July 31, 2009
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Today most of the kids put the finishing touches on their books.
July 16, 2009
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We took Jacob and Noah (in the backpack) on the tour of Balcony House. They were both real troopers. The location is not easily accessed. We had to climb a 3 foot ladder, descend 100 stairs, and crawl through a tunnel. The ranger said that visitors come to see the Cliff Palace but remember the Balcony House. I think it is more memorable because of the adventures in accessing it.
July 12, 2009
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July 6, 2009
"So, this week started with the
I thought that the Holocaust Museum was very well done and was interesting as a study of history as well as an opportunity for introspection. What kind of person am I? Kenneth and I took Christian, Truman, Sydney and Abby. (Paul met us after lunch) At home, before we left on our trip Abby expressed interest in coming and I had my doubts so I told her she had to read books about the Holocaust so she knew what she was asking. She read quite a few and still wanted to come. I think that she found it interesting. I can't say enjoyed it because that doesn't do the depth of the impact justice. We were all glad we went.
When we got back to Paul and Julie's house, they had prepared a fun Brazilian BBQ dinner. We lit some of the fireworks that we had bought in Illinois. Some of them weren't legal in Virginia.
We had a great visit.
July 5, 2009
After we took a picture outside we went into the visitor center to see an exhibit of photographs taken from the Hubble Telescope. All I have to say is that trying to understand the absolute immensity of space about Knocked me over!
July 4, 2009
Today we celebrated our Independence in our nation's capitol. We got to The Mall early, Paul and I saved seats for the parade while some of the kids, Julie and Kenneth went to the National Archives to see a dramatic reading of the declaration of independence. The we watched the parade and had lunch. We walked the mall all day and saw all the monuments that we cared to. I particularly enjoyed Lincoln. Hazel had her photo taken on Einstein's lap because they have the same hair. Sydney read a book about Eleanor Roosevelt and so had her picture there.
We were all tired and went to the metro station only to find that they had closed that station so we had to walk 4 more blocks to the next one. The kids were real troopers and didn't complain.
After we viewed the monuments we had an adventure trying to find a good spot for viewing that had available parking. Then Julie had an adventure trying to find us. We had a great picnic dinner and really enjoyed the fireworks!
I would highly recommend the 4th of July on the Capitol Mall!!!
July 3, 2009
Hazel eats an oyster (kind of... It came right back out)
Nate eats his oyster.
Abby makes a show about eating her oyster.
Waiting for the crabs to come, with a fine view of the Chesapeak Bay.
Ann and Hazel and the Crabfest.
Truman feeling "Crabby"
Sydney feeling "picky".
Rebekah and Ann and a claw.