Thursday, May 31, 2012

Chickens eat spaghetti, who knew?!?!

Big Purchase Thursday!

Chloe joined the Girls with Glasses Club today so we had to snap a few pictures.  Sorry the lighting is so bad on the 1st one.  You can't even see how cute her little, purple glasses are.  Now everyone will have an easier time telling the girls apart.  Chloe has purple glasses.  Essie has pink glasses. 

I also took the kids to Wal-M*rt today so they could spend some of their hard earned allowance money.  Big purchases for the girls (since they NEVER spend their money)-shoes and wedding Barbie & Ken).  AJ spends his money quite frequently so he just bought some candy.

We had fish sandwiches for supper tonight, which, apparently the girls hate (good to know).  I told Chloe I wish she would eat her bun and not waste it.  She said, "You can feed it to the chickens, then its not wasting.  That's recycling!".  I just had to laugh and allow her to feed it to the chickens. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Daniel Boone Adventure (Day Three)

It's the much-anticipated final installment of the Kinnell's Daniel Boone Adventure!  We drove over to Frankfort, the capital of Kentucky, to view Daniel Boone's final resting place.  Daniel and Rebecca Boone were originally buried in Missouri, but their remains were brought to Kentucky in 1845 - 25 years after Daniel's death. (Though some in Missouri claim the wrong bones were exhumed and that the Boones still rest in Missouri.)

Boone's grave overlooks a great view of the Kentucky state capitol building and the Kentucky River.

The monument is engraved with scenes from Boone's life.

It's hard to make out, but the inscription reads "Rebecca Boone".

An engraving of Rebecca Boone on the monument.  (Amy says, "MILKING A COW?!? She birthed 10 children and raised 6 more while her husband was off exploring!  And they engrave her milking a cow?!?)

View of the Capitol and Kentucky River

This has nothing to do with Daniel Boone - just a neat tombstone.

This cool monument to "Our Confederate Dead" was surrounded by rings of Confederate soldier graves.

This monument to Kentucky military dead was erected in 1850.

While we were in Frankfort, we decided to go on over to check out our state capitol.

Inside the Capitol Rotunda

Posing with a statue of President Abraham Lincoln - born in Hodgenville, Kentucky

Kentucky's other president, Jefferson Davis - born in Fairview, Kentucky

Chloe posing with Justice William Mcanulty Jr.
The first African American justice to sit on the Supreme Court of KY

Inside the Kentucky Supreme Court

The Kentucky State House of Representatives

The desk of our state representative, Bob Damron.  (At least until he gets us redistricted out of his constituency.)

The Kentucky State Senate

Posing with the Colonel himself

The Kentucky Governor's Mansion

The famous Frankfort floral clock

So ended our Daniel Boone educational adventure, for the most part.  (I've still got 200 pages of a Boone biography to finish reading.)  We all learned a lot and had a good deal of fun together as a family.  Amy is "all Boone'd out" and ready to put him to rest.  So, until our next big adventure...

Monday, May 28, 2012

Daniel Boone Adventure (Day Two)

It was another blazing hot 90-degree day, but we continued undaunted on our Daniel Boone Adventure.  Our stop this Memorial Day was Fort Boonesborough, a replica of the fort built by Daniel Boone and the first Kentucky settlers.

Three kids ready for some more history!

The entrance to Fort Boonesborough - this replica was built in 1974.

A family portrait inside the fort

This room was set up to look like it belonged to a settler who just arrived at the fort with few possessions.

This room was set up to represent the resident of a settler who had enough wealth to bring some possessions with them into Kentucky.

The girls check out a bear skin on the wall of the fort tavern.

AJ gives the bear a pat on the head.

Sitting down at the table, waiting to be served

The fort carpenter gives a demonstration.

The blacksmith's assistant stokes the fire.

The fort blacksmith demonstrates how to change the temperature of your cooking fire by using hooks to raised the pot up or down.

This lady makes lye soap that is sold in the fort gift shop.

The kids check out the soap that is curing on the shelf.

Chloe and Daniel Boone

Pounding corn into meal

The fort cobbler shows us some different types of frontier footwear.

A deerskin moccasin

The girls were fascinated by this display of many ways to relieve oneself in the 18th century.

Amy is always drawn to the garden.

The kids relax in a dugout canoe.

This stone marks the location of the original Fort Boonesborough down by the Kentucky River.

About 9 miles from Boonesborough is Boone Station, another place where Daniel Boone lived for a few years.

This stone identifies the members of the Boone family that are buried at Boone Station, including Boone's son Israel who was killed in the Revolutionary War Battle of Blue Licks.

The Boone Station property is mostly just fields now.

Taking a walk around the property

All in all it was another fun, but tiring day.  We ended it by going to Matt's parents for a Memorial Day cookout.  The kids took some runs down the slip-n-slide to ensure they were good and tired out for the night.  Our Daniel Boone Adventure will have one more stop this week.  Until Wednesday...