It must seem like all we do these days are field trips, doesn't it? With the baby coming in just a couple weeks now I am feeling like I need to cram in all these field trips before that happens. I don't know why. It isn't like I am never going to get out again. Maybe it's a homeschool mom's way of educational nesting.
I did talk Christian into going to this one with me though as it was going to be all day and almost 2 hours away so don't be too impressed. I didn't do it by myself :) It was nice to have him with us since he has been working a lot of Saturdays lately trying to get in all his side jobs before the baby.
The first stop was the Hans Herr House, the oldest homestead in Lancaster Country, established in 1719. We were there with our homeschool field trip group for one of their school frolics which included lots of hands on demonstrations having to do with colonial life and culture of the Swiss-German Mennonites that lived there.
The kids favorite stop was the blacksmith. They loved the blacksmith shop at the Daniel Boone homestead as well. I am not sure what they like so much about it but we had to drag them away.
Just look how enthralled Asher is.
I personally was pretty fascinated with this lady spinning flax into linen thread. They grew the flax on the property and showed us all the steps they went through to turn it into fabric.
Christian ended up talking to this very informative fellow about spinning yarn and how much better quality clothes made with hand spun yarn are and how much longer the fabric will last.
Asher got to try his hand at a wringer washer.
Everyone tried a little scherenschnitte. Try saying that 5 times fast!
And the kids enjoyed a covered wagon ride.
The next stop was the Mennonite Information Center to see their representation of the biblical tabernacle. This was one of those places where they don't allow you to take pictures but if you are in the area it is definitely worth a stop. The tour guide was very informative and I thought it was very helpful to have a visual now for when we read through the old testament about the tabernacle.
Since starting this post I have now acquired a 3 year old little buddy here who is asking me a million questions so that's all for now!