We had another evening today. Our Wednesday night church supper was provided by the Cub Scouts, and it was delicious – smoked chicken, potato salad, corn on the cob, and rolls. The man who did the cooking is the culinary arts teacher in Lancaster, and it was absolutely delicious. Mason helped clean off the tables after people finished eating. Here he is taking Jeff’s plate 🙂
We left the church and headed straight to the lacrosse game. Sherri came up to watch but had to leave before the game was over, so she wasn’t here for the post-match picture. I got this one of the kids who were there to cheer Mallory on.
Last night Jeff and I traveled to Rock Hill to attend Adam’s first soccer game EVER. Since he has never played before I wasn’t sure if he would be out of his element, but he played the whole game until an injury forced him out, and really did a very good job. Got a couple of good takeaways – he was playing defense – and some good kicks. He’s #11, almost in the middle of this picture, running towards the ball.
Waiting for the action to head his way.
This past Sunday afternoon my friends Evelyn, Pam, and I headed to Lancaster after helping clean up after communion at church. We drove around McDonalds for a quick lunch, and got to the Lancaster County Arts Center in plenty of time for the afternoon show. The facility was so cool – the original Presbyterian church, built in 1861. The chairman of the board there shared some of the history of the building, which was very cool. Union soldiers occupied it in 1865; different churches used it; it fell into disrepair before the arts council took it over and is in the ongoing process of restoring it. So cool. I meant to take more pictures before we left, but I started talking and completely forgot. There’s a surprise.
Donald Davis is an incredible storyteller. I had heard him the year we went to the Storytellers Convention in Jonesborough and loved him then. He’s only gotten better in the years since. I’m so glad we went to see him.
As the kids and I were heading out to walk to the car, we looked, and a locomotive actually pulled on the turntable at the roundhouse, and it turned and backed right into its bay. Of course you can’t see it moving in this picture, but it was facing straight toward us when it pulled onto the bridge. Honestly, we didn’t even know the turntable was still functional. It was absolutely the highlight of my day, I think. Wow.
Got home in time to head to the track to see Charlie race. There weren’t enough kids there in his age group to field a moto, so he had to race in the 13 year old expert class. There was only one other 12-year-old intermediate even in the race, so we were proud he made the it to the main. That’s him about in fifth position in this obviously not very good picture.
At the museum yesterday, my favorite site was the Roundhouse, which is where the locomotives were put into bays for storage and cleaning. There were all sorts of interesting displays, of course. This was one of my favorites. After WWII, the country of France gifted the United States with a train of 49 Gratitude Cars, one for each of the 48 states at the time, and one for the District of Columbia, to thank the country for saving theirs. This is the NC car. I had never heard of that, but after visiting the D-Day Memorial last year, I loved seeing it.
There was also an entire room dedicated to flight in North Carolina. Needless to say, Kitty Hawk was the centerpiece. The kids loved getting their pictures made with the plane in the background. And Charlie, especially, loved remembering that we had see pieces of the original plane when we were at the Smithsonian last year.
Today I took Charlie, June, Adam, and Mason on our spring break outing to the North Carolina Transportation Museum, up north of Charlotte, in Spencer, NC. I have wanted to go honestly ever since we moved here nearly 40 years ago, and today I finally made it happen. We had SUCH a good time. Some of the exhibits were in railroad cars, like this one. It was supposed to be one of those cameras where you could take a picture and then e-mail it to yourself, but we couldn’t get it to work, so I just took this picture of Adam in front of the background :-).
All of the regular seats were taken when we boarded the train, so we just sat on one of those bench seats and had to turn around to look out the window. It was still a fun ride 🙂
This evening we went to Denise’s house to celebrate Ellie’s 1st birthday. Lindee was holding her when we got there – Ellie was feeling feverish and not that great due to shots she’d received earlier in the week. Poor baby.
After supper and some Tylenol, she perked up enough to enjoy her birthday cake 🙂
What a special spring break adventure we had today, when Jeff, Mallory, Clara, and I headed to Grover, NC, to take in the Presidential Culinary Museum. Mallory and I had seen the billboards about it, and we just decided this was the perfect time to go check it out. We got there in time to take in the guided tour, and it really was so interesting. This was in a display about the presidents and the British, and all of the displays had lots of interesting items, but a good many of them revolved around food. I had heard this story before, about the time Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt entertained the King and Queen of England (I did learn today that it was the first time a British monarch had ever visited the United States – in 1939), and fed them hotdogs. This is the letter the queen wrote to her mother about their visit, where she talks about eating the hotdogs. The guide told us that she insisted on eating it with a knife and fork, and that the king, especially, loved them.
Jeff took this picture of the girls and me relaxing on the porch of the museum after we finished our tour. Such a fun morning.
Yesterday was my first time being in charge of a bereavement meal at church, and as it turned out, I had Mallory and Clara for the day, since it’s spring break week. They went with me and were huge helpers. Here is Clara taking around one of the dessert carts.