End of School Year Pool Party and Awards

May 29, 2009 at 8:23 am (Uncategorized)

Yesterday one of the sweet mama’s from American Girl Club hosted an end of school year pool party!  Because of the crazy year we have had we won’t be done with school for another month, but we enjoyed a fun day at the pool anyway!

A few of the girls!

My little man…

After the pool party we headed over to our church to pick up the kids Awana Awards.  The awards ceremony was while we were in Washington D.C. so we missed it.

Here is my daughter SO happy to finally have her hands on the Sparky Awards she worked SO hard to get!
She also got her book 1 and book 2 ribbons.  The stuffed Sparkie I bought for my oldest son back when he started Sparks.  It gets passed to whoever is in Sparks.  So my daughter is ready to hand it off to her little brother now!

Here is my little man with his Cubbies award.
As you can see he is still enjoying wearing his swim goggles!  LOL  He borrowed some from one of the other kids at the pool and loved them.  He wanted to stop at the store on the way home and buy his own with his allowance. 

My oldest son and I also got our service pins.  My son got his pin for serving 3 years as a leader.  (I am SO proud of him! He has worked with Sparkies 2 years, and Cubbies 1 year.  Next year he is going to be the assistant game guy for Sparks and TnT.) I got my 8 year pin!  I have actually helped with Awana for 11 years, but 3 years I worked in the nursery when my babies where little.  (Wow, 11 years!  It has flown by!)

So that is our year end celebration!  We will have to have a family celebration later in the Summer when we get all our book work done.  :^)

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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The Letters U and V

May 29, 2009 at 6:04 am (Uncategorized)

We have made it to U and V for Preschool Class!


As you can see for U we made umbrellas and V we decorated visors!  This was the last week we are meeting as a group.  Due to all the year end activities our attendance has dropped down to 2 families. This week even the big kids joined in for the crafts! We will be finishing up the last 4 letters at home.  We still have some work to do on our ABC :Lap-N-Note too.  But, in a couple of weeks we will have an awesome completed preschool notebook filled with art and lapbook pages!  My 5 year old is very proud of his work!  We can’t wait for it to be done!

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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Colonial Williamsburg – Magazine

May 28, 2009 at 8:55 am (Uncategorized)

mag⋅a⋅zine

–noun
1.     a publication that is issued periodically, usually bound in a paper cover, and typically contains essays, stories, poems, etc., by many writers, and often photographs and drawings, frequently specializing in a particular subject or area, as hobbies, news, or sports.
2.     a room or place for keeping gunpowder and other explosives, as in a fort or on a warship.
3.     a building or place for keeping military stores, as arms, ammunition, or provisions.

4.     a metal receptacle for a number of cartridges, inserted into certain types of automatic weapons and when empty removed and replaced by a full receptacle in order to continue firing.

When I hear the word magazine I think of a periodical publication I can read and re-read!  But, the Magazine we visited at Colonial Williamsburg was something entirely different!  We are talking weapons here!  Boy, did they ever have weapons!

This is the fence around the magazine. I am amazed be the varitey of fences they made out of trees back then! (I could do a whole post with just all the pics of tree fences I took!  LOL)

The outside of the building

The sign below reads…

THE MAGAZINE 1715

PRESERVED AND OWNED BY THE ASSOCIATION for the PRESERVATION OF VIRGINIA ANTIQUITIES

RESTORED AND EXHIBITED BY COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG INCORPORATED
This building is really old!

Canteens and gunpowder flasks hung by the door.


The lock on the door.

Seeing all these weapons up close made me really think about how hand to hand the combat was back then.


A gun being cleaned.

bayonets

A small cannon

Axes!

Swords
Lots and lots of swords!

Swords and pounches

bayonets

Drums and pistols

My military loving 5 year old enjoyed this moment!
The soldier was so nice to him.  I asked if we could get a picture of him with my son.  He said "Sure, would he like to hold my weapon?"  He made my little man really happy!

Ben glanced at Felicity. Then he said to Isaac in a low voice, "I made a delivery to the Raleigh Tavern yesterday morning.  I heard a rumor that Governor Dunsmore has the key to the Magazine, where all the colonists gunpowder is stored.  They say the governor wants to have his marines take all the gunpowder away."
Happy Birthday Felicity book 4 page 15



The gaurdhouse (This is a reproduction.)

Seeing the magazine and all these weapons gave me a whole different perspective on what the battles must have been like back then.  Even today I can’t imagine what combat must be like.  Then I read stories like the recent one about the solider in Afghanistan who was fighting in his pink boxer shorts I am in awe of the men and women who have gone to war for over 200 years to provide freedom for the rest of us.

What a blessed country we live in!

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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American Girl Club – Felicity – Week 5

May 27, 2009 at 8:33 am (Uncategorized)

For week 5 of Felicity we had two fun projects.  First off the girls made quill pens and learned to write with them.  I brought a copy of the Constitution for them to see that we bought on our trip to Washington D.C. I wanted to show them an example of how beautiful the writing could look.  Then we set to work to make our own quill pens!

The process we used was simple.

  1. Soak quill tips in warm water for 15 minutes.
  2. Use scissors to cut the tip of the feather off at an angle.
  3. Use a sharp knife to cut a small slit from the highest point of the tip to the back.
  4. Use a straight pin to clean the gunk out of the inside of the feather.
  5. Dip in ink
  6. Blot on a piece of black felt
  7. Write on your paper
  8. Repeat the dipping and blotting steps as needed.

(There are a lot of directions online if you Google it, but all the ones I read made this WAY too complicated.  I am giving you my simple version that worked great!)

Here are some pictures of the girls using their quill pens.




For the ink I bought powdered ink when we were at Colonial Williamsburg. (You can buy it HERE.)  I highly recommend ordering it.  It cleaned up easy and was cheaper than other ink I could find. (Update: Since I wrote this I have learned that watered down tempera paint will work just as well.)  For writing paper we used some watercolor paper and also some Felicity stationary.  I was worried that the ink wouldn’t do well on regular paper, but it was fine.  The girls really enjoyed writing with the quills and it wasn’t as messy as I expected.  We did lay down LOTS of paper and put a drop cloth on the floor just in case.  Thankfully we had no spills or stains though!

Book 5 was a good time to do the quill pens because in this book Felicity is visiting her grandfather and writes letters to her friend and Father.  :^)

The other project we did was spinning wool on a drop spindle.  I bought the drop spindle when we were at the Claude Moore Farm in Virginia. (You can learn how to make one here.)  I thought I would be able to figure it out easy enough, but BOY it was challenging! LOL  Thankfully one of the mom’s had used one before and was able to demonstrate.


The girls were able to try their hand at it too!

I think the lesson we came away with it that it’s NOT easy, but it can be fun!

The girls also watched the following video about how to use a drop spindle.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drXid5cT0y8

We have only one week left of American Girl Club for this year!  The girls would like to continue through the Summer.  As much as I LOVE that they don’t want to take a break, I need one!  So we will resume with Josephina in the Fall.

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

Click HERE to view American Girl Club – Felicity Week #1
Click HERE to view American Girl Club – Felicity Week #2
Click HERE to view American Girl Club – Felicity Week #3
Click HERE to view American Girl Club – Felicity Week #4

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Colonial Williamsburg – The Governers Palace- What Felicity Didn't See

May 26, 2009 at 8:50 am (Uncategorized)

Friday I had fun combining some of the pictures I had taken at the Governor’s Palace at Colonial Williamsburg with a few quotes about the Palace from the book Felicity’s Surprise.  However, there is SO much more of the Palace that Felicity didn’t see!  So today I want to share what we saw and learned when we visited the Palace.

The premise of the tour of the Palace we had was that we were the first people to enter the Palace after Governor Dunsmore departed.  Our tour guide told us that Governor Dunsmore had a rocky relationship with the people of Virginia from the start.  Before he arrived as the Kings appointed Governor unrest was already brewing.  But, he made the mistake of writing a private letter to someone about how he did not want to go to Virginia because he believed the Colonist to be so unrefined and unsophisticated.  Well, he never meant for the letter to be read by the people of Virginia, but somehow, someone got a hold of the letter and printed it in the newspaper!  Needless to say it went over like a lead balloon!  LOL  (The guide pointed out that leaking things to the press was NOT a new thing!)  So the man and his family show up and are automatically not liked.  The people of Virginia did put on a big welcome for them, but mostly it was just to prove that they were NOT unrefined and unsophisticated.

So the relationship between the Dunsmores and the people was pretty much doomed from the start.  Then Dunsmore got the great idea that he could take all the gunpowder from the Magazine in Williamsburg under the authority of the King.  He had hoped that without gunpowder the people wouldn’t be able to wage war.  But, what he really accomplished was to really tick everyone off and get the ball rolling towards war before the official word even arrived. 

Finally, Dunsmore saw the writing on the wall and one night he and his family slipped out the back door of the Palace and made there way to a boat waiting in the Chesapeake Bay. 

Now back to us!  Our tour is pretending to be the people to go in and investigate the home the next day after Dunsmore has left. 

This is what we find….

Of course you already saw a LOT of weapons in my last post
Wow, there were a lot of weapons!  They actually found over 500 weapons that were left in the house.  Of course these were all taken, inventoried and used in the Revolutionary War against the king when the time came!

And of course I already showed you the ballroom.
This room was stunning!  The architecture, the furninture, the paintings.  It was all just amazing.

The Supper Room was pretty spectacular too.
One thing I found interesting about this room was the color.  This is almost the exact same color that the small dining room at Mt. Vernon was painted.  Except here is the difference.  At Mt. Vernon they painted EVERYTHING this color in the room!  It was horrible!  Imagine this color on the walls, moldings, fireplace.  Yuck!  It was really odd too, because none of the other rooms were painted all one color.  I liked the color much more in this room where it was combined with the white moldings and the gold accents.  No offense George and Martha!  LOL

So now for some of the rooms Felicity didn’t see!

This is the room right off the entry hall.  It was called the pantry, but it was sort of a mix between dish storage and an office. I am assuming this is were the job of running the house took place. We were told at the other plantation houses that we visited that the job of managing the household could be quite a task with all the parties and special events that went on in the home.


We enjoyed seeing all the dishes they had.  We were told there was service for 50 in the cupboards!  We also thought it was interesting that there were bird cages in the pantry.  The guide told us that birds were used like radios back then.  They would bring them into the room to listen to them sing!

Then we went upstairs.

The staircase was lovely…

Even the floor of the staircase was amazing…

Upstairs we saw one of the childrens bedrooms…

At the foot of the bed was this little bed.
This is where the children’s teacher of the children would have slept!

The children also had there own little tea area. 
The room was lovely!

Then we went into the master bedroom…
Which I somehow managed not to take any pictures of!

The Sitting room…

This room had the most amazing wall covering.  it was leather with gold leaf over it!

and another bedroom….
I thought this bed was gorgeous!  It was all carved wood and then the fabric was decoupaged over it.  WOW!

Next we went downstairs and saw the rooms I already showed you in the Felicity post.

Then it was outside to see where all the work took place!

The kitchen was 5 buildings the are to the left of the main house.





It was really interesting to talk to the cook.  He was a wealth of information!  I am sure I drove everyone crazy with all my questions.  But, I was in history heaven!  LOL

I also enjoyed seeing the Kitchen Garden, which was right outside the main kitchen door.  I would LOVE to have this garden outside my kitchen door!

Last of all we walked around the back garden.  It was beautiful!  The kids liked the hedge maze the most!

I loved seeing the Governor’s Palace! Our guide was excellent and the house was unbelievable!  Oh, by the way, it is all a reproduction.  They original Palace burned down.  It was being used for a hospital during the war and caught fire and burned.  Thankfully by the time it had burned Thomas Jefferson had lived there as one of the 2 governors that did NOT report to the king!  (Patrick Henry was the other.)  Thomas Jefferson is known for taking copious notes and drawing detailed floor plans of everywhere he lived.  So they actually had his detailed notes and plans to use to rebuild it.  It also helped that they found samples of most of the tile used in the original Palace buried on the property.  (From after the fire.)  So they tile was also able to be reproduced almost exactly.

I hope you enjoyed the Governeor’s Palace through my eyes as well as Felicity’s!

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

May 25, 2009 at 7:47 am (Uncategorized)

While we were in Washington D.C. we tried to make it to as many of the Smithsonian Museums as we could.  (There are 19 different Smithsonian Museums in the D.C. area!)  In each of them we saw reminders of the movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian that came out this weekend! We don’t go to a lot of movies in the theater, the cost of a movie for a family of 5 is prohibitive.  But, this one we just had to see!  And I am please to report we were NOT disappointed! 

I was a little confused as to how the movie was going to take place in so many different museums at once.  I was hoping they didn’t just cop out and make it one big museum.  And they didn’t!  They explain about it being 19 musuems and how they are getting from one to another.  Yes, there are a few things you just have to let go (Like for some reason there are no night gaurds in any of the museums.) but, the good totally outweighed the bad!

The special effects were excellent!  I especially loved the scenes that took place in the National Portrait Gallery.  Seeing the art come to life was spectacular! Amother thing I really liked was that some of the characters were n black and white because they came out of a black and white photo. 

It was so fun to see so many of the places we had visited again so soon!  We can all hardly wait for the movie to come out on DVD so we can watch it again and again! The entire theater laughed all the way through the movie.  And my 5 year old loved that Darth Vadar AND the Cookie Monster made cameo appearances! LOL

I don’t want to tell you too much, because you must go see it for yourself!  But, I will leave you with a picture of the airplane that Ameila Earhart flies in the movie!


This is the sign about the plane.

And here is Amelia Earharts jacket, goggles and radio.

To see a preview of the movie click HERE.

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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Colonial Williamsburg – The Governers Palace Through Felicity's Eyes

May 22, 2009 at 9:56 am (Uncategorized)

"Just listen," said Mrs. Merriman. She cleared her throat and read the invitation.  "Lady Dunmore presents her compliments to Mrs. Merriman and requests the favor of her daughter Felicity’s attendance at a dancing lesson at the Palace on Saturday, January seven at four o’clock."
Felicity’s Surprise –  Book 3 pages 3 and 4



"Father! Look!" she cried as she rushed towards him, waving the invitation.  "Elizabeth, Annabelle and I have been invited to the Palace!" 

Felicity’s Surprise –  Book 3 pages 7 and 8

"Indeed, yes. I do think Felicity should go to the Governor’s Palace," answered Mr. Merriman.  "And she should dance with the governor’s children and their friends. Because if our children can dance together, then perhaps we adults can settle our differences without fighting."
Felicity’s Surprise –  Book 3 pages 10 and 11


Felicity held her breath as she was shown into the Palace entry hall by a footman.  The entry hall was big and a little scary.  The walls and even the ceilings were covered with fierce looking swords, pistols and muskets glinting in the candlelight.
Felicity’s Surprise –  Book 3 page 56






The ballroom was a dazzling blue.  Felicity’s eyes opened wide in amazement. She had never seen such a huge room on all her life! It was lit with dozens of candles glittering in chandeliers.  Oh, if only Mother could see this, she thought!
Felicity’s Surprise –  Book 3 page 57








And when the dancing was over, the young ladies and gentlemen were invited to take refreshments in the supper room  Felicity had never seen such elegant food! 
Felicity’s Surprise –  Book 3 page 59








When the dance lesson was over, the girls said their thank you’s and their good-night’s.  Felicity wrapped herself in her cloak as she stepped outside the Palace. It was as if all the beauty of the night had spilled out into the night.
Felicity’s Surprise –  Book 3 page 60




:^)

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin


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American Girl Club – Felicity – Week 4

May 21, 2009 at 8:21 am (Uncategorized)

Tuesday night was our  first American Girl Club after our trip to Colonial Williamsburg.  WOW!  What fun it was to get to tell the girls we had actually just been to the place that Felicity lived!  As far as book 4 I showed up COMPLETELY unprepared.  As a matter of fact my daughter and I didn’t even have time to read the book before we met for club!  (Although she did read it a couple of years ago with her Grandma, so she knew what the story was about.)  So, since I couldn’t teach on the book I turned the tables and had the girls do it! 

First off I asked who had read the book this week and thankfully everyone had.  So I told the girls they got to be the teacher this week.  Then they took turns going to the front in groups of 3 and telling what they remembered from the book.  It worked out really well.  One of the mom’s commented that it was a great public speaking opportunity.  I think the girls really enjoyed the chance to be up front and "teach" the other girls.

After the girls discussed the book I showed them some of the pictures we took on my computer.  This was hard because they all couldn’t see well at one time.  But we got through the pictures of the Govenor’s Palace and the Magazine.  We learned about the Govenor’s Palace in book 3 and the Magazine in book 4, so the timing was perfect to discuss both of these!  :^)

After our discussion and picture time we ate apple pie!  Then we made clothespin dolls…

The truth is that they would have been more likely to have had rag dolls or cornhusk dolls in Felicity’s time.  Here is a picture of my daughter with a rag doll she got to play with at Colonial Williamsburg.
Since we had just made cornhusk dolls for Kaya I didn’t want to do that again.  I thought as far as rag dolls went it would be easier to make clothespin dolls since we were working with 14 girls at once.  The clothespin gave them the basic structure for their doll, which was helpful. 

Here are the girls working on their dolls with a couple of the moms.

Intense concentration…

Completed dolls.  :^)
As always it was a wonderful night of American Girl Club!  Of course it was even more special to my daughter and I since we had just been where the stories take place!

HERE are all the directions you could ever want for any style of clothespin doll!

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

P.S.  When we arrived in D.C. and I got so excited about being there my husband commented that he had no idea that D.C. was my Hawaii.  You see, my husband has talked about going to Hawaii for the entire 29 years I have known him.  We have seriously discussed going several times, but it still hasn’t happened.  So after we left Colonial Williamsburg and were walking to the car I looked over at my daughter and asked her if it was everything she thought it would be.  She replied "Oh, it was wonderful mom, Colonial Williamsburg is my Hawaii!"  LOL  I love that little history geek!

Click HERE to view American Girl Club – Felicity Week #1
Click HERE to view American Girl Club – Felicity Week #2
Click HERE to view American Girl Club – Felicity Week #3

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Colonial Williamsburg – Arrival, Traveling Back and Impressions

May 20, 2009 at 8:54 am (Uncategorized)

It is going to take me days to post about all the wonderful things we saw at Colonial Williamsburg.  So I am going to start with our arrival and some of the things I learned that I didn’t know before. 

Here is a picture of my daughter when we arrived. 
I sure never dreamed that she would be wearing her Colonial costume at Colonial Williamsburg when I made it a few weeks ago!  WOW!

Here is a relief map of Colonial Williamsburg that they have out front of the Visitor Center.
The Visitor Center is located just at the top of my little man’s head.  So it is a bit of a trek from the Visitor Center to Colonial Williamsburg.  They do have buses you can take, but of course we opted to walk!  (We had been averaging walking 5 miles a day for the last 2 weeks, so a 15 minute walk wasn’t going to bother us! LOL)  In the end I was glad we opted to walk (Even though I suggested loudly several times that we should wait for the bus. hehehe)  It turned out to be a lovely walk and as you will see in a minute it was a chance to time travel back in history too!

One thing that took me by surprise about Colonial Williamsburg is that it was much more "open" to the surrounding areas than I expected.  As a matter of fact there is no fence around the area. (You get a badge to wear while you are there and there are random people around that check them as you pass by.)  What I found even more surprising is that people actually live in Colonial Williamsburg!  Okay, here is the deal.  After the war the capitol of Virginia was eventually moved to Richmond to be more centralized.  Since Williamsburg basically revolved around being the capitol people moved away.  Over time other people moved in.  Progress marched on and the neighborhood became like any other neighborhood in American.  In the 1930’s the pastor at the local church (Which was built in 1711 and continues to be an active church to this day! I will be posting pictures of it in days to come.) was able to get John D. Rockefeller Jr. interested in buying up properties in the area and restoring them.  Of course not everyone wanted to sell their homes.  So some people still own there homes to this day!  Others sold to Rockefeller with the stipulation that they could live in the house for the rest of their lives.  Other are rented to employees who work in Colonial Williamsburg.  (We were told there is a long waiting list to rent the houses.)  So as you walk around you have to check your map, which is color coded, to tell you which ones are open to the public and which ones are private residences.  There are signs on a lot of the houses to remind you that they are private residences.  But other than the little signs they are all restored and you would never know that they were not all part of the museum.  What an interesting place it must be to live!

Here was another thing I didn’t expect.
You could actually rent costumes at the Visitor Center!  I didn’t even check to see what they cost.  I know it was more than we would be willing to spend!  LOL  We did see a couple of families that had rented full costumes for everyone.  It looked like fun!  My daughter got a lot of compliments on her outfit.  A couple people even asked her questions as if she worked there!  So I guess her outfit looked authentic enough!

This I just had to post because I thought it was funny!
You have got to love a place that is so in to being Colonial that even the people on the ladies room signs are dressed for the period! LOL

So finally I accepted that my husband was not going to let me take the bus we were going to take a 15 minute lovely walk through the woods.  As soon as we hit the bridge out of the Visitor Center I was SO glad.  Here is the time travel I talked about above….The bridge had brass plaques every few steps that really got us ready for the day ahead…

You are now leaving the 21st Century. Walk Back In Time.

1980’s From this date…Your personal computer is your brain.

1954 From this date…You tolerate segregated schools.

1940’s From this date…You watch no T.V.

1920’s From this date…You accept that women cannot vote.

1913 From this date…You pay no income tax and receive no social security.

1865 From this date…You know people who own other people.

1820’s From this date…You cannot travel overland more than 70 miles per day.

1800’s From this date…Almost everything you eat was raised nearby.

1790’s From this date…Your latest news in more than one week old.

1776 From this date…You are a subject of His Majesty the king.

You are entering the American Colonies. 18th Century.
What fun it was to read this timeline and think about all the things that have changed in the last 200 plus years! I was pretty glad we didn’t take the bus at this point!  LOL

Here is my daughter just after we passed over the bridge.  Except for the camera case she looks like she fits here!

The first thing we came to on our walk is a Colonial Farm they are in the process of restoring.
This was the entrance to the farm.  The sign said that "nearly all" of the people of the time lived on small family farms.  (Which is the same thing we heard at Sully Plantation.)  We didn’t spend time looking around the farm since we only had one day to spend at Colonial Williamsburg and we had already visited the Claude Moore Colonial Farm earlier in our trip.

Here is my gang hiking along the path…
(Oh, and we did check everyone for ticks after our hike through the woods.  The night before we found 2 ticks on the boys after going to Yorktown!  Yikes!!! I have never lived anywhere that we had to deal with ticks.  I was freaked out!)

Okay, one last picture of my daughter looking adorable in her costume.
Yes, she got tired of posing for me! :^)

At this point my daughter and I were so wound up about being where the Felicity stories take place we could hardly contain ourselves! (This was certainly the highlight of the whole trip for my daughter!) Getting to come here at all was amazing, but getting to come while we are in the middle of studying Felicity with our American Girl Club was beyond belief!  Wow, God is good!

I will end my first post on Colonial Williamsburg here.  Yep, we haven’t even made it into the actual historic area yet!  I told you I would be posting on this for days!  LOL

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

P.S. If you ever make it to Colonial Williamsburg make sure take along your Homeschool Teacher ID CardThey give a 50% discount to teachers! WOW!  That is the best teacher discount I have ever gotten!  The admission is NOT cheap, so this was a significant savings.  You all know nothing makes me happier than saving money!

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Yorktown, VA Thursday 5-14-09

May 19, 2009 at 8:05 am (Uncategorized)

I wrote this the evening after we went to Yorktown, but I didn’t get to post it because the internet at the hotel was down.  So here it is as I wrote it last Thursday…

Today we visited Yorktown, VA.  This was such a neat addition to our trip because the big thing that makes Yorktown famous is that it’s the place that the Revolutionary War ended.  So a few days ago in Philly we saw where the war started (With the Declaration of Independence being signed.) and today we saw where it ended.  Wow!!  Of all the cool things we have seen  on our trip (plantations, farms, museums, etc.) a battlefield was another new experience for us! 

So here are a few pictures of the Yorktown Battlefield:

A cannon up on a ridge overlooking the battlefield

My little man has no idea what has happened here in the past.  He just knows it’s a fun place to explore today!

More cannons

A view of the battlefield from  behind one of the cannons.

The battlefield

This one shows the battlefield as well as the trenches that were dug in front of the cannons.

The trench

I thought these trees were just beautiful with the moss growing on them.

The kids and I in front of one of the cannons.

The actual battlefield was a lot smaller than I would have thought it was.  I tried to imagine the place filled with men and the battles that went on there.  It is just too much for my mind to comprehend!

A short distance from the battlefield is this monument built to comemmorate the end of the Revolutionary War.  The interesting thing about this is there was a sign that said that the Continental Congress directed for this to be built 10 days after the war ended.  But, it was not completed for 100 years!  I guess government hasn’t changed much over the years!  LOL

Here is the sign.After we saw the battlefield we went down to the bay (which was only about 400 yards away!) and had dinner. 

This was the view from where we ate…Nice, huh?

Here is another shot of the beach. Wow, I MISS being near the beach!

After dinner is was dark, but that didn’t stop us from dipping our toes in the water!

Me and the littles wading in.

Dad and our youngest getting their toes wet.

It was another amazing day of vacation!  I can’t wait until tomorrow when we get to go to Colonial Williamsburg!

Happy Homeschooling,

Jamin

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