Ark Encounter – Part 2 – The First Floor

Part 1 – The Drive Down

In December, my church made a trip down to the Ark Encounter in Williamsport, KY. Join me on Saturdays as we explore this majestic building.

After you pull up to the Ark Encounter, you usually have to park your car and then ride a bus to the actual ark. We just stayed on the bus. It’s a surprise when you actually pull up to ark. You see how massive it truly is.


The Oldest thought it was funny to put his feet on the grass just because it said keep off the grass.

These topiaries that were lit up after dark.

Some of the decorations on the first floor

Some of the storage areas on the Ark

Noah’s prayer

More storage

Some of the animals that could have been on the Ark.

Looking Up – The boys thought it was funny to go up to the second floor and say high to me. This was right before the Youngest decided to throw his hat down to me.

This was right before you went up to the second floor. There was a model of the Ark and information about how truly big it was when Noah spent 100 years building it.

Join me next week for the tour of the second floor. You’ll get to see the door that was used to get in and out of the Ark and a llama.

Have a magical day,
Traci

TBT – Signs of Spring

Spring Has Sprung or Has It?

This year, we had snow falling on the first full day of spring.  Almost 300 schools, churches, and even the Air Force base were cancelled or delayed because of the snow.

Even though snow has fallen, we have had some signs of spring.  My one and only deciduous tree, the autumn glory maple, has red buds on the branches which means there should be leaves growing soon.

During the snow fall, I still heard the birds singing their spring songs.

A Look Back at a Past Spring

I went back in my Google photos to find photos of spring in my neighborhood.  I finally found photos from 2012 when the boys were 6 and 8 years old.

Some of the photos that were taken during the spring of 2012 are some of my favorite photos that I have ever taken.

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Spring Sunset

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Spring Animals

The Boys of Spring

 

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The Boys and their Godfather

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The Wee One lost his first tooth.

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Easter 2012

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Easter 2012

Flowers and More Flowers

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Beautiful Scenery

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Supermoon (Not in my neighborhood.  It’s just a cool photo.)

 

I hope you enjoyed the walk down memory with this Throwback Thursday post.  I can’t wait to see more signs of spring than what we have been seeing so far.

Have a magical day!

Traci

August 2007 . . . A blast from the past

1. Throwback Thursday: Choose a photo from August 10 years ago and write a poem or a blog post.

I went on a mission this week to find photos from August 2007.  I finally found them tonight!

10 years ago, the boys were 2 and 4 and as cute as can be.

The Imaginative One started preschool.

I moved school buildings once again.

Now to the photos I’ve chosen from August 2007.

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This is the Wee One dressed as Goliath from the Playhouse Disney’s show Jo Jo’s Circus.

The Imaginative One was obsessed with the show.  I bought him this Halloween costume one year.  It was on sale so it was cheap.  Both boys wore it non stop for years.  Best money spent.

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The boys were outside underneath our maple tree.  The Wee One was eating a yogurt and apple.  I love his eyes in this photo.

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We went to Krispy Kreme for donuts and to watch the donuts being made.  I think they were excited to eat some delicious treats.

The Imaginative One no longer believes in smiling so it’s great to find a photo of him smiling.

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This is the Wee One’s first day of preschool.  He was at the preschool for two years.  Now he is getting ready to go to 8th grade which is crazy.

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That’s not how you play corn hole, the Wee One.

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Playing in the park.  The Wee One has lost one of his sandals.  This is nothing new because he still loses shoes ALL the time.

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The Imaginative One took gymnastics for a few years because of his lack of coordination.  This was taken on his last day of gymnastics.

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Playing in the water.  So much fun!

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He got to meet this giant frog while he was playing in the water.

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Playing in the rain – One is in his diaper while the other put on his rain coat.  Such a difference in personalities.

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The Imaginative One got to pose with this cool car.  The Newport Aquarium is located just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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The Wee One got a hair cut.  He was so mad about that.  Tears and a tantrum followed the decision to cut off his baby hair.

It looks as though he had just had some yogurt or cotton candy ice cream before the clippers were brought out.

These two are now going to be middle schoolers.  They say those are the most difficult years.  It has been so bad with the Imaginative One.  I hope it’s not that bad with the Wee One.

I hope you enjoyed walking down memory lane with me.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Mama’s Losin’ It

A Ropes Course and Zoo – Day 2 Part 2

Join me on Saturdays for posts about our South Carolina trip.

Ropes Course

Here is a video of the Imaginative One on the ropes course.

And the Wee One on the ropes course –

The boys were given a two hour block of time that they could be on the ropes course. During that time, they could be on any of the courses – beginner, medium, and advanced. They ended up lasting for 1 hours and 45 minutes before they decided to be done with the course.

It was well worth the money we spent. At one point, the Wee One thanked Hubby for having him do the course. He really enjoyed doing it.

Here are three collages of them on the course.

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Zoo

Gibbon talk

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Animals in the Discovery House – The animal on the bottom right is a chinchilla.

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From left top clockwise to left middle

Chickens – They were given free reign of the area.

Meerkat

Wallaby

Tortoise

Some sort of bird that was up in the rafters

Alpaca

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The farm area was sponsored by Levi jeans. They had this cool jeans sculpture.

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More of the Gibbons

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Random Shots

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Tiger

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There was a goat in the back of the truck and a dog statue in the front of the truck.

Join me next Saturday for photos of the museum.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

South Carolina – Day 2 (Greensboro Science Center – Aquarium and Zoo) Part 1

Hotel Fun and Then Fish – Day 2 Part 1

Join me on Saturdays for posts about our South Carolina trip.

Hotel Fun

The boys decided they wanted to form a duck choir while we were in the hotel room.

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The boys wanted to pretend they were T-Rexes. They ran around the room with part of their arm in their shirts.

After all the fun at the hotel, we checked out of the hotel and then went to the Greensboro Science Center. The science center had a ropes course, aquarium, children’s museum, and a zoo.

Aquarium

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At the front of the aquarium is a sign with a flashing sea creature. It went too fast to get a good photo.

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The otters – They had an area where you could climb in and get closer to the otters.

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Penguins

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The science center had a HUGE octopus. He was out while we were there in the morning.

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They had an area where you could pet manta rays. The boys loved being about to touch them.

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Decorations

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They had a submarine that you could climb into so Hubby and the boys had to climb into it.

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They also had a big tank of fish, sharks, and manta rays.

We only did a brief walk through of the aquarium because the boys were going to do the ropes course. They give you a time to do the ropes course. Our time was an hour after we got there.

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The atrium of the science center

We had to walk through the atrium on our way to the zoo because the zoo is where the ropes course is located.

Zoo

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The cockatoo and Macaw

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The Gibbons – They were so much fun to watch.

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The lemurs

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This peacock was walking around. I thought that was cool.

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Random Shots

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More random shots

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Red Panda – The Wee One’s favorite animal. He was one happy child when he got to see it.

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I loved the signs they had for all of the animals.

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Tortoises

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Hubby helping the Wee One get geared up for the ropes course.

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The Imaginative One getting ready for the ropes course.

Join me next Saturday for the boys on the ropes course and more of the zoo.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina Travel Blog Posts

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)