Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Our Favorite Saturday Activity



Okay, so they are probably not the KIDS favorite Saturday activity. They would rather go to the movies, or the water park, I'm sure. But, Kyle and I love the museum for their yearly memberships, IMAX documentaries, and endless teaching opportunities. Every kid's dream, right?

Our kids enjoy it, or at least pretend to so they can avoid "Saturday Fun Day" at home which includes . . . well . . . most things mentioned in the children's hymn "Saturday is a Special Day."

When we first moved to the area, we started going to the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science. The kids LOVED the Dino-dig section. Then, we found the Fort Worth Museum of Nature and History which had a deluxe Dino dig, light-up Lego center, and a dome Imax showing a great documentary called Tornado Alley (all I can say is, sucks to be the people who live there . . . oh . . . wait. . . ).

So, if asked to rate the two science and children's museums in the DFW area, Dallas gets 3 stars and Fort Worth gets 4.

This is Dallas:


Kyle loves taking pictures of beautiful windows OR escape routes - you decide.

Out back, there's a whisper dish where you can be 20 feet from the other one and hear whispered back and forth conversations. No secrets here.


These turtles were huge. I swear it was like wild kingdom in the pond behind the museum.


There are these cement sculptures snaking through the pond. Some are big enough to walk on as long as they don't go too far out into the water. How far is too far is still a hot topic of debate among parents and children.


This picture makes these ducks look oil-covered, but they aren't. They were so cute. For some reason, though, a boy duck was chasing these little cuties all over the pond. Poor little guys. I guess even ducky dads get frustrated sometimes.


Fort Worth:

Another escape route - er, window. Beautiful, though, right?


The best part about this particular Dino Dig in Fort Worth was that it was a re-creation of an actual dig sight in west Texas.


The girls loved that no matter how deep they dug, they still found bones.

Eden brought along her adorable friend Annie.


Davis L-O-V-E-D the Lego Light Table. And the paper airplane launcher. And the Tinker Toys. Oh, and the wind tunnel. And the magnet maze.


Kyle got sidetracked while searching for a snack. What the heck?! I didn't get to see this awesome little water feature. The girls thought it was awesome.


Chill-axin'.

This chair is not for sale. Apparently.

The best part about these museums, is that there is so much to see and do, every visit feels like a first visit.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Eden's 6th Grade Final Concert

Tonight was Eden's final concert of the year. She was amazing (look for her front and center).
Enjoy the 6th Grade Girls Choir performing a disco medley from the 70s.




Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day



How sweet are kids on Mother's Day? Davis couldn't wait to let me sleep in, Abby and Katie gave me a serious back rub. The kids promised not to fight (which is all I asked for). Notice I said "promised not to" not "didn't fight." They seriously can't help it, I swear.

While I ate my cereal in bed, Davis presented me with:


Two words came to mind when I saw it - spittin' image.

The next page was:


Something about cooking him macaroni and cheese and being special. At least he's honest.


The results of an in-depth interview with me. Then, what he thought I'd say.


NOT my best recipe even though it says it is. You believe me, right?


My favorite page:


In case you aren't fluent in the written form of Davisese, it says, "If my mom were an animal, she would be a whale because you say you will eat me, but you don't." My favorite part is that we are holding fins while we hunt our prey.

And finally . . .


Clearly, lots of love.

Going from youngest to oldest, Katie drew this:


Katie's octopus legs are my favorite.

Abby gave me about a million coupons. Snaps to Abby for owning up to her most annoying habit. One guess as to what it is. I'll let you know if these coupons last more than a day.


Eden also went the coupon route. To be completely honest, I'm not big on gifts. Coupons and love are as good as it gets for me. Especially these:




I wonder what would happen if Eden was having a full-on knock-down, drag-out fight with one of her sisters and I whipped out that coupon. I think I'll try it.

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers and those villagers whom mother's couldn't survive without.