This morning got off to a good start. Isaac was downstairs before I was out of the bed asking if he could go ahead and start his school work. Jack was practicing guitar on his own initiative before breakfast. I decided since it was a cloudy windy day to take advantage of their motivation. We got all of our school work finished before 10:30 and headed off to St. Paul to visit the children’s museum. Besides the usual favorite spots (the ant colony, the block factory, and the water tables) there were two new exhibits. The first stop was “How Things Work” which showed how various objects were made. We deformed and textured a penny, used a die-cut machine to turn a sheet of paper into a three-dimensional horse, assembled a trolley, and dismantled and reassembled a car. The twins are smart and as their birthday is approaching they have asked a few times if they, instead of legos, could please have a machine that makes legos so they could make their own. This exhibit spurred them on toward that ambition.
Next we visited “Grossology”, an exhibit featuring burps, snot, bad body smells, and other body processes. The features here for my boys was a video game in which you removed waste products from the blood and moved them over to the urine side and a large game of operation. There was also a talking faucet which told you everything you ever wanted to know about snot. The random fact we learned for the day: You can smell most acutely at age 10.
The water tables were a big success this time as usual. Sebastian attracted many smiles walking around covered in bubbles and entertaining himself by scooping up bubbles and then blowing them off with the automatic hand drier. Isaac and Stephen and Jack played long with the water tubes and balls and for the first time got the valves all turned correctly to float the balls all the way to the top so they could slide down the ramp. Gabriel enjoyed racing the boats down the water ramps.
We almost got stuck in the parking garage, as I somehow managed to lose my parking ticket in the five minutes it took from paying the parking fee and getting everyone in the car. Thankfully the attendants were gracious and let me out anyway without charging me a lost ticket fee. The three youngest napped on the trip home while Isaac and Stephen told each other stories.