Yesterday was Patriots' Day here in Massachusetts. It is the day that we commemorate the Battles of Lexington and Concord and therefor the start of the Revolutionary War. My friend Erin invited us to come along on an adventure with her and her boys. They were headed to Minuteman National Park and wanted to know if we would like to join them. Without any hesitation I replied "yes", packed us a picnic lunch and off we went. How it is that we have been in Massachusetts for as long as we all have and have never been to Minuteman National Park is beyond me! Such a neat place, just oozing in history (as is the case in Massachusetts and all of New England, really), with lots to learn, lots of places to explore and acres of beautiful grounds to enjoy. We saw a presentation at the visitors center which was really well done. It was a nice refresher for those of us who had forgotten some Revolutionary War information learned many moons ago, as well as a good introduction for those that have not yet learned much about it (Grace and Emma). After the presentation we headed to Hartwell Tavern to see for ourselves a building that was present during that time. We had no idea when we arrived that our littles would start their militia training, but start it they did (and they did a great job too)! My brother, a Patriot through and through, as well as an accomplished marksman, upon seeing these pictures asked when they would be able to try their hands at firing the real thing. We'll leave that up to Grace and Emma but for now I think this mama will be fine if they stick with the wooden version for awhile longer!