When Lucy gets into something, she really gets into something.
I’m not sure what got her on her Hamilton kick a couple years ago, but it’s been a long-lasting one. I honestly don’t think there’s been a day that’s gone by where she doesn’t have that soundtrack blasting in her room or in the kitchen. She knows all the words and takes it very seriously.
Seriously enough to want to do impromptu research on things like how old Philip Hamilton was when he died and details about the Schuyler sisters (she was worried about what happened to Peggy) and to transform herself into Eliza Hamilton for Halloween. And serious enough about wanting to see that play that she has been saving up her money for a while so she could pay for half of her ticket.
She has also been asking me to look up where the traveling performances were. She wanted to make plans.
So, low and behold, a couple months ago we looked up those traveling performances and what do you know…Hamilton was coming to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Why does that matter you may ask? Well, Milwaukee happens to be three hours away from where we go for Lucy’s doctor appointments. We usually fly into Minnesota and drive almost three hours from that direction, so we figured why not just drive three hours from another town and see that play??
So we did. Because really, there should be some perks to those trips (aside from seeing awesome doctors and special one-on-one dates with your mom and dad…cozy lovey stuff like that that she doesn’t quite get…yet). Wait, I did see her writing in her journal the other day about how much she likes Wisconsin. Ok but that’s a serious digression and beside the point. The point was that when Dave and I figured all this out Dave looked up the Hamilton tickets and happened to find some pretty great ones and we looked at each other and said, “let’s do this.” And then we looked at each other again and decided we better take Claire too. We have flight companion passes and we are suckers to get our girls to ourselves.
So we got to work studying all things Hamilton. We had a bunch of great books to study (I think actually suggested by blog readers when Claire and I were studying Hamilton when we did our home-schooling-English stint a couple years ago):
And we counted down the days.
We were all pretty over-the-moon excited I have to say.
Another perk to Milwaukee is that Dave’s brother and his wife live there. And although it was such a quick trip, we got to hang with them a little and have a little tour of the awesome area where they live:
…and go to one of their favorite breakfast spots:
Love Bob and Virginia so much, they are the best conversationalists and one-on-one time with them is the best. Lucy became a big fan too, and sometimes that’s not an easy feat with that girl. Bob & Gin did well getting her in “their corner” because they’re dang good at stuff like that.
And Eggs Benedict and chocolate chip pancakes? Yow.
One more perk…leaves. Sure, most were fallen and on the ground, but those things do something to my soul I tell you!
And then the time had come. We were going to see Hamilton.
Better get a little closer-up to this thumbs-up girl:
Yep, she was excited.
Ok Claire was too 😉
Lucy got a little worried going in that she might not be able to see very well, but Dave got the perfect seats and I think she saw fine enough to love it.
That play is so good. I was a little surprised that Claire may have come out of there with more stars in her eyes than Lucy (apparently Lucy had been hoping for a little talking along with the singing. Not sure what she was thinking after seeing Wicked with no talking.) But we all came out of that theater glowing with gratitude that we got to be there.
Dave and I had seen it before but it awed me just as much the second time around. How in the world Lin-Manuel Miranda came up with all that magic wrapped up in history I cannot comprehend. How does the human mind conceive something like that? Dave and Claire were laughing at me that I was in tears a few times. People are amazingly creative and talented. And I love that something like that can take you deep into the history of our country.
Soaked up Milwaukee a little en route back to the airport:
(I love all those old cool buildings.)
Then Dave and Lu headed on the long drive to get ready for the doctor appointments, and Claire and I headed home.
It was a fun day with our girls even with a good little fight between me and Dave in the morning taken into consideration. Ha!
I tried to finish this book before we left:
But only got five of the 36 hours down. Yikes! But it is so interesting! So many fascinating details that I think we take for granted when we think about early America. I read another book recently (that I’ll talk about soon) that gave me so much added insight about how tough those early days were. So grateful for all those people who worked so hard to figure it all out. And that we got to go on that “field trip” to think more about it all.
Ok, the end. Happy Wednesday!