April 24, 2010

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

In celebration of Aedan's birthday we had intended to head to Kentucky to visit the creation museum. He is super interested in science, dinosaurs, creation and how God did it all. Somewhere around Thursday we realized it was a full eight hours away instead of the six we expected, which just seemed too far for a one day visit. Instead, Saturday we continued our challenge to visit all the Smithsonian Museums this year with a family outing to the Natural History Museum.

Which should really be called the "National Museum of stuff they made up and don't have any evidence to support but still post signs everywhere stating it as fact even though it is all baloney..." Truly, we knew how much evolutionary teaching would be there and have armed our children with the truth and taught them how to refute such teaching, but just the same it was overwhelming. Oh, don't get me started on that!

It still was a treat for my dinosaur loving fellow to see "Rexie". Ellie was delighted to see the, "Big bling." And Allen and I hardly minded forking over $32 for 7 yogurts for a snack.

But first...Aedan requested lunch at Chick-fil-A for his birthday. Since they are closed on Sunday, we offered to take him on Saturday instead. We offered breakfast on the way to the museum or dinner on the way home. Having never eaten breakfast at Chick-fil-A before, he quickly agreed to that.
Forty five minutes later, I realized why we don't eat breakfast at places like Chick-fil-A when Elisabeth got sick all over herself as we headed into Dulles.

Which led us back ten miles to find the nearest Target.  Where we stripped the baby in the parking lot because she was too messy to carry into the store.  We wrapped her in Emma's sweater so as to not carry her around buck naked.   Then bought trash bags, wipes, bath towel, tooth brush, princess panties and new outfit.  Bathed her in the sink in the rest room.  Redressed her.  Brushed her teeth.  Put the car seat in the trash bag and hid it in the trunk until we got home and tossed it in the trash.  And then headed on our merry way again.

When all was said and done we made it to the museum a little after 1:30.

Checked out the dinosaurs.  Had some talk about evolution versus creation.  Laughed at some of the unbelievable absurdities.  Whizzed through more evolution in the Marine Science Exhibit.  And Headed to the Hope Diamond.
Which I personally thought was a grave disappointment.  I expected fifty some carats to be much bigger than that!  Of course, as much as they exaggerated their number on everything else (Dinosaurs lived 70 million years ago) perhaps the Hope diamond was really only two carats and not the fifty-ish that they claim.

By this time it was after three and were sufficiently convinced that Elisabeth didn't have a stomach bug and that she must be hungry seeing as she lost her whole breakfast and we were all well past ready for lunch ourselves so we headed to the cafeteria.  Not really wanting junk food we opted for some yogurt (the fresh fruit didn't look so fresh) and we appalled to shell over $32 for seven yogurts and an unsweetened ice tea.  Which, I think ought to be illegal, since you can buy a large supply of the same organic yogurt for that.  But, we all know that is what you are asking for at such places.  So, you won't hear me complaining.

The birthday boy stated he was tired and ready to go home, some one seconded the motion and all voted in favour or beginning the return trek.

It seems that I am not the only one who was worn out.  We weren't even out of the city before they were snoozing. Nathaniel...
Ellie, Samuel, the chicken and all.
Remind me again, why we thought all this culture was good for the family?



  1. Kat,

    Just for the memories that this treks creates just by going and doing. You just never know what kind of adventure you will find yourself in for.

    Loved the picture of all of you standing at the Easter Island statue like the one from Night at the Museum. Did you feed it gum gum?

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  2. What a cute post.
    Ahh.. the wonderful museums. I remember going down to DC quite often and truly remember all the 'evolutionary' tilt. But it is amazing to see if you can share the Truth along with it.
    Looks like you all had quite the adventure.. filled with all kinds of memories.

  3. Oh my. Does Ellie get sick every trip? I'm remembering VA.
    I like your sign explanation much better than their supposed facts. :)
    Glad ya'll had fun, but missed seeing ya'll coming out this way. Maybe sometime later? We have not even been to the Creation Museum either and it's only about 3 hours from here. But we're planning to take the trip sometime. Hopefully soon.

  4. Such an adventure you all had. Poor Ellie! Memories you made good or bad, I'm sure you won't forget this trip anytime soon :) Great post! Have an awesome weekend! ~Amy