Today was my day to home school Jackson and Nick. When we found out McCain and Palin would be speaking about 15 minutes from our house we decided to cancel our field trip to the art museum to look at ancient Egyptian relics in order to attend the event.

Doors opened at 8:30AM for a 10:30AM starting time. I dropped Isabelle at school at 8:15 and we (Nick, Taylor, Jackson, Elia, and I) arrived at one of the many parking areas at 8:30. After a 5-10 minute walk to the building where the event was to be held, we continued to walk nearly 10 blocks around the neighborhood following the line to the END. We walked a total of 45 minutes, decided that with the 3,000 only standing room event space, we would not have a chance of getting in. (Our highly uneducated guess was that we passed about 5,000 people in line.) And sadly, Jackson’s attempts at shrinking the line every 5 minutes by announcing, “Hey folks, we heard Sarah Palin didn’t show up today, it’s just McCain,” didn’t work.

Not wanting to waste a perfectly good field trip day, we headed to the museum after all, only to find out the museum was CLOSED on Mondays!

Not to be outdone, we headed to Hobby Lobby for art supplies for the boys current History assignment, a sculptural expression inspired by the the colors, shapes, lines, and style of Egyptian art and architecture. After Hobby Lobby we headed home after stopping for a “snack” at Chick-fil-a thanks to the stack of free kids meal coupons in Jacksons wallet.