We had so much fun at the Carolina Renaissance Festival Student Days last week! Jason and I have been several times by ourselves over the years, but this was the first time we took the kids. We had such a great day! I thought I would share some pictures with you of our day…
One of our local museums, The Museum of York County, has a wonderful summer program for kids every Wednesday morning. We’ve been trying to attend as many of them as we can this summer and a few weeks ago they had an awesome program!
It was about one of my favorite animals, Owls (and other raptor birds)! They actually had a lady from The Carolina Raptor Center in Charlotte come in and bring 4 different animals. She showed them to us one at a time and talked to us about them. It was my favorite by far of all their summer programs!
Every summer they also have a new theme that is geared towards kids in their rotating exhibit rooms. Last summer it was Dinosaurs and this summer it is Smokey the Bear and forest care themed. We have been having a lot of fun with all their hands-on activities for the kids! This museum has been such a blessing to us. They even have indoor and outdoor picnic tables, walking trails with a stream as well as an amazing hands-on exploration room called the Naturalist Center. For homeschoolers, this is a major resource and we enjoy it very much!
Here are some pictures from our morning at the museum: (Please bear with me, I took all these with my phone camera!)
Over July 4th weekend, we drove my father-in-law home to Pennsylvania. He had been staying with us for a few months. It’s a pretty long drive, so we ended up leaving our older two kids with their grandparents here. On the way home, we decided to stop and tour Endless Caverns, which is only a few minutes off the interstate we were on. You can actually see a huge sign on the side of the mountain from the interstate around where the caverns are at. Hulk and Princess had so much fun! Caverns are always neat and especially on a hot summer day, it is a great way to cool off.
The tour was about an hour long and it was definitely worth it! We learned that the caverns were found by a young boy who was rabbit hunting. Apparently the rabbit he was after jumped down into a hold leading into the caverns and he followed it. We even learned that in the early 1900’s they had parties in a large area of the cavern and it was even referred to as a “Speak Easy” back in the day! We also learned that it is called Endless Caverns because they continue to find more and more and it seems to keep going all through the mountains. It was very beautiful and such a reminder of God’s wonderful creation. If you love Caverns and have a chance you should check this one out!
Memorial Day Weekend we took a few days and went to Charleston, SC. My father-in-law has been here with us and so he came along as well. I thought I would share with you a little about our adventures!
We camped at Mt. Pleasant KOA, which was a wonderful campground! There was a children’s playground right beside our tent site, a pool and very convenient showers and bathrooms. We were also right beside a lake, which was nice but brought a lot of mosquitoes!
Back in May, Jason and I participated as Vendors with our Handmade Crafts by AJ items at the annual McConnells Tractor Show. Honestly, we didn’t have very many sales, but it was so worth it for Hulk. He spent the entire day wandering around where all the tractors were set up as well as riding on and then eventually driving by himself a 70 year old tractor! He was absolutely in heaven that whole day!
Here are a few pictures from our day:
This is our area:
Back in April one morning we decided we needed to get out of the house and so for school we decided to go on a small field trip instead of doing our regular book work.
We chose a local museum called the Comporium Telephone Museum. It is right in town and free. It is a really neat museum, they have displays showing the history of telephones. They even have working telephones and switchboards that kids can play around with. They were able to talk to each other on old telephones, even a phone booth where they could call my cell phone from. I love finding places like this where we can get out of the house and still learn a lot. The kids all had a great time!
If you live in the Rock Hill area, you should definitely check out this place. It’s near downtown, just off of Main Street. It would be awesome if you are studying the history of telephones as well!
Here are a few pictures from our trip:
A few weekends ago when we traveled to Pennsylvania to bring my father-in-law down to stay with us, we heard from Jason’s cousin about a really neat Fort in Frederick, Maryland. It was a very short trip and we didn’t have a lot of extra time, but we needed to stop for the kids to stretch their legs and this happened to be along the way so we couldn’t resist! Jason and I love anything to do with history and so this was really awesome, we both said we could’ve stayed all day but we only had about an hour to spare. I thought I would share a few pictures with you…
Easter weekend, we made a quick trip to Pennsylvania to bring my father-in-law down for a visit. Since we live in South Carolina, that is a very long drive. So we decided to stop in at Mt. Airy, NC along the way to stretch our legs some. This town is so neat! It is the hometown of Andy Griffith and they have all kinds of neat things to see and do.
I thought I would share with you some pictures from our time there.
A few days ago we spent an afternoon at a local garden. I couldn’t help but enjoy the beautiful flowers and revel in the beauty of this season of Spring. It is so refreshing after Winter is finally gone! We’re very blessed to have this beautiful garden that is only a few minutes drive from our house and open to the pubic. I just wanted to share a little with you…
This weekend we were able to attend a really fun event. I have been trying for over 5 years now to make it to Historic Brattonsville’s Sheep Shearing Day and every year something else came up. This year we finally made it! It was so much fun! This was a much smaller event than the Children’s Day on the Farm one we went to a few weeks ago. That was nice because it wasn’t so crowded that I felt overwhelmed. It was very laid back and the kids were really able to get involved in the activities.
Here are a few pictures from our fun morning:
Shearing the sheep: