National Museum of Natural History

Last week was spring break for all three kids, but not for my husband or for me. The older two boys were OK on their own, but for the first two complicated days, our youngest child alternated between sitting through her dad’s college lectures and my advising hours. We took turns ferrying her mid-day to a half-day soccer camp and then back home at the end of the day. After just the first day, it became clear that my vague plan to take some time off from work needed to happen sooner rather than later. I decided to take off Wednesday through Friday and to take the kids to Arlington.

On Thursday we hitched a ride into DC with my sister and I took the kids to the Natural History Museum.

(See: Kayaking: Or How I almost killed my P.E. Teacher)

The mummies were ghastly:

The animal mummies were kind of cute:

The insect zoo is always a hit:

We checked out the butterfly exhibit. The butterflies checked us out too:

And then we scoped out the gems. I took plenty of notes and photos to give my husband some ideas for my birthday…

Tucked way back in an alcove is a Korea exhibit!

Time for lunch!

Tomorrow: The Tidal Basin…or “L’enfer, c’est les autres.” 

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