Our weekend adventures have been pretty quiet these last two weeks due to rain (much needed) and sickness (first cold in a long time).
The kids and I did, however, have some fun adventures during school last week. In our study of US History we have reached the point of the California gold rush and California's statehood, so it was the perfect time to take the week off of our normal studies and have a "California History Field Trip Week"!
On Monday we visited the New Almaden Quicksilver Minning Museum, about 30 min from our house. Since it was the middle of the week, no one was there and we got an awesome private tour by the park ranger. We learned a TON about mercury, how it was used during the gold rush, and life in the minning hills. I was so into the tour, that I failed to take any pictures.
On Tuesday we went to the Sunnyvale Heritage Museum (we live in Sunnyvale). This was a fun trip because we had two other families join us and I had called ahead to set up a tour with one of the docents. Did you know that the Murphy family (who settled in Sunnyvale) where part of the first wagon party to come to California? And no one died! We learned a lot about the Murphy family and early life in the Santa Clara Valley. Again, I was so enthralled that I forgot to take pictures!
On Wednesday we planned on going to Oakland to view the museum of CA - but this is the day that sickness struck Kyla and I, so we all stayed home. Thursday was PETRA and our weekly library visit - the kids have become crazy readers!
On Friday we went to History San Jose Park. This is a really neat place where many historic buildings from the valley have been relocated and preserved. It was a beautiful day and we had a great time walking around the park and learning about each building and house. We especially liked the one room schoolhouse, and the kids thought the double seater outhouse was crazy! In the first story of the historic hotel building is a candy and ice cream parlor that was open for business, so of course we needed ice cream cones! The only picture I have from the week is the kids in a play trolley car: