Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Glorious 4th at Conner Prairie




We love the 4th of July. It’s one of our favorite holidays. We both love history and America. Noah and I went to Washington DC a few weeks ago. It was so cool to see the history. We only were able to see a small section because there’s so much to do. We are already talking about a return trip. 

While we love the Fourth of July, it’s usually an evening event. Sure, we have a cook out and hang out with family but it would be fun to have something fun to do during the day other than Carmelfest. Carmelfest is fun but it’s the same every year. I would love to do something different this year. 

Conner Prairie is having an event called Glorious 4th. Conner Prairie is an awesome interactive history park in Fishers, Indiana. We love Conner Prairie and their special events. They are always fun. Here’s more information about Glorious 4th at Conner Prairie:

Glorious 4th returns to Conner Prairie on Thursday July
4th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.        

Conner Prairie is located at  13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers Indiana 46037

Join in a celebration of the United States’ birthday, with fun, food, and fanfare! Sing patriotic songs with Lady Liberty and George Washington, add your signature to the Declaration of Independence, and partake in cherry pit spitting and hot dog eating contests! 

In Prairietown, celebrate the Glorious 4th with the citizens! Help to decorate with bunting, test your knowledge with a history quiz at the Schoolhouse, enjoy a patriotic presentation in the Prairietown Grove, and muster with the local White River Guard militia. At the end of the day, gather at the Golden Eagle to join in lemonade and toasts to the Republic’s birthday! 

 Activities schedule:
Hot Dog Eating Contest  Overlook Lawn, 12:30-1 p.m.  Age Categories: 12 and younger, 13-18, and 19+     

Cherry Pit Spitting Contest  Overlook Lawn, 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Age Categories: 6 and younger, 7-12, 13-18, and 19+   

Sing Along with Lady Liberty  Lilly Theater in Welcome Center, 10:30, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:15 p.m.     

Prairietown Patriotic Program  Grove behind Schoolhouse, 2 p.m.


If you are looking for a fun and different experience this Fourth of July, Glorious 4th is the must attend event for your family. It’s also a great chance to unplug and enjoy your family, since there’s no devices in 1836 Prairietown. 

For more information please visit Conner Prairie Glorious 4th


Be sure to check out the Conner Prairie website for all kind of fun things to do. 

Monday, June 10, 2019

How to make your drive educational

I try to make things somewhat educational  when I can. When Noah was younger, I would try and use things to teach him in fun ways. You really can use short rides in the car as mini learning sessions.

Noah and I would constantly tell stories in the car. The stories would sometimes be about what we are doing or what we just did. When he was three years old, I would tell him stories and leave out parts for him to fill in. Our stories usually started out with once upon a time there was a boy named.... he would say Noah. The story would go in different directions. I have quite a few videos of us telling our stories. Stories were always his favorite. If I didn’t tell them, I would run the risk of him saying wanna go down the road over and over again. 

Another idea is coming up with a song that teaches them something they are learning in school and singing it. You would be surprised how well songs work to remember things. I learned my presidents in choir twenty five years ago and I can still recite their full names to this day. 

Another variation on story telling is seeing who can come up with the using one letter. For example, An ant ate an apple at a aquarium after an antelope and alligator  altered art. 

Rhyme Play is also really fun too. You can think of a word and see how many different words you can rhyme with it. 

Say and Spell is where you have to spell every word you say. It’s also a great chance to get an extra spelling word practice in. 

You really can sneak in a bit of education while you are in the car. It’s a great place to just unwind and chat with your kids. 


Sunday, June 9, 2019

License plates

License plates are always interesting to look at. It’s a good way to figure out where someone is from. It’s also a good way to pass the time while you are in the car. Growing up, our license plates started with a specific number. The two digit number was the county you lived in. It was cool when you were in another state and you saw a car from your county. They have eliminated this now. 

License plates can be personalized with seven letters or numbers. I have seen some pretty funny ones. Some I couldn’t figure out and some that made my head hurt. As long as it’s appropriate and not taken, your personalized license plate can say almost anything. 

In 1979, a man in California had a personalized license plate that said “no plate.” In a few months, he ended up with over 2,500 citations for having “no plate” in the spot where the license plate number goes. Other ones that have caused problems throughout the years are Missing, none and no tag. I am pretty sure they are the list of banned plates. 

In an effort to save metal during World War 2, some license plates were manufactured from soybean based fiberboard. 

Prisoners still make license plates in jail. Prison jobs are great for inmates to learn a trade or responsibilities. Idle hands in prison can be a dangerous thing. 

Rental cars regardless where you rent, will likely have plates from other states. Every time we went a car, it has another state on it. We always pretend we are from that state when we are in the car. 

Some states require both front and back license plates. The states that just require a back plate are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Some car dealerships use the front license plate spot to advertise where the car was purchased. 

US Mail Trucks do not have license plates. They have their own tracking system. They also can’t get parking tickets and other fees.