We had our first official homeschool outing today: to The Big E, which apparently is a Big Deal up here. It is like a county fair on steroids, and I was able to secure free tickets to the event for the kids. We had a good time. It was pouring down rain when we got there, so we had a very early lunch in the car, and during our brunch, the downpour subsided. It was still a little soggy throughout the day, but we enjoyed ourselves anyway.
We toured the Avenue of States which offers a replica of each of the New England states earliest capital buildings. The replicas are large enough to walk through, and vendors from the states offer their wares and business information. I scored a ton of information on our new home state and those surrounding so we are better prepared to explore.
There were several venues with live animals to see, pet, and feed. Our favorite animals, though, were probably the gorgeous white tigers that performed for us at the Big E circus. A pretty impressive little Big Top, especially considering it was included in the price of entry to the fair.
What was not included were the carnival rides which cost a fortune. I let the kids choose one. The boys did a roller coaster, Alex a spinning swing, and Audrey and I enjoyed a few rounds on the ferris wheel.
While we were at the fair, I ran into someone I know. Not something I would expect to say after being here only 2 weeks. In all fairness, it was a fellow homeschooler I met just last night at a girls' night out. I have met several homeschoolers in the area already, and they are all so very nice. Everyone, really, is nice here. I think New Englanders get a bad rap. At least I can speak for New Englanders in Connecticut.
Honestly, I really am enjoying our new life here. It is absolutely beautiful here for one thing. For some reason, I can't get the photography blood flowing again, but it'll come. There WILL be pictures at some point in the near future!