|Four score and seven years ago....|
The town of Gettysburg is going all out to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the historic battle fought there. There are so many things to do, places to see, monuments to look at and learn about we could have stayed another two weeks and still not have had the time to see it all. We had a ton of fun and did a bunch of diverse things in and around the town of Gettysburg, but for those of you who know me, you have to know, I cried A LOT on this trip. How can you not be moved by what transpired there? Learning about all the men (and women) who gave their lives and fought so fiercely on that battlefield is sorrowful and to be perfectly honest, in my opinion the cemetery should be viewed in a somber, reflective state of mind. While we were standing in those sacred places I did not feel it was appropriate to be my usual ridiculous self and did not joke around or act stupid like I normally would. My girls are very sensitive like me and were having a hard time keeping it together too.
A couple of places that had my girls and I in tears was the Jenny Wade House. Jenny was sitting in her home early in the morning, just kneading some dough, making loaves of bread while her mother and sister sat in the other room taking care of her newborn niece. A stray bullet went through the wall and killed her instantly! The other story that got to us was the story of a dog named Sallie. She was the mascot of a regiment of Union soldiers. After one particularly fierce skirmish the men lost sight of Sallie amidst all the chaos and thought their dog was lost to them for good. Only to discover her weeks later, exhausted, hungry and thirsty but unwilling to leave the side of the bodies of the fallen men from her beloved regiment. Sallie sat there loyally protecting their bodies and simply would not move until the rest of the regiment members came to recover the bodies. After taking the audio tour, going through the visitor's center and touring the battlefield, I told The Husband the girls and I needed to make a few happy detour stops to break up some of the sadness that was threatening to overtake us.
If you plan to go to Gettysburg with young kids or if even if you are older but have a sensitive, soft heart like me, I strongly suggest throwing in some non-war related things into your itinerary to break it up. It really helped the girls and me make it through the rough stuff.
PS: The Husband took a whopping 850 pictures in Gettysburg. I am posting only a select few of that number. He took so many great pictures it's going to be so hard for me to choose!
PSS: It was hot, humid and in the high 90's the entire trip. As far as the girls and my hair in these pictures, FRIZ happens :)
|Frankie, Jaybird and Faith out on the Gettysburg Battlefield.|
|One of our much needed "breaks" from the battlefield. The girls took a stained glass work shop and made sun catchers!|
|Frankie was convinced this knot had to be a portal to Fairie Land!|
|The statue of Sallie!|
|My girls petting the little statue of Sallie. Oh my gosh, heart-breaking!|
|Watching Frankie cruise around town in her favorite moustache glasses is always fun!|
|View from Little Round Top|
|Faith taking in the views.|
|My little foodie highly recommends stopping at this French Bistro for breakfast- the croissants and crepes are fabulous!!|
|Farrah climbing some serious steps!|
|Frankie couldn't help herself from doing what the sign said :)|
|We stayed at The Lodges at Gettysburg- amazing views and hiking trails!|
|View in the morning from our back deck :)|
|Dressing up and taking a picture at the Victorian Picture Studio! So fun.|
|My girls went nuts for all of the baby bunnies we encountered while hiking at the Lodges|
|The Lodges have a great pond to fish in too!|
|Me and my girls|