Monday, June 30, 2014

Kitty-Kat Weathervane

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The pond @ Beliveau

Is that not the cutest little weathervane you ever did see? Went to Beliveau Estate Wineryin Blacksburg yesterday for their Lavender Festival. What a pretty place it is!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Willy Nilly Friday 5 #1 - Anniversary Park

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Anniversary Park, Williamsburg

If you remember the reason we were in Williamsburg/Jamestown/Yorktown a couple of weeks ago was so Nick could participate in the triathlon. First leg is a swim in the James River. He's one of those guys in the red caps. First group, green caps which are made up of military and younger guys, are just ahead, already swimming.

So now for some Friday 5's:

1) On Wednesday I took the boys to see the Lego movie. It was really cute. We laughed a lot. Regal Cinema has a summer movie special for kids. For the list CLICK HERE

2) This guy proves that there are people out there who care

3) I came up with a great idea (for me) to store recipes in Pinterest for my weekly menu. I make a new board each week labeled "Menu for the week of month/date" and new recipes I want to try out from the internet, I just pin to that folder. In the past when I want to try a new recipe, I would forget where I found it. Now it's tucked right there in my menu board!

4) Want to see some pretty pictures: CLICK HERE to see Bing's Photo of the Day Gallery.

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“I like dogs
Big dogs
Little dogs
Fat dogs
Doggy dogs
Old dogs
Puppy dogs
I like dogs
A dog that is barking over the hill
A dog that is dreaming very still
A dog that is running wherever he will
I like dogs.”
― Margaret Wise Brown, The Friendly Book

Now it's your turn! Make a short list of 5 things on your mind, or long list, which ever, then link back to Willy Nilly Friday 5! Don't forget to add your link here so we can visit you! Happy Friday :)

Around Roanoke

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Signs - Signs - Yorktown National Cemetery & A Good Fence

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Yorktown National Cemetery

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Of the 2,204 burials, 1,436 are unknown...

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Read about the Bivouac of the Dead HERE

And then we saw these riders not too far down the road...
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Read more about the Yorktown National Cemetery HERE and I'm linking to Signs, Signs and Good Fences

*Don't forget to come by tomorrow to link up with Willy-Nilly Friday 5! Rules are: there are no rules...mostly ;) Post 5 random thoughts, link up, visit some blogs and have fun and meet new bloggers! The link up will start tonight at there or be square!!

And Beth, Willy-Nilly is in the dictionary!
without direction or planning; haphazardly

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lost and Found

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While driving through Yorktown we saw a couple walking with no shoes. Drove a little further and found them. Why? I don't get it. Walking around the beach, totally get the no shoes thing...but walking on a black top road? hmmmmm, not so much.

Passing on ABC Wednesday today. Could not think of a use for X...that's a toughy!

P.S. Don't forget to come back on Friday and link up to the very first Willy-Nilly Friday 5...Your mission: Post 5 randoms, link up, visit others! Spread the news!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rubbish Tuesday - Some Really Old Windows @ Colonial Williamsburg

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Don't you just love old windows? I do too!

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This is a serious door right?! I can't remember what this little building is. Must house something really important though!

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I like the white/black combo on old houses. When I was little my mom made my dad paint our house black/white. I think the actual color was charcoal. I just remembered that! I also remember my dad arguing with her about the color, but alas, our house became white/charcoal ;)

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Like a little fairy-tale cottage!

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I love the glossy magnolia. Don't worry TexWis, I have more fences to particpate in your Good Fences linky :)

I'm linking up with Roan's Rubbish Tuesday today. Post something old and link up too! CLICK HERE for more old stuff!

I also want to share with you that I will be starting the Random 5 Friday linky up this Friday. I'm calling it Willy-Nilly Friday 5 because I didn't want to totally copy Nancy's meme and I like the word "willy-nilly" :) So come along and link up, post 5 random errr willy-nilly things and have fun! Hopefully my linky will work. Never done this before! The link up should start Friday morning @ 12:01 and run through Sunday, fingers crossed!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Annual VA State Championship Chili Cook-Off

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Sorry for the poor quality. Had my less-than-favorite pocket camera with me.

Went to the Chili Cook-Off on Saturday in Roanoke. It was fun but we weren't all that impressed I have to say. The booths were spread around instead being set up side-by-side which would make it easier for tastings and to try and hone in on your favorite to cast your vote. We arrived at about 11:30 and the event started at 10 or 11 and many booths were already out of chili and in the process of making more so we only tasted a handful. We didn't get a chance to even taste the winners since they were some of the booths that ran out.

These guys in the photo were my favorite "schtick-wise". They were dressed up as surgeons and their booth was the operating room. They had 2 chilis. One was mild or medium and the other was super hot. They would only let you try the hot chili after you tried the regular chili. Nick and I both tried each and the hot chili was probably the hottest thing I've ever eaten! It was H.O.T.!!

I voted for Roanoke Valley Community Credit Union's chili and Nick voted for WDBJ7's. I liked the credit union's chili better plus the people in the booth were all nicer.

Anywho, the event is for a good cause:
"The 35th Annual VA State Championship Chili Cookoff will be held on Saturday, June 21 at downtown Roanoke’s Elmwood Park off of Jefferson Street. The ICS sanctioned Chili Cookoff not only benefits the underprivileged children at Greenvale School, it is also a fun Roanoke tradition. The School is privileged to be able to continue this beloved and long standing event that entertains thousands of people in our community while also drawing out-of-town visitors who contribute to our local economy."

And here's a list of the winners: Results from the 35th Annual VA State Championship Chili Cook-off
1st Scott Bishop - Hilton Head, SC
2nd Matt Lusk - Belton, SC
3rd Charlie Whitescarver - Christiansburg, VA

1st Matt Lusk - Belton, SC
2nd Paul Laster - Leesburg, VA
3rd Cheryl Bishop - Hilton Head, SC

1st Matt Lusk - Belton, SC
2nd Cheryl Bishop - Hilton Head, SC
3rd Jan Sprouse - Palm Coast, FL

People's Choice Chili
1st WDBJ7

Best Booth
1st Surgical Precision - Roanoke, VA
2nd Roanoke Valley Community Credit Union

Best Showmanship
1st Roanoke Valley Community Credit Union
2nd Surgical Precision - Roanoke, VA

Friday, June 20, 2014

Random 5 Friday & Trees of Williamsburg

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I showed you this last tree on last Friday. Another view of how the tree grew right into the fence.


1) I know, last week I was saying I was going to start a link up for randoms. I didn't get around to trying out a linky so shooting for next week! For you linky users, which is easiest to use?

2) Made THIS last night. I used boneless/skinless chicken breast though. It was deeeeelish! Especially the tomato/olive salad! Yum, yum, yum!

3) I don't like when people say "nom, nom, nom" ....for some reason it bothers me.

4) Baseball is over. Now I have to get the boys their physicals for school football. Can't believe my little guys are old enough to play middle school football now. Conditioning starts next week.

5) Been watching Parenthood on Netflix. Love this show. I want to be a Braverman.

Have a super duper weekend :)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Signs, Signs - Dubois Grocer & A Good Fence

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Dubois Grocer
305 E. Duke of Gloucester Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185

And another Williamsburg fence:
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Linking with Signs, Signs and TexWis's Good Fences

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

ABC Wednesday - W is for WILLIAMSBURG - Colonial that is

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This is the Capitol Building built in 1934, based on the 1705 original which was destroyed by fire. For a complete history on the capitol CLICK HERE

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This neat old tree grows out behind the capitol. It split in half but is still growing! For an interesting story about trees in Colonial Williamsburg during the 18th century CLICK HERE and to visit ABC Wednesday CLICK HERE!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Rubbish Tuesday - Some Really Old Gates - Williamsburg

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These are all scattered around Colonial Williamsburg. The last one is the Jones Family Cemetery, also known as the Secretary's Office Graveyard. The gate was locked so I couldn't wander around. It is very small though. I have seen photos from ghost hunts with mists coming up out of the graves! Spooky! If you are obsessed with old graveyards like I am, I found this interesting yet sad story from the Virginia Gazette that ran in 1918 about the graves of Williamsburg. You can read that HERE and you can see more old stuff by visiting Roan @ Rubbish By Roan

Monday, June 16, 2014

Something Sweet @ King's Arms Tavern - Williamsburg

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After walking around Williamsburg for a bit, the boys worked up an appetite for dessert. We stopped at King's Arms Tavern. We've eaten there before, inside, but this time they seated us around back on the patio. I didn't even know they had patio seating. Loved it out there. Braden ordered peppermint stick ice cream with hot fudge and a root beer. Dalton picked plain vanilla and sparkling cider. He felt all fancy since they served it in a wine glass! I bypassed dessert and went straight for the lemonade punch with rum that our waitress recommended. It was delish!

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Don't you just love those little lanterns? I bet it looks so magical at night. I want this to be my patio!

CLICK HERE to see a pic of the front from our last visit.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Random 5 Friday & Some Good Fences in Williamsburg

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A pretty little lane in Williamsburg. Notice how that tree on the left has grown through the fence? Poor tree! I love Colonial Williamsburg. I want to live there. It is probably my most favorite place on the planet!

Linking with Good Fences

Now some randoms:

1) Yesterday I took Ashlyn to James Madison University for their transfer student orientation. She got her fall schedule and her id card! This is really happening! I am so excited for her! She worked so incredibly hard the past 2 years at the local community college to get accepted into JMU!

2) This is really weird...A couple of weeks ago Christian's girlfriend Alyssa was on Facebook and noticed a link for "21 Medieval Torture Devices"...she clicked on it and was going through the pictures when picture #16 came up. She noticed these "little ginger twins" and zoomed in and it was US lol...It was from our last trip to Colonial Williamsburg a couple of years back! How funny to be looking on a website and come across a picture of someone you actually know?! Some people say to contact them for compensation for using my picture but honestly, I don't care about that at all, I just thought it was so funny and so random! You can see the photo by CLICKING HERE (that's Braden and Dalton in the pillory. Christian is the one in the white hat locking the pillory down. I'm in the green jacket to the right and Ashlyn is next to me!) So while we were in Williamsburg last week, we updated the photo:
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and a bonus one in the stocks:
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They sure have grown since the last visit haven't they?!

3) Just read the a movie that was mostly filmed at a local park, Explore Park is now opening in some can read the story HERE. I probably won't get a chance to see it at the movies but will watch for it on Netflix eventually! Looks interesting and I just love Explore Park. I've shown you Explore Park HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE

4) It's officially summertime in the Breese house and all around Botetourt County! School is out for summer!

5) I miss Nancy's blog and her Random 5 Friday linky. I loved running around bloggy-land reading everyone's randoms. I'm thinking of starting a link-up for it. I think I'll start it on next Friday.

Have a GREAT weekend!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

ABC Wednesday - V is for VICTORY @ Yorktown

Redoubt 10
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Redoubt 9
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Yorktown Battlefield...for more on the Siege of Yorktown CLICK HERE

Linking with ABC Wednesday

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Rubbish Tuesay - A Ghostly Grave

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After Nick's race on Saturday, we had some lunch and he was wiped out. He went back to the hotel to take a nap and the boys and I went over to Colonial Williamsburg. Ever since our last visit there, Dalton has insisted he saw a face on a grave marker. This is what he's been talking about. I can see it too, can you? I also see a dog face below it, looks like a German Shepherd to me. Dalton sees a pig face. This is in the Bruton Parish Churchyard. Wanted to go in and walk around but it was closed for visitors.

Linking with Rubbish Tuesday

Monday, June 9, 2014

"Deer" Monday, I Don't Like You...

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Next Monday will be A-Ok, school will be out! But this Monday, blah! Nick competed in the Jamestown International Triathlon on Saturday. We left Friday morning and got back last night. This little deer is in Yorktown. More pics during the week! 3 days of school left...wahoo!!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Water Tower

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Another thing I like...water towers...not fancy schmancy ones, old looking ones like this. Have a great safe but have fun!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Signs, Signs - Jack's

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Jacks Family Restaurant
1405 E Pembroke Ave Hampton, VA 23663

We didn't eat here but I fell in love with this cool retro sign while at a traffic light. Googled it and it has some pretty good reviews.

Linking with Signs, Signs

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

ABC Wednesday - U is for: Undeniably the Best Seat in the Hizzle

This place, The Seafood Market in Hampton steams crabs to go. So....
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We picked out our crabs and ordered some steamed shrimp and some sides like hushpuppies, cole slaw and mac n cheese....
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Drove on over to Grandview Nature Preserve in Hampton and had a nice dinner on the beach...
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Now to walk off some of those calories! Ahhhh bliss!
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*This is the day before, and on the same beach as the poor turtle from last weeks ABC post.

Linking with ABC Wednsesday