I am not going to talk about The Poo today. Maybe another day. Maybe never.
Other than the Poo, I had a lovely weekend.
On Friday, I took Team Chaos to the University of Kansas to visit the Natural History Museum. This museum is very special to me - my mom has worked at KU since I was 8 years old and she would frequently take me to campus with her and let me run around. God bless Old School parenting and the fact that my mom let me run free - I had a BLAST on campus. I would explore the grounds and buildings, visit the museums (there used to a neat Anthropology museum) and of course, I had to visit the Student Union to purchase some pens and fondle all of the cool office supplies (my adoration for office supplies probably began right about then.) As I wandered around, I would dream of the day that I would someday attend the university myself (Years later, when I did attend the university my senior year of high school, my initial reaction was to think "wow, I am the same size as everyone now." It was a bit surreal and I remember it to this day. No matter, that I had been going to the campus throughout high school, once I officially enrolled, I seemed to have shot up a few inches.)
With two brats loving animals and nature so very much, it only makes sense to take them to the museum (and to buy a membership!!) As often as we go there, these kids never, ever get tired of it.
If you live in the Kansas City area and have yet to visit this museum, I highly recommend it. It is great for all ages - I have been taking Arun since before Anjali was born. It is a smallish-mediumish museum and it is perfect for walking (i.e. leave the stroller behind and let your toddler get some practice!) You can do the entire museum within 3 hours (we generally spend less than 2 hours.) The main entrance takes you into a huge panorama that depicts the animals and plants of North America - is the largest diorama of its kind in the world and was quite the feat back in the early 1900s when it was originally built. Other floors house some impressive dinosaur bones, an extensive collection of bird examples and variety of mammals. There is also a live snake exhibit that is really cool. Additionally, there is an entire floor devoted to evolution, thus proving that not all Kansans are living in the Dark Ages.
Interestingly enough, I had very little interest in the dinosaurs when I was a kid. But with two kids crazy for dinos, we spend a lot of time in the basement now. So for me, this has been a "rediscovery" of sorts. And yes the Dino Crazy includes Anjali, who throws a fit if we do not visit her beloved triceratops skull EVERY SINGLE VISIT. Trust me, do not even attempt a trip without visiting the triceratops.
If you decide to do a trek out to Lawrence, I highly recommend making a day of it. Spend some time in downtown Lawrence - two of my favorite kid-friendly restaurants are Papa Keno's Pizzeria and the Mad Greek. (I also love, LOVE Milton's, but this can get hectic with kids. I do take my kids and I try to go during less busy times.) If you are going for a special occasion, say a birthday, do a little outing at the Toy Store - a crazy mecca of fun, unusual toys.
She is totally ready for the paparazzi.
Central Piece to the Panorama Series
More Simian Snappage from this trip and past trips to KU can be found at this set amongst the Flickrage.
The rest of the weekend was a relaxing one:
Sipping Vanilla Lemongrass Rooibos Tea
Playing in the Springbreak Snow in Kansas
Enjoying Quiet Conversation
Although, admittedly, the quietest moments were the ones spent having a Kid Free Lunch with Manoj on Saturday!