Saturday, November 22, 2014

Romulus and Remus

Field trips that tie-in to a study on Ancient Rome can be hard to come by. I was delighted to take the boys to see this statue of Rome's founders, Romulus and Remus being cared for by their adoptive mom!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Washington DC field trip, part 2

 This was a flying trip (we had about a day and a half) but since everything we wanted to see is so close together, we were able to see an amazing amount in that short time.
 We ALL loved the conservatory at the Botanical Gardens. They had a display of all the major buildings, constructed out of all natural material like bark and pine cones. Amazing!

 We hadn't planned to visit the Museum of Natural History, but I'm glad we did. Evolutionary content abounds, but the Hall of Mammals and the Ocean Hall were spectacular.

 Z Man and Easter Island friend.

 The Library of Congress was stunning. Easily the most elaborate building we saw. Tile mosaics everywhere, murals, stained glass. Stunning.

 On display is one of only three perfect Gutenberg Bibles in the world. Their other bibles, most hand-lettered and painted, can be explored using the interactive display.

 Moses oversees the research room along with Shakespeare, Plato, Heroditus and others.

Look, this is where Riley and Ben sat in National Treasure!

With just a couple hours left until we had to leave, we decided to split up. Mark and the boys went to the Air and Space museum, which they all LOVED, and I went to the National Gallery. All I could do was thank God for allowing me to be there. I saw Rembrandts, Vermeers, Monets, Van Goghs, and the only Leonardo DaVinci painting in the western hemisphere - oh, it was glorious. Overwhelming. In a good way. We can't wait to go back!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Washington DC field trip

We were blessed to be able to go to Washington DC last weekend. Little Man competed in a flag football tournament nearby and, even though they didn't win, we all had a wonderful time. 

 World War II Memorial

 Museum of American History
I loved finding all the places where the faith of our founding fathers is carved in stone.

 The Capitol, all dressed in scaffolding

Fun with the Washington Monument

Possibly my favorite picture of the trip. It was a perfect day, we were walking along the reflecting pool in the sunshine toward the Lincoln Memorial, deep in discussion. A moment. So glad I have a picture of it. And, yes, he is officially taller than me now.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Colorful Language

Or, Why Language Arts lessons with creative kids sometimes take a while.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


We are so blessed to live relatively close to the Adirondack Mountains. So blessed to be healthy and able to climb and all together. So blessed.