Monday, April 8, 2013

Knock, Knock... Who's There... It's Me!

I'm back from my Spring Break and am so thankful for the amazing friends who helped me out by guest blogging while I was gone!  I know you all loved the posts that they shared!  I loved reading them!

Hubby and I went to the east coast.  We drove through New York state, stopping at Wakins Glen State Park and Taughannock Falls too.

We even randomly happened to drive through a Bainbridge, New York!  We stopped in the dark and we (I) took pictures of everything that said BAINBRIDGE on it for scrapbooking purposes!

Then we went to Worcester in Massachusetts and stayed with a friend for a few days.  We went into Boston for a day, ate some ah-mazing seafood, and then went to Concord, Lexington, Salem, and Gettysburg.  It was a very historical trip, which are our favorites!

Yeah.  I didn't know this would have EYES and little tiny LEGS when I ordered it!  Note to self... next time be sure it says STUFFED TAIL!  It was still tasty... but I totally felt like the family in "A Christmas Story" when they bring out the duck at the end and the mom's dying with laughter!


I even got to see NYC in the distance as we left Salem to drive to Pennsylvania... which, if you've followed this blog for two seconds, you know is my all-time favorite place on this EARTH!

Here's a scene from Gettysburg...  This was a seriously amazing trip.  Like one you need to go on.  Immediately.

We NEVER take such unstructured trips and we just decided on a whim to go to Gettysburg.  I would love to go back and spend more time, do the audio tour, etc... The museum is awesome... and have you ever seen or heard of the Gettysburg Cyclorama?  Holy smokes.  THAT was incredible!
And The House of the Seven Gables in Salem... which was so cool!  They also have Nathaniel Hawthorne's home next to THotSG and The Scarlet Letter is one of my favorite books, so I loved going there too.

All right, fine, so we're history nerds.  We LOVE taking trips like this.  No beaches and sand and suntans for us!

So, that's what I was up to last week!

Since we've been home, I've added two new products to my shop.  If you leave me a comment and tell me your favorite historical vacation spot (we're always looking for more!), I'll pick a winner tomorrow and send you BOTH items!

Earth Day flippy book!  This has lines for both primary and intermediate...

Find it on TpT  or Teacher's Notebook

And this delicious donut classroom or hallway hunt for identifying complete sentences and fragments!  There's also a center activity and a craftivity!  I know this is probably a beginning of the year thing for most people... it is for me!... but I couldn't wait to make this with these adorable graphics!
 Find it on TpT or Teacher's Notebook

Ok!  That's it!  Tell me where I should go on my next vacation... as long as it's historical!  I'll pick a winner tomorrow!


  1. You can have the best of both worlds and visit tybee island, ga. Historic side--fort Pulaski, lighthouse & museum, and historic savannah minutes away. Then you can enjoy the beach!!

  2. You should go visit Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg , Virginia. Super Fun!!!

  3. Can't go wrong with Washington, DC. Further south, I would choose Charleston or Savannah.

    I love the idea of your flippy books, so I would love to win this giveaway!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  4. This is really dorky, but I really love the Civil War battle monuments. I live in NC, so there are tons here. I also love Washington, D.C. Super historical!

  5. I don't know how historical but Yellowstone national park is great, stay at the historic Old Faithful lodge.

  6. I like going to Betsy Ross' house in Philly and doing the Colonial Walk- I think they call it "Independence Adventure" or something like that. Plus there's the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and Reading Terminal Market, which, admittedly, is not very historic but is full of great food!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  7. Your trip sounds amazing! While I love the beach and sun tans, I also LOVE visiting historical sites. There are so many I'd love to go to, but one of my favorite historical cities has got to be Savannah. I just love the structure of the buildings, museums, everything! Thanks for sharing about your trip :) I love your two new products-- thanks for a chance to win them!


  8. Vicksburg, Mississippi has some really neat Civil War history. By the way, I enjoyed your guest bloggers.

  9. Oops, my email is :-)

  10. Have you ever considered Niagara Falls? On the US side you can visit Fort Niagara in Youngstown, NY and then travel over the border to Fort George in Niagara on the Lake. Besides seeing the Falls and both forts, Niagara on the Lake is a beautiful town, and the Niagara Gorge is fun to hike.
    Glad you had a great time on vacation!
    Coffee CUps and Lesson Plans

  11. I went to Gettysburg the summer after I graduated from high school. It was our last family vacation and I absolutely loved it! I also am a lover of historical site type vacations. I think it would be wonderful to go to Pearl Harbor. Hawaii and history all in one??? Yes, please!
    Enchanting Elementary

  12. I have done both Philadelphia and the Historic Triangle: Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg. These were all amazing! I am with you, I love to visit historical sites. Some place I would like to visit is Plimouth Plantation. I think that would be so awesome! Glad you had a terrific break.


  13. I love San Antonio! The Alamo is a big part of Texas history, and I can still remember visiting the different missions from when I was a kid. I would like to visit Washington D.C. and Boston some day!


  14. Freedom Trail!
    Glad you had a great vacation. Mine is next week!!!!

  15. You really should check our Philly. There's so much history here! Crazy to know we walk the same roads as Benjamin Franklin!

    Love the unit :)

    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

  16. Hi Christina,
    Glad you enjoyed your trip! Love that you visited Bainbridge!
    Funky First Grade Fun

  17. We loved our trip to Philadelphia! The Liberty Bell, independence Hall, an there was a cemetery nearby with famous people in it, but now I can't remember who...
    Also when I was in college I worked at one of WI's state historic sites: Old World Wisconsin. It's amazing!!! They found over 60 historic buildings from all over the state and researched the people who used to live in them. Then the visitors walk from house to house and learn how people lived in Wisconsin in the 19th century. So fun!!
    Angela :)
    Angelanerby (at) hotmail (dot) com
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  18. Glad you're back...we missed you!! I've always wanted to visit D.C. Or Philadelphia....and the Alamo too.

  19. I am all about the the swim to room pool, drinks with umbrellas and a butler on the beach!

  20. I am all about the the swim to room pool, drinks with umbrellas and a butler on the beach!

  21. I agree with someone else - Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown - Virginia.

  22. You just did my 2 favorites: Boston and Salem.

  23. If you love the ocean, I would go to Cape May, NJ Lots of historic Victorian homes.

  24. If you love the ocean, I would go to Cape May, NJ Lots of historic Victorian homes.

  25. While I would echo those who say Jamestown/Williams burg (you need several days) - You could try going west. The Badlands of South dakota are beautiful and then there is Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse monument. Yes, it is a hike....but you can hit Laura Ingalll Wilder site in South Dakota!

  26. How fun! Historical the east MUCH history there! :)

    Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  27. You definitely need to go to Philly, Pennsylvania! So much history to see there.

  28. I grew up in Bainbridge New York!! :) glad you passed through :)


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