L-o-n-g P-o-s-t ahead! :o) Grab an icy drink and get comfy. (Whew..it is H.O.T. here!!)
We got a late start (are you surprised?). We got in so late last night, it was a push to get everyone a bath this morning, hair washed, and breakfast. First up? One of the best children’s museums-Indianapolis!
|Can you see the street name? Gorgosaurus...cool.|
|That was quite a Night at the Museum-they are running away!|
|It's Bumblebee!! Clay was thrilled to see him..timing the picture with him facing the front however...proved difficult.|
|Guess what she's made of? ...Give up? Jelly beans!|
|with a big crocodile-looking dino (yep, official name!)|
|See? Scary sounds!|
|Real Polar Bear (well..stuffed!)|
|Almost looks like she has a job!|
|Did you live in this time like I did? We totally did this to ourselves. How gross is that? (ps-if you still puff your bangs, you m-i-g-h-t want to quit)|
|She styled her own Barbie!|
|I never saw this doll for sale. So...does she deliver the baby that will lay in that crib??|
|She is styled after this painting-with such detail! (unlike pregnant Midge ; )|
|Have you ever seen a flat-footed Barbie? Me neither! This one was! I liked it-she could |
|Huge Glass "Fireworks" (four stories tall!)|
We had lunch in the big food court-we just ordered an entire pizza-but then the kids weren’t that hungry. We ended up wasting a third of it! : ( I hate to waste.
Then we split up and Ches took Ethan to the Dora and Diego exhibit! He liked it, but didn’t stay too long. I took the big kids to see an amazing exhibit with Ruby Bridges, Anne Frank, and Ryan White. I loved it the most. :’ ) There was a tree of promises. (The Best.) We wrote our promises on notes, and stuck them to the tree. Then there were computers you could put promises on to be “posted” on the really-real-looking tree. I didn’t fully “get” it. I wrote mine (that I promised to love MC no matter what her meter said), and there were loud trumpets, and when I looked up, it was on a computer screen with my name! I cried too much in that exhibit. : ( The theme all over the area was leaves. There were quotes on the walls, and I just couldn’t talk much.
|First Tree of Promises|
|Hers? Be Loving and Kind.|
|His? I Promise to Follow the Ten Commandments.|
|Mine? I promise to love my daughter no matter what the meter says.|
|And these are on the screens on the big life-size realistic tree! ("I will be nice to my brothers.)|
|Making more promises on the computers...can you see the screens up on the trees?|
|I promise to be nice.|
|I will share. (Ethan)|
|Dr. Coles thought Ruby wasn't eating because she was scared. (This is the cabinet of supplies...and sandwiches and milk.)|
Anne Frank’s city was detailed with quotes and her house and trees out front. Bless her heart-there is such racism in our world history. : (
Ryan White, the little boy with AIDS, also had lots of medical displays and info on the program named after him for families of HIV Positive and AIDS patients needing access to excellent care. He was discriminated against just like Ruby Bridges and Anne Frank. I am praying no one else has to be excluded again. Including my daughter. Or my sons for that matter.
We also visited the miniature rooms-like dollhouse rooms, but all spread out in the wall in little recesses, Science Works and Health Works, the water clock, the glass :fireworks:, and of course…the Museum Store and some pictures outside.
|She's serving me a healthy balanced meal in the Kitchen. : )|
|Clay's making me a sandwich.|
|Looking at the fish underwater!|
|Cool jumpy dinosaurs for the impatient kids waiting while Mom or Dad are buying tickets or shopping!|
|Out front on the (mini) Kukulcan Pyramid from Chichen Itza, Mexico|
|...and the Taj Mahal!|
|They traveled to the Great Wall of China...|
|made a short stop at the Great Sphinx of Giza!|
|jumped over to the Colosseum in Rome...|
|landed on the Parthenon...|
|and read Anne Frank's diary. There is soon to be a Tree of Promises in Amsterdam.|
|I had to find these bronzes. I had my picture taken with them in 1998, so I had to visit. Wish we'd had digital pictures back then!|
Then…most exciting? We drove east two hours to meet Hallie, Jason, and Sweetpea!! : ) We met up at Young’s Dairy-a real working dairy (‘cause we like learning things!) (and they had amazing ice cream! We got chocolate peanut butter cup, bubble gum, and key lime pie!) We fed goats and saw: baby goats (Too Cute!), calves, kittens, roosters, and cows. A real farm!