There is a local living history event near our home at Ft. Tejon. I took Wendy and Amy, and we joined several other families in our homeschool group. We dressed in 1850's costumes and spent 24 hours making candles, making butter, learning carpentry, doing laundry outdoors, and making adobe bricks in a mud pit. I ran the blacksmith's shop. (see above) We camped in a building at the fort, and cooked our meals over an open fire - just like Little House on the Prairie. It was fun, but I'm glad to be home and to sleep in my own bed.