A camping trip 14 hours from home with 3 kids in a tent was quite the adventure for us. We planned and packed, loaded up the car and horse trailer (to haul our necessities and to keep things dry), and headed for New England where we had never had the opportunity to visit until now. I was excited to see it all, I am an old soul that crave’s all things British, this was a treat for me. To take the children camping in a 200 acre pine forrest camp ground, visit The Mayflower and Plimouth Plantation, and the Thornton Burgess Briar Patch, well, as a homeschooling momma my heart was over-joyed! Do not get me wrong in my writings and the pretty photos of my family happy and smiling, we are NOT perfect and there were countless moments of ugly tempers (parents & child), severe whining, and not an ounce of patience left at the end of long days. But the sum of it all was very amazing and God blessed. We kicked off the start of our homeschool year with this trip, always embracing Charlotte Mason methods, we learned through senses, audiobooks, narration, and ole fashion experience of being some place different.
“Children are born with all the curiosity they will ever need. It will last a lifetime if they are fed upon a daily diet of ideas.’~Charlotte Mason
Here are the majority of the photos I was able to document, I so so regret that I did not take my big camera into Thomas Land! I actually cried tears about it later. Isaac (8) has been in LOVE with Thomas The Tank Engine since he was 18mos. old. Thomas Land existed only in England, so it was on our bucket list, but we knew he would probably lose interest before we would have the means to take the whole family to England. Well, behold, Thomas Land USA!!! In Carver MA, right outside of Plymouth MA!! And so the tripped was a GO! I did get many photos on my iPhone and videos, I chose not to take the big camera along for fear I wouldn’t be able to ride some of the rides or not be fully aware with just my naked eyes. Isaac was in awe, and completely speechless, the essence of pure joy and peace of a child was all over him that day. I cried for the entire first 30mins, hiding in my sunglasses and I near ugly cried at times. To see him at 8 years, FINALLY be in a dream come true! It all flooded my memory of when he would carry that little thomas train everywhere he went, when he couldn’t talk but maybe 2-3 words (delayed speech), but would muster out “borden” aka Gorden. Oh how my momma heart jumped up into my throat that day! So, later I will post separately some photos from Thomas Land when I get them off my phone.
Thornton Burgess is on of our favorite authors to read. His living books are so much fun while educational. It was a treat for us all to be able to walk through the Briar Patch where all his animals live!
Isabelle said, “LOOK! Blacky The Crow has been here!”
And finally, the Merry Little Breezes had led us straight to the Smiling Pool.
The Jam Kitchen at the Briar Patch.