As luck would have it, the next field trip that came up would include both of them because it was their department (a multi-age team that works together all year, rotating through six diverse areas of study) rather than either of their grade level classes. This department, Liberty's Kids, was planning an excursion to the mountains to spend a day at a "living history farm" for a revolutionary war adventure.
Awesome, right? Right. Also, 118 miles. Each way.
But they don't call them adamant proclamations for nothing. I was in. When the teacher emailed me to ask if I was sure I could do this, I replied: "Yes, just don't give me any of the annoying kids." Yes I did.
And it was a great day, it all worked out wonderfully and the kids were fantastic, and even the girl who barfed in my car sort of won me over by spending the next hour animatedly choreographing a dance routine with the other two girls in the back seat. 9 year old girls can choreograph without dancing or music. (We turned off the music because it was too hard to hear it with the windows were wide open. For obvious reasons.)
It was an awesome day. It was in the mountains, and it was 29 degrees out when we arrived. Thank the 8.6 pound baby Jesus we had thrown coats into the car almost as an afterthought, just in case it was chilly. And I threw in my Uggs in case it was too rustic for the flip flops I was wearing.
I'm totally channeling Uncle Merv again. Here comes a ton of photos.
|We moved through stations led by colonial types. This was the first one, the Stamp Act. Kinda boring, but I missed most of it because I was retrieving jackets from the car.|
|The next station was cool, weaving on a loom. Very colonial. The peeps were all "aye" this and "how d'ya fare?" that.|
|She gave the kids a lesson in using the loom|
|Then they retired upon rocks to give it a try|
|Next stop was games of the times, like everyone's favorite: hoop and stick|
|I forget what this one was called, but there were also hoops and sticks involved|
|My boy was all about trap ball|
|Then they had to line up for some military training|
|They had a surprise inspection by the colonel, who was not impressed. He asked the other guy "are they French?" and was told in reply that they did in fact reek of wine and cheese|
|look at those purdy mountains!|
|They had drills and learned to make ready, reload, something something, then BOOM|
|Next stop was the blacksmith. I remember being so cold that I really wanted to snuggle with the smoldering metal he pulled out of that 2000 degree oven .|
|Then they had an etiquette lesson with readings from a book that was written by none other than George Washington was he was barely 16 years old! What a nerd.|
|Our final station was the courthouse. Is it just me, or are those revolutionary dudes strangely sexy?|
|Ruh roh. The accused died a thousand deaths when she was called out to defend herself.|
|She was accused of smuggling weapons onto her vessel. She was allowed to call one witness to testify on her behalf, and the court brought forth two guys to testify against her.|
|What do you think, is this witness testifying for or against her?|
|In the course of their testimony, all three witnesses managed to incriminate themselves|
|Look at the look he's giving my girl!!|
|And they were all found guilty.|
|Soon there were fifes and drums and such, and the colonists were gathered on the green for their rations|
|And then when the redcoats organized to storm their territory, they bravely prepared for battle|
|FIRE! I swear, I'm a pacifist, but there was something oddly satisfying about watching those soldiers fall|
|Killing kids is fun!|
|To wrap up a day that was different in a weirdly awesome way, we had a farewell speech and some parting words encouraging kids to study history and know their country|
And then we headed back down the mountain, into the sun, into the present day drama of five kids in a car, four screaming in unison when one says: "I don't feel well. I think I'm gonna.............."
Field trip duty? Check.