Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Didn't Your Mother Read to You?


Another fun thing we did in Boston was to go over to the Public Garden and find the sculpture of the ducks that honors Robert McCloskey. His book, Make Way for Ducklings, won the Caldecott Medal in 1942.

I've been disappointed by a few people who have told me that they have never heard of this book! (including my husband!) Luckily all three of my children knew exactly what I was talking about when I mentioned the book. In fact, it was Allen who insisted that we go find the sculpture. Makes a librarian proud!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Old State House

This is the Old State House in Boston. Right in front of it is where the Boston Massacre took place in March 5, 1770.
Here is Alicia standing next to a model of it. I should have thought these posts out better. I would have put the picture of me with John Hancock's outfit here because it was taken inside of this building.
This is Priscilla Melvill. She was married to Thomas Melvill, a participant in the Boston Tea party. He was present during the Boston Massacre.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Following the Freedom Trail

We went on a trip to Boston a few weeks ago. I highly recommend you visit the city if you haven't before. They have this really cool freedom trail that you follow through the city. It takes you to several places of significant U.S. history.
Here I am looking at an outfit that was once owned by John Hancock. He was quite a nice dresser I think!
This is Paul Revere's house. It is the oldest residence in Boston. It was slated for demolition in the early 1900's, but luckily a group of people worked to save it.
This is the Old North Church. It is the church where lanterns were lit from the church's steeple to warn the people of Boston that the British were coming.
A statue of Paul Revere.
Audra and Allen encounter a minute man.
More to come!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Rolling!

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Here are my children rolling down Bunker Hill in Boston!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Desperately Seeking Order!



This is what happens when you must empty an entire bathroom of it's contents...plus that of another room into your living room. All this was done just prior to Thanksgiving in order to begin the gutting of an old bathroom and construction on a new full bathroom in it's place, along with a brand new half bathroom that never existed before. Was that a run-on sentence?
It reduces you to a much smaller living space and a pile of toiletries in your kitchen.

In the mean time, I really love my functional new tub and shower! I know it will all be worth it in the long run. I have waited 10 years for nice bathrooms...so I suppose I can endure this.

Today my job includes setting up a mini Christmas tree in the one room where we are able to gather together...and straighten and clean what I can.