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Armstrong Air and Space Museum part duex

We first visited the Armstrong Air and Space Museum back in 2011 – that time my husband was with us, so it was one of those hard firsts. My husband really enjoyed this museum, especially the end with the Star Trek figures at the end. My mom went with us this time and overall it was a good time.

My mom, seeing if she’d make it as an astronaut.


Then there is me – don’t I look thrilled?


And my son – always making some kind of weird face!

And the middle daughter (oldest refused and I pick my battles).

The ultimate reason we went to the Air and Space museum was because the oldest was working on completing her Living and Working in Space, American Heritage Girl badge and one of the requirements was to make a glove box.  I prefer other methods of learning other than making a very confusing glove box (the handbook is not written for girls or their families who homeschool and travel a lot) and I knew this museum had one.

Trying out the glove box.

Inside a lunar module simulator. My husband’s favorite part.


After we finished, we headed outside, if you look at the post from our first visit you’ll find a similar picture as to the one below.  I thought it was neat to see how the children have grown!

All three.

So that is it.  I’m working on updating the blog from some of the stuff we’ve been doing – it’s hard to write anymore as finding the time needed is not what it used to be as I’ve become much more busy.  If you’re still reading my blog I appreciate you hanging around and waiting for content, if my reviews aren’t your thing, again thank you.

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A visit to Africa……at the zoo

Ah…..I cannot believe that I forgot to share about our trip to Africa the zoo back in October!  We had to go before the 1st of November as the Africa exhibit closes down during the winter months, because well the animals just aren’t used to our cold climate up here!  Yes, it’s been quite unseasonably cold – winter weather in the fall.  Anyway, so I want to share with you as I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve posted quite a few book reviews the last couple of days and that is because I feel like I’m behind in everything!  Being gone almost every evening will make one feel like they are chasing their tail and getting nothing done.

The day we went started out cool but ended up warming up enough that we could shed our jackets but still not get overheated like we do in the summer.  Of course the first stop was the Africa exhibit and that is really the only area I got any pictures so here goes…..

My middle and youngest posing on the lion statues – in direct sunlight no less.

My son talked my mom, his Grandma, into paying for him to ride a camel so here he is. Quite happy.

Another camel shot.

The lion’s lazing around on the cool morning, there were some giraffes and some other African animals in the distance but they were too far away to get a good picture.

One of the beautiful cheetahs.

There is an ardvark down there – it was actually quite cute.

As I said we did some other things like the carousel and the dinosaur boat ride which proved quite exciting.  We eventually left a little after lunch and stopped at Culver’s which has delicious sandwiches.  Then we went home as we were expecting my oldest daughter’s friend to come in from out of state so they could finally meet face-to-face, but more about that next time!

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American Heritage Girls and Field Trips

Our American Heritage Girls Troop has been meeting and hard at work since September and I’ve taken over the Pi/Pas (Pioneer/Patriot) so we’ve been working on trying to knock out some Stars and Stripes requirements, two of the girls have got a good start but my oldest just crossed over so she’s catching up.  We’ve finally completed Emergency Prepardeness and while it’s an AHG girl badge my friend and I turned some things into field trips.  One of the first things was to visit and find out what is required to be a professional rescuer (for lack of better wording as I don’t have the hand book out right now).

In the living area – where they can relax between calls – the red light on my head is the alarm to wake them up in case they are sleeping.

Inside the squad – that’s my little guy peeking around for a camera moment.

Climbing the training tower steps.

My son preparing to spray the hose. I was kindly offered the chance but having spent much time doing it in the Navy, I declined.

After that was done the only thing left to do was to get the girls certified in adult/child/infant First Aid/CPR/AED – this was more trouble that I had thought.  I also aimed to get my 10 year old certified along with the Pi/Pa girls – the first person didn’t think the girls could do it or “comprehend” the information.  So after talking with our Troop leader and the other mom we found someone else.  I’m happy to report that all four girls did comprehend all the information given and passed all the testing, including being able to give 30 chest compressions in under a minute!  I also went ahead and retrained so I’m now up to date as well.  We had our training over two days going from 9a.m. till about 12:30 to 1p.m.  The Pi/Pa girls have completed their Emergency Preparedness and in my opinion this completes the health and safety requirement that we are supposed to teach.

My daughter and her friend demonstrating how to check the scene, check the person and yelling for help, AED and first aid kit.

My other daughter practicing first aid on their other friend.

So an aside and mainly because no pictures are allowed inside the house, we took a field trip to the Pennsylvania House Museum.  It’s been renovated and is now run by the Lagonda Chapter of the DAR (I hope to join one day) – it was many things over the course of the years but it’s heyday was during the National Road as people moved west to Ohio and further (it’s weird to think of Ohio as the ‘west’).  Two of our three tour guides were homeschool graduates themselves and also members of the DAR, they were very knowledgeable about the house, which was great.

My three in front of part of the house – it’s HUGE.

Okay, well that is it for now.  I have some more reading to do to bring you more quality book reviews (I’ll also be having a DVD review and giveaway soon) but I’ll have some more posts like when my daughter’s pen pal’s family visited us from Georgia and our trip to the Zoo.  Thank you for visiting and remember I love comments and will try to respond to each one!

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To everything there is a season……..

This is my season to be very busy – I’m not complaining mind you, I don’t mind being busy, beats sitting around and listening to the children fight or eating out of pure boredom – but I do have days where I’d just like to sit at home, stay in my PJs, ignore the phone and just veg out.  I wrote about our trip to the American Girl store on October 6th the following week we took a field trip a television station (no pictures, unfortunately).  My daughter, who is 10, had to visit a television station for one of her Let’s Talk badge requirements for American Heritage Girls and what better way than to turn it into a field trip for several homeschool families.

The following week on Monday we had another field trip (one I didn’t have to plan) to a ministry called Bearing Precious Seeds.  I wish they were closer as it’s a great ministry, and are supported from donations from churches allowing them to print Bibles to send overseas.  You can find them on Facebook and Twitter as well.

One of the machines that prints and uses HUGE rolls of paper. My son was excited to see all the paper.

Another large machine that printed on huge sheets of paper.

Burmese Bibles.

If I remember correctly these were the Russian ones.

The original printing press – this was in a closet in a church and was where it all began – the story is on their website. I can’t imagine printing so many Bibles in different languages on this old style press in a closet!

A fellow mom kindly took a family picture – hubby doesn’t get much time to go on field trips with us so it is a valued picture. I’m glad he went as it was a long drive.

We had another ‘field trip’ that same week as well to a fire station, this time for a friend’s and I daughters who are Pi/Pas in AHG.  I’ll write about that another day.  As I said it’s been busy – that same week we also began piano lessons for our 10 and 8 year old daughter and son.  That is of course on top of the dance, martial arts, cub scouts, AHG and school!  WHEW!

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Field trip to a cemetery and an old homestead

Normally one wouldn’t think that taking a field trip to a cemetery would be, well, educational but yesterday we took a field trip to Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum.  I guess having Arboretum in the name makes it more educational?  But seriously the buildings on the grounds are on the National Historic Register and there are some mighty famous people buried in this cemetery.  Erma Bombeck, the Wright Brothers and their sister, Paul Lawrence Dunbar (so now we have to visit his house), and others such as Patterson of NCR fame.  We pass this cemetery each time we go to the hospital we use and I’ve always been curious about it so it was neat to visit.  There aren’t just people buried though, as there are some interesting trees, like the first Ginkgo tree that was planted in Ohio (there you go, it’s science!)

This bell used to be in the old chapel before it burned down.

A tribute to the Wright Brothers – there is a big boulder behind it under that tree which serves as the marker for Erma Bombeck and her husband.

Nothing famous about this one except that the person who owns it bought the statue for $50 at a garage sale and had it added to the head stone for his wife who has passed on and it’s now worth a lot more than that! I’ll never look at a garage sale find the same again.

This one is popular for group photos, yes it is eerie to have your picture taken with a head stone – my daughter’s refused to be in our group’s shot. I liked this one as the angel is holding a rag in her left hand and is wiping the slate clean with the cross behind her.

My son laying pennies on the stones of Orville, Wilbur and their sister Katherine’s head stones.

Paul Lawrence Dunbar’s burial site. His is a sad story, he died at 33 – his sister is buried in potter’s field in the same cemetery. His mother was a former slave.

We walked a lot – probably a good 3 or 4 miles – and our tour guide liked to make us walk up the tallest hills in the cemetery.  At one point I didn’t think I’d make it as my hip started to really ached, but I kept up even at a slow pace.  I’m glad I did or I wouldn’t have gotten to enjoy the beautiful view from the beautiful gazebo (it’s also a place where those cremated are interred).

Down on the ground the city isn’t much to look at and it has a lot of crime but this view was so beautiful, one can almost forget what it looks like from below.

I’d really like to go back and maybe see the whole cemetery from the car – as there were some other burial places mentioned that I’d like to see.  So after we got done and made out pit stop, we loaded back into the vehicle and went down the street to the Patterson Homestead.  We ate a quick lunch and then got to tour this beautiful old house, there had been many additions to it since it was originally built in the 1820’s.  Before I show you some pictures, I get giddy when history ties together so back in 2011 we visited Johnston Family Farm well would you know that the daughter of the Johnston family married into the Patterson family and so the families were joined!  Not to mention Patterson is someone you hear a lot about when you visit Carrillon Historical Park as he innovated (not invented) the cash register and also was a big help during the Dayton flood.

The parlor and office – this is part of the original house the front door was to my left. You’d have to see the house for that to make sense.

The dining room. You would have entered from the doorway to the right of me (which would be the parlor shown above). Back when the house was originally built there was no hallways because hallways were not common at the time. We didn’t see the kitchen – apparently there would have been a stair case which would lead upstairs to the bedrooms.

The master bedroom. This is over the parlor and there would have been a connecting doorway on the wall by the bed which would lead to the children’s room. BTW: closets were considered rooms so there would have not been any closets due to the owner being taxed on the number of rooms they had.

So that is the original part of the house, they then added on during the years including up to the 1950’s, but you wouldn’t really know it from looking at the outside as it doesn’t look pieced.  At some point, I can’t remember they year, a hall way was added with a main stair case to the 2nd floor.

The formal parlor – added on later and to the left of the original parlor. No children would be allowed in this room except for Christmas. This was predominantly used for the lady of the house to show off her valuables and entertain.

I’d also like to go back here again as I’d really like to get a more in depth look at some of the features that I couldn’t with our group.  I must admit that the talk of poached eggs made my stomach cramp up – the thought of eating an almost raw egg to someone with an egg allergy can do funny things.  My children agreed that seeing the homestead was their favorite part, because they felt disrespectful of walking over people’s resting places, and I get that.  This was our fifth field trip so far of our 2014-2015 school year and it was a lot of fun and we had a perfect day, not to hot and not to cold – although I’m glad our cemetery part was in the morning as it did start warming up in the afternoon.

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Visit to an Aquarium

We’ve been doing a lot of field trips it seems like so far and one of those was with our homeschool group to the Newport Aquarium.  The last time we went, which was years ago, our son was probably 6 months if that, it was so busy I couldn’t use a stroller which left us to have a 4, 2 and 6 month old.  I put our 2 year old on those tether things and hubby and I had to take turns carrying our son.  It was also very hot so we were all a bit miserable.  Hubby couldn’t go this time so my mom went and it was a much better time!  With school in session we were pretty much the only ones there and once we let everyone get past us we pretty much had the place to ourselves.

My middle daughter posing with a neat mural on the wall to look like it’s ‘eating’ her.

Turtle. Isn’t he gorgeous.

Pretending to be a turtle and riding a turtle.

My son playing an African drum in the African exhibit.

A beautiful clown fish going in and out of the sea anemone.

We got to pet some sharks, yes sharks, complete with all their teeth. We had to follow some rules – the last time we went we couldn’t even get near the pools so this was a real treat.  The black shark – the volunteer said was very elusive and so to get to touch it is a rarity as it moves away from shadows.  All of us were able to touch him.

My oldest getting to touch the black shark.

My middle touching the black shark.

My middle daughter petting one of the closer sharks. She did touch the black one but I didn’t have my camera ready to catch it 😦

My mom and I found out they have what is called a Penguin Experience.  This means for extra money you get to go into a room and actually be with penguins.  You get to pet them, learn about them and well enjoy them.  My almost 10 year daughter LOVES, LOVES (did I mention she LOVES) penguins?  My mom paid for her and I to go do the Penguin Experience, she was so excited.  All the penguins were girls but some had names like Randy and Pickles – so we found that funny.  Also these penguins were from Africa so they are warm weather penguins and they poo every 20 minutes.  The best part of the whole thing?  Seeing her smile when she got to pet the penguins!

Middle daughter with some penguin friends. She also got a lot of comments on her Doctor Whooves shirt – which was funny because the comments came from the men.

My daughter petting a penguin. I’m sure if they had let her she’d have put one on her lap and try to sneak it home LOL

My mom also blessed us with buying the five us a season pass – I called my hubby to ask if he’d be willing to come with us during the week – and he agreed.  She also bought herself one so she can hopefully join us again.  I’m going to need a separate carrier to put all our passes in to carry around (Newport gives each person their own pass and they are thick, credit card like cards).  We had a great time, we ended up eating in the cafeteria which did have some really great food like quesadillas and an advocado hamburger that my mom and I enjoyed.  Our only issue we couldn’t find the parking as we came in off the other bridge and parking wasn’t well marked for where we came in, but we had a great time and our next visit we plan on bringing a friend!

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Going underground


Usually on Labor Day weekend we attend an event called Fair At New Boston (feel free to do a search and you’ll find another post or two) but this year it was to hot so since my husband was coaching at a Special Olympics softball game we called my mom and said how about Ohio Caverns.  It’s a cool 54 degrees year round and a perfect place to go when it’s hot and humid outside.  We took both the natural wonders and the historic tours and they both had something the other didn’t, the tour guides were really great in being patient with us.


If you look close you can see a dove that was drawn on the cavern ceiling by a visiting pastor back in the late 1800’s


I linked above to our first visit to Ohio Caverns so I don’t want to share all the pictures I took as most of them are similar as it was the same tour but I didn’t see the dove on the first visit so I thought it was very distinctive.


The view as we enter through the winding path to the Natural Wonders tour.


The entrance is down there to the left. You can see the different layers of rock laid down over several years.


The sign.


The Old Town Pump. Isn’t that an awesome formation?


The Crystal King


When the cavern was cleared out they left these formations – the mud was up to that rock that is clinging to the formations. It was a little scary and I did have to dunk!


If you ever visit Ohio I highly recommend Ohio Caverns – people have come from all over the world to visit these Caverns.  There is also another one owned by a local American Indian Trip called Zanes Caverns, we haven’t been there yet but I aim to.  I enjoy visiting caverns.  My children were a bit disappointed though – there were no little brown bats at this visit, apparently they only seek the caverns during the winter and early spring months.


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Science fun with Sherlock


Well school started back last week for many districts in our state so last Wednesday, seeing it as the first day of school in the city where COSI is, we set out to finally take in The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes!  The last time we went we were told they were expecting some 200+ school children and we didn’t want to have to compete with that so we got a refund and decided to come back later.  We are so glad we did!  But before we took in the Sherlock exhibit we had some time to kill (no pun intended!) and so much to my son’s delight we headed to the water area.


We were first stopped by one of the volunteers that have little stations in the halls to give children some extra hands-on experiments so my son stopped to find how he can make a wooden stool move with just a hook in a piece of rubber.  I knew how this would work and I thought he would too but he didn’t and was quite fascinated by the whole thing.


After he figured out how to move it – he was quite interested in her explanation.


Putting it back so others can try.


Oh I forgot both my son and my middle daughter just had to do the hurricane thing and so my mom put a dollar in and I donated another….


In the hurricane simulator.


We finally made it to the water area…


My mom and oldest daughter playing in the water.


Sometimes she has a playful side 😀


The other two using the sprayers to splash around.


Oh yes, I forgot before the Sherlock exhibit we actually watched the Panda movie in 3-D, it was a good one although it was a bit sad in places too.  I was glad to learn about the conservation to save the near extinct wild Panda population.  We also visited another of our favorite areas – Progress.  I do have to say I miss the Progress of old with the old theater where you could buy small bags of popcorn and watch movie shorts like Three Stooges and Our Gang but I digress.


In progress there is an old coin operated space ship thing that the children like to ride – well my son and middle daughter (oldest is too big now). I snapped this picture of my son looking out and up through the port hole.



Okay, well that is all the pictures – I would have loved to take some in the Sherlock exhibit but that was prohibited so I had to put away my camera and deny my picture taking tendencies.  My mom did buy the oldest a Sherlock shirt and I grabbed a book about the exhibit as well as post cards for each of us that go in the mini albums to track our special field trips.  There were some neat items of historical note from the time of Sir Conan Doyle, including a heart with a stab wound from a murder back in the 1800’s.  Morbid?  Yes.  But very scientific and my son, who likes to know how the body works, thought it was neat but gross.  Again I would have loved to take pictures.


Then after that area you begin looking at some facts about how plants and such were used in medicines, make-up, etc and of course back then not all were safe.  We got to learn how a telegraph worked and send a message and more – all the while collecting some clues to go with the ‘murder’ scene in the next area that we had to solve using Sherlockian style deductions.  By this point I had a bit of a headache so I was doing my best to hang in there because my oldest was so excited.  The murder scene was not grotesque at all – but you have to walk through the evidence like the ‘blood’ splatter on the wall, drag marks in the sand, a seed pod left, and so on and then work your way to actually test your theories.  As you test and reach your conclusion you get a punch on your ‘passport’ and at the end you’ll know if you were right or not.  I think the most fun part was testing out the blood spatter theory in which you get to press a button, squirt some ‘blood’ at a window to see what kind of pattern it leaves and then a little wind shield wiper cleans the glass for you.


At the end, once you solve the murder you enter the area which has props and such from all ranges of Sherlock, from the black and white to today’s Elementary (which we don’t like, Watson is supposed to be a man) to the one we do enjoy and watch; the BBC’s Sherlock.  My oldest loved seeing the pink suitcase, the bomb jacket and the hounds sign from three of the different episodes of Sherlock.  We had a blast, the only thing that would have made it better (besides being headache free) would have been to get my children’s pictures in the exhibit.  By the way I linked to the exhibit above – they have educators stuff so if like me you want to have some fun at home take a look at the educator’s stuff, next up will be St. Louis, MO.  Wish we could go again!


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History, Choo-choos, and family #grow4christ


My sister in law and my nephew were in town recently and so I invited them to go with us to Carillon which is a park with historical buildings and other historical artifacts, including choo-choos AKA trains.  My nephew is 3 and he is adorable – seeing his face light up at some of the sights was so awesome.  We met them down there on July 3rd, packed a lunch which we had to eat in our cars as it was raining off an on all day, and I didn’t want to lug our huge, no wheels cooler all the way to the back of the park to the covered picnic tables.  We gave my nephew his birthday gifts, which were late but at least we were able to give them to him in person, instead of mailing them.


My three with my nephew in front of the train engine. The highlight of my nephew’s trip….well maybe one of the highlights.


All of them sitting at the table in a caboose. I miss cabooses. Do you remember them at the end where the man in an engineer cap would wave?


One of the two bridges we crossed.


Remember how I said the train engine was one of my nephew’s favorite parts – well this had to be the next – him and my son playing in the drinking fountain.


This is the one house we’ve never gone to before – it’s the Shaker house.


The top floor in the Shaker house.


All of them on the carousel.


My nephew ringing the engine’s bell. He really liked this too.


My son with one of his tinker toy creations in the play area.


My SIL and middle DD posing.


Well I have more pictures but I’ll leave you with what I’ve posted – we had such a fun time with them – my children love their little cousin and their Aunt and spending time with them is a blessing to be valued.  Hopefully one of these days we’ll get to visit their turf – there is a living history museum where they are that I need to get my children to that I enjoyed as a child.  I hope you enjoyed sharing our visit that we had with our family.


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Hands-On Learning #grow4christ #fieldtrip


The other day I took my three children and a friend of my oldest daughter to the Cincinnati Museum Center – which is three museums in one – Cincinnati History Museum, Natural History Museum and Children’s Museum.  We’ve never been able to get into the Cincinnati History one as our reciprocal passes didn’t cover it but now that we are members of this museum we were able to go in and take a look around and it was a lot of fun, including a big exhibit on WW2 that my oldest enjoyed walking through (I’m a Rev. War/Civil War time frame person she is the WW2 time frame).  So we spent the day going through all three museums and even the train tower – which was also a first and I never knew you could go up there.  My 7 year old son liked it because you could ring a bell and it was quite loud – for each ring you could get an old copy of a train magazine – he was happy to walk out with two magazines.


Two of mine standing in front of the large beaver exhibit in the natural history museum.


My oldest says I always take this picture of the Mastodon sinking in a tar pit. I told her I do not. She just rolls her eyes. So I took another.


The cars to the right of the picture is a two mile long coal train – the U.S. sends most of it’s coal to Europe and Canada instead of using the rich resource here! This is a major hub for trains and one can still even catch an Amtrak for passengers.


This is what greets you when you enter the Cincinnati History Museum. I’m not a car enthusiast but it’s beautiful.




I love old samplers like this – you don’t see this handicraft around much (I love to embroider and cross stitch when I have the time) and this one was pretty. My camera doesn’t do the colors justice.


We had a great time – on the ride back we made it ahead of the storm coming in which was great because I hate driving on freeways in severe storms but we made it back to familiar territory before it hit.  My children really enjoy this museum, as do I and there is so much more we didn’t get to see in the Cincinnati History that we’ll definitely be going back to look a the rest of what we didn’t get to see.  If you search my blog I’m sure you’ll pull up my other posts about this museum and our past visits to it.


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