Butterflies Alive

Today we visited the Butterflies Alive exhibit at the Natural History Museum. It’s a favorite of Selah’s, so it was her pick. It was sunny so the butterflies were out and active. Thought I’d share some iPhone pics of the action. Notice Crashy isn’t in a lot of them – that’s because what wasn’t pictured is Mom trying to save butterfly lives by avoiding contact with our “not-so-gentle” (ie. NOT butterfly safe) toddler boy. But fun was had anyway, and as Selah put it: Mom, these butterflies sure do like me. 🙂

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By the end, Crashy was pretty sleepy:

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And Selah wanted to “help” him get a photo:

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After the butterflies, we went to the “Backyard” – a sweet play area in back of the museum that they have a stream that pumps water for the kids to play with buckets, climb on rocks, have boat races, etc. It’s my favorite part of our museum, and apparently Crasher’s too. He immediately went in fully clothed, to fill, pour out, and repeat. For probably the next 45 minutes straight:

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This isn’t my best cinematography, but I was trying to catch how mechanical he is – he had it figured out how to put the bucket under the biggest part of the stream, fill it up, then stand up and dump it. He was getting really tired, so by the time I video’d, it was pretty zombie-like, but thought I’d post for memory-sake at least:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULuhj3nEvfQ
He also LOVED the Smokey the Bear exhibit that you could drop golf balls in to simulate rain falling from the sky, into a river, and through rocks, sticks, etc. It was a great exhibit actually, even if he wasn’t getting the picture of the precipitation part!

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And a similarly boring video, but again, it’s my way of documenting my kiddos, so here it is:
http://youtu.be/gvOLuXLgVQc
Thanks for joining our museum visit!

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