Our trip to the US is growing!
Initially, we were going to New York and Washington D.C.
But then we figured, since we’d have to drive right through Philadelphia to get to Washington,
we should stop and check out Philadelphia too.
There are some ‘not-to-be-missed’ historical places in Philly.
And no I will not be running up the Rocky stairs or doing any nutty dance.
Then, the other day, my brother sent me a preliminary itinerary of the trip,
and he’d included Boston in the list of ‘must visit’ cities.
So now we are going to Boston as well!
Yes, we’re still frantically reading through our US history books.
We’ve acquired quite a nice collection.
Now I have to check the basket for books about Boston.
Not sure if any book ordering will arrive in time for our departure though.
Oh and we’ve been building too.
Just before Christmas we found these 3D puzzles of US landmarks,
so I snapped them up (and am regretting not snagging the Chrysler Building as well).
This week we built the Empire State Building.
These building are much much simpler than the other 3D puzzles we’ve built.
But we’re not complaining.
Two of the puzzles we purchased came with LED bases for the same price as the ordinary puzzles.
We’ve never had these before.
And they are so simple.
You just build the building as usual, but a few of the floor pieces are constructed out of clear perspex.
(Note – You have to remove the paper from the perspex, otherwise you’ll end up building the puzzle twice. Don’t ask me how I know!)
Then you stand the building on the LED-lit base and…
A pretty building.
There’s even a setting that varies the colours of the lights
so you get different versions of pretty.
The kids were even impressed with the lighting effects on our roof.
“Take a picture of the roof Mummy!”
Well I can’t dilly dally today.
We have US history books to read.
Today we are reading about the New York subway.
(Did you know that Ellis Island is nine times larger than the original island
due to land creation using the landfill from the NY subways and Grand Central Station excavations?)
We’re also reading about the Empire State Building.
(Did you know that a plane crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945?)
And we also plan to start reading about Betsy Ross and more about Thomas Jefferson.
(Sorry, no ‘Did you know” facts for these two.)
I also want to start reading a book from our scribd account: “Parks for the People” which is about the construction of Central Park.
The book is ‘expiring’ on Scribd, which means it’s disappearing from their collection so we need to read it quickly.
Yes, lots to do…