Jay loved spending time as a family, and seeing how excited both of our boys were. He loved how Jayden would jump every time a big dinosaur would show up on the 3D movie. He said Jayden would lower his glasses for a minute to look at it and then put them back on. My favorite fossils were the biggest turtle I've ever seen, the shark that makes a modern day great white shark look miniscule in comparison to size, and the cute baby mammoth fossil. Ethan was so afraid of the shark and Jay thought it was so funny. He pretended to throw him and Jayden into its mouth.(I wish I thought to get pictures of that!) I just asked Jayden his favorite thing so it might not be as accurate as that day. He said it was the stegosaurus and the t rex, as well as the water table. Ethan said he liked the water table too.
After all of that, they had a scavenger hunt and everyone got a little dinosaur glider when they solved the last clue at the brachiosaurus. Then we all laid out our sleeping bags under the dinosaurs and got ready for bed.
We slept in the corner behind this "utah raptor".
Sitting by the brachiosaurus foot.
This is the view we had from the floor :).
I have to admit, it wasn't the best sleep for me. (I wished I brought two mats :) But the experience for my boys made it SO worth it. In the morning they woke us with sounds of birds and dinosaurs. My FAVORITE memory of Ethan was when he woke up in the morning. I think when he went to sleep, he imagined he'd find himself back in his own bed by morning. He woke up completely amazed that the dinosaurs were still there. He was running around our little area and exclaiming in an excited voice "look at the dinosaurs!" He seemed almost overwhelmed with joy, pointing out each new one he saw to me. I thought my heart would burst it was so adorable!
After we got dressed and they made us breakfast, we thought it was time to go home. But they had three more classes. We got to talk to a paleontologist, make a wooden dinosaur 3d puzzle, and make a plaster cast of a fossil, and use a tool real paleontologists use to uncover and outline a fish fossil. It was such a memorable experience and worth every penny.
Kayleigh had bad diaper rash that I had tried in several ways to get rid of and Wednesday she had thrown up and started developing a fever. I thought it was related to the diaper rash so I called for an appointment. Thursday afternoon I loaded up the kids and was going to see the doctor quickly and then pick up Jay. Sounds pretty simple right?? So we get to the doctors office and Ethan had fallen asleep. I wake him and start to unhook his seat belt when he coughs and something disgusting flew out of his mouth and landed on his leg. The smell immediately makes clear that he has just shot a ball of vomit onto himself... In panic, I reach for the only cloth I can find, a new pair of pants that his grandpa gave him for his birthday. As I am sopping up the puke with the pants it occurs to me that it might have been smarter to use the miracle new clean outfit in the car to change into rather than wiping up stinky throw up so that now I have two stinky pairs of pants. Yeah...unfortunately, my good ideas often come too late. So I wiped the spot with baby wipes in a futile attempt to remove the smellyness, and hauled my kids out of the car. I had been giving Kayleigh tylenol for the uncomfortable rash as well as her fever, but decided to leave her off it so they could get a more accurate view of her symptoms. I intended to give her some immediately after they took her temperature, but of course forgot to bring it. So the doctor diagnosed the rash and gave me a prescription, but said the fever was something else and they needed to find out what. He thought after looking at her that it was probably a urinary tract infection and they had to catheterize her. It was SO awful. She had already been pretty unhappy, but this sent her completely out of control. I could barely keep back the tears as I held her down. They left me alone to comfort her while they looked at her urine sample. I finally calmed her enough to lay on my chest and listen to me sing after several minutes. I thought the worst was over until I felt her body heave. I ran toward the sink with her but the second heave came too quickly and I found myself and her COVERED in...you guessed it...throw up. Luckily, she was already naked down to a diaper so her clean up was pretty fast, in spite of the fact that she was in NO mood for a bath. I had tried to prevent any from hitting the floor, and there were only a couple of tiny splatters to clean up. Then, I turned my attention to the endless sea of reeking white slime that flooded over my chest. My shirt was all wet and I still couldn't get it off. Not to mention, Kayleigh was laying awkwardly in my free arm, crying pathetically. She wanted to be cuddled, so I gave up. I clutched her to my chest the entire remainder of the visit. It was actually nice to have her there to cover it for me:). The boys were very well behaved through all of this and that made it much better for me. Finally they gave me another prescription and sent us on our way.
I was so uncertain what to do. Kayleigh had drifted to sleep the second we got into the car, but Jay was clearly still sick and I feared it would be a long night without me there. But I REALLY needed a night off and I had been looking forward to it for some time. Jay assured me they would be fine, and after I called and found out that everyone was happy and having fun, I was able to relax and enjoy my evening, I even forgot about my stinky shirt! :)