Friday morning, Hubby called and said "I'm thinking about taking the clowns up to Dearborn, Michigan to see the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village this weekend. We'd leave early Saturday morning, spend the night up there and come back Sunday. What do you think?"
I thought it was a great idea. A fun adventure.
We did NOT tell the clowns our exact plans. We only said we were going to do something fun this weekend. I washed and folded laundry, packing a change of clothes for all of us from what was freshly washed. Hubby set the alarm for way too early o'clock in the morning, and we enjoyed waking the clowns early on the weekend, instead of them waking us.
We left around 4:00am (yup, 4:00am), and made it to Dearborn, MI around 11:00am. I tried to stay awake for Hubby on the trip up there, but dozed off and on for nearly the entire ride.
Punkin had been to The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village before, but she did not remember much about that visit -- she was just barely four years old at the time.
Our Circus family wandered are the museum for a while, taking in all there was to see. We saw this and this and this and this and this. I was a bit heartbroken to learn I missed this by only a week, though. As we toured the museum, I snapped pictures while Hubby gave the clowns lessons on how some of the big machines worked and answered questions from the clowns.
After some rather expensive hot dogs, fries and beverages, we wandered over to Greenfield Village. There, we walked through all the different districts, looking at the old buildings and getting an idea for how life was "way back when." "Railroad Junction" was the biggest hit with the kids. We explored the old roundhouse before riding the train for a bit.
Around 4pm, we were all starting to lose some steam ourselves, so we said goodbye to "The Henry Ford", feeling that even though we saw a lot, there was still so much more that we didn't get a chance to explore. (The IMAX presentations of Nascar and Dinosaurs Live! would have been fun to see)
We found our hotel and promptly all sacked out for a bit before walking over to a nearby restaurant for dinner.
This morning, we the parents pretty much dozed through breakfast time -- although the clowns did routinely wake us up to check on us to be sure we weren't in a coma, bless their hearts. (Where *do* they get all their energy?!)
We were soon on our way home, making a stop for lunch along the way. Once back on home turf, we all kind of chilled until bedtime.
It was a fun adventure. The cars and trains were a big hit with the clowns, as was the "hat shop" where they all tried on various hats. I think we'll all sleep very well tonight.
Photos from the Circus' Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village weekend visit are here, if you're interested.