Thursday, October 17, 2013

Theme Thursday and {pretty,happy, funny, real} Euly bday and dinosaur edition

round button chicken

We started the week celebrating Euly's 12th birthday.
We used Ginny's plan for making beeswax birthday candles. We had too much fun making the candles, got a little carried away and didn't stop at normal birthday candle size.

The next day was our monthly museum science day classes.
--Theme Thursday - Orange--
Orange flowers blooming like crazy outside the museum.

Science class days mean hours to spend with Lilly...
We hitched a ride on the zoo train to the playground Hermann Park.

 The afternoon sessions welcome parents and younger siblings. We chose a tour for the paleontology wing.
 We had a retired biologist as a docent assigned to our small group, for an hour tour. Nick and Euly would have preferred the tour to go on for hours. We learned so much and had interesting conversations the long drive home. 
As a mom/ home educator spanning twenty years and reading all kinds of books on dinosaurs, it is amazing to see how far this science has come in just this
period of time that had my attention (based on my kids' interests).
The HMNS paleontology section is huge. To see all the bones (some are replicas) and immense variety of creatures' skeletons and dioramas, is an incredible treat. Since scientists are still learning, redefining and realigning what the discoveries have been made over these past many years, I am alarmed at what is presented as "fact" versus scientific guesses. And how the unknowns are glanced over as unimportant, (like first cause). Some strange assumptions are made about humans being related to reptiles because our skulls are similar with two holes for eyes and two holes for ears, we have to question, huh? And why? 
We were told, as descendants of Europeans (applies to Asians as well) we have 2% Neanderthal in our genetic pool. Ok. Weird factoid, we had lots of fun discussing the possible ways this applies.
The kids answered questions I had no idea they knew the answers to, which made me proud of our thinking students. The day also made me aware of many things that we don't know the answers to. I would love to have access to a docent every time we visit.

According to our docent, this is the fossilized first life on earth:
sample is from Boliva
A bacterial slime that lived on the new earth's toxic waters.

Now one of my favorite dinosaurs;
the Diplodocus.
I never sufficiently understand how these guys could support a body that big with that small a head. Could there be a mix up of skulls?

Pretty confident and happy.
Lilly conquered her year long fear of the roaring animatronic T Rex that greets us each month at the museum. Today she asked if she could ride it, and was proud of herself.

Lilly didn't like trilobites,
but doesn't mind rolly pollies. She didn't see a resemblance.
Granted, she probably wouldn't like a rolly polly as big as she is.

Hermann Park was unusually empty of children this week, and, actually heavily occupied with unemployed, and or homeless people. No school groups or many other people were there. 

This guy took advantage of the empty kid water play area to wash his clothes and take a shower, moving back in forth to the synchronized water sprayers.

A phone call with birthday wishes from a big brother can bring out smiles in this girl. As she said goodbye, I heard her say, "Later, dude."

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and more theme orange.


  1. Visiting from LMLD. Thanks for the museum tour. My girls liked seeing the pictures, especially the large "rolly pollie"!

  2. Ok, I don't even know where to begin with this post. So much interesting information! (Oh man, now I sound like a spambot).
    Metal rods indicate real vs. repro? And that four eyed thing? Nightmares.

  3. Wow, what fun! That museum sounds like a place I would love to spend some time. :-D

  4. Cool information. Who knew?! I'd like to go to that museum!