I love living so close to the coast of Massachusetts. Not only am I just minutes away from the beach, but another one of my favorite things about living where I do, is that there are so many lighthouses. Recently, Chris and I stopped to take a few pictures of the Scituate lighthouse, which is located at the entrance of Scituate Harbor.
Yesterday you read all about our adventures in bones and taxidemied animals and as promised, I am going to show you a few of the pictures I took the in the Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
From their website:
Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery
This renovated gallery displays thousands of rare minerals and sparkling gemstones in both rough and cut examples, including a 1,600-pound amethyst geode from Brazil. Exhibits highlight new research and offer a broad overview of the dynamic processes and events that formed our planet and that have shaped its continuing evolution. Visitors can touch rock and mineral specimens that date back to the beginning of our solar system. Uncover mysteries of our planet’s origins revealed in ancient meteorites and terrestrial rock containing some of the oldest minerals on Earth, zircon crystals that have survived intact for 4.3 billion years!
Here is the 1,600 pound amethyse geode:
Last weekend, Chris & I took the boys the The Harvard Museum of Natural History (yes, THAT Harvard) because of a friends recommendation. I am so glad we listened because the museum was amazing and my boys LOVED it.
The museum was sort of split into two sections. One was filled with fossils & taxidermied animals. The other was the Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery, which has thousands of rare minerals and sparkling gemstones on display. Today, I am going to show you the pictures I took of the fossil & animal galleries. Why? Because I took SO many pictures that I didn’t want to overwhelm you all in one post.
We got there right when the museum opened and walked right into the EVOLUTION exhibit as soon as we got there, so we spent a while examining the fossils on display!
EVOLUTION invites visitors to examine the fossil, anatomical, and genetic evidence that all life is connected through a shared evolutionary history. View animals and plants that sparked Darwin’s theory, dramatic displays of diversity within species, and computer simulations that demonstrate how natural selection acts.
See a model of the 375-million-year-old fossilized remains of Tiktaalik roseae (see image below)—a fossil fish dubbed the “missing link” between fish and land animals—discovered in 2004 by a team of scientists in northern Canada.
EVOLUTION offers a behind-the-scenes look at ongoing evolution research at Harvard, from exciting new discoveries about human origins, to surprising insights from new genetic and developmental studies on Darwin’s finches.
Because I have a small obsession with watching the news, mostly for the weather reports, I watch New England Cable News (NECN) often. It’s local (New England) and it’s 24 hour news station, so I can get my weather reports pretty much anytime I want. The weather around here changes from day to day – literally – so we really don’t know how to dress unless we check with the weather people. True story.
About three weeks ago, I got an email with “media request from New England Cable News” in the subject line. I happened to be sitting on my laptop at the time the email came in and honest to god, I couldn’t have opened it any faster.
The email asked me if I would be interested in helping Leslie Gaydos, NECN anchor/reporter with one of her Does it Work segments. I was told that they were searching for a multi-tasking mom to test out a device that is supposed to hold your smart phone while you drive.
Um, let me think about that for a second…..
I emailed them back telling them that I was very interested & we worked out a date for them to come to my house to film a short interview & then take the product out with us in the car to see how it worked.
Chris was home that day and here are a few of the pictures he snapped of the interview they did in my kitchen:
Over the February vacation, we had a chance to meet up with some friends. Since the kids love to bowl, we decided on Ryan Family Amusements in Buzzards Bay. We usually visit the Raynham, MA location, which is a little bigger than this one, but our friends are out of town and Buzzards Bay was about half way between us.
They way they did it at Ryan, was the kids played until they were done & then you pay at the end. That works better for us because sometimes my boys like to play a couple of games & sometimes they get bored quickly and only end up playing one.
During the February vacation, we were looking for something to do with the kiddos and I ended up coming across a post on Facebook about an Owl Festival that was being held at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell.
The way the building was set up, was that there was an EcoZone Museum to the left and then the Owl Festival was being held in a big function room on the other side. We decided to see what was in the EcoZone Museum first. Basically, it is a multidimensional, interactive exhibit area that focuses on the ecosystems of southeastern Massachusetts.
Way, way back in July of 2011 I posted this:
As my family was making their way home from our weekend in New Hampshire yesterday, we saw this sign along Route 16 in Ossipee, NH:
Yes, it really was spray painted onto the side of a truck and parked along the side of the road. I have no idea how long ago the 20 foot wooden Santa Claus was taken, but it certainly begs the question (s):
Recently, the gruesome twosome got to try their hand at snowshoeing. We were at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell, MA and snowshoeing was included as part of the admission price on the day we went (tune in later this week to hear about our visit to the Science Center).
A snowshoe is a type of footwear used for walking over the snow. Snowshoes work by distributing the weight of the person over a larger area so that the person’s foot does not sink completely into the snow (also sometimes called “flotation”).
Earlier in the week, the boys & I met up with their cousin at Pump ‘n’ Jump, which is located inside the Silver City Galleria Mall in Taunton. It’s an indoor inflatable fun center with a whole bunch of……..you guessed it, inflatables. There are multiple inflatable bounce houses, obstacle courses, basketball hoops and giant slides!
Here are a few of the inflatables that are there:
Recently, Chris and I took a walk through Burial Hill, which is a historic cemetery in Plymouth, MA. On Burial Hill. several Mayflower passengers are buried including Governor William Bradford and William & Mary Brewster. Plymouth residents have been burying their dead on Burial Hill since the 1620′s and last burial there took place in 1957.
Burial Hill is actually an amazing place to spend an afternoon. Despite the fact that it’s a grave yard, some of the old stone are just plain gorgeous -not to mention that the view of Plymouth Harbor from up on the hill are amazing.
This is what the main entrance to the cemetery looks like:
While we were in Plymouth (think Pilgrims) for lunch a few weeks ago, I dragged poor Chris along with me to snap some pictures of a few historical landmarks. Yesterday you saw my Mayflower pictures and today it’s the Plymouth Rock.
I live in a neighboring town and I absolutely love living so close to so much history. Sometimes I take it for granted that the first English settlers actually lived about fifteen minutes from where I live now. I’ve walked past the Plymouth Rock a million and a half times without giving it a second thought (or even a glance as I walked by). But not this day.
Nearly a million people each year come to see the Plymouth Rock and I think it’s safe to say that almost all of them are shocked to see how small it is.
There’s a reason for that.
I am in Plymouth (think Pilgrims) all the time. I live in a neighboring town and I absolutely love living so close to so much history. Sometimes I take it for granted that the first English settlers actually lived about fifteen minutes from where I live now. It’s crazy, actually. There are so many old buildings that I walk past all the time and usually don’t even give a second thought to.
Chris and I were in Plymouth a couple of weeks ago for lunch and as we walked past some old buildings, I stopped and took a few pictures.
This is the 1749 Court House:
It is the oldest wooden Court House and the longest used municipal building in America.
Sometimes, when we need some fresh air, we head to the Plymouth Waterfront in Plymouth, MA (think Pilgrims). There are tons of shops and restaurants along the waterfront and it’s an awesome place to take a walk and kill some time.
The Plymouth waterfront is only about 15 minutes from where we live, so it’s one of our favorite hangouts – especially in the summertime. Chris and I were sans kids a couple of weekends ago, and since it had happened to warm up around here (into the 40′s – whoa), we headed to the waterfront. Obviously it’s winter here in Massachusetts, so the water was mostly frozen.
Here are some shots of Plymouth Harbor:
There is literally a fork in the road in Westport, Massachusetts.
After a little bit of research, I found an article that said the creator of the large dinner fork sculpture is Tom Schmitt of Westport. Don’t quote me on that, though. I read several articles and/or blog posts about the fork and there are a few different stories out there about how the fork came to be (if anyone actually knows Tom and can confirm that he made it, by all means let me know so he can get the proper credit).
Either way, it’s pretty cool and definitely unique.
Last weekend my nine year old was invited to play laser tag at Lazer Gate in Fall River, MA for a classmate’s birthday.
Fall River is one of those cities with way too many one way streets and with a detour on top of it, we had a super fun time trying to find the place (insert eye roll here). Finally Lance, my GPS, told me that I had arrived at the address I plugged in, but as I was sitting in front of this creepy, old factory – I had my doubts. Emphasis on the creepy and old in the last sentence.
Anywho – I drove around the back and was somewhat relieved to see the Lazer Gate sign.
A couple of weeks ago, we took the boys up to Burlington, MA (about an hour north of where we live) to the Rainforest Cafe. Every year when we go to Disney World, we eat at the one at Downtown Disney, but since we have one relatively close by, we decided to take them there as a treat.
My boys LOVE the animatronic figures they have there, which include elephants, gorillas, jaguars and butterflies.
Here are a few of the pictures I took of them while we were there:
A couple of weekends ago, Chris & I took the gruesome twosome to a place called Einstein’s Workshop in Burlington, MA. Einstein’s Workshop is an amazing space for kids to explore the creative side of science, technology, engineering, and math.
In addition to numerous classes, Einstein’s Workshop features a drop-in indoor space for kids, where kids can build & play with LEGOs, K’nex, Zome, magnetic blocks, wooden, stone, and cardboard blocks, electronics kits, puzzles, board games, and computer games.
We walked in to a ginormous room filled with all kinds of things to build, but as soon as the kids came across the room with computers set up to play Minecraft, I couldn’t drag them away. You see, I don’t really let them play those kinds of games at home, so they went hog wild when they saw it.
If you know me in real life, then you already know of my love affair with Dunkin Donuts. Not only do I get a caramel coconut coffee on a daily basis, I am kind of obsessed with their white hot chocolate. Seriously, I am at a Dunkin Donuts every single day.
Well, recently while Chris & I were in the area (Quincy, MA), we stopped into the the very first Dunkin Donuts shop, which opened in way back in 1950. Now, Dunkin Donuts is international, but this is where it all began!