We spent our day in his one-room cabin essentially preparing a common meal in the same manner they would've in the 1880s. The kiddos churned their own butter, made jelly, peeled and cut carrots & potatoes (I was completely freaking out until those knives were put away!), and shelled and ground their own corn to make corn meal. It was a very cool experience for my kiddos, and for me! I've been to similar museums, but it was fun to watch as they realized how much physical labor something as simple as a stew took families in Nebraska's history! I was a little nervous all day as they maneuvered around a working wood-burning stove, and while they were using knives, but I was assured there's rarely accidents! Our guide was good with his scare tactics and stories to emphasize the importance of listening...hmm, I wonder if they've heard that before! We'll see if his wisdom stuck over the weekend :)
We ended the day by dipping our own candles, and burning off some energy outside before boarding the buses again. We stopped at a truck stop to buy the first Disney movie we could find, and I've never heard this group talk so little! We had worn out kiddos, who were very excited to share their stories as we arrived at the school. I love the way field trips let us see a different side of our kiddos, and I'm finally rested up after a big day Friday!