Field Trip Friday — It’s Back!

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Field trips have been sadly lacking from our homeschool this year. We participated in a once a week co-op and never could get our schedule quite right. Now that it has ended for the year, we have a little more free time for exploring the area.

Last weekend, Abraham had black belt testing in Concord, Massachusetts (a separate post will follow on that whole very long experience!). We decided to stop in Stockbridge on the way to Concord and visit the Norman Rockwell Museum. We knew all school year that the trip was coming so we incorporated Rockwell’s works into our studies. It was so exciting to see originals of prints we’ve looked at all year!

Our plan was to leave home between 8 and 9 in the morning. The museum opened at 10 and is about an hour from our house. I was slightly frustrated that we pulled out of the driveway at 10 and still had to stop for gas and batteries for the walkie talkies (we are still functioning in two vehicles). Kenny told me he’d get gas for his car while I ran into the grocery store for batteries. The plan was that he would meet me at the grocery store. When we pulled out of the driveway at home he went the opposite way that I did. I thought it was odd but knew he could go around the back way and thought he just felt like being different.

You see where this is going, don’t you?

We never said which gas station/ grocery store we’d visit. I went in to the store, shopped, came out, repacked the cooler, tried to get the iPod to work with a cassette converter. Still no Kenny. I moved the car to a more visible location. Waited. Still no Kenny. Finally I decided to drive over to the gas station. Of course he wasn’t there. At that point I remembered how he had gone the opposite way from me when we pulled out of our driveway. Yeah. I’m a little slow on the uptake. 🙂

Since I had both walkie talkies and no cell phone, I stopped at a convenience store to use a pay phone. Of course there are no pay phones. Thankfully the clerk let me use the store phone. By the time I got in touch with Kenny he was on his way back to the house. We met there and pulled out of the driveway for the 2nd time at 11 a.m.

We didn’t get very far before someone (SOPHIA) had to go to the bathroom — despite the fact that I made everyone go AGAIN before we left home for the second time. We stopped at a McDonald’s. Kenny and I needed coffee by this time so we all sat down and had coffee and milkshakes.

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It was past lunchtime before we actually arrived at the museum so we took advantage of the picnic tables on the lawn and ate lunch before we went in.

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FINALLY, we got to go in! We looked around for a while and then listened to a short talk about Rockwell’s life and works.

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We took some pictures of ourselves with some of our favorites.

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Abe was a little picture shy but this was one of his favorites:

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One whole room was covered with Saturday Evening Post covers. I was particularly excited to see this one. It’s the cover picture on a Norman Rockwell picture book/ song book I’ve had since I was a little girl.

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We had a friend in Montgomery whose father posed for Norman Rockwell. Sadly, she passed away several years ago. I wish I had listened closer to her description of the painting for which her father posed!

We spent about an hour and a half in the museum before the kids got tired and cranky. When Jesse got cranky he got *very* cranky and we forgot to walk through Rockwell’s studio which is located on the museum grounds. Oh well. Excuse to go back, right? 🙂

All in all, it was a fun trip!

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