Lexie had fun posing for pictures.
And Nick was dancing in the street! (Well, technically the sidewalk)
Christopher and Lexie
Christopher is getting so big!
A rare picture of all 4 of the kids together- although Ben's running away! :)
After we checked in, we found a table and listened to some music. Nick was very excited because the singer did a Johnny Cash medley with two of his favorite songs (Folsom Prison Blues and Ring of Fire).
Daddy and Ben
Lexie enjoyed dancing in the dirt.
Once it was our turn, we boarded the tractor-trailer and sat on bales of hay for the hayride. The kids were very unsure about the idea of riding around on hay. We received a safety briefing (it's an Army town after-all) and then we were on our way.
We're ready to go!!
Our first stop was the historic Kyle House. The house was built on the site of the original Fayetteville Academy that burned in the fire of 1831 (along with the rest of Fayetteville). It took 7 years to complete the house. The walls are 18 inches thick- two rows of brick filled with sand which makes it sound proof and fire proof. Legend has it that Kyle loved his house so much that he never left.... even in death!
The beautiful Kyle House
The staircase was very unusual for that time-period in the South. It takes up a greater amount of space than the more traditional staircase with a landing. But it was beautiful and Kyle's pride and joy.
The house had amazing 16 foot ceilings!! Just think of the Christmas tree that it could accommodate!!
Lexie on the front porch of the Kyle House.
The house looked eerie in the moonlight.
After the Kyle House our hayride continued and we learned about a duel in Reconstruction-era Fayetteville and visited Cross Creek Cemetery where Confederate soldiers are buried. We had a great time learning more about the history of Fayetteville and the hayride will become an annual tradition.