One reason was because we left the house at 7:15. It was a beautiful drive, but everyone else in our car missed out because they were fast asleep. We made good time and were actually the first ones at Montpelier. This literally never happens, and I'm sure it wouldn't have happened if Micah, Drew, and Verity had been there!
We split up into 2 groups immediately and went our separate ways.
The other characters were James Madison's parents, his teacher at boarding school, Thomas Jefferson, and his college friend. It was actually a very interesting exercise, and a good way to engage the kids. I think they all learned quite a bit. After the dressing up part, we toured the rest of the house, which was interesting. I was again struck by how incredibly well-educated our founding fathers were. When I hear Democrats talking about how to Constitution should be an evolving document, or words to the effect that they could improve on it, I can't think how anyone now possibly thinks they understand history, logic, etc. well enough to change a single thing. Really amazing.
The kids impressed the guide by reciting the preamble to the Constitution for our guide when she asked what the purpose of the Constitution was. I was very glad that our memory work applied! There were also several things we saw in the house that really fit in with the book that Anna and Grace are reading for their lit class called Diary of an Early American Boy. It is from a slightly earlier time period, but some of the objects mentioned in it were in Montpelier, so it was fun to see those.
Luke, Caleb, and I went on the admissions tour. Our guide was really good, sharing a lot of his personal experiences. He seemed like a real grounded, solid young man, so he left a good impression of the school. I will say though--I do not like the campus as much as VT's. It just seemed claustrophobic, with all these narrow paths crowded with people, and a ton of different levels. Everything was up stairs, across a path, down some more stairs into a courtyard, up some more stairs, etc. I was pretty disoriented. But the university itself seems like a good one, lol. Luke liked it a lot, any how. He said he could definitely see himself there. We've just got to finish up the applications. I need to send in my part--hopefully next week.
Then we reconvened at the bookstore, walked to the Rotunda for more pictures, and finally headed back to the parking garage. We were so glad for air conditioning and some water! We quickly drained our water bottles, so we stopped at Chick-FIl-A for dinner. We got home at 7:35, dropped off Caleb and Luke, and the headed over to Bible study because we were bringing dessert. Such a long day!
Bob had a fun day too. He and the kids went to Petsmart to get a few more fish for our fish tank. Then they took a picnic lunch over to River Bend Park, where they also went on a hike to Great Falls. Micah, Drew, and Verity had great fun--but Bob ended up carrying both Verity and Drew a lot of the way back to the car! We should all sleep well tonight!