While at the park we encountered a group of men flying model planes. If you look close you can see one in this pic. Boo climb the goal post to get a better view. There were five or six planes all different types flying at once. They never said anything to us nor us to them but they went out of their way to put on a flying show for her. And when we left the park they buzzed us all the way across the field. It was incredible.
Finally we made it to West Ward Ho!!!!
Using our past readings in the Little House series and our current book Caddie Woodlawn as a jumping off point we reentered US history in the 1860's. First things first however Boo complained she didn't understand time. So we created four sets of time lines to help her with the progression of dates. It's not something I would have ever worried about (memorizing dates) but she seemed to need to understand the dates we read in passing. Creating different time lines was a blast. I am glad she requested it.
A big part of expansion of course is transportation. Last year we took a trip to Promontory Point the site of the golden spike and the meeting of the transcontinental railroads. Also our family spends a good deal of time crisscrossing the Utah and Nevada sections of the pony express trail. And the overland routes especial the Mormon Trail, Oregon Trail, and Hastings Cutoff are also well known to us through travel and reading. I decided to focus on the canal systems. We watched a few youtube clips on canal building, history, songs, and even modern day life living on a narrow boat- good stuff!
Despite the mules or horses pulling boats up and down, the fancy locks and such, when it came time to draw something Boo picked a canal gate for irrigation. She wasn't as impressed with the transportation aspects of it.
(Love this series of books!!! They making hitting the key points so easy.)
A few days back Boo was given a two dollar bill but she wasn't convinced it was real. Even her papa thought it looked strange enough he was willing to run it to the bank! I was laughing because I thought the bank teller would just think we had never seen a two dollar bill before.
Boo decided to use one of the two dollar bills from the Tooth Fairy to see if she could sort it out.
And you know what? We think she found some true differences between the two.
So to the bank it will go. It may just be the difference between the issuing age of the bills, one is very old and the other new but it is worth looking into.
You have to love it when one of Mr. & Mrs. K's kids has a party!!!
They shut down their world famous burger joint for a private Greek Family Style party.
All sort of mischief afoot!
We love Paul Brewer <3 !
and so do the kids.
Birthday Boy Extraordinaire
~A hug and a balloon flower for mom~
Pass the magic bunny
Birthday Boy's big little ninja sister
Boo wasn't feeling all that well at the party with a headache, stuffed ears, and painful ringing. On the drive out I made a call for a kid's decongestant delivery to the party (I have such good friends!)
This little ninja wants a bunny!!!
And this little ninja wants a bird...
Happy 4th Birthday Little Prince and a thank you for sharing your day with us!