I’m so thankful for pictures. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to reminisce about all of the fun activities, memorable trips, or milestone moments.
Since I homeschool, I take a lot of pictures, not just for memories but also for record-keeping. It’s important to me to document all of our activities and trips and keep a photo album specifically for homeschooling. It’s also a lot of fun to look back and see all that we did.
While creating my album for this year, I realized we had done some pretty cool stuff in 2016 so far. I asked my oldest which trips were his favorites and he was able to narrow it down to his top three:
STATUE OF LIBERTY/ELLIS ISLAND
I’ve never seen the statue in person until this year and neither has my husband, so this was such an amazing trip. My 8-year-old was in awe. The trip was coordinated by a local homeschool co-op and I’m so happy to have had this opportunity. We started out on land on the NJ side, but that’s NY in the background.
Our trip was in May, but we had to dress for winter. It was so cold!
This is a picture of us as soon as we boarded the ferry. Winter coats and all❄️ It was my son’s first time on a ferry, so he was a bit nervous.
Our first stop was Ellis Island. There, we explored Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, which tells the amazing stories of the 12 million immigrants who entered America through Ellis Island. We had a self-guided tour. This museum was beautiful, inside and out. I was ecstatic to be on an island with so much history.
At this age, my son is too young to appreciate all that the museum has to offer, but that just means we’ll have to take another trip when he’s older and we can bring his younger brother next time too.
From there, we took the ferry to Liberty Island, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! I remember how exciting it was and how beautiful the statue is. As we got closer, I started snapping away. I have so many pictures from this trip.
When we arrived on the island, our tickets included access to the pedestal of the statue, which means we could walk up through the statue to the pedestal area. My husband and son were ready to tackle that challenge. I tried but chickened out. Although it would have been a great experience, the thought of tight skinny stairwells scares me, especially 215 steps up. They also have tickets for access to the crown and you can walk all the way up to the top!
Overall, it was an awesome day. My son was wiped out on the way home! I will never forget this trip and how much fun it was for us. We all learned so much that day.
AIRFORCE-BASE AIR SHOW
My boys loved this trip. They were mesmerized and couldn’t believe how these jets maneuver. Planes have always amazed me. While I don’t like to fly in them, I could watch them in the air for hours. The show consisted of various aerial demonstrations throughout the day. The highlight of our day was watching the USAF Thunderbirds. The skill and finesse the pilots have is unbelievable. They put on a great show with their flips, turns and other upside-down tricks. I’m always impressed how they stay in sync with each other. It was really loud but that added to the excitement. We’ve never seen anything like it.
CHOCOLATE MUSEUM TOUR
How could I say no to this tour when it came my way? Hosted by Michel Cluizel, French Chocolatier, we were invited to step inside their doors and watch what happens behind the scenes in the world of chocolate-making. We walked through the facility on a guided tour with our kids and learned about the process of chocolate manufacturing from cocoa bean to packaging.
But this tour wasn’t just educational; it was delicious. We got to sample several different pastries, brownies, macaroons…
And shots of real hot chocolate. I didn’t hear any complaints from the kids. I’m pretty sure we’ll be going back 🙂
We’ve had some great adventures in 2016 so far and I’m looking forward to many more! If it’s fun and educational, guaranteed I’m there. They’re the best kind.
What was your favorite adventure or trip this year?