May 2017: Strawberry Picking, Free Comic Day, Tidewater Comicon, Mother's Day, Grandma & Grandpa Fisher Visit, Goodbye Swingset, SLIME!
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At the beginning of May, I sent the children to work in the strawberry fields of Pungo
Sasha found a big one!
And Anya caught some too!
Anya strives for quantity while Sasha seeks only quality
Their buckets 1/2 full
Sasha finds a weird one with a face. Likely some GMO horror on the cusp of sentience.
Their baskets runneth over
Cinco de Mayo at work
Guac tasting and I destroyed the piņata (in an embarrassingly premature way)
Taco bars and punch bowls
Sasha had a small role in a play at the end of the year
The kids wrote and performed this show
That was her first big drama class experience!
Anya meets some of our heroes on National Comic Day!
All of these costumes are way too good!
And the free comics are always plentiful!
Sasha at an SOL Testing prep study session
These are called cloud eggs. They were kind of neat and fun to eat.
2017 Comicon. This was an "off year" for us with costumes, but Anya pulled the Mystery Science Theater costume out of the closet. She was a big hit, especially with the remake.
Whos vs Daleks. This Lady Spawn costume was amazing!
Orko from He-Man! That was a cool costume.
Agents of Shield car, a fellow MSTie and R2
Some crazy star Wars lego ships and a army of Daleks
A storm trooper in the original package and some steampunk ghostbusters
David Lo Pan! A crazy obscure costume!
Zoidberg, Little Clark Kent and a super scary Silent Hill nurse
This guy looked so much like Wolverine. Not much costume but he "nailed" it!
Skeletor! More He-Man!
Thor and Ant Man, Jack Sparrow and Jesus!
The crowd watches as this guy walks in! I think he's from the game Warhammer.
The costume won first place (for men). Obviously.
And this Gypsy Danger was 1st place for women! Sooooooooo cool!
The rest of the category winners
Freebies for the crowd
A few more pics with Sailor Moon and Coraline
The kids favorite booth every year. Like a Comicon Bath & Bodyworks. Anya's chibi.
I had planned for us to see the new Waterside in Norfolk and walk through the Luminarium for Mothers Day
But Waterside was packed and the line for the Luminarium was like 3 hours long
So we just walked through
Wandered around Townpoint Park
The kids tumbled around the field
And I performed show tunes in the bandstand
We made our way over toward Nauticus
Anya played in the fountain
Eventually she stole somebody's wishes
Then over-wished their wishes with her own
Then we discovered something on the other side of Nauticus called The Cannonball trail
So we followed it
And found an amazing Asian garden and a giant pagoda resturant
Look at how pretty this place is!
Holly told us she would come here sometimes when she taught down at ODC
But I had no idea it was even here. We'll have to add it to our list for tourists.
Mother's Day cards and dinner at PF Changs
Grandma & Grandpa Fisher arrive! Guacamole for all!
Down at the boardwalk
Lunch at their hotel resturant
Sasha gets to play some Marvel vs Streetfighter
Alan and Dad head out to the Aviation Museum
It was a big festival weekend and all the old planes were landing and parking while we were there!
Dad checks out some models
Alan did not win this cool car and plane combo in the raffle
Video: Planes 1
Video: Planes 2
Walking out by the hangers
Here's a few Soviet planes
Indian motorcycles all over the place
The American Pickers guys would be stoked
Dad makes friends with a Ultra-Trump supporter
The family crashed out watching movies
I dragged everyone to the Greek Festival and then we saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2!
Back down at the oceanfront
There was a classic car show weekend
But we missed all the cars the day before! Doh!
So instead of seeing cool cars we just took family photos
Holly and Alan contemplate Neptune
Early bird dinner at Captain Georges!
Everyone gets comfortable as they spend the next few hours watching Alan eat.
Sasha advises while Grandma Bejewels or something.
Sasha dressed like a Newsie one day for Spirit week (I think)
Some throwback shots from the old swingset
One last swing before we took it down.
Eating sno-balls to help us mourn the loss of the swingset
For months Anya has wanted to do this home-made slime experiment
The day finally comes. Our first attempt failed. But our second was slimer-ific!
Video: Slime 1
Video: Slime 2
Sasha watercoloring some backgrounds for a art project
Her drawing of the Hubble Space Telescope
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