Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Minute Man National Park


On the day after Patriot's Day, the girls and I visited the Minute Man National Forest near Lexington.  Gordy, my parents and I took Henry there when he was a baby and I always planned on taking the children back when they were old enough to understand the significance of what happened at this site.

We started out a the Visitor's Center where we watched a movie about the events leading up to (and including) the Battles of Lexington and Concord.


It was quite good and I'd say we learned a lot.

We then moved onto the trail itself, which is a five-mile long path that takes you past historical sites and markers.


We stopped along the way to do a few cartwheels and to admire a pretty pond:


She's QUEEN OF THE WORLD!


We only made it about a mile along the path before the inevitable hunger set it.  My children are always dying for a snack.  


We did read a few placards and we did spend time at the Paul Revere Capture site.



But then we turned around and headed back to the car which was parked by the Visitor's Center soon after.  Our next stop was further down the road in Concord, where we would visit the famous Old North Bridge:


... which was lovely, by the way.


We walked across the bridge, pausing to read the engravings on the obelisk and to admire the minute man statue:


Georgia has spent the year learning about the American Revolution in her social studies class, so this field trip of ours was very timely.  And the fact that the weather was mild (notice how I'm not saying that it was warm, because it really was not) and sun was out, made the excursion even more enjoyable.  

Henry is still in school - this is our first year of the competing spring breaks - so we aren't taking long trips or venturing outside of our immediate neighborhood, but it's still nice to do something that isn't folding laundry or playing in our basement.  

It's a true stay-cation.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter At Our House


On Easter morning, the children woke up early,  eager to find their Easter Basket.  The Easter Bunny hides the baskets at our house.

The children searched all the old places - behind the drapes in the family room, behind the door in the kitchen - to no avail.  It seems that the  Bunny got extra creative this year.



Georgia walked past her basket about five times.


It was hidden in my tote bag, which was hanging on a door knob in the kitchen.


We're still not sure how Henry managed to find his basket, which was hidden in the oven.  I mean, who thinks to look in the oven?!?!




Eventually, all the baskets were located and the candy-eating began.  


The Easter Bunny fills our baskets with candy (we like to be old school that way).  He does put in one toy, though and this year the girls got nail polish kits and Henry got a scuba flashlight.


I know a lot of people shun baskets full of candy, but I'm not one of those people. I wouldn't give my children that much junk everyday, but an occasional binge shouldn't hurt.


Later that morning, we headed over to our friends' house for an Egg Hunt.


When we arrived, Josie hid our family's eggs and then twenty minutes later, she picked them all back up:


Frantically!


Henry and some of the older boys "helped" too.  One of the boys' uncles had put money into the eggs and the 13 year olds were determined to get as much cash as they could get.


Georgia didn't bring her basket, but she did help her friend Katie find eggs.


It was a fun time and a good harvest:


The girls are now on Spring Break and between driving Henry to and from school, we are taking fun day trips and enjoying the slightly more pleasant weather.  More to follow!

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