Friday we drove just over an hour up to Gettysburg. The drive was gorgeous! It wound us through incredibly beautiful countryside filled with rolling open fields lined by hillsides of vibrant fall colors and neatly fenced horse pastures.
|At Gettysburg we learned about the Blue and the Gray.|
|They have an amazing display it is an original painting called a "cyclorama." |
It was painted not long after the war and measures 377 feet long and 42 feet tall.
It impressively portrays many of the greatest moments from the battle at Gettysburg.
|We walked from the visitor's center up through the trees and just enjoying the beautiful|
fall day. It was so nice to have this time just together. Look closely
and you'll see Aaron is actually holding 3 kids hands, Tessa is sharing the side with Max.
|It is a working gristmill and the kids were fascinated watching the|
water turn the wheel that spun the gears that made the
giant stones turn to grind the grain.
|Outside the gristmill.|
|Living quarters for those who worked the distillery existed in the attic above.|
|Jonah, you may have noticed, was on a funny face kick. |
His best friend for the trip, June, was much more cooperative.
|Then we headed over to the main Mt. Vernon grounds. I had just told|
the kids that we would be walking, they take it with various reactions.
|They were hosting a harvest festival that day so Martha Washington was|
out and about and the kids were excited to meet her. (It almost felt like we
ran into Minnie Mouse at Disneyland.)
|Down at the farm the harvest festival was in full swing. The kids got to roast|
apples over an open fire and then dip them in honey for a tasty treat.
|His favorite thing was cleaning the wool, a job that|
would have been done a lot by children.
|I absolutely LOVE Mt. Vernon. George Washington said that there was|
not a better situated home in all of the colonies and I agree. It is so gorgeous and peaceful
and made better by enjoying with friends.
|It was this girl's birthday and she loved spending it at Mt. Vernon. |
While we wondered her day was brightened by thoughtful birthday texts
from some of those she loves. Thank you! It made things special for her.
|After such a full day the only thing to do to keep our sanity was to grab the|
quickest crowd pleaser and feed these hungry kids in the parking lot.
|Then back home because we had some birthday celebrations to still enjoy. |
Melissa made this wonderful cake and strawberries and whip cream to go
with at the birthday girl's request. Delicious!
|This makes me laugh because Max looks so surprised, but it is the gift he was giving.|