Monday, August 16, 2010

Fun day and toy drop.

Saturday, went into NOLA to go to the aquarium.
We almost didn't go because of the weather but it cleared up for a few hours so we went and had a good time.
I was walking with our neighbors and took this photo......Matt is almost as tall as Dean now, with Kaela not far behind.....

The first thing we did once we got in was our August toy drop. Since we were going to the aquarium, I made an octopus.


The aquarium was packed! So, the kids ran interference while I quickly dropped the toy behind a large tank.


We checked on our way out 2 hours later and it was gone :-)

Then, we went on into the Amazon exhibit...


and into the kid's area...

for some sting ray petting....


This boat was interesting. It was made with recycled trash and foam insulation...plastic 2 liter bottles and other junk. It made a 2,300 mile drip down the Mississippi before resting at the aquarium.



Close up of the construction...


One thing I was excited about is that they have several baby Kemp Ridley rescues...they had them in several tanks throughout the aquarium.
Gosh how I love these guys....thank goodness these were rescued and saved...so many weren't...hundreds in fact.




this little one keep popping up to say hello!
To get an idea of size....these babies are about the size of a charger or serving platter...


While the big guy in the main aquarium is HUGE! He isn't a rescue to my knowledge, he is here all the time....this is the big walk through tank at the aquarium entrance.



In another tank is this grouper.
I seem to get this SAME shot each time we come...he is about
100 pounds....
and would taste good fried, blackened or grilled, with a side of hush puppies....



Here are the kids as we are leaving...look how they've grown!!!

We had a good time and followed it up with lunch at Superior...like always!!!!
This plaque is on the wall as you leave the aquarium.


Pretty much says it all....

6 comments:

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Val
I enjoyed your pictures from the aquarium. Love the cute octopus you dropped. Someone will now have a lovely reminder of their day out. The recycled junk boat looks great. Thanks for sharing pictures of it aswell as all the wonderful sea creatures. Wow, your kids really have grown compared to the picture you shared last time. They both look such happy and cute teenagers.
Lindsay
x

mysteryhistorymom said...

What a fun day! I love seeing pics of the family and the turtles, too! We are currently studying aquatic animals and the girls just finished learning about sea turtles! I can't wait to show them your pictures. Oh, and when are you opening your shop??? That octopus is SO darn cute, Val!!!! You must make some for your shop! Lori

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Darn kids, why must they keep growing like that? One day they are cute and snuggly, then the next day they are going off on their own doing their thing. My kids still love to snuggle even though they are "all grown up now Mom" lol. Cute octopus :)

Amy said...

Your octopus for the drop was so stinkin' cute! The junk boat looks like something my kids would put together so they could float down the Mississippi. The turtles are so cute.

Little Messy Missy said...

Very cute pics!
I ma way excited for Edgar Allen Poe/A Halloween swap.... sounds fabulous!!! I hope I get to play!!!

Melinda Cornish said...

I love aquariums.....it is so nice that you and the family get out and do things together...Pretty soon the kids will be the age where it gets harder and harder...I cant believe how curly girl has grown!!!!!!

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