I started the day by building H's bookshelf for his bedroom that we'd given him for his birthday back in February (yeah, I figured it was time since I built one for the homeschool room just like it and bought much more recently).
After everyone else in the house woke up, C said, "Let's drive west today, we don't explore that area much when we drive through on our way to California."
So as usual, H opted out of our family drive since he loathes long drives (especially ones that don't have any planned destination). The other four kids got their own bench in the van ... so there was very little bickering, which was nice. S even got some studying done on the drive.
Mostly, I'll post a few random shots from our day "out west," and probably give a caption or two (or all) to describe our day better for you. Like it matters -- but hey, this is sort of my record-keeping blog, too, so it's beneficial to me.
|This seems completely safe.|
|There was a fishing pond in the park.|
|It had ducks, too.|
|Dead Pig Sleeping! (Sorry, I don't need any animal cruelty comments here. Just making light of the obviously grim situation. It's what I do.)|
|Not sure this was exactly an exhibit at the fair on purpose, but S pointed out that it was a staircase to nowhere. Random and odd. Yay.|
|This chicken seemed really suspicious of me.|
|When we got to Gallup, NM, we spotted this Historic Hotel. So of course we stopped to take a look. Why not?!|
|It was sort of neat inside -- but the lighting wasn't really photo quality, so I'm sorry if these are dark.|
|Apparently, a lot of famous people have stayed at this hotel over the years and their photos are all over the walls.|
|There was this geode display in the lobby that fascinated the kids. It's hard to see how pretty it was with the lighting, so just trust me that it was cool.|
|Spotted this bakery in Gallup as well. C went in to check them out and lo and behold, they made their own doughnuts. They were still fresh tasting at nearly 4:00pm. Amazing!|
We were home again by just after six o'clock. There was still time to hit the annual Labor Day sale at Savers and pick up some extra clothes for our kids. By that point, it was pretty picked over, but that made selecting things easier, too.
Back at home, C called his grandmother to wish her a Happy Birthday!! Happy Birthday, Nan, from all of us! We love you.