Fall Break. Or something like that.

Well, time has flown by. Last week marked the end of the first 9 week grading period at school. Since there are only four of them, that means this school year is already a quarter over. Craziness.

Teachers across the county had to stay late two nights last week to conduct parent teacher conferences. They were able to take a very well deserved day off work on Friday. Yay for NO SCHOOL!! As much as I like my quiet house, I dislike making lunches and prodding kids out the door more. And don't get me started on carpool lines.

Us Walkers were planning on going to the Zoo in Columbia, SC. We haven't been since Jaina was a preschooler with Baby Jayce in a stroller.

Yet, as the date approached, our friends dropped out one by one. Kids will ruin the best laid plans for sure.

Jaina was invited by a friend to go to Sky Top Orchard for the day, so that left me, Jayce, and Jocelyn with nothing to do. My mom was off of work as well (preschool teacher), so we decided to take her up to Rutherfordton, NC to visit the children's museum.

Rutherford Co schools were in session so the place was practically empty.

My kids refer to this place as the Fire Truck Museum. This is why:

Jocelyn refused to have her picture made with the dalmatian statue. She usually loves dalmatians, too.

Next up was the Weather Channel room.

Jocelyn was a very bossy camera operator.

When it was her turn with the microphone, she let loose with a version of "Let it Go" instead of the weather report.

Then it was off to the store...

Then came Jayce's favorite room... tornadoes and wind tunnels!

While Grandma and Jayce stayed in there, I took Jocelyn to the 5 and Under room next door.

Jayce surprised me by wanting to go into the Arts and Craft section. We've only been to this museum about 10 times and I don't think he's ever been in there.

Jocelyn tried her hand at climbing the DNA strand. Its pretty tricky... especially for a 2 year old!

Downstairs we went. First stop was the infinity mirrors.

(Yes, I'm wearing gloves. My hands freeze if its below 75 degrees outside! Florida born and bred, thank you very much.)

I was able to relax at the "Cafe" and was served a meal by Jocelyn

Jayce explained kinetic energy to my mom:

And we got soapy in the bubble room.

The high light of our trip was the Garden Tour. We didn't even know this place had a garden! That's what you get for always visiting over Christmas break!

Jayce's favorite part was the beehive, after he figured out that the bees couldn't get to him.

Jocelyn liked the crafts.

I think the garden was meant for us :)


  1. what an awesome and fun museum!! looks like such a blast!

  2. How fun! We have something similar to that where we live but its not near as big.. or at least it doesn't seem to have as many attractions. We are lame and have only been once in the last 5 years.. and its only 15 minutes from our house. Mom fail!

  3. Thanks for this post. I took Philip and Braewyn there when Juliet was just 1 (meaning over two years ago) and so she's never been. I can tell she would love it and I also had no idea about the garden. We'll have to go in the spring!


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