Since living here in Virginia, we have visited the Monticello and Mount Vernon. Both are situated on beautiful land and are large estates. We were surprised at how small James Monroe's house was. It was very practical...but small. As we walked from the dining room to one of the bedrooms, there was a tiny toilet. The kids noticed there was no flushing mechanism...and the bowl of the toilet looked like a pot we cook Macaroni and Cheese in. They were curious how they cleaned the toilet. And I was reminded how many blessings we have because we live today.
The yellow two-story portion of the estate was built after the Monroe's sold the plantation in 1825.
The property was beautiful with a large garden surrounded by a white picket fence. The next time Karen and I plant a garden, we want it to be surrounded by a white picket fence. It added so much charm. And there were plenty of fields for the kids to run around.
The kids got to see peacocks, chickens, and sheep (with cute little lambs). I don't think Eliza has ever been to a zoo...so we'll be planning a trip to the National Zoo soon.
The trees were majestic. And perfect for climbing. Hopefully, we'll own property some day with a HUGE tree for the kids to climb. The trees in our neighborhood are sticks that go straight up.
Completely unrelated to James Monroe...we heard that tonight would be a super moon. The moon would appear larger and brighter than it has in 19 years. I love the night sky so I wanted to watch the moon rise with the kids. At 7:45, we drove down the street to an open field, pulled off to the side of the road, and everyone got out.
Of course, pictures never do nature justice. But in the picture above, depending on the angle of your computer screen, you might be able to see a fence below and a tree to the right. The moon really was big and I was trying to provide perspective. It didn't really work. :)