Missing them didn't keep us from having a great time!
|Left: Grandpa with his bonsai tree in progress Right: The family (minus Grandpa Joe who is taking the picture)|
The next day (Tuesday) was the long awaited Dinosaur Museum day. Charlie has been really into dinosaurs lately. He knows more about dinosaurs than I do (which isn't saying much, but still!). At night he will ask us to tell a story about a (fill in an obscure dinosaur name) and we have to ask him to tell us about it first.
The museum is big and wonderful. I went with my geology class back in my undergrad years and had a blast. Charlie, of course, wasn't as interested in the details as he was in the big displays of dinosaur skeletons. He actually correctly identified quite a few of them.
Later that night Keith and I slipped away to go to the temple and dinner and Cafe Rio (yum!). On the way back we picked up some desserts from P.F. Chang's (yum!) and took them over to Dan and Becky's place. You know the kind of friends that you can be apart for months or years and when you get back together it is like you saw each other just last week? Yeah, they are that kind of friends. A trip to Utah just wouldn't be complete with out visiting them.
The third day we spent at the updated natural history museum on the BYU campus. It is always fun to see places I know so well be appreciated so much so that they are upgraded to be so much more than they were before. Even though the "before" was pretty cool too. The new and improved museum attracts a lot more people which I always love to see happen with a museum. Especially a natural history one.
I love that they put two of my favorite quotes regarding our role in conservation on the walls of the museum.
My professors would pull out these versus of scripture (and others like them) frequently. And can I just say that I love, and never get tired of looking at that painting of Christ? I really want a copy someday. (hint, hint) ;)
|Left: Beaver swimming center of the photo. Top left: That big pile of sticks kind of covered with plants is the beaver den. (yeah, Charlie couldn't see it either) Bottom left: the trail walkers, complete with Jane walking the stroller. Of course.|
That night, after we had laid Charlie down for the night, we went upstairs to play boardgames. During a break we found Charlie asleep on the stairs. He must have been curious about what was going on upstairs but too tired to stay awake on the stairs. He had a long day.
Thursday was zoo day!
Keith and I hadn't been to Hogle Zoo since Valentine's Day 2009, the year we were married. As an unrelated a side note, that was the first Valentine's Day that I didn't celebrate as SAD (Singles Awareness Day). Thanks Keith for being my first, and only, Valentine. ;)
Okay, enough with the lovey dovey memories and on to the fun.
I have never seen a giraffe bend over to drink. In all the documentaries they have always splayed their front legs out keeping them straight. I think someone should pay me to go around to a bunch of zoos, and then to Africa to compare how giraffes drink in the wild versus in captivity. Think I have a chance?
Right next to the giraffe enclosure was the ostrich at which Jane kept on yelling "duh!" (duck). Not quite.
It was a hot day! Even the elephants were feeling the heat. Interesting factoid (at least to me): swimming doesn't seem to be an automatic thing for elephants. The grandmother (who has passed away since our visit) and mother weren't born and raised around water so they won't get in to it to cool off. The daughter (and granddaughter) however was born at the Hogle Zoo where there is an elephant sized pool and loves playing in it.
The life sized dinosaurs (temporary exhibits) around the zoo fascinated Charlie. They moved and roared! He was especially entranced by the mommy and baby triceratops. He also had fun getting sprayed by the velociraptors.
Again with Charlie's funny faces for the camera. Love it.
Taking the train ride around a section of the zoo.
Charlie our navigator; on the job even while riding on Dad's shoulders and obstructing Keith's view.
Don't ask what is going on with Jane's skirt, because I don't know.
Jane's favorite was definitely the seals and sea lions. I felt absolutely terrible when we needed to leave them. Oh how she wailed as I pealed her off the glass!
I love this: Grandpa Joe discussing bird feathers to an enthralled audience.
Friday was the 24th (Pioneer Day, which is in fact an observed holiday in Utah)
Since we knew that practically anywhere we would want to go would be super crowded, we decided to spend a fun filled day chillin' at home.
Saturday we toured our old stomping grounds.
|Left: When this duck grabbed the bread right out of Keith's hand Jane freaked, almost leaped into his arms, and wouldn't let Keith put her down until we were well passed them.|
Anyway... The next day was Sunday and we took the brief walk (yes, you read that right) to church. We had fun catching up with people and Granny B and Grandpa Joe had fun showing off the grand kids.
Then just like that, the week was over and were back on a plane headed back to Fargo. It was so fast but oh so good.