Monday, August 27, 2012

No more Apples for the Teacher...

All though the sky was blue and it was still warm as I went on my walk this morning it will no longer be the typical summer morning walk as the kids in the neighborhood headed back to school today. It was a very quiet walk as I passed two people cleaning cobwebs from the eaves of their houses and waved to the crossing guard as she waited for the kids to come. I smiled as I watched our neighbors come out and cheer their son and some of the other kids as they came home from their first day of Junior High School. Our boys both started college last week. Nathan started at the University of Utah and Landon at Salt Lake Community College. So there will be no apples for the teacher or parent teacher conferences this year for us. Yes, it was quiet around the house this morning but, Landon came home and then Nathan. They both headed off to work and it will be quiet again until they come home for dinner. For me...I love them at home; in and out at all times of the day. I know it won't be long before they are gone so, I will just enjoy it while I can. I am truly grateful for this time with them.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Boston Trip-The Freedom Trail

Boston's Freedom Trail is a two and a half mile walk through the historic district that transports you back to the city's Revolutionary period.
Home of Paul Revere built in 1680
"The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere"
The actual site of where the Boston Tea Party crowd of people originated
The Old State House is an Historic landmark built in 1713

Following the clearly marked trail
The view of Boston as we ferry across to the USS Constitution and Bunker Hill
USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy. Named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America, she is the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat. The sad part was that it is closed on Monday's...bummer.
We were able to tour this ship though...who's the funny guy sleeping in the bunk!

Two-day engagement between British forces and American forces.The Americans had occupied Breed's Hill in Charlestown on June 16, 1775, in order to protect the shipyard of nearby Boston. The next day, the British attacked. They took the hill but suffered heavy losses. The Americans fired until they were out of ammunition, then quickly retreated. To conserve ammunition, Prescott told his men, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes." Even though the battle was fought on Breed's Hill, it has been remembered as the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Boston Trip-Lexington and Concord

The Battle Green...The American Revolution took place here at dawn on April 19, 1775


Buckman Tavern where the Lexington miltia gathered
Battle Road Trail, Minute Man Historical Park
The North Bridge is the site of the first effective forcible resistance to the British Parliament's rule in America.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Boston 2012

On the Green Monster
Red Sox Fans
Fenway Park - 100 Years
We stayed at the Omni Parker House Hotel the oldest hotel in Boston and where Parkerhouse rolls were first made.
Chillin' on the steps at Harvard during our tour.
We took the Boston Duck Tours to get a good feel for Boston
Eating a Cannoli from Mike's Pastry
Museum of Science
Ernesto's...The Best Pizza