Saturday, May 29, 2010

Vacation 2010 Day 3: The Creation Museum Part 2

The following morning we headed back for a few more hours at the Creation Museum. There were a few shows we hadn't gotten to see the day before, and we all wanted to walk through the main part of the museum one more time.

Here, Random takes on a dinosaur eating it's prey.
Methuselah ended up being one of our favorite animitronics in the museum. We aren't sure why, other than the fact the boys thought he sounded like Yoda and they found that hilarious.
It was a gorgeous day! We took the time to walk through their beautiful botanical gardens. Ponds, waterfalls, and lots of green and sunshine - it doesn't get much better than that after days of rain before leaving home!

The T-Rex topiary.

A visit to their petting zoo rounded out our day. We got to pet a zonkey (zebra/donkey cross) a zorse (zebra/horse cross), camels, goats, sheep, ducks, and a few other things as well. Monkey was VERY determined to pet one of the very cute Malaysian chickens (who knew chickens could be cute?) and finally managed to corner one long enough to give it a few pats.
We all left the Creation Museum feeling like if that was all we did for our vacation that we would've been happy. Everyone loved it and it was definitely one of the big highlights of our trip.
Pictures and stories can't do it justice....You have to go see it for yourself!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Vacation 2010 Day 2: The Creation Museum

On Thursday, we drove the remaining 5-6 hours to the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. We arrived in time to spend a couple of hours there and even got to meet Ken Ham, the founder of the museum and Answers in Genesis!

The museum is beautifully done and really has something for everyone. This picture is of Adam naming all of the animals. Notice the penguin that was in the Garden of Eden!
Monkey had to have his picture taken by the monkey.
Here is their depiction of Noah as the ark is being built. They have a 1/100 scale section of what the ark is believed to have looked like. The size is truly incredible and this was one of our favorite rooms!

Update and Vacation 2010 - Day 1

I have been a terrible blogger!
Lily's surgery in March went well, but was not entirely successful. They had hoped to be able to "clean up" and thin out the skin around her top ear post implant, but were not able to do so. The bones in her skull have not grown evenly, so the post now tips forward and is too near her jaw joint. There was simply nothing more they could do to prevent infections in that area, so we have had the top post portion removed (the part in the bone is not removable). She will have surgery again in August for the Stage 2 part of her BAHA and they will open her reserve implant then for a final try at getting her a prosthetic ear that works. Her surgeon told us that this will be the first time a reserve post has ever needed to be used.

May 12th, the day after getting surgery scheduled, we left on vacation. We were rather proud of our packing job!
We didn't make it any farther than the Wisconsin border before Monkey had to buy a new stuffed friend!

We traveled several hours and spent our first night in Hoffman Estates, IL.

The days quotes from the backseat crowd: "Is this Washington D.C.?" (asked as we pulled into a Subway minutes from home), "Another cheese shop?", "He's in my space, Mom.", the theme song from Pinky and the Brain, "We are now emerging from behind the Cheddar Curtain", "Why do we have to pay to use these roads?", and of course, "Are we there yet?"