We took some really cool pictures today at Colonial Williamsburg, but they are on my dad's phone, and my dad's busy right now, so I'm not going to bother him. :) Early this morning it was my dad's turn to wake me up to go off to spend some time with each other. He got me up at 6:40-something or 6:50-something, but this time I was expecting it. I jumped up (quietly), changed, tucked my Bible underneath the crook of my arm, and we were off - after I accidentally dropped some shirts on my mom when I was trying to get my jacket out. Luckily she was already awake, and later she told me she didn't mind it that much. *Phew*
We drove down to the beautiful gardens that they have near the mansion, walked around the gardens, and then sat down on the rocking chairs on the porch of the mansion to read the Bible passages together. BTW, this is a small campground that's on what used to be and practically still is a large plantation. It has several historical buildings and 'points of interest', as the map says. My dad told us that the wish of the lady who sold this plantation was that it would always be a productive plantation. And it still is - so far we know that they grow three crops of food - soy beans, cotton, and corn. We all picked a little cotton yesterday, and Nathan picked through his and got rid of practically all the dirt and seeds (yes, there are seeds in cotton) in his clump. It became a soft, white fluffy clump of cotton - I couldn't tell the difference between it and the kind you buy at the store. He did a really good job.
Anyway, this morning we went into Williamsburg, and we went on a walking tour with an awesome guide for about a half an hour. It's amazing - I touched doors, stair railings, and other things that Thomas Jefferson had touched himself!!! The governors palace, among several other buildings, was actually restored, because it had been burnt to ashes. The only two ways it was rebuilt was because the people back then (I think it was actually Thomas Jefferson) had sketched very meticulate drawings of it, and the foundation was still left there. So everything in Williamsburg was either original or was rebuilt very carefully and precisely. It was amazing!
There were several horse-drawn carriages steered by men in authentic 18th century apparel, and that means the horses, uh, "went" in the middle of the road. "Walk around the horse dooky!" Nicholas warned.
Some of the things we did included looking around the original Wythe house, visiting a cabinet makers workshop (which made more than cabinets, by the way), stopping by a weaving, sewing and spinning place which was very interesting (in fact, she demonstrated how to spin wool, and since we had picked some cotton, I asked her how she spun cotton, and she showed us!), watching a few re-inactments, and Nathan, Mom and I toured the governors palace. Our tour guide was so much fun - she basically acted the whole time; we were servants being rented out to her - she was our mistress for the time we were there. It was a lot of fun.
BUT, (and there's always a 'but', isn't there), I was totally wiped by the time we got home - even before we got home, I was really tired. Thankfully, I had traded chores with Nicholas that morning. I had made breakfast for everyone instead of Nicholas doing it, and Nicholas helped made dinner for everyone instead of me doing that - and boy, did that pay off!! :)
All in all, each of us thoroughly enjoyed a pleasurable day - in other words, we had a lot of fun! God bless y'all!
P.S. Sorry for any typos or anything you might find - I don't feel like reading over this whole thing and editing it. :)