Saturday, June 23, 2012

Weekly Wrap-Up

We have been going on a lot of field trips lately. 

Our first field trip was to Battleship Cove. We went with my dad who served in the Navy for 20 years. The older boys loved hearing Grampy's old navy stories and walking through the ships. There is some amazing history there.

Our next field trip was an air show at Quonset Point, RI. The kids had a great time climbing in the various air craft. We all enjoyed the Air Force's Thunderbirds. Well, Everyone except the baby, He SCREAMED every time they flew past us. The kids learned a lot about military vehicles and aircraft. 

Our next field trip was to Coggeshall Farm. It is a working 18th century farm. I love to go in the spring time and see all the baby animals. There were baby chickens, geese, turkeys, and  lambs. The staff gave the boys a basket and asked them to collect the eggs from the hen house. My 8yo loved this chore. My 6yo was more concerned about a large male turkey who was showing off for us. 

We visited Touro Synagogue. It is the first synagogue in this country.  We got to go inside and the tour guide told us the history of the building. Three U.S. Presidents have sat in their "Presidential box", George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, and John F. Kennedy. George Washington went there twice. Once during the revolutionary war when he was making battle plans. The second time was after he became president. He wrote a letter to a member of the congregation assuring them religious freedom in the U. S. I am so thankful that we live in a country that allows us all to worship God without persecution. All 3 of the boys behaved so well, the tour guide complimented me afterwards. 

Then we walked to Trinity Church. It was built in 1726. The pews are all in boxes to keep the congregation warm in the winter. When it was built each member of the congregation donated money towards their own pew box. So each box is a little bit different. George Washington also visited this church. He worshiped from box 81. They have a little plaque to commemorate it. We were there right on the hour, so we got to hear the church bells from inside. Then we walked around outside and looked at the old tombstones. 

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