Thursday, March 22, 2007

A Perfect Weekend, Part One

We just had the most awesome 4-day weekend! German took Friday and Monday off so we could have some quality time playing with the girls. And play we did. I came back absolutely exhausted, but it was worth it.

It started Friday morning. It was Red Nose Day here in the UK and the girls enjoyed getting in on the act. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Red Nose Day is a fundraising project with Comic Relief to raise funds for projects in the UK and in Africa.

German's work colleagues were participating in a "try science" launch at a children's science museum. He was one of the volunteers, so that is where our day started. While Daddy helped the 9-10 year old students with science experiments such as aerodynamics (paper airplanes), weight distribution and strength (pasta bridges testing breaking points), water displacement (blowing water out of an immersed bottle) Mommy and the girls went exploring in the museum. They have an entire town centre section that allows children to "bank" (complete with learning how to open safes and avoiding pressure points and "lasers" in the big safe), "grocery shop" (getting items and scanning them), "cook", and "car maintenance" (Jewel learned to fill the car with petrol and change a tyre!)
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After lunch with Daddy's co-workers, the whole family spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the other parts of the museum. The section on how the body works was a big hit--except for the x-ray stuff, that scared Jewel.

We stayed overnight in the area and on Saturday we visited a farm that had a large play barn area filled with different slides and rope bridges and climbing frames. Moms and Dads could have as much fun as the kids! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketAfter that we visited the Bronte Parsonage and Museum. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket I am a huge Bronte sister fan so this was lots of fun for me. Jewel and Flower aren't old enough to introduce them to Jane Eyre and the like, but they know of the story since our friend starred in the theater production last year. We took lots of notes to use when we teach about these books when they are older. We went home late Saturday. Good friends were being baptised Sunday morning and we did not want to miss that. I'll tell about part two of the weekend in the next post.


Margaret said...

Ooooooooooooh. Another Bronte fan here!!!

Wendell said...

oh my gosh, what a fantastic weekend!

I love the girls red noses, could flower actually see around hers...sooo cute!

Yay, the Bronte Parsonage and Museum, have you been before?

Thanks for sharing your weekend!

my4blessings said...

Okay, a huge moment of jealousy here...Jane Eyre is my favourite novel! So glad you were able to go there and be witnesses to a special baptism. Sounds like a wonderful day.