Friday, August 13, 2010

Great Day At The Science Center

Today Katy and I took the girls to the St. Louis Science Center. I haven't been there for a couple of years and was very impressed with what they have to offer everyone. The first photo is a interesting take of the map of the world.

Here is me showing Maddie some of the the stuffed critters like porcupines, beavers, raccoons, peacocks, etc. Normally I think those stuffed animals are pretty gross, but for some reason these didn't seem that way. They had a few things out for the children to touch like a turtles shell. She found it all very interesting and was not afraid of anything.

She got to spend an hour in The Discovery Center. You have to buy tickets ($3.50 each) and they only allow 35 people in there at a time. It was so worth it because they have the best toys I have ever seen. The little kid came out in me. I wanted to play with everything!

Here is an area where they can see a little of what it is like to be a Dr. We didn't go over there because it was more for the older children. But it looked like a great place for them to learn some things.

Maddie enjoying all the fake bugs that she can put in dishes and examine with the magnifying glasses.

She decided two magnifiers were better than one.

Lego structure of The Arch.

Another fun thing for a basement wall.

These weren't in the Discovery Room.. but outside near the walk-over area of the highway to the Planetarium. There were lots of large blocks to make shapes with. I was surprised at her age she was so fascinated with these and wanted to try and do what the others were doing. We didn't go to the Planetarium.. but let Maddie view the highway and she showed no fear. I was dizzy.

Kayla just enjoyed riding in her stroller. If you ever come to St. Louis I hope you go see The Science Center. You won't be disappointed.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Blooming Wisteria with Bees In August

We have a large wisteria that covers our fence around our pool area that usually only blooms in the spring time. This year it has kept a few blooms throughout the summer season. I was able to get a couple of shots of some bumble bees enjoying themselves. Before I noticed the bees.. it was usually surrounded with wasps. Before the summer days and after the full blown blooms at spring time.. it had some sort of bugs that the birds seemed to love. I never did see the bugs up close...just the cardinals eating them. We have also had a lot of crickets this season...chirping loudly during the daytime. Maddie is at an age where she loves to explore and see nature. She is full of excitement and brightens my days. Kayla is growing too quickly already but has the most adorable smile. I just never seem to be able to capture it on film. I am a lucky lucky Grandma to have two little beauties.

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever