Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Aunts not Ants

I'm still trying to catch up on blogging!  We had a wonderful visit with Bob's sisters Cindy and Becky.  They got in late the Monday after Jaide's birthday and stayed until the following Tuesday.  We played lots of games and hung out.  On Wednesday we went to Fort McHenry.  We had never been there despite living pretty close to it.  That is where the rockets red glare and bombs burst in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.  We've seen the original star spangled banner at the Smithsonian and now we've been to where it famously flew.  

There were some rooms inside the fort you could go inside

even some jail cells!

Lots of cannons.  It's weird to think that the Fort McHenry tunnel goes under the water out there.

We were there near closing time and the kids got to help change the flag.  This is a small replica of the star spangled banner.  They put up "the president's flag" (ie the most recent one) since there is always to be a flag flying over Fort McHenry 24/7

the ranger talking about the flags

another girl helps raise the flag

Bob and the girls helped fold the SSB replica flag

On Thursday we finally took Bob's kayak out for a spin.  We went to the Daniels area of Patapsco State park.  It was a nice place to kayak.  We took turns going out three at a time.  I only got a picture of Bob, Becky, and two of the kids.  It's not a great picture, sorry.Thursday night was activity day and Becky and Cindy were very nice to come along and help supervise the annual pool party.  

Friday we took the aunts to Six Flags.  We drove past the place in Beltsville where Cindy had a summer internship during college.  It looks a lot different these days.  I didn't get many pictures at the park but here are two of Luke and Kiree in the kids section

it was surprisingly hard to get a picture of the kids on this ride with my cellphone

this was not taken on Saturdcay
We took Cindy (and everyone else) to Cindy's Softserve on Saturday.  The girls used to call it Aunt Cindys. 
stole Cindy's picture
On Monday we drove down to DC to visit some museums.  After we read Owney The Mail Pouch Pooch a couple of years ago, we wanted to see the real Owney at the Postal Museum.
 He is stuffed and on display with several of the metal tags he got on his adventures riding the rails with the mail.
Bob and Owney statue
There were some other interesting things at the postal museum.  

the littlest tourist
The Postal Museum closed at 5:30, so we had to leave.  We decided to head over to the Natural History Museum since it was open late that day.  It was much more interesting than I remembered it being on our previous visit about seven years before.  We closed that museum down as well.  I'd like to go back and spend more time there soon.

It took us a long time to find the jade in the hall of gems and minerals, but we did!
There was a really interesting exhibit about Jamestown and forensic anthropology.  (Jaide took these and other pictures)  This is a reconstruction of the face of a 14 year old girl who died in Jamestown.  There was evidence of cannibalism going on found in the bones left behind.  It had been assumed because of the history of the "starving time."  Very few people in the settlement survived that time.
Other parts of the exhibit were about forensic anthropology in general.  We got shooed out before we got to the end of this exhibit as it was closing time.  

The girls were sad to say goodbye on Tuesday but they had a lot of fun with their aunts.  Jaide took this picture while we were playing Seven Wonders.   Jaide enjoyed playing this game with her aunts.  


Jenny said...

That forensic anthropology exhibit looks really cool. That'd be really interesting to see.

Cindy said...

The aunts had fun too. Thanks!

That jail cell was basically like a photo booth -- lots of fun pictures with crazy faces coming out of there. Good times.