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Children's Museum, Friends & Zoo

We had a very busy week last week. On Monday we met my friend in the town we grew up in for lunch and then the three of us went to the Children's Museum there. Now the friend we met and I have known each other since we were around six months old. Yes, we are lifetime friends. We both now live in different states and our hometown is about halfway between us. Her youngest is my goddaughter who is looking at colleges for next year. Well, we took Hazel by the houses we grew up in and went to the New Children's Museum. Of course anyone from around the area of West Hartford, knows the museum by the giant whale in front of it. See above. After we went through the museum we went into the whale. Remember the picture I asked where Hazel was? She was inside the whale.
I remember loving this whale when I was young!! It was fun to bring Hazel to it. Of course, the little boy who liked hearing his echo inside drove my poor sensitive hearing daughter crazy, but it was fun.

The museum had a Dinosaur Alive exhibit. Hazel loved it!! There was a gazebo in the middle with toy binoculars (which apparently were scratched so you couldn't see out of them) and telescopes (that were not scratched). She decided it was a boat and used the binoculars as the steering wheel. She had the best time. Luckily for me the gift shop was right there so I went shopping while she and my friend played. Hazel must have heard someone (probably one of us) say the exhibit was called Dinosaur Alive because she kept telling people she saw alive dinosaurs. We loved the ones hatching out of their eggs!

This museum also has quite a few animals. It did when we were young as well. I didn't take many pictures of the animals because most were inside where it was dark, but one of the outside ones came out well and I got a lot in Turtle World. We really thought the soft shell turtle was neat.
The museum always had a science focus to it. This was one exhibit. Upstairs was the huge bubble blower. You watched the bubbles float downstairs. When you get down there you see them collecting and they had drums you could hit to make them explode. It was really neat.
Some of the other exhibits we saw. They had a Chimpanzee Maze Exhibit. Hazel got to swing on a rope like a chimpanzee and then my friend helped her record chimp sounds. She loved the floating globe exhibit. You could build your own Lego car and race them down a hill. And they had several ways to pretend to fly. Overall we had a great time!

After the museum we headed to meet some more friends at Starbucks and then we drove to my sister's condo for the night. It was good to catch up with some old friends!!

Later in the week we went to the Franklin Park Zoo. Our friends have a 3-year-old and a 4-month-old. It was a bit trying. We saw so many things. Above are some of the animals: prairie dogs, swans, ducks, peacocks (which roam freely), ostrich, horn bill, hummingbird, flamingos, tortoise and Hazel on the carousel. The zoo is set up in different sections. They had a Jurassic Exhibit that was only there through Monday, so we talked the kids into going. They wanted to play on the playground which is new and HUGE!! So through the dinosaurs they decided they made the wrong choice to see the scary dinosaurs (yes, Hazel got scared here for some reason) and kept asking to go to the playground.

They also have a Butterfly Landing. It is seasonal and last time Steve and I came here it was too early in the year for the butterflies. So this was on my must see list.

They had an enclosed box of the metamorphosis. I heard some of the employees say about 9 had hatched in the last hour. Oh, the hummingbird was in here as well.

They also had African animals. We walked in at the zebra entrance, but there were wildebeests, and ostriches in with them. Then the giraffes had Grevy's zebras with them. The large cats were sleeping. The dark picture is of the leopard. The tigers were also sleeping. I could not get a good picture of the white tiger, but did get this one of the yellow tiger (somehow it didn't make it in the collage).
Well that catches you up with our activities last week. This week will have more exciting adventures including the first day of school!

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Well Monday, Hazel and I had an adventure. The picture above is from part of our location. Feel free to comment with your guess. I will share its whereabouts in another post. We went to the town I grew up in and visited some friends of mine. One of my friends I have known since we were six months old. She traveled about two hours to meet us for the day. I will share the details of our adventure another time. We ended our day by traveling to my sister's for a sleepover. Again, I will share the details for another time--probably next Happy Family Times. Well last Sharing Saturday We Made That shared a Wave Sensory Bottle. I loved the idea and had all the supplies so I made one to keep Hazel busy for our over two hour car ride.

My sister left a pink plastic lei for Hazel on her bed when we got to her apartment. Hazel loves it and wanted to decorate it today. So we made some tissue paper flowers for it. I cut with my scrapbook scissors some tissue paper circles. Then we stuck half a pipe cleaner through the center of several of them (2 or 3) and curled the top so it would stay. Then we used the stem to wind it around the lei. What do you think?
Ok, that is what we have been up to. We are having a relaxing catch up day today. Hope you are enjoying your day! Don't forget to guess where Hazel is in the top picture!!

Happy Family Times # -A Visit to Gloucester


Have you done something fun with your family this week? Come share it with us! Kelly from Happy Whimsical Hearts and I are collecting ideas to inspire us all to have more fun times with our families. Here is something we did this week and you can share below!

This week Steve had a day off and we headed to Gloucester, Massachusetts. I had been told about a wonderful health food store, The Common Crow, in Gloucester by the parent/child teacher at Hazel's school. I have been wanting to check it out for awhile, but haven't had the time or energy to find it. Since Gloucester is in the area that Steve is  in charge of for his company he knows it better than I do. We finally found a time to go before the summer season truly hit and made traveling hard to get to Cape Ann.
Source: Wikipedia
In my rush to get out the door since I needed to be home to go tutoring in the afternoon, I forgot my camera. However, this picture is one of the things that says Gloucester to anyone around here. We stopped at this statue as we drove by the water. This statue is surrounded by plaques with names of all the fishermen from Gloucester lost at sea. (Some of you may remember hearing about Gloucester, MA in the book/movie The Perfect Storm. Book written by Sebastian Junger.) A nice family told us about a playground by the beach, but we did not make it there this time.  We did manage to find a post card of the light house that we had bought awhile ago locally and found this nice photo card of the harbor.

After visiting the Man at the Wheel statue, we went to find the Common Crow. While dealing with one way streets, we discovered that one way Main Street was definitely a street we wanted to walk down and do a bit of shopping or checking out. So we parked near The Common Crow and checked it out. Then we were hungry for lunch, so we went looking for a good place. We found Sugar Magnolia's which was wonderful. Then we stopped in a few stores--the toy store, the children's clothing store and then headed for some coffee and tea. We stopped in the Pleasant Street Tea Co. where I got the best chai latte ever!!
Then we headed home. However some things about Gloucester and Cape Ann. Gloucester is the oldest seaport in America. It went through several different names, but Captain John Smith presented a map of the eastern coast to Prince Charles who named the land Cape Anne, after his mother, in 1614. The name has been shortened to Cape Ann, but still remains. (Source: Discover Gloucester) I definitely want to go back and explore Gloucester some more when I have more time.

To share a picture of our family I will show you a few from our family walk this weekend.


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