Friday, June 13, 2014

Gettysburg Battlefield

Usually when I retell this story, it doesn't start out "years ago." Instead it starts out, "Do you remember the year we ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Thanksgiving Dinner?" (It was actually sunbutter, but we usually use the two terms interchangeably.)

Throughout the fall of 2007, we visited Civil War battlefields all along the east coast. As Thanksgiving approached, we made plans to visit Gettysburg on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

We drove from northern Virginia up to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, stopping along the way to pose as we crossed the Mason-Dixon line.

Once at the battlefield, we started our driving tour and then stopped for lunch. All of a sudden, Addison   piped up to let us know that her palette expander (phase 1 orthodontics) had slipped out of place. It was w-shaped and one side of the w now stuck out of the side of her mouth.

Luckily Gettysburg is not that far from Virginia and her orthodontist was able to see her as soon as we could drive back home.

Unfortunately, that meant the Gettysburg tour was over before it really got started.

After fixing the rogue palette expander, we sat down to look at the weather and rearrange our plans for the weekend. The weather looked a bit more promising on Thursday than it did on Friday because of a cold weather front moving through the area.

None of us wanted to give up our chance to see Gettysburg, especially Tim's parents who were visiting for the weekend. None of us especially wanted to tour Gettysburg on a cold, windy day, though. We decided the best bet was to go back to the battlefield on Thanksgiving Day and save our turkey dinner for Friday.

Little Round Top

Sunbutter and jelly sandwiches for everyone

Walking Pickett's Charge

As the day went on, the weather did start to turn colder. We are all thankful that we visited on Thanksgiving Day and ate sandwiches for Thanksgiving Dinner instead of waiting until Friday.

Ben and MeI'm sharing a "years ago" story corresponding to each letter of the alphabet for the Blogging through the Alphabet challenge hosted by Marcy at Ben and Me. I often tell my children stories of things that have happened in our past, and now I'm taking the time to write down those stories.

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1 comment:

  1. We are planning a trip to Gettysburg soon, complete with picnics -- though I imagine our sandwiches will be sunbutter and fluff. :) When we were there a few years ago, we only got to see a small bit -- I can't wait to attempt the driving tour and hopefully see more.



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