Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Bayou Cajun Homeschoolers Moms’ Christmas Gathering

Last Tuesday night we had our annual Christmas fellowship for the Mom’s of Bayou Cajun Homeschoolers at my house.  I love having people over.  This definitely an event that we look forward to each year.  It’s a time of food, fellowship & fun!

Some decorations


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Just some of the delicious goodies that we had


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Some of the moms getting food

Group shot before we started the ornament exchange game
Playing the ornament exchange game...as you can tell we had lots of fun. Because we didn't set a limit on how many times an ornament could be "stolen", Becky, Candy, and Amy C. had a circle of exchange going numerous times and it would last for quite a while until Becky would finally give up.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Louisiana Old Governor’s Mansion Fieldtrip

Last Thursday, we toured the Louisiana Old Governor's Mansion.  The Governor’s Mansion was built in 1929 by Huey P. Long and is modeled after the White House.  It was used till 1963 when the new mansion was built.  It was more cost effective to build a new house than to remodel the house to include air conditioning.

Here are some the kids hanging out waiting for our tour to get started. Of course, they had it nicely decorated for Christmas.
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A shot of our Bayou Cajun Homeschoolers group before the tours started
Our tour started in the Foyer of the mansion. We were asked by the field trip coordinator if we would give permission for our families (The Shelbys and The Lindsays) to be photographed during the tour. They were making a new brochure and wanted some pictures from a tour. The following 2 photos were taken by the photographer. The one on the right is being used for the brochure.
In the East Room, they have beautiful chandeliers and an infinity mirror. If you look into the mirror, you can see the chandeliers going on for eternity. These mirrors are actually built into the wall.
Also on the ceiling of this room are 4 gold animals in the molding. The photographer caputured the kids looking for them. A gold lizard. PhotobucketPhotobucket
The State Dining room has hand-blocked wallpaper from France with scenes of America. The 1st 2 pictures were taken by the photographer.
Showing us an original James Audubon print...taken by the photographer
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Huey P. Long's office...picture on left taken by the photographer

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Huey P. Long's bedroom...some of the books about Huey P. Long and the LSU songs that Huey P. Long wrote. Touchdown for LSU is still played at every game (pregame)

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Huey P. Long’s bathroom

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The secret staircase...taken by the photographer
From one of the rooms upstairs you have a great view of the state capital.
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Earl K. Long's bedroom...checking out a campaign button for Earl K. Long...picture on left taken by the photographer
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The view of the garden from the game room where Huey P. Long would have the LSU football team over on Friday nights before the game. There was a display case that had some of the following items. Huey P. Long didn't think children should have to pay for school books so he passed a law that allowed children to receive school books for free. Some of the blocks that a child would have played with.
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These 2 were captured by the photographer. Checking out the phonograph record player...I love the expression he caught of Micah looking at the doll in the case!
Jimmie Davis room...author of "You are my Sunshine"...group shot taken by the photographer
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Governor Leche proclaimed Walt Disney some type of Colonel so Walt made this for him. He's making fun of our Louisiana accent in the comic strip. I missed the whole story about this, but we had just read about Walt Disney as part of our history lesson so I took a picture of it.


Part of our group after the field trip in front of the mansion