Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Here Fishy Fishy!

       As soon as he woke up Ian asked if he could watch his movie Travel With Kids to Alaska during breakfast.  He wasn't even down the stairs yet and here he was planning his day.  I love that he is so motivated to do things every day starting bright and early in the morning.  His brothers settled in next to him to watch most of the movie.  There was quite a bit of bickering though and the boys knew that we had planned on going to the aquarium today.  I had to threaten many times to just stay home and send them to their rooms.  It wasn't the ideal way to start our day.  Once the movie was over Ian and Evan were raring to do when Alec told me he didn't want to go to the aquarium because he'd rather just wear his pajamas all day.  He's the whole reason I planned this trip.  He has been begging us to go, especially once he heard that they have piranhas, poison dart frogs, and a whole Amazon section.  I'll admit I didn't keep my cool.  I yelled at him to go get dressed or else he had to find me some money to reimburse me (since I already bought the tickets).  I knew he'd have a blast once we got there and I felt like he was only saying he didn't want to go because his brothers did want to go.  He gets in these moods sometimes where he just loves to antagonize everyone else.  I had packed lunches and prepared for a field trip and unless someone was sick we were going! 
       The boys brought some work to do in the car.  Alec has an extreme color by number sheet he wanted to finish and Ian worked on his extreme dot to dot book.  We also listened to another Magic Treehouse book on CD; today's selection was Tigers at Twilight.  On the drive I got a text from my sister that she was heading down there with some of our old homeschooling pals from the southern end of the state that we haven't seen in quite a while.  I handed the phone to my oldest and asked him to text back that we were already on our way.  It was such a wonderful, unexpected bonus to be able to meet friends and family at the aquarium.
      When we arrived the lady walked us through their membership benefits and my boys were overjoyed to hear that we could watch a 4-D movie for free and get a free cookie from the cafe-- another wonderful bonus!  We watched the beluga whales being fed, went to the ray tank to pet the rays, watched a 4- D movie called Earth from Pole to Pole then spent almost 30 minutes in the Titanic exhibit.  We went into the aquarium and went through the Amazon exhibit, they went from touch tank to touch tank and were able to feel or hold many marine animals including sand sharks, crabs, hermit crabs, shells, and the like.  We saw a live baby shark still inside the mermaids purse moving around with it's placenta.  We watched the sharks, sea lions, jellyfish and sea horses.  We met up with my sister and their cousins and our friends and we explored the Titanic exhibit a bit more, saw all the penguins, sea lions, a hurt harbor seal, and spent our time walking all around inside and out.  We covered the place multiple times but spent the most time at the touch tanks.  We watched the California Sea Lion show-- twice (by request of my kids)!  It was a great day.
Ian pets a ray
Alec pets a ray


Evan pets a ray


The boys play rock, paper, scissors while waiting
Beluga whale feeding
Ian and Alec touch an "ice berg"




Playing inside the Titanic exhibit
Alec LOVED the touch screen computers inside Titanic



A very cool that the boys could walk on inside the Titanic

Learning all about the Amazon



Evan tries to make electricity



Ian picks up a crab
Hermit crabs!



Look at the size of that ray!  It was HUGE
Babies inside the mermaid;s purse

Part of our group


Inside the Alvin submersible replica

Eating our free cookies!
Penguins

The injured harbor seal


   











We got to see the Iguana walking all around
Petting the sharks


Sea lion show



Very unusual fish

Most of the kids in our gang today

Hanging out in the penguin exhibit
Loggerhead sea turtle

This penguin has a vest to keep warm


Back at the touch tanks
Evan digs right in this time


Our last sea lion show of the day
   We were sad to leave, but we would never have been home for dinner if we stayed until closing.  We listened two more Magic Treehouse books:  Twister on Tuesday & Dinosaurs Before Dark on the way home and Ian came close to finishing his dot- to- dot page.  Everyone looked pretty tired and I made them all shower when we got home.  After having had their hands in sea water all day they had gotten their clothes pretty wet too and I figured it would be nice to get comfy in our pajama's and plan for an early bedtime.   

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