Saturday, April 10, 2010

Education Update April 5--9, 2010

Spring Break!   That's what we did this week.  A dear friend of A-M visited us from Saint Louis, MO.   We fit quite a lot into the week.   On Tuesday after picking up AT from the airport, we drove up the coast stopping at the beach along the way.   AT had never been to the beach (except Coney Island--which lets just say is not a true beach experience) and loved it, but walked away with out a love of sand!  

Later on Tuesday afternoon, a few of A-M's and N's friends came over to welcome AT.  They played ninja, went to the park and played capture the flag, and then came back to eat.   Fun was had by all.

Wednesday we trekked to the Ronald Reagan Library.  

I was a bit appalled at the slanted view of history presented at the library, but it sparked a good bit of conversation.   We all enjoyed the tour of Airforce One and the miniature white house.  

Thursday we lazied about in the morning before visiting Chucky
Cheese and heading to the beach again.  

Friday we drove to a Solvang.  Solvang is a Dannish town with beautiful buildings and wonderful pastries! 

  After chosing pastries for everyone, we heading to a waterfall we had on our list to hike to for quite a while!  
After a short hike, we turned the corner and AAAAHHHHHHHHH!   It was worth the drive!

Next we headed over to La Purissima Mission.   It was perfect day for the tour.   The kids got to ring the bells--always a highlight of the tour. 

These bars where on the windows of the mission to keep grizzly bears out!  I think I'm really thankful for the time I live in.

This is a soldier's quarter.  His world is hanging above his bed.  Note his gun--it didn't work in the damp CA coastly weather.   Instead the weapon of choice was:

A Lance. 

A nest of baby great-horned owls are current residents of the mission.

We also got to wash our hands using the blossoms of one of the native plants growing at the mission.

We also visited the turkeys.  The tom is always ready to defend his hens.

One of AT's goals during his week in CA was to climb a palm tree.  I didn't think it was possible but our expert tree climber proved us wrong!

At this point AT was yelling--hurry up and taking picture!  So not all the way to the top, but quite a good showing I would say!

We had a great week.  I'm glad our guest came to visit.  It was wonderful visiting with him and it forced us to get out and do all the things one puts off doing for more mundane everyday things!


  1. I love the beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Spring Break - Yea!

    The Beach - Yea! We just booked our condo for our beach trip this summer - can't wait!! ;)

    You asked about the Great Wall kit. I ordered it from Amazon (I think) last summer. It is put out by Educational Insights. Hope this helps! ;)

  3. It looks like everyone had a great time. I haven't been to Solvang for a few years. I think it is time for a little road trip for the kids and me. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. We live on the Gulf, so we don't get waves like that. How fun!!!

  5. What a wonderful week! You made me homesick for CA too - I used to love visiting Solvang as a kid and my most memorable trip ever was the year my Mom & I tried to visit to all of the California missions. Such fun! Oh and of course then there's the beach...The waterfall looks incredible, where on earth is it?

    Anyway, thank you so much for the encouraging comment. I *will* join you in trying to improve things this week - hopefully everything will go better for both of us.

  6. Kristine---the waterfall is just a few minutes from Solvang. If you google Solvang and waterfall, the info for it will appear. I slept in a bit today and made a good breakfast--it's a start to my week of taking care of me.

    Carrie--thanks for the info on the wall kit--I'm adding it to my wishlist.

  7. I LOVE Solvang!!!!!! And I'm very impressed with the tree climbing.


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