Sleepy Hole – Suffolk, Virginia


Some of my fondest memories of traveling with my children are from when we came across a park or a large patch of grass where they could run around and just be exactly who they are…kids. No one telling them to keep their hands to themselves. No one telling them to use their inside voices. Some of my favorite memories: running through the grass and gravel walks at Schloss Hellbrun in Salzburg; Big S learning to crawl in the ruins at Trier, Germany; sliding through the snow and ice in the Olympic ski jump area in Garmisch, Germany; skipping around the giant cow at the Braselton Mayfield Dairy.


When we were in Suffolk, Virginia during the month of February, we were trapped in the house for a few days by sleet and snow. Because the area doesn’t get much snow as a general rule, everything pretty much shut down. Once the weather cleared, we went exploring and found a park that my sister often talked about.


Sleepy Hole is a gem! We ran around for hours until our noses were pink and we could barely feel our fingers and toes.  We explored the nature trails, played on the park and ran around until we were laughing so hard we couldn’t stand any longer.   Afterwards, we went home and made hot chocolate.  We collapsed in exhaustion and giggled about how much fun we had.




How can you not smile when you see joy like this?


For an added Friday photo, I had to share this picture.  Little S had the worst static electricity the entire time we were in Virginia.  Her hair was always standing on end!  It was hilarious!


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Suffolk Family Vacation


  1. 1

    Virginia is a beautiful state. Gorgeous scenery throughout.

  2. 3

    I agree- the best places to have fun with kids is where they can express themselves as kids.

  3. 5

    How sweet and I love to see blue skies in winter – makes you want to get outside

    • 6

      Heather–So true…no matter how cold it is, if that blue sky is out it makes it hard to stay indoors!

  4. 7

    Love this post! Our family always enjoys discovering new parks.

    • 8

      New parks are so much fun to discover even if they have the “same old stuff”!

  5. 9

    This is certainly a good argument against what seems to be the over-scheduling of kids these days with organized activities. Looks like your family found plenty of fun on their own that day 🙂

    • 10

      I totally agree Dominique! You can tell the difference when we spend time letting the run around and play or just over schedule our travels!

  6. 11

    what lovely photos – it makes me want to be outside!