Monday, June 15, 2009


" Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children."

~Charles R. Swindoll, The Strong Family

While visiting in Texas, Violet and I went to the Dallas World Aquarium. I lived in the Fort Worth/Dallas area for 28 of my 33 years and never visited this fine establishment. We had a blast and I can't wait to go back.

The upper level is a rain forest filled with indigenous birds, plants, monkeys and other critters. Tropical birds fly all around you. Some of them were friendly enough to some up to us and say hi. It was truly an amazing experience. I totally geeked out on all of the plant life...especially the banyan trees, which I had never seen in person. I realized when I got home over half of my photos were of plant life. Go figure.

The upper level of the aquarium looks down into this pool of water that ends in this water tunnel. You can stand inside this tunnel filled with natural light and experience the aquatic life as it swims around you. Violet totally geeked out and took a ton of pictures (once I could coax her inside) of the sharks and sting rays swimming around us.

Later that night at Mimi and Grand Daddy's, Violet drew a picture of one of the monkeys that she had seen. It turned out cute.

Being a mother, with all of its challenges, is ultimately such a rewarding experience. I feel so lucky to share these moments with Violet.

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