have not been there since 2002.  I was pregnant with the twins, so I stayed in "kiddie-land" with Jack the whole time.  I pretty much stayed in "kiddie-land" this time around, too, but Mike and I did switch off a bit so I could get some time in with the older children.  We had a great time.  This was Seth and Jack's first time riding roller coasters.  Seth has always been a bit timid when it comes to theme parks.  He's always been my risk taker, but for some reason hated the feeling of roller coasters.  I remember taking him to the fair when he was about 6 or 7, and he actually climbed out of a ride after being buckled in.  The look on his face when he was riding the umbrellas was priceless.  I thought he'd lose his lunch at any moment.  So, on this trip, he conquered his fears and enjoyed the day.  Of course, Jack and Jordan took the park by storm, no problems.  I can say the same for Eva and Joy.  They both wanted to ride things they were not large enough to ride.  

Then there's Ivy.  Let's just say she does not have an adventuresome spirit about her.  She likes to take things slow and easy.  So, we put her on Escape From Pompeii for her first ride.  Big mistake.  She did not want to ride anything after that.  I forced her on the Elmo Roller Coaster.  Then I forced her on the Wirly Worm.  By then, she decided to have a good time.  She preferred slowly chugging along in the dragon boats with Joy right next to her.

Jordan riding with Ivy.  Eva and I are right behind.

Ivy is still not too happy about this whole "amusement park" thing.

Yes, I forced her on the Wirly Worm.  It made me nauseous, but Ivy ended up liking it and riding it twice.

Poor Joy.  The straps never even touched her body.  Some protection.

Joy was escorted nicely through the park in this large contraption.  $16 for the whole day.

The exciting "Griffon".  We rode this one right after eating some baby-back ribs.  They stayed down.  We waited long enough so we could be in the front row.  Jack starts off the center, then Mike, Seth, and Me!

Here's the drop.  I can't believe how fast this one goes.  I had to not think about it.  If I did, I doubt that I would have ridden it.

4 kind words:


Poor Ivy! It looks like the rest of you had a lot of fun.

I lived in Williamsburg for three years. Being raised in Florida with all that the Sunshine state has to offer for amusement parks, I didn't realize that other state's parks were only open seasonally. That is, until I went to Busch Gardens in October and realized just how cold it was to ride a roller coaster then. LOL. Ah, I get it now. Glad you all enjoyed your last hoorah. I miss Virigina!!!!!

Love for Lilly Yin

Ivy looks terrified! LOL. She probably thinks you all are crazy! Haha. Great pics, looks like fun. We are NC, so not too far from us. We will have to check it out!

Serving the King

Ok Ivy and I need to be amusement park buddies. I'm so with her. Slow. Chugging along. These are my kinds of rides! Smart girl! :)

Our family:

Looks like you all had so much fun! What a crazy coaster!
Ivy looks so beautiful and grown up! I can't believe how quickly they blossom when they come home.
And I love your new blog header! Adorable!

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