This past week we enjoyed the short time left before school resumes. Luckily, we had some nice hot weather for it.
In a nutshell:
- Paige got her haircut
- Elle turned 11
- We (finally) visited Sherbrooke Village
- My amazing mother graduated with a certificate in social work & counseling
We visited Sherbrooke Village, a restored village set in 1860's that was built on an economy of ship building and gold mining. With costumed interpreters that live, from 8-5, the way one would live 100 years ago, this village creates iron and tin products, wood products (chairs, rolling pins), prints and pottery the way it was once done.
Pea loves historical villages, and I've been wanting to visit this one for years. Located 3 hours away, and with overnight stays rarely in the budget, it kept being put off. Worried that with Pea getting older will deter her sooner than later from joining us on family outings :) we decided to make the trip, and accept the six hours of driving. And so glad we did, as we all enjoyed ourselves immensely. Highlights included the apothecary with a jar of live leeches, Elle helping make an iron hook, and dressing up and getting an authentic ambrotype photograph taken.
Most importantly, my amazing mother graduated this week from a grueling course in counseling and social work.
We are so proud of Grandma! She is an incredibly inspiring, motivated woman. After 29 years in military service, (in the midst of which she got a university degree in commerce) as a high ranking officer, she retired, sold all her worldly belongings to travel North America in a mobile home. She then volunteered in Guatemala for six months, and volunteered for the UN in Togo for a year. She then settled down near her daughters these past two years to complete a degree in counseling. She has found another way to change the world, and we know she will, because there is nothing she cannot do once she sets her mind to it.