Jump Planet

Every now and then a home schooling field trip falls on a date we can actually participate. Despite my folks being in town, I opted to sign the girls up for an hour and a half at Jump Planet. It was a tough decision to not include Jordan in something that could be, well… such great therapy, but knew it meant pulling him out of school and didn’t sign him up. Originally, the cost was $6/kid. The morning of the event, I learned that so many kids had signed up (50!) that the price had dropped to only $4/kid! In addition to this, one of the families had come down with the crud and that opened up two slots. One person jumped on the first slot, and I went for it and took the second. Yay! I was looking forward to taking all 3 of my kids on this adventure.

Homeschooling His Way at Jump Planet

Homeschooling His Way at Jump Planet

Jordan disagreed. He was set on me picking him up so we could go bowling and didn’t appreciate me changing the plan to go to whatever this place was. He threw fits most of the way there, but ended up having fun. Here are some of the pictures from this massive room of inflatable toys.

Jordan crawling through the space station

Jordan crawling through the space station

If the hair isn't evidence enough, Bekah's having a blast!

If the hair isn't evidence enough, Bekah's having a blast!

Ashley and Rachel hold on tight

Ashley and Rachel hold on tight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mommy & Jordan climb up to whizz down

Mommy & Jordan climb up to whizz down

Mommy & Bekah - Whee!!!

Mommy & Bekah - Whee!!!

Bluh! Hi Rachel - sorry about the red eyes

Bluh! Hi Rachel - sorry about the red eyes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan leads the way up the big slide

Jordan leads the way up the big slide

Steph, Jordan and Gramma - 3-wide! (sorry it's dark)

Steph, Jordan and Gramma - 3-wide! (sorry it's dark)

Mommy and the little ones

Mommy and the little ones

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Midwest trip: June 28, Day 10

Today we made the hour long trip to Mansfield, MO and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum. We picked up a beautiful postcard of the home which seemed ironic because the photo shows clear blue sky and our weather was so utterly opposite. We drove through thunderstorms, pouring down rain, and flash flood warnings. But despite the ickiness outside, the inside was beautiful and full of history. All nine of the Little House books were penned from this location. We visited the museum (everyone but Jordan really enjoyed this) filled with artifacts of all kinds from both the Ingalls and Wilder families, and then toured the Rocky Ridge Home.

Entrance to the Rocky Ridge Wilder Home

Entrance to the Rocky Ridge Wilder Home

A little further down the road, we toured the Stone House which their daughter, Rose, purchased for Laura & Almanzo. The home was gorgeous – very rich – with indoor plumbing as well as electricity but it never seemed like home and Laura & Almanzo moved back to the old farm at Rocky Ridge.

We had a very interesting lunch at a place that seemed promising, “Little House Buffet”, but they didn’t have a lunch buffet and were out of 3 of the 4 things I first asked for (Chili, Baked potato & Cherry Coke – they only had Coke and Dr. Pepper).We had a major laugh when Gammy’s burger was delivered with 2 “bottoms”; then Willie’s arrived with 2 tops as well as a fresh slice of tomato in the middle of a tomato recall due to a salmonella outbreak. The bathroom brought more laughter, and as the rain got harder the ceiling started leaking (several places showed water damage already with water spots or just plain holes). We were seriously concerned that the ceiling might fall! We also laughed about the Christmas decorations that were still up at the end of June, and the couple waiting to order who got up and left after they heard us attempting to order. (Even funnier was the waitress’s response, “I wonder what their problem is?! Ha!) We figure the place will probably be condemned within a year – at least it should be!

Bekah started assigning Little House name to all of us. Memorable… and wet day!

Portland for the day

High above Portland00 AM and I\'ve already been up for 2 hours...Ashley & WillieSettling inAshley & RachelBumpety, bumpety, clickety, clackety… We rolled down to Portland by train yesterday for an amazing day trip with the whole family – until an abrupt stop. Thankfully, the breakdown near Puyallup was temporary and we were on our way once again. Under mostly grey skies and 60 degrees, we took every imaginable mode of transportation that Portland had to offer: train, street car, aerial tram, and the max – oh yeah, and lots by foot, as we explored downtown Portland with the Mansfields and the help of Portlander and friend, Lynn Johnson. Besides riding on all these cool things, Bekah, Jordan and Matthew got to help the street car driver ready the tracks by switching them, tooting the horn, and revving the engine. While in Portland, we also enjoyed Powell’s City of Books and Finnigan’s Toy Store. Powell’s is an absolutely amazing store and is probably the size – if not bigger – than the Seattle Public Library. It dwarfs any other bookstore I’ve ever been in and I could have spent the whole afternoon in there. We also rode the aerial tram up the hill to OSHU. You’d have thought the kids were in Disneyland on a roller coaster the way they yelled and threw arms in the air when we started swinging at the tower!

Taking the train was a first for all of the kids. Schools on Trains is a program offered by Amtrak where school groups can ride between certain cities for a great rate. As part of Homeschooling His Way, we got the special pricing of only $10 round trip ($80 normally) per person. About 30 of us took this trip.

Baseball, Bowling and Poetry

Ashley had a ‘tween bowling event today with Homeschooling His Way. There wasn’t a great turn out, but those who came had a good time.

Jordan had his second baseball game of the season against his old teammates, the Pirates. He got a couple nice hits off the tee and ran the bases with increasing speed. They all had a great time, though we’re ready for warmer weather at the games! His next game is Saturday afternoon.

Bekah was introduced to Haiku today and wrote a couple with some help. It’s great work with a focus on syllables. Remember that 5,7,5 syllable pattern? Here are some samples of her work today:

Gabriella

Koalas are so

Cute and cuddly, I love

To snuggle with her.

Online Fun

Anna, Lana and

Gabriella, my Webkinz

I love them so much.

Ceramics and Exercise

Bekah whips paint onto her cupcake toothbrush holderToday started off with Ashley and I going for a nice walk on a beautifully sunny (yet chilly 36 degrees) morning. When we got back, Willie and Bekah were at it on the ‘exercise floor’. Other activities today included ceramics painting in Mill Creek with WAVA. Ashley painted a cool bowl, Bekah did a toothbrush holder that looked like a cupcake, and I did a salad bowl. It’s always fun to do, and exciting to see the final results once they are fired and we get to pick them up. After ceramics, it was off to the orthodontist for placement of Ashley’s permanent bottom retainer. Sometime today, Bekah and I will get some school work done!