Sunday, May 16, 2010

Surprise Outings

Sunday afternoon has held some surprises. Hubby suggested an outing after church and as I hesitated he said he wouldn't take no for an answer.  You see between teaching daily, and working on my Masters by night it hasn't left a lot of down time so off we went. Our first stop was the Rubbarb Festival. It was held at Govener Small Park which is a park, a museum, and  an art gallery.  There was music, ice cream with fresh rubbarb sauce, art and craft dealers, a pie baking contest, a barbaque cook off and of course the grounds themselves.

But saddly Buddy had to stay home. The park does not allow animals on the grounds.
So, he enjoyed some time on the balcony while we had coffee and english muffins with apple pie jam.
Our first stop on our visit to the festival was the one room classroom. What else would a teacher visit!
The desks were adorable and the students seemed to be having a fabulous time. Notice the slate boards, the children jumped at the opportunity to work on arithmetic.
In the corner of the classroom was the imfamous but ever dreaded dunce hat. I am so glad they don't exist in the classroom any longer.
Ths comcrete sign was salvaged from the original schoolhouse in Kankakee, Illinois.
This fountain is at the beginning of the gardens around the museum.
Make a wish!
     The columns in this deplay are from the First Bank of Kankakee.  They were salvaged as renovations took place in the downtown area, stored and were finally placed in this garden as their final place of rest.
It was a beautiful afternoon.  We finished with a late lunch, early dinner out and then home. Two weeks remain of the school year and I can't believe how fast the time has flown.  Our seniors will  be graduating next Saturday, the underclassmen will have exams the 27th and 28th and then June 2nd we will say so long until. next August. Whatever will I do with all the free time! Let's see...decorating projects, cleaning, crafts, restoration of some antique toys, travel, mother-dauther weekend, sisters weekend, walks, pleasure reading, time with John...oh the possibilities are endless! But for now I have a task or two to attend to. I must go and grade some student worknow. Have a marvelous Monday!