Thursday, April 28, 2011

An Impromptu trip to the pool....

This morning we took a little trip down stairs to the pool.  As a picture loving, camera snapping mom of course I made sure to get some pictures while we were there.  Here are just a few to share with you (I took 60 pictures and we were there for only 20 minutes).  Yup a little camera happy!  Well my favorite pictures are usually in black and white, so of course most of my favorite are black and white.  Well at least all that I am sharing with you are. :0)
I just love this little face.
Brotherly love at its finest!
Play time
 This guy is growing way to fast.  Such a handsome young man!
  race you
 I love these faces so much, I mean how could I not.

Trying to work on swimming.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Hoping that everyone has a wonderful and happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Loggerhead Marine Life Center, part four

Ok so my final entry on the Marine Life center.  Once we were all done with looking around the inside, we decided to walk the nature trails over to the beach.  It was really pretty.  I must admit a good work out too, walking in flip flops on that sand.

Once we got into the trail a little bit we could see the ocean.  See that small spot in the center of the picture.  That is the ocean, yup it seemed far.  It ended up not being all that far away.
Before we knew it we were there.   Ahh and it was so nice.
The boys started sending their footprints off to the Bahamas.

 I like to call this picture "contemplation".  It really describes Sam so well.  He is always trying to figure out problems, contemplating on them, you know. 
And my other little guy.  He finds wonder in every little thing.  Here he is showing me the wet sand he found.  I know imaging that, wet sand at a beach.  LOL.  He is just to cute though.
They have not ever spent a whole lot of time around snow but they know what snow angels are.  So they decided to make sand angels.  Too funny!

All in all it was a really great day.  The boys can not wait to go back again soon.  I hope you enjoyed all of our pictures.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Loggerhead Marine Life Center, part three

So I am back with part three.  We really enjoyed the Sanctuary so much that I had to split these photos into multiple days.  Today is of the inside of the place.  It had lots of cool exhibits for the kids to look at.  The first few photos that I am sharing with you were taken by Sam.  He is hosting Flat Cam and wanted to show some of the things in there.
He thought that the giant sharks tooth was really cool.
As you can see from these two pictures he enjoyed seeing the turtle skeletons.  He really liked seeing the similarities of their skeleton and ours. 

This was a sculpture done to show how turtles hatch.
They had several cool aquariums in there too.
I really liked this shot.  There is actually only one shrimp in this photo, it is a mirrored side.  I love how they look like they glow in the dark.
Star fish, so simple, so pretty.
Sam exploring on the many hands on exhibits.  He loved this place so much, so many things to learn.
This skeleton hung up overhead.  It had to be one of the largest Sea Turtles that I have ever seen.  It actually could not fit completly in the frame.

So much learning going on.  It was a great day.  Check back tomorrow for my last entry on the sanctuary, the beac.  Until then have a good one.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Loggerhead Marine Life Center, part two

Ok so one of the really cool things that the kids got to do was be junior vets.  They supplied them with lab coats as you see in the picture below.
Dr. Gabe and Dr. Sam reporting for duty.
Once they go in to the area they have a table with a turtle and some tools on it.  Everything a vet would need to take care of a sick or injured turtle when it first comes in.
Here is the info sheet that they had to fill in while examining the turtle.
A close up of the table and all of their equipment.
The boys listening so attently to Dr. Logger.  He was really good at the job, made sure all of the kids got to answer questions. 
The had a mock drill where they got to go out and rescue a turtle.  You can not see it to well but he is holding a plastic one in his hands that has been attacked.  The kids got to help by telling everything the saw that was wrong.
Once they went back to their table the started to work on examing the turtles.  I love the focus on Sam's face here.  He was so into this.  I had alot more pictures to share with you but for some reason when I tried loading them, some kept saying server rejected.  Sorry.  Make sure to check back tomorrow for part 3, the inside of the santuary.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Loggerhead Marine Life Center, part one

Wow have these last few weeks been really busy.  Thankfully Tax season is now done, So I have my help back.  No more trying to hold everything up on my own.  Well when tax season ends we always try to throw a few outings in for the boys to help make up for the lost time with dad.  The first place they wanted to go was to the Loggerhead Marine Life Sanctuary.  They got to go there a few weeks ago for a birthday party and could not wait to go back.  I have to agree the place was pretty cool.  I took so many pictures that I am going to split them up over the next few days.  For today I put up pictures of the turtles healing in the tanks.  All of the turtles are rescue turtles and will be released back into the ocean once they are healed.  Some are injured from shark attacks, or even motor boats.

Check back tomorrow when I share the pictures of the boys geting to act like Sea turtle vets.