First, we drove - quickly - to Austin, Texas. There we stayed with family. We did lots of swimming! It was hot!
We went to the Blanton Museum of Art:
and then stopped by a historical fountain (recently relieved of Confederate statuary) and a UT@Austin collection featuring a Guttenberg Bible and the oldest known photograph:
We went bowling:
And took a side-trip to The Alamo, where we especially enjoyed the history talk and the demonstration where they fired period guns.
We climbed to the highest point in Austin City Limits (it was hot! Still!):
Then we drove out to the tiny town of Roby, Texas. On the way we stopped at Dinosaur Valley State Park, where we saw fossilized dinosaur footprints:
In Roby we visited the town graveyard, where the kids' paternal grandmother's family is buried:
We headed home more slowly to allow some sight-seeing (and swimming in hotel pools) along the way. Highlight of the trip for me was stopping at Laura Ingalls Wilder's Springfield, MO home:
We also stopped at a VFW with a real (decommissioned) tank!
After our return, R went to Parkour.
We went to a performance of The Complete History of America (Abridged). This was hilarious and well received by all:
D and J attended their religious education class.
They also did lots of crafting and raised over $25 for charity running an orange juice stand on our street:
Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
Little Ballet Star by Adèle Geras
Weeds Find a Way by Cindy Jenson-Elliott
Across the Great Barrier by Patricia C. Wrede
These weeks included 10 days of instruction.