The obligatory trip to our nation’s battlefields

Sunday afternoon we decided to go to Stones River Battlefield in Murfreesboro. Stones River is a wonderful, well tended battlefield. The visitors center is one of the best I’ve seen, with a fantastic museum. (It interested even the kids). Sean is a huge Civil War buff, and one of the best “tour guides” anyone could ask for when touring a battlefield. He knows so much about them and makes it interesting.

I grew up in Frederick, Maryland – a stones throw from about 5 major battlefields. Nearby, there is Antietam, Monocacy, Gettysburg, Bull Run/Manassas, Chancellorsburg and many many more within a 1/2 days to a days drive.

Needless to say, a lot of elementary school field trips were to the battlefields. And I can’t tell you just how much more fun they would have been had Sean been the guide on those trips.

One of the neatest things the National Park Service does now is to offer a Junior Park Ranger badge. At each park, the kids are given a booklet of the park, geared towards their age group. There are fun activities for them to do at stops around the park and questions they need to ask of a volunteer. Once it is completed, they take it back to the main desk and it is checked. The child is then sworn in as a Junior Park Ranger; they take a pledge, get a badge and a certificate, and then it is announced throughout the Visitor Center that there is a new Junior Park Ranger.

Abigael took it all very seriously. My picture of her “swearing in” didn’t turn out, but this is her discussing the importance of her new role with the volunteer. Notice the big girl stance.

Proud face after it was all over.

It was a gorgeous day – In fact, the weather all weekend was wonderful. So it was perfect for walking around the park.

Seamus telling me “bye” in his little southern accent. (Do you see his tiny Crocs? he loves those and so do I because he can put them on himself)
Three of my loves:

This was taken before we read in the pamphlet the part about not sitting on the cannons…

We had a wonderful, relaxing time. No complaining, not whining. It was glorious!

On a completely different, random note: My tip of the day – If you run out of hair gel, run yogurt through your hair and let dry. You’re welcome.

And I had to post this so you can get just a small small idea of how much the mosquitoes love Quinn. This poor guy is just covered with them. They have found every part of his body and conducted a taste test. (Last year he ended up in the emergency room twice in one week before we realized how he reacted to them) This is just one portion of his face they have tried out.


  1. http://Beck says

    Your munchkins are so cute, even all bitten up by bugs!
    My in-laws went to Gettysburg last year and it was FLOODED!

  2. http://Big%20Mama says

    So cute, but poor baby with those mosquito bites. I swear we can’t even go outside these days or the mosquitoes will carry us off.

  3. http://Anonymous says

    I will have to try your gel/yogurt hair tip…LoL!

  4. http://Jeremy%20&%20Heather says

    I am a mosquito magnet as well. I know how he feels :( poor guy

  5. http://Cindy%20Swanson says

    What an adorable family! Love the kids’ names, too (I have a weakness for Irish names.)

    Thanks for commenting on my blog, Karla! :)

  6. http://mer says

    I followed a link somewhere and discovered your blog and have enjoyed reading your posts!

    Last year my three earned a junior ranger badge at Rocky Mountain National Park. I thought it was an amazing program, and I learned a ton just helping them finish their booklet. We were at RMNP last week, but I could not persuade them to earn another one. They were “too cool” for that this year.

    You know what the good thing about Rocky Mountain National Park is? NO MOSQUITOS!

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