Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Samuel's Birthday



Samuel's parent's came for a visit to celebrate his birthday.  Whenever our daughter comes for a visit we like to go to places that she and her husband enjoy.  All of us enjoy Colonial Williamsburg so we decided one of the days they were here we would drive down to one of our favorites.




After having a wonderful lunch at the Old Chickahominy House we decided to take a stroll down the Duke of Gloucester Street.  This was the first long walk I have taken since having a flare up of arthritis in my knee.  I mentioned to Noel, Peter, and Samuel to just go ahead as fast as they want and Grayden and I took our time enjoying the gardens.




As many times as I have visited Colonial Williamsburg, I have never encountered a pig on the Duke of Gloucester Street!




His owner was letting him eat the grass.  He seemed perfectly happy with visitors petting him. 




We passed Bruton Parish Church on our way down the street to view a favorite garden.




It was a warm, but beautiful afternoon.  There were many tourists enjoying themselves.




Passing by this boxwood garden reminds me of how lovely and formal this garden looks.




At this garden you can buy plants and flowers and books and all the items you need for your colonial garden.










All the bee skeps in this garden look lovely as well as help the bees have a home to pollinate the flowers and nearby vegetables.




It was tempting that day to want to take a carriage ride.


Johnny Jump Ups



Walking along we found a nice shady spot to wait for our family to return and join us.




Soon they too wanted to take a break in the shade.




Samuel and Peter hold themselves the same and I always get a kick out of seeing that!




On Monday we celebrated Samuel's birthday with dinner out and cake and ice cream.  Then his parents had to fly back home.




Peter decorated his cake.  Do you know the symbol on his cake and his t-shirt? 









34 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures.. And Happy birthday to Samuel..

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    1. Thank you, Krishna. I will give Samuel your birthday wishes. ♥

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  2. Happy Birthday to your boyo! Twenty-two!!! They sure grow up way too fast. Your pictures are fantastic, Martha Ellen.

    I think that is The Avenger star/Captain America? He must be a fan. xo Diana

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    1. You are right, Diana, Samuel is a fan of Captain America. It's interesting the things we learn from our grandsons! Have a great week. xo ♥

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  3. I think it's some early American symbol, but the closest I can find online says Captain America? Ha!

    Williamsburg is such a charming place. I really enjoyed seeing the photos. Glad that everyone could be together to celebrate Samuel's day!

    Also glad that you were able to walk. Double yay!

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    1. Vee you are right about Captain America. I'm not sure about an early American symbol. Trying to keep up with our grands interests can be quite interesting at times. ♥

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  4. That was so nice of Samuel's parents to come in for his birthday. What a fun day you all had at Colonial Williamsburg. The gardens are so green and groomed, and that pig is something else! I love this picture of Samuel and Peter, and they do look alike from the back. The picture of him blowing out the candles is sweet. What a special day you all had, Martha Ellen.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Thank you, Sheri. You would like Colonial Williamsburg very much. I tell you seeing that pig was the funniest thing ever! Have a wonderful week. ♥

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  5. Well obviously I'm not up on my super heroes. I thought he was a Target shopper ;-) Happy birthday to Samuel! I love living history places but have never been to Williamsburg. It sounds like a delightful day!

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    1. Judy, I had to tell Samuel your comment--He roared with laughter! You must plan a trip to Colonial Williamsburg. We think it's quite special. Have a great week. ♥

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  6. Williamsburg is one of my favorite places! How fortunate you are to live so near! Please give Samuel my wishes for a happy birthday! xo Nellie

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    1. I will tell Samuel, Nellie-thank you! We are so fortunate to live close to Williamsburg. It's a wonderful place to enjoy. Have a nice week. xo ♥

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  7. Penblwydd Hapus ~ Happy Birthday to Samuel!

    I don't have to tell you how much this post sings to my heart, do I? You know how I feel about Colonial Williamsburg, and I'm so happy you managed the day and hope it hasn't set back your recovery.
    ~~~Deb xoxo

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    1. Deb, we never tire of visiting Colonial Williamsburg. I must admit to tiring of our long visit with our family, even though we enjoyed it immensely.
      I'll give Samuel your wishes, though I have no idea how to pronounce it! xoxo ♥

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  8. Happy Birthday to Samuel! I always love seeing pictures of Williamsburg. It's been a number of years since I've visited!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. I can hardly believe that Samuel is a 22 year old adult! ♥

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  9. What a beautiful day to celebrate a birthday!!!
    Happy Birthday to Samuel!
    My Peyton and Rhett are huge fans, so I knew right away who he is a fan of!!!!

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    1. Billie Jo, I figured you would know right away the Captain America symbol since your children are young. Having grands do keep us up to date on some things we really would have never heard of! Have a great day! ♥

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  10. Happy Bday Sam! Looks like it was a great day.

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  11. You are so lucky to be able to get over to Williamsburg so easily! I have only been there once but hope to go back soon. I enjoyed the pictures you took especially of the flowers! I thought that symbol was to do with Captain America and as I see from other's comments it is! Happy Birthday wishes to Samuel!

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    1. Liz, the gardens alone in Colonial Williamsburg are worth a trip. I do hope you are able to visit again. Spring is a great time to plan a visit when all of the gardens are blooming. Have a great day. ♥

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  12. I haven't been to Williamsburg in years. I was going to go last year, but something came up. I just love the gardens and the architecture. The home we lived in Connecticut was a replica of one of the homes in Williamsburg. Happy Birthday to Captain America/Samuel, XOXO

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    1. Susan, Colonial Williamsburg is certainly a charming place. The history lessons learned here are valuable as well as the pretty architecture and beautiful gardens. I do hope you can return one day and see your home! XOXO ♥

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  13. It looks like a wonderful day at Williamsburg! I've been there several times but it really reminds me more of my parents as they loved it there and went often. My dad styled our house, garage and fence that he built after Wmsbg. I'm glad you were able to walk some.

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    1. It's a wonderful place, Dotsie. I was so glad to be able to walk a little ways and enjoy a beautiful day. Your childhood home sounds lovely. ♥

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  14. Happy Birthday to Samuel! Such a beautiful day to celebrate a birthday! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Pilar, thank you. Have a nice Memorial Day weekend. ♥

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  15. What happy times of celebration! I love the family photos and smiled at the one of Samuel and his father sitting on the bench together. Of course, I love Colonial Williamsburg, so I enjoyed seeing all of those scenes. How about that pig?!

    Happy (belated) birthday to Samuel!!

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    1. Cheryl, that pig had us all laughing out loud. Not a sight we see often and especially in Colonial Williamsburg.
      Have a happy weekend. ♥

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  16. Oh Yes, please try to go to the Greek festival with your son in Richmond. I really think you'll have a good time. So many interesting things to see and do.....and eat!

    Happy Memorial Day weekend, Martha Ellen.

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  17. Lovely to see your photographs, it looks such a very nice visit.
    Belated birthday wishes to Samuel.

    All the best Jan

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  18. We always enjoy your visits to Colonial Williamsburg, Martha Ellen! Thank you so much for taking us along! This time of year, I really enjoyed peeking over the picket fences into the gardens. I've been dreaming of adding a bee skep to my herb garden... and just love those that you shared. Isn't it wonderful that Noel, Peter, and Samuel enjoy visiting this historic place as much as you do? Sending belated Happy Birthday greetings to Samuel! Wishing you all nice June days together! ♡

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  19. This post brought back memories! My husband and I visited Williamsburg often. I have so many photos of our children there as they grew up. Happy belated birthday to Samuel!

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