Monday, January 30, 2012

A fun outing

On Saturday, we had planned a family dinner to celebrate both my father's birthday earlier in the month, and Sophie's birthday tomorrow. On Friday, my  mom checked her email and saw one from one of my cousins, asking if he could visit for the weekend before shipping out on his next... tour? (whatever a trip on a boat with the Marines is called) on Tuesday. So, he came! Then, Saturday morning my parents had to go to the hospital so they brought my cousin to our house for the day, before dinner that night. Last time I saw him, he was four. Now, he's about a foot taller than me (and I'm not short). Obviously the planned day of laundry was no longer an option (not a great way to entertain long-lost relative, huh?) so we decided to go to nearby Oak Ridge to the American Museum of Science and Energy. If you didn't know, Oak Ridge is the home of the Manhattan Project and the atomic bombs that were dropped on Japan. The museum is lots of fun, lots of hands-on exhibits that kept us all engaged and learning things. There is so much history in our area! We all had a great time, and Sophie wore herself out. By the end of the tour, she was trying to go out any door she saw "want bye-bye!" After a few minutes in the gift shop, I carried her outside to wait for the rest of the family. When I stopped walking, she said "No! Want home, mama. Want home!" She slept very well that night.

Ready to get started


1500 lbs of coal

Replica of the bomb that dropped on Hiroshima

Experimenting with air


  1. Oh how absolutely precious every single picture was- and my heart just melted with her saying "wants bye bye"- she so reminds me of my granddaughter with her beautiful hair!!

    So has she turned 2 years old now?

  2. Mellissa it was! Have you been? Em went on a field trip in6th grade buti hadn't been since I was in elementary school.
    Anjuli, today is her birthday :)

  3. We were going to take my then teenaged son to Oak Ridge years ago when we were visiting Tennessee. It ended up not being within our schedule but I bet he would have enjoyed it. This brought back memories of bringing him to science museums when he was younger. Looks like a great time was had by all.