Thursday, November 15, 2007

Family Day at St. Augustine

Phillip is on vacation this week, so we decided to skip school and spend an afternoon at St. Augustine. Elizabeth changed into her "Olden Days" clothes complete with a blue "bonnet".

We walked through the old town area which has the oldest wooden schoolhouse in the US, a fun water wheel (used for a mill), oldest drug store, a Huguenot graveyard, and lots of old homes and walls and tourist shops. We stopped for ice cream at Tedi's Olde Tyme Ice Cream Shop.

Elizabeth chose chocolate, Jonathan had superman (the brightest most artificial blue and red you can find), and Phoebe and I shared cherry vanilla. Phillip bought a chocolate peanut butter cup at Whetstone's chocolate shop later on.

The most favorite part was walking around Castillo de San Marcos (an old fort). The kids loved the "castle" as they called it, and they loved the wind. It's so cool to think of the ships that sailed up to that fort. To think of the men running around on the ground you're walking on, loading cannons, shouting orders.

We went to Burger King for supper and the kids played in the play area. Jonathan got stuck up at the top and Phillip had to go rescue him.

Phoebe didn't get much of a nap, so she was a little crazy. She gets very silly and falls over a lot when she's tired. It's funny to watch.

Another fun fact I found at the old drug store. There was a headstone type of thing with an inscription about an Indian Chief. It said that this man was kind-hearted because he would not scalp you if you begged for your life or if you paid him money. He was more of a gentleman than a savage, it read. I just found this humorous.

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