This weekend Emmitt and I attended Camp Floyd for the Civil War Encampment. This occurs every Memorial Day Weekend. Camp Floyd is about an hour from my house and since my tent is not quite ready, I just drove back and forth. Matt and the girls went down to the ranch for the weekend, camped out in the Outfitter tent at the ranch, rode horses, got sunburned, rode 4-wheelers, ate hot dogs and marshmallows, killed a rattle snake, played with cousins and Grandpa, caught lizards, and had a super fun long weekend also.
Friday night Amanda and I drove down and just spent a fun evening with the soldiers around the fire telling stories and munching. Amanda played her dulcimer and we had the boys singing their little Confederate hearts out. I have never heard "Hooray hooray for southern rights hooray" belted out so loudly and with such gusto! And on a sweeter note, I did tear up when we all sang "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief." The setting was so beautiful, the dulcimer notes so clear, the men singing, it just made my heart swell up and land in my throat.
We tried to have the soldiers sing the Hooray for Southern rights song with as much enthusiasm as they did the night before, but they were a little on the timid side in front of a crowd. Emmitt looks like he is trying to lead the music. Amanda did a great job on the dulcimer and answered so many questions about the instrument.
I have been piecing this cot quilt together and on Friday I bought a wool batt so I could be busy hand quilting it during the weekend while at Camp Floyd. I did not have enough time! I swear the clock moves much faster when in a corset! Jake appreciates my cot quilt and right here he is bartering with me - he wants one.
Private Jones is getting Emmitt ready for service and teaching him the basics of wooden sword fighting. I got so many comments on Emmitt's clothing. Of course I had to explain that boys did wear the same thing as girls did until they could go to the bathroom by themselves. The newspaper photographers loved him and took his picture so many times.