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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Our fun weekend!

We all had a great weekend!  If you will recall, the boys headed to Gettysburg on Friday afternoon to cash in on one of Peter's Christmas gifts.

They arrived at their hotel room around 11:00 PM and then got up bright and early on Saturday. They spent the day at the battlefields where they were doing reenactments in celebration of the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Saturday was spent watching reenactments of the Battle at the Wheatfield and another battle when Stuart's  Calvary arrived.  They also saw Lincoln give the Gettysburg Address, watched a live mortar fire demonstration, watched a fife and drum presentation, and heard General Lee and his wife discuss their military years among other things.

They left and then headed to the museum at Gettysburg National Military Park where they started a three hour (26 mile) self guided car tour.  Dan said he would love to go back and do this with an official tour guide (that's an option but had to be scheduled ahead of time.)

After a long day they headed back to the hotel and then enjoyed dinner at Longhorn (my steak loving boy was in heaven) and then were up bright and early on Sunday.

There were two tents set up on Sunday morning - one for a Protestant service and one for a  Catholic service.  Peter was excited that they were able to go to the Catholic service onsite without having to spend time going to find a church for Mass. 

They watched a battle on the East Cavalry field and then saw Pickett's Charge which was the last battle.  And luckily they were able to get out ahead of all the traffic and made it home before 10:00 PM on Sunday night.

They were sunburned and tired but they had a great time.  Here are a few pictures they took:

At one point during the weekend Sarah said wistfully, "It might have been interesting to go with them..."

And almost immediately after she said that, Peter sent me this picture in a text with the caption, "The Confederate troops are coming onto the battlefield."

I showed it to Sarah and she exclaimed, "I am soooooo glad we aren't there!" And then when we heard they spent three hours on an audio/car tour we both knew we made the right decision to stay at home.  :)

But don't worry about us girls, on Saturday we went to her favorite store at the mall - Altar'd State, had lunch at Chick-Fil-A, went to Target and Marshall's and then headed home.  We went to Mass on Saturday night (so we could sleep in on Sunday) and had a nice dinner together at 2520 Tavern and Italian Ice afterwards at a new shop that just opened up. 

Then on Sunday we went out to lunch with my parents, brother and uncle and then we headed to the farmer's market and picked up these beautiful flowers for TEN DOLLARS!  (If you live near me, it is totally worth the drive to Sandy Ridge Road to get a gigantic bouquet for TEN DOLLARS!) We also got some goat cheese and and some cheese cake.  You've gotta love the farmer's market!

This picture of the flowers is the only one I got the whole weekend:

I guess we were having too much fun to even take a selfie!

And that was our weekend.  We split up and each of us had a really great time! 


Madeline said...

I am so glad that each group had such a wonderful time!

Gigi said...

I LOVE that farmer's market - as long as we get there early. I've not thought to buy bouquets there; but now I will - those flowers are so pretty!

Life of a Doctor's Wife said...

What a beautiful bouquet!!! And for such a deal!

The reenactment looks like a really incredible time!

Busy Bee Suz said...

As much fun as the men were having, I would've been better off with the 'girls'' weekend too. :) The flowers are GORGEOUS!!!