Friday morning I got the kids packed up and headed out to my parents' house. We got to hang out and enjoy the weather for a bit before heading over to my aunt and uncle's house for our traditional Good Friday dinner, prunes and noodles. I brought PB&J for Jacob, strawberries with yogurt dip to share, and made gluten-free rice krispie treats for dessert. It was great to hang out with my family and eat my fill of delicious food!
We headed out to church after that. The kids were pretty good for most of the service. In fact, Jacob was great and spent much of the service asking my mom questions about what he was seeing and hearing. The questions were generally really good ones, and they continued in the car on the way home. Answering questions about Jesus' death is not easy, but hopefully he took in the important stuff. Carter got very antsy right at the end of the service--during the most dramatic part, of course--and while it was sort of embarrassing, a lot of people commented that it was appropriate with him crying right when Jesus died (the service did a progression of the various moments of Jesus' death). Oh, well. I got to see my friend Heather for a few minutes, and then we got a couple very sleepy boys back to the house to go to bed.
Saturday morning Jacob and I went to the Aquarium of Niagara, where we have a membership, for their SEAster Egg Hunt. We've never done it before but it sounded fun. They give you a sheet of paper when you come in, and each exhibit is numbered. You look for Easter eggs in each exhibit and write down how many there are. There were 29 exhibits, I think. We had fun looking and counting in each exhibit, and it was fun to see how they hid them. Some were huge and some were small. Some were floating, some were buried in the sand, some were nestled in the rock formations, and some exhibits didn't have any! Since there will most likely be a lot of first place ties, they do a draw and each of three age groups would have three winners. We haven't heard anything so I assume we didn't win, but it was really fun and Jacob was great. Here are some photo highlights:
|Outside the aquarium|
|This was a life-size recreation of a prehistoric fish's mouth. Jacob was pretty obsessed with its size!|
|This fish was so big and I liked his coloring. Notice the egg at the bottom of the picture!|
|Jacob was checking out some of the items they had out for kids to touch. He was a little creeped out by the underside of that starfish!|
|The color of that starfish was so pretty!|
|I love saltwater tanks. They're so bright and vivid!|
|Clownfish will never be the same after Finding Nemo. Not sure what's cooler, the fish itself, or its obsession with the sea anemone!|
|This dude was a little creepy, but I sort of liked how he appeared to be smiling!|
|Jacob actually consented to getting his picture with the SEAster Bunny! He got rewarded with a Tootsie Roll Pop!|
|We got to see the Sea Lion show before we left, and I caught a shot of the legs of the trainer when he was swimming with the one sea lion. Their sea lions are trained really well and put the lazy ones in Rochester to shame!|
|We checked out the penguins multiple times, though they were pretty low key. However, can you spot all three eggs in their enclosure?|
|I took this picture outside on our way out to the car, after we stopped for another viewing of the seals. Is it just me or does he look all five-going-on-fifteen here?|
|Waiting to run out pregame!|
|Ready to go!|
|That's Jacob in the middle in the white jersey and orange socks and shorts.|
It was a late enough night as it was, so we left at the end of the third quarter to get home and get some sleep before an early Easter morning. I had a late night getting a lot of things ready, but I wanted to be ready for another busy day!
Part Two coming soon...