Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesdays at the Natural History Museum

Now that the weather has cooled and school is back in session, the D.C. tourist season seems to be behind us.  The girls and I have been scooting up to the National Mall to get our tourist hats on and explore the different Smithsonians.  Last Tuesday we decided upon the Natural History Museum.

Isabel and Eloise truly enjoy seeing all of the people and walking through the exhibits.  It is definitely a balancing act though, Eloise rushes ahead & Isabel likes to roar with delight while standing in everyone's way.

We headed upstairs to the insect hall where the girls enjoyed pretending to be Great African Termites and pressed all of the buttons about common household pests.

I worked very hard on not loosing my lunch when they offered to let the girls hold a giant cockroach.  They both declined - instead they watched the honey bees for a bit and then we headed to the butterfly house.

 While we were there, the girls and I discovered something really fun!  The Smithsonian Natural History Museum butterfly room is free!  When we lived in North Carolina, Eloise and I enjoyed going to the Museum of Life & Science in Durham to visit their beautiful butterfly house.

Eloise has asked several times to visit the butterflies and I didn't realize we could every Tuesday!

Eloise was very patient and still, hoping to convince a butterfly to land on her hand.  She was rewarded with several very close encounters.  Isabel was a bit slower to the party.  She was rather frustrated that I had decided to wear her.  But boy she was full of energy last Tuesday afternoon & I thought that the butterflies and other visitors would fare better with my little spirit a bit restricted.  When she would see a butterfly she would start lunging towards it, pulling me with her.  In the final photograph of the day Eloise is busy telling her to "look not touch."  If you can't tell, Isabel is trying with all her might to touch!

Such a fun outing!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Story Time with Ranger Steph

Wow! Life has not slowed one bit.  Both girls are asleep in the backseat & I am in the parking lot of the Harris Teeter, so I want to share about our day today!

This morning we dropped Phil at work and drove across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge to Oxon Hill Farm for a special story time.

Every month, on the third Monday they have a themed story time with a ranger.  Oxon Hill is a working farm that is part of the National Parks system.

This week story time was all about ducks.  After the stories, songs, puppet show & craft we walked out to see the ducks.

They weren't really feeling social so we visited with the pigs and chickens.  The girls also each got to feed the horses.  How fun!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A little bit of life lately...

Oh we have been so very busy these last few weeks.   I feel as if the world has opened back up for us and we are so very fortunate to have such full days.

A moment on the National Mall.

I am writing from the parking lot of the National Zoo, while the girls finish up their naps.  Isabel has just awakened, so we had better head on our way!  More of all we are up to is on it's way.   We are happy and healthy and enjoying the days before us!