I am going to refrain from all the usual birthday clichés like, "How did this happen?" "It seems like only yesterday when he was born." or "I can't possibly be old enough to have an 11 year old." And head straight into how this child wanted to celebrate his big day. His first request was a cheese cake topped with French Macaroons from his favorite bakery, Fluffy Thoughts.
Atley always wants to be on the go. He loves to travel, loves history and really loves gift shops. This year Grandpa and Grandma Butler came up and we all headed to Williamsburg for the Memorial Day weekend. He had a great four days planned for us and we just followed him around providing the necessary cash.
Our first stop was Norfolk where we took a cruise on the Elizabeth River. We were able to cruise around the Naval Station and see all the ships at dock. An aircraft carrier even went right by us with the sailors manning the rails. It was a perfect day.
On our second day we visited both Jamestown Historic Site and Jamestown Settlement. Harley socialized with Pocahontas, Nash was too lazy to walk himself and Atley corrected the tour guides whenever they provided misinformation.
We also spent some R & R at the resort swimming and working on our calligraphy.
Day 3 found us at Yorktown Victory Center. The boys enlisted in the Continental Army until Nash panicked when he thought he had actually joined the ranks. He attempted to tear up his enlistment papers but we told him a contract was a contract. He spent the next three days asking us if he really had to go to war and when he had to report to duty.
We spent our last day at Virginia Beach and thus ended Atley's Birthday trip extravaganza.
We love you Mr. Beans and can't wait to see where you take us next year.