"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters
compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, February 22, 2013

Bones and Bubbles

It occurred to me the other day, that I have never taken Francesca and Victoria to a museum. Pretty sad. Elliot was signed up for every class, learned Spanish, and attended symphonies before he was five, but number five and six are getting jipped. Francesca is going to be four soon, so I had to get cracking. 
Sure, taking five kids to a museum is a little challenging, but I couldn't let that stop me. 

First, we packed a few snacks. 

 We went to the Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. I practically passed out at the cost. It was actually cheaper to get an annual pass, so at least we can come back! 

Cute rubber snakes. 

 At first, the "babies" (I'm not sure how much longer I can get away with calling them that) were a little stunned. Those are some pretty big teeth.

After a little while though, they really got curious. I loved watching the looks of wonder on their faces. 

Victoria kept shrieking and pointing. 

Of course, one of the first things we had to do was eat, because, you know, we hadn't eaten in over 5 minutes. 

                                             This area was all hands on experiments. 

Oohh!! Ahhh!!! 

Catherine's favorite exhibit was the tornado. She is kind of interested/worried by natural disasters in general. She always wants to check to make sure that our smoke detectors are working. 

Solemn Victoria. Though lately, she has been giggling alot more and we realized that she has dimples. They are very hard to catch on camera though. 

The kids' area was amazing! 

I won't mention the fit someone threw when they learned that we couldn't take the starfish home. 

Victoria is getting a lot braver about letting me put her down out in public. 

So, the next time any of you are in Atlanta, give me a call and we can all go see the dinosaurs, cause we are cool now and have a pass.

(Snack break #3)

But you all better bring your own snacks, because we certainly didn't bring enough! 


  1. I didn't realize you guys lived in Atlanta! I live just outside the perimeter in Snellville! Love Fernbank and glad to see the kids enjoying it as well. I love reading your blog. I always appreciate your honesty!

  2. Reading your blog ALWAYS makes me smile!

    Donna D.
    mom to 6
    5 bio's and 1 russian prince

  3. Looks like fun!! We have memberships at 3 (!!) local museums, because we go quite a bit in yucky weather (which is, most of the year). Some memberships are tax-deductible, so hang onto your receipt!

  4. They are all SO cute! Your mom is a gem! I love the wonder on the faces of the "littles".

  5. We always had season passes to the zoo (which was conveniently located 3 blocks from our home in Dallas) and the Science Place. It was a great way to spend some time out of the house. I had to sneak my youngest past the doorway to the animatronic dinosaurs because the movement and noise was really scary to him. It's great to see your kids out and about. Annette

  6. Love the look on Victoria's face in that 4th picture! She looks like she thinks it just may eat her! She looks like she is making awesome progress in getting around. It reminds me of the mom whose child was born with Ds whose doctor told her that the child would never do or be anything. Well that mom said " We'll just see about that! She'll show us what she can do." That child DID show them what she could do. She grew up to be an actress! She starred in the movie "The Memory Keepers Daughter". Reminds me of when you were talking about them saying Victoria might not walk. Keep up the good work there Mom and Victoria. Francesca as well. She has the best pouty lips I've ever seen on a kiddo.

  7. Check the museum's website and see which other museums they have reciprocal relationships with. Often, you can get in those for free. For example, in the one year we had a Louisville (KY) Science center membership, we went to Cincinnati Museum of Natural HIstory, the McWane Science Center in Birmingham Alabama and the NASA Space and Rocket Center for free!


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