Monday, December 12


About 2 weeks ago after a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with friends we hit the road and headed out to Gettysburg, PA for a little adventure.  After paying about $20 in tolls, taking the craziest windy roads ever, us all getting a little car sick (which is saying a lot for me), and Myers crying for about the last hour on and off because he couldn't sleep we finally made it.
We got into the hotel, declined the meatballs we were offered, and went to bed.
We woke up the next morning with both vigor and vim and were ready for our historically enlightening adventure.
And historically enlightening it was.
We had been told to watch the Gettysburg movie before we went, and though it was a little bit painful to get through (it is like 4 hours long), we were glad that we had.  I mean who needs a book when you can watch the movie?  Am I right?
 Meeting Abe Lincoln himself.  He really is as honest as they say....  He said I wouldn't look very good in this picture because the sun was in my eyes and my hair looked weird and I tilted my head like a crazy person.  He was right.
 Once Ruby figured out that he was a statue and not an actual person she warmed right up to him.
 The field where the famous 'Pickett's Charge' took place.
 Little Round Top  Justin and I both have a special place in our hearts for Colonel Chamberlain (he had a really big part in the movie and he seemed like a pretty stand up guy).

The Cemetery at Gettysburg  
This was where the famous Gettysburg address was given by Abraham Lincoln.

 This was how we ended up carrying Myers most of the day.  He had had enough.
 An actual Holly tree.
 Myers was pretty excited.
Gettysburg was a truly humbling and sobering experience for me.  Many men died in that battle- and though I am not American my ancestors were.  And it was a pivotal point in the civil war and a pivotal point in MY future.  And yours (lets face it- whatever happens to America affects us all).  I have great respect for those who fought and lived and died for their country, and state and beliefs.  The point that I found interesting while we were there was that no one was portrayed as the 'bad guys' and the 'good guys'  It was just americans who had died and were being honored and remembered for their sacrifice.  There was a great feeling of sadness there.  I learned a lot about American history and it felt good to increase my knowledge in that area.  We bought the cds to listen to in our car while we drove through the various sites.  It was the best idea ever.  We could decide what we wanted to see and where we wanted to go and how much we wanted to listen to.  We were able to learn lots from them and enjoy ourselves.  I love these mini adventures that we are able to have together.  It builds memories and bonds and knowledge.  All good things.  It also builds patience.....


  1. The part I found absolutely fascinating is that they greet you in Gettysburg with meatballs.

  2. Sound like a wonderful adventure.....keep making those wonderful memories for you family.....

  3. Ah where to start- first this trip looks so fun. Dave and I need to go. It looks like a great experience. Second, the Christmas story tour- love it! You guys look like you had a great time. It made me smile to see little ruby holding the gun. She is so funny. I am waiting for a post with your Christmas tree. I am interested to see how your ornaments turned out. I sure love having you guys here for the year!!!- - are you sure you don't want to stay for two more years :)

  4. Myers is huge. Honestly. I need to see you all. And Lincoln. I need to see Lincoln too.


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