Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Busy, busy, busy

June is a very busy time for us here. We've got the end of school (for official purposes), Ben's birthday, our support group's annual recitation, a visit from Nana and Opa, our anniversary, Father's Day, and the end of baseball season. Phew!
But now that nearly everything is over (last game is tomorrow, all the relatives are gone), I've had a chance to upload some pictures from our visit with Nana and Opa. I had planned on a day trips with them. First, we visited the Minute Man National Park in Concord, Massachusetts. It was fabulous especially since we were in the middle of reading Johnny Tremain. We actually just finished Johnny Tremain last Friday and I couldn't help blurt out while reading, "We were there, Ben! Remember, standing on the North Bridge?"
We also took in the Hartwell Tavern, which was a more hands on stop for the boys. They saw a musket fired (similar to what was shown to us at Fort Ticonderoga last fall) and had a whole trunk of period dress up pieces. Leave it to Luke to be easily talked into trying on some of their garb:
Could a minute man be any more adorable?

And finally we took in a great multi-media retelling of the battle of Lexington-Conord. We accidently did the whole park backwards, but the boys didn't seem to notice.

A few days later we drove back to the New England Aquarium to see the penguins (Luke's favorite thing) and the sharks, turtles and sting rays. We even got to see the octopus move in her/ his tank, which is apparently quite rare.

We will be passing through Boston again next week, and I hope to stop and see Bunker Hill and maybe even John Adam's home. There are still so many places I want to see, but I have to remind myself that we'll be passing through this period of history three more times. We have lots of time to explore and discover.

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