What the heck are you doing in Virginia?

September 16, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

It has been so long since I have blogged. So long, I actually forgot how to post. Seriously! 

What's new? WELLL I recently loaded up three kids + three dogs and trucked it across the country!

YES! I AM NUTS! :)

We are currently in Front Royal, Virginia. My husband is on a 3month work detail. 

It is BEAUTIFUL and such a nice change of scenery. The locals laugh, because I just cannot stop saying the word GREEN!!!! But coming from the desert, its weird to see! Im pretty sure people here LIVE on their riding lawnmowers. The area has gotten record rainfall (and will possibly flood in the coming days thanks to Florence) and it is just super duper green and lush. I am literally obsessed with how beautiful the rolling hills covered in trees and grass are. 

I have no idea what is public land around where I am living. The houses are on MUCH bigger lots than what I'm used to and it seems like everyone owns acreage. SOO If I come up missing, its probably because I trespassed and have been shot. Seriously. Im 99% sure I would get shot for trespassing here LOL

OH and there are bears. SO theres also that. 

ANYWAY

This is right down the street from the house we are renting:

(possibly where the bears reside. Not sure) 

ANNND can you imagine when the leaves change colors?! Ahhhh!! I am dying to shoot here. If your in the area and interested in a session please reach out!! 

 

This spot is a few miles up

My child pointed out the "Private Driveway" sign right after this photo was taken and right before I decided we should walk up and see the whole road. 

Anyway, 

Other than marveling in the beauty and trespassing we have officially got our act together and started school ***

There is so much to do here and so much history that surrounds this area I really want the kids to soak it all up and do a ton of exploring and field trips. The core of the two oldest curriculum is America history, which is absolutely perfect! 

We are using Abekas, Our America 2 for Zoey

and Abekas, The History of the United States for Jaxon

We have a long bucket list and a short time to check it all off. Please help me out and let me know if I'm missing something :) ESPECIALLY if it is educational! 

-visit most of the smithsonian museums. I know there is a lot, but my kids are still young and I think we can go fairly quickly

-visit the monuments

-take a night monument tour

-TOUR the white house. I am submitting a request for this THIS week! We are also hoping the white house will have a Halloween event. Wouldn't it be amazing to trick or treat at the white house?! There is also a lottery you can put in for to try and attend the annual Christmas Tree lighting. Crossing our fingers for that one

-Visit a civil war battlefield

-Dinosaur land ( I have no idea what this is, but its close and Zander died when he saw it lol)

-Caverns

-Skyline Drive in the Fall

- Eat a ton of crab legs :)

-paddleboat the tidal basin (before it is freezing)

-Fish in the Shenandoah River

-Visit the National Zoo

-Visit Arlington National Cemetery and see changing of the guard

-Eat an astrodonut

-Visit Colonial Wialliamsburg

-Hike in Shenandoah National Park

what else? WE WILL ONLY BE HERE THREE MONTHS!!! We need to get busy :) 

 

 

*** we homeschool!! The kids have never attending public school!!


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