Since Brad is on vacation for the first time ever, we have been all over the place doing all of the things that the kids love best. The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga recently added a new Penguin Exhibit, so we decided that since it a million degrees outside, an air conditioned aquarium would be the perfect place to spend the afternoon. I absolutely love this picture of Breuklyn being all excited and Maddux trying to hide from me. It makes me smile. :)
You will be thrilled to know, I am certain, that I touch a sting ray. They feel very squishy, like a sponge. Totally creepy. Breuklyn wasn't interested and Maddux wanted to know which one was Nemo, since there were orange fish swimming in with the sting rays and baby sharks of some sort. The lady with the microphone who was yelling out random facts and instructing everyone not to step on the butterflies in the butterfly room announced, "Now there is a mom with some courage!!" at which every woman within earshot stuck her hand in there, grabbed a sting ray and glared at me. Nice.
After three hours and two buildings, Maddux was still yelling, "Look!! More fish" everytime we rounded a corner. We saw fish (obviously), squid, alligators, snakes, sea otters, penguins, sharks and countless other animals that I have forgotten. There was even a fish that looked disturbingly like my great-grandfather which my sister and I refer to as the Grandpa Spangler fish. On the ride home we asked the kids what their favorite thing at the aquarium was and they gleefully announced, "Buying snakes at the gift shop!!" as they flung their five foot-long plush snakes all over the back seat. Well, at least I took lots of pictures to remember the day, even if they don't. :)