FYI, this is probably going to be a long post.
Towards the end of the summer I bought a membership to the Museum of Natural Science. We spent about an hour walking through the museum the day we went to the Butterfly Center and since the girls enjoyed it so much, I decided we would go back before summer was over. So, on the last Monday of summer, the girls and I headed to the Museum. It was just us and we had not timeline, which meant we could take as much time as wanted too...and we did! We got there just before they opened and it was surprisingly comfortable outside, which is unusual for August!
We tried to take pictures at each compass point on the sundial.
See it was almost 9am! ;)
They showed a moment of love and sweetness. Actually, I should say MIRANDA showed a moment of love and sweetness. Mackenzie and Meredith would love to snuggle with her more in photos and she hates it. On this morning, she tolerated it. ;)
They went straight for the shark diving cage - their favorite!
"I like this one!" "Wait, don't try to touch it!" ;)
The jewels room is still my favorite. "My" amethyst necklace was still there. It's waiting for me to bring it home. ;) Meredith liked looking at the jewels too.
After the jewels, Miranda found the only fish tank and would not leave it. I finally had to take a picture of the fish and let her hold my phone so we could move on and look at other exhibits!
We weren't so sure about some of the African animals exhibit. Did we really need to see the half eaten zebra leg or the animal who accidentally hanged himself in the tree?!
They really enjoyed watching and listening to the robotic woodpecker in the Texas Wildlife exhibit.
Egypt was fun, but only two pictures! The girls learned that "mummies" are real, but they don't get up and walk around like the cartoons.
They did have fun with the American Indian Exhibit! Their silliness really came out with these exhibits. Luckily it was still pretty early and not very crowded.
Mackenzie pretending to sleep in the teepee.
We had one more stint at the shark cage before eating lunch. I told you it was their favorite!
After lunch, it was still kind of nice outside, so we explored a little bit. Mackenzie controlled the spin of the Earth. ;)
We walked across the street to the Sam Houston statue.
And walked a little further to the fountain.
Like I said, 2 years ago Mackenzie would have looked like this...
Shortly after this, the clouds cleared and the heat showed up. :( We headed home, but stopped at my old office for a visit. It had been 2 years since I had last seen them, so it was great to catch up. It was such a fun day and I can't wait to go back with the girls!