Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Flurry of Field Trips

October is usually a busy family month because we have TWO birthday boys in the house, which undoubtedly means a visit from my parents.  I usually try to plan a few field trips while they are here, and this year was no exception.  I out-did myself.

First to the Museum of Science to (primarily) see the exhibit about life in Pompeii.  If you have a chance to see it, please do.  The body casts were unreal.  It was solemn viewing the casts, and I couldn't help but thing about those who have been killed in more recent natural disasters (Haiti, the Thailand tsunami, and the Japan earthquake immediately came to mind).

The  MOS also had a great display about nanotechnology in medicine, which Ben really enjoyed.   The most shocking display that Ben enjoyed was the math-in-science display.  For as much as he says he doesn't like math, I think he be fibbin'  (newsflash:  still working through Math-U-See and we're still free of tears!).

A few days later, we went to see the USS Constitution.  And -- who knew! -- we visited on Old Ironsides' birthday!  She went out for a Boston Harbor cruise in the morning, had a post-lunch rest time, but we were able to board her and ask the crew questions:

Ben is giving Levi a test to see if he has what it takes to be a Navy man.

Luke and Levi are tying up masts (I'm sure there is a much more technical name for it).

Our final field trip was to the Portland Symphony Orchestra's Youth Concert.  It was awesome!  The education department had sent some teacher materials, so we went through those the day before the trip to review about the featured composer:  Beethoven. The performance was just the right length, the conductor was oh, so expressive and energetic about music, and they even had an actor portray Beethoven himself.   We loved that the sections of the orchestra all wore different colored t-shirts. 
See that beautiful pink scarf around my neck?  My sweet consignment shop find:  $13 for a 100% pashmina wool scarf of gargantuan size.  I plan on wearing it nearly every day in the winter, because it keeps my neck warm and therefore makes me happy inside.

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