Last Saturday, the 22nd, Steve and I went down to Pilot Knob, MO for the Civil War battle re-enactment at Fort Davidson. They do this re-enactment only every few years, I think the next time will be in 2010. This has been on my calendar since I missed it in 2005 and so I really wanted to go, having never been before. Now, I did take Sarah and Elijah to the Living History day last September, but this wasn’t the same thing. That was much, much smaller and pretty much just tents set up and some canon firing. Of course, after the first time the canons fired, we had to leave because Elijah totally flipped out. So this time? Yeah, got my most awesome, wonderful, generous neighbors to watch him for us. :)
This is what I wrote before regarding the actual battle:
In 1864, the Civil War was raging, and Fort Davidson was a Union post. September of that year saw an attack by Confederate troops. The Union troops of only about 1,450 men successfully defended the fort from about 12,000 Confederate troops. They were pushed into the fort but all attempts by Confederate troops to overtake the fort were unsuccessful and only resulted in many lost lives. Late into the night, the Union troops passed through the sleeping Confederates to safety. A small group of volunteers stayed behind to explode the powder magazine. Of course, the blast woke the Confederates, but the guy in charge wrongly assumed that there had been an accident in the fort and a surrender would be imminent. Boy, was he surprised in the morning.
The battle was supposed to take place at 1:30pm, we ended up getting down there around 12:30. Good thing, too, I guess, since we ended up having to walk a very large distance. Not like before when we got to park in the little parking lot where the museum is, on the battlefield! There were all sorts of booths set-up, too, like a craft fair, only better. Well, they did have a craft fair section but it was separated from everyone else and the battlefield. We didn’t bother to visit there, I get enough of craft fairs with my candles and all anyway. The other booths were past the battlefield and past all the tenting display area and they were made up of Civil War replica items and some authentic, that kind of thing. I took a lot of photos in the booths, here are some of my favorites:
Everyone check out these photos she recently took and posted to her Flickr account. In case you are unaware, Sarah is my sister-in-law, she’s 12!
If you have a Flickr account, please be kind and go give her some love. :)
Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. are soooooo getting on my nerves. I get all sorts of email from them and I decided I was tired of it not to mention I’m eventually porting everything over to my new/better email address. Yes, I did originally sign up for the emails, but sheesh, I have put in an unsubscribe request seven times. Seven! (Update, make that ten.) I know this because their emails say at the bottom to hit reply and put “unsubscribe” in the subject line. I’ve done this seven times because each time, the strange email address which is composed of some letters and numbers followed by my email address at some Nickelodeon domain has been saved to my address book each time as my address book is set to save every outgoing email address to a special book.
Someone want to tell me why they’re ignoring my requests?
Get it through your thick skull, Nickelodeon, I don’t want your millions of emails anymore!! Nor the emails of your partners!
This last email does say you can reply to unsubscribe or contact MTV Networks at 1515 Broadway; 40th Floor; New York, New York 10036… but no email address. What the heck!?
Okay… I guess I’ll be going into my SBCglobal box on the server and marking all of these as spam now so that Yahoo will send them to the bulk mail folder and I won’t even have to download the emails anymore… I also guess I’ll make sure I never sign up with them for anything in the future.
Die, Nickelodeon, die!!
Well… he’s okay… big surprise there :)
His ears were red and his nose, and not to mention the bites and the red area around them made the doctor go “hmmm…” so they prescribed him some antibiotics (big surprise there, too) that he has to take three times a day, roughly every eight hours. So that means I have to wake him up around midnight to get him to take his last dose of the day, eesh.
One thing though, the doctor said that E is about 14th percentile in height and 13th in weight which… honestly I’m really surprised at. People who don’t know us real well all the time assume that he is older because of his height. He has these skin and bone arms and legs, yes, but he’s solid through and through and looks tall for his weight. The last time a doctor told me those percentiles, he was 90th in height and 25th in weight. Not that I’m taking a lot of stock in this, of course, that’s just a comparison to other kids his age, but these recent figures don’t make any sense to me. I told the doctor as much, too, who just basically said, well, we’ll keep an eye on him as he gets older. Later Steve said that maybe the doctor thought he was older than he is, maybe he read the birthdate wrong, or even the percentiles that the nurse wrote down. Who knows?
We think it was last Thursday while we were at the zoo that what we thought was a mosquito bit Elijah in three places, because I had bites, too, on my legs. He had two bites on the right side of his right calf and one on the upper left side of his forehead.
Friday, the bite on his forehead turned into this huge lump, like he’d bumped his head on something. Seriously, it went from very small and white in nature to about a diameter of a quarter and about half an inch tall at it’s highest point. He said it hurt. The spots on his legs at this point were just kinda large, but not very large, and red. I put allergy cream on both spots and by Saturday, the spot on his head was back to normal.