Sunday, October 24, 2010

NC History Museum

This past week-end we had fun at the State Fair and also at Christopher's football game.  I'll post on that soon, but its going to be a little harder to post on the latter so I'm saving it for another day.  His senior year.  So many things going and and it's the first time I'm experiencing so many "lasts".  He is keenly aware of it too.  If you know me, you know my heart on this.

So instead, I'll share on one of our field trips this month.  We visited the NC History Museum in Raleigh with our FIAR group.  We went to see the special exhibit on George Washington.

It was very well done and I encourage you to visit if you are local.  We watched a short film on how they made the life-like models.  Very interesting!

The interactive exhibits were enjoyed by the children (and adults).

I appreciate that there are things to see at all heights.  :-)  These are surveying tools from the time of G. Washington!  Amazing!

George Washington accomplished so many different things - and many of them at a young age.  We have much to learn from this great man.

We learned that he worked very hard most of his life to take good care of his teeth.  Despite all of his hard work, he had many dental problems to deal with.  This is an actual set of his teeth!  (Kind of gross and cool at the same time, huh?)

More images from the museum.

A model of the grounds of Mount Vernon.  Did I mention that I'm really ready for a visit?!  We were hoping to visit in the Fall, but are putting it off until the Spring.  If you have any hints or tips on how best to visit or places to stay, please share!

There was a gift shop at the end of the exhibit with lots of neat items - many at very reasonable prices.  In the lobby area they created a hands-on activity area for the kids to explore.  They could pretend to be soldiers.

Carring water.


They also had some colonial toys and various games.  Some people just have fun where ever they go.

A rare photo of me with my children.  Doesn't happen too often since I'm usually behind the camera.  Not the greatest photo - but I'll take what I can get.  I love being with all of my children!

A replica of the Liberty Bell right outside the museum.  Fun to see as we end of study of Betsy Ross.  This whole trip was a perfect go-along with Betsy Ross.  I love it when things tie together like this.

After the museum, we headed to the park for a picnic and to play.  It was a gorgeous day.  I love fall!  It is definitely my favorite time of the year!

I didn't take many pictures, but love this one as you can see the delight on Eliana's face as she swings with her brothers.

It was a day to remember - not because it was extraordinary, but because we spent time learning, laughing and having fun with our family and friends.  Life is made of sweet moments like this.  I'm thankful to have them!