Thursday, November 08, 2007

Springfield Trip - Lincoln's Home

Last Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early to get an early start on our little weekend away in Springfield, IL. Ryan has been learing all about the presidents in school and has been asking endless questions about Abe Lincoln, so we decided a trip to the land of Lincoln was in order. Our first stop in Springfield was to Lincoln's Home, where he lived for seventeen years until he was elected President. (Didn't know you'd be getting a little history lesson here, did you?)
Us, standing in front of Lincoln's home.

The kids in front of Lincoln's home.

Bret, Ryan and Ashley standing in front of the doorway to Lincoln's living room.

Ashley in Lincoln's Bedroom.

This was Mary Todd Lincoln's bedroom. We were told that since they didn't have indoor bathrooms, she had a room of her own where she could go for privacy. The decor in here was so visually disturbing that I began getting really dizzy and thought I might pass out. Seriously. I couldn't get out of that room fast enough. Click on the picture to enlarge it and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Once the inside tour was over, we headed out to the backyard where the kids got to see the outdoor bathroom. Ryan was amazed that he was looking at the toilet where Abe Lincoln sat many years ago.

You know what's coming don't you? Of course you do! How can you go to Lincoln's home and not take a picture of the pot he sat on?

Which brings us to Ryan. What happens everytime you take him somewhere that doesn't have a bathroom? Yes, he tells you he has to go potty. Bret had to take him around back to the ally behind the house so he could relieve himself. So there you have it. Ryan peed behind Lincoln's house.

After visiting Lincoln's home, we wandered around the preserved neighborhood looking at other houses and taking lots of pictures. Here's one of the kids standing in the middle of the street.

Up next... the Old State Capital building and the new Lincoln Museum.

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