Monday, April 11, 2011

Our progress so far

Well, it was a bit of a rocky start yesterday as we had lots of forgotten items and false starts, but we finally got off and driving.

And then after about 15 minutes Superman started the dreaded question, “Are we to the hotel yet?”
And then it morphed into his own personal quest to point out to us every hotel we passed.  “MOM!  You missed the hotel,” sounding more and more aggrieved as we passed each successive hotel.  It got even worse when it started to get dark.  He was somewhat mollified by the idea of we were looking for a hotel with a pool.  Until we drove by one of those…….

But eventually we stopped for the night and we did swim in the morning.  And then drove for all of 30 minutes before we stopped at a McDonalds to make sure of where the road we were on split off from where we were going.  But, as you can see from the first picture, it was three very happy kids at that McDonalds running around while Mom and I drank our drinks and studied maps.


Mom and I happily took turns getting pictures at the state welcome sign.  Yes, it’s a silly tradition, but it’s a fun one.

And then we were totally confused as a couple pulled up and asked us if we were looking for the clue too.  Apparently there’s some sort of treasure hunt going on in this parish for prize cash.


We did our usual stop at the Welcome Center, and the kids had a LOT of fun picking out brochures.  We tried to stop at the first place they’d found only to discover it wasn’t open on Mondays, and the same was true for the next several ideas we had………

I’ve decided for this duration to leave off the watermarks because it takes too much time on my slow laptop, and besides I really doubt anyone is going to try and steal my travel pictures.

We finally found a museum that was open, but it was more of a Mommy type of museum.

The boys had fun running from diorama to diorama counting the people in it, and I enjoyed taking pictures of all the things that happened in Louisiana state history, mainly focusing on agriculture and production.  Either way I took a slew of pictures planning on making it into a book about Louisiana.
IMG_0973 So, if you’re ever driving through Shreveport I totally recommend the Louisiana State Historical Museum.  It was built as part of the WPA, and had all sorts of interesting history.

Ahhhh, fun history museums.  It’ll be even better when my kids have the patience to look at them.  But, now I’ve got lots of ideas for my unit on Louisiana………  Farming stuff, lots of farming stuff.

Oh, and I’ve figured out another great idea for traveling with kids:

Raid the library for books on CD, in particular Hank the Cow Dog.  I’ve mentioned before our love of Adventures in Odyssey.  Now, we’ve got a new one to add to our mix.

Oh, and those single serve things you add to water bottles.  I bought some of the Target ones on clearance last year.  Admittedly (and Jeff caught me on this) more because the box they come in is cool, than for the contents.  They loved watching the water change color and the mix of it all as it went down.  Great little mini-science lesson on diffusion.

We’re continuing to learn as well, They each read me or Mom a book in the morning and at night.  I want to add in at lunch, but haven’t yet.

Now, I’m off to read for a little before going to bed, and hopefully the kids will fall asleep soon.  I swear it’s like they don’t need to sleep.

And as a final thought, in case anyone thought it was restful sleeping in a Queen size bed with 2 six year olds, think again.  At one point I think we formed an H in the bed, and at another point I think Superman was spinning in the bed, and Batman had about 2 feet of bed on the other side of him while I was making do with a piddly six inches.
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