Saturday morning, we picked up Lon from his sleep over and went to Colonial Days. Last year it was not crowded at all, this year we were lucky to get parking! It was packed. I am glad there were more people. I hope this means they will continue the event for many more years to come
This excavation has been going on for 6 years. they are finding lots of wonderful things in this dig site. While we were talking to one of the diggers, he found a colonial nail and let Lon touch it and hold it. The first time it had been out of the ground in over 200 years. That was really cool.
Lon and Dad went back to the car to get Lon's sweater. It was still a little chilly in the morning.
Lon enlists in the army. The King's army, as the colonist had yet to start the rebellion.
Formation is not exactly the straightest line
The Captain will make them into soldiers!
This gentleman was very funny, it was a pleasure to listen to him
Teaching them to wheel.
Huzzah! Fix bayonets!
Lon had a fun time being in the Army. They were given a wooden coin that was theirs to keep. They not allowed to keep the wooden rifle.
Signing up for the army! Now he gets his pay, and a brochure on summer camps. I will look into the camps, one might be fun!
The toymakers arrived! Lon is playing with the chicken man. You squeeze the bottom and he does flips.
The walking man is harder than it looks. Lon got it to work only a couple times
Mark's Great Grandmother embroidered a set of coasters in the 1930s. Maybe earlier. Mark's mother gave them to me. They are lovely pieces of linen. I did not want to use them as coasters, the embroidery was just too pretty. So they sat in a box. That did no one any good. I needed to do something with them. Finally it came to me what to do.
I need to crop the picture a little and I will as soon as I can!
A detail of the embroidery. It was amazing to me that all twelve are done so beautifully.
Lon needed shoes. Even his feet are narrow! He got a new pair of Adidas. I told him how to pronounce Adidas in Portugese. Ah-de-das.
We went to lunch at Billy Bob's Burgers.
The boys were having fun with the menu
Lon thought the peanut butter brownie shake sounded really good.
But it was not. The peanut butter was not very good and there was not as much chocolate as there should have been to make it really yummy
He did enjoy the burger though, and the homemade chips.
I think we will go and try it one more time. My milkshake was supposed to be pineapple, but it was vanilla. No traces of fruit. My Chinese Chopstick Chicken Salad did not have any chicken in it until the waitress brought out a bowl of chicken chunks.
I just got a new computer. YAY. However, I am needing to install software and figure out how to use it.
This means that in a short time, there will be several new blogs, just not right now.
Thank you for understanding.
Saturday we wanted to do something as a family. We drove up to Columbia to the State Museum.
Dad being silly
The special exhibit was Roman Machines.
There were things you could experiment with.
The battering ram was fun.
The catapult! Knocking that wall down was so cool!
With both of those, Lon was kind and rebuilt the walls for the next person.
Checking out the Tortoise. Lon thought it was really cool they could do that with their shields. He said it must have been very effective. Well, they ruled the world for a while.
Just take the picture Mom!
The docent was impressed with Lon, she told him that he should try to build the arch, not many people could do it. This is Lon's first try. By himself. He did not use all the bricks, so it just went straight across. BUT it was an arch and it stood up by itself.
The elevator system from the Coliseum.
On to other parts of the museum!
A heat shadow. Lon was having fun making patterns.
Lon ducked into the kaleidoscope and took his infinite picture.
Lon playing with the different pulleys.
I can not remember what this is called, but it is really fun. They had white plastic balls you could put in and watch them run.
Like a giant spryograph!
Looking at the old comic book depictions of ray guns!
Lunch break, even though his face looks different, he did enjoy the quesadilla. Lunch was not bad.
The mastodon !
Lon pointing all the dinosaurs he knew and their names. One of the adults looked at me and asked me what school did I teach science at. Never been mistaken for a science teacher before. History, grade school, but never science.
I told him I did not, and he insisted I must have been a science teacher sometime in my life.
We moved on from that exhibit to more recent history of South Carolina.
These are big tires!
For easier reading
The Clemson plane
We went to the planetarium show. It was very interesting.
We could not take pictures in the dome.
We went back to see Roman Machines. Lon was having so much tun with them
Mark and Lon rebuilt this one.
I can not remember what this was called.
Lon rebuilt the arch, with all the blocks and it arched this time!
sort of dress up. Lon was not into it this time
Dioramas! Lon still loves them.
We had a great time at the museum. So much fun going as a family.