Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Field Trip Weekend

My parents came down this weekend, and we had lots of fun together. On our way to go camping, we made an unexpected stop at Crockett Tavern Museum in Morristown. The place didn't look like a big deal, but this was one of the best museums we've visited. This was not a look-and-read museum; it was very hands-on and our guide was both knowledgeable and kid-friendly.

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Grating tea and sugar into a cup. Dried beans. An old flour mill. Today, Miah picked some beans and asked to dry them out near a fire like at the museum. Since we don't have a fireplace and it rained most of the day, we stuck them in the oven to dry. It thrills me that she brings up these things days later to do on her own. I suppose this is normal, but it still makes me happy.
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Tightening the mattress ropes and pretending to be Davy Crockett.
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Churning butter.
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It took us a while to find a campground with available tent sites, but we finally found a beautiful one on Douglas Lake.
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We had planned on camping all weekend, but unfortunately we woke up to pouring rain and solid gray skies Sunday morning. But we decided to have fun anyway. We headed down to The Lost Sea in Sweetwater, where the sky was blue.
Mining for gems and eating way too much candy.
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This was the kids' first time to see a cave, and they loved it. Well, Miah loved it. Zahana, bless her heart, got a little tired of walking and holding my hand and decided to jump and jerk around until her elbow popped out of joint. It ended up popping back in place on its own. I think the boys liked it too but will enjoy it more when they're older. I, for one, enjoyed the whole lovely weekend and wish we could have more like this one.
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Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore! Sing to the LORD, all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all the peoples. Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering and come before Him. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; And let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” Let the sea roar, and all its fullness; Let the field rejoice, and all that is in it. Then the trees of the woods shall rejoice before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth. Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 1 Chr. 16:8-11, 23, 24, 29, 31-34

3 comments:

  1. Oh Sarah. It sounds like a wonderful time. A historical museum like that, I could spend an entire day in. I LOVE the spinning wheel by the fireplace. I thank you for showing me a part of the country I've never been to - maybe some day?

    Happy Thursday!

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  2. We're going to have to check that place out, it looks like so much fun. We are doing a pioneer unit I think in Sept. or Oct., maybe I can fit it in as our fieldtrip. Thanks for posting that. Your posts on nature journals gave me an idea. The kids are going to have a little nature journal blog...take pics of stuff then do drawings, label things and we'll post them. They named it Nature Girl and Seabiscuit(my son loves horses). I'll let you know when they start posting.

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  3. The nature journal blog is a great idea. Looking forward to seeing it.

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