Before leaving, we found this "surprise" in Caleb's bed (and in his hair when he woke up)... he had "saved" the yoke from his boiled egg the day before and put it under his pillow!!
What a goof!
Philip beat Jessica to North Dakota! ;)
The famous bison next to the sign
For lunch we ate at the most popular restaurant in Fargo -it was delicious!
Philip tried their signature wood fired rotisserie chicken and ribs
We found a park and let the kids play in the (80 degree) beautiful weather before hitting the road again...
Keenan flipping off the swing!
A progression shot
Proof that we were in Fargo =)
I had an iced tea...
...and the kids devoured an Iced Capp!
Woohoo! South Dakota!
We were super excited about this speed limit!!
We checked into our hotel in Sioux Falls (it was super nice and had a fantastic breakfast!) ...and then Friday morning headed out to see some sights:
I loved this sculpture (I thought it looked kind) =)
The beautiful Sioux Falls!
Keenan took this one of us in the rubble of an old Flour Mill
The largest fall
We could actually feel the spray here!
From the top of the 50 foot observation tour - such a pretty park!
Next, we headed to the Butterfly House and Marine Cove:
I took waaay more butterfly photos (as they had over 1,000 butterflies and 30 or more species, but I dind't want to bore you out of your minds, so here are a few favorites):
This one had emerged from the cocoon just seconds earlier and was unfurling it's wings for the first time!
Same one about a minute after coming out
One of the feeding stations
This is called a Lace Wing (here you see the top of it's wings)...
...and this is what the bottom looks like!
These ones were Huge!!
We watched this little turtle try and try again and finally mange to climb up this rock!
One of the newly emerged butterflies (drying off)
...and what it's wings look like when they're open
The marine cove part was fun because there was a lot of things we could touch!
These starfish felt soft and kind of slimy
We couldn't touch the (stinging) anemones
These starfish were hard and kind of crunchy feeling
These sharks were having a break from being touched (apparently they get a little aggressive when touched too much... me too;)
Pretty fish in the aquarium
Fun popping up in the bubble
Outside of the Butterfly house was a Huge pavilion surrounded by four or five separate play structures:
This is the largest one of these I had ever seen and I was kind of nervous about the kids going on it, but the mulch piled up in the middle helped (that's Keenan and Moriah on top and Caleb climbing up)
The pool in our hotel had a kid's fun splash area
Philip discovered that the Kirby Science Discovery Center had it's "First Friday" event happening while we were there. Free admission on the first Friday of the month - woohoo!
The kids lifting that car in the background with a lever, so fun!
Keenan playing a game where you have to tip and turn the thing to make the digital "ball" roll around in the maze
Caleb flying a glider
Philip flying a space shuttle
The kids loved this ball wall!
Philip, Moriah and I worked together to build this arch!
Moriah being Goliath =)
Caleb in the fun little kid's area
Philip, Keenan and Moriah being goalies in a wii type soccer game
The boys modeling some goggles that messed up their depth perception while they tried to play basketball
That same evening we walked around downtown and did the "sculpture walk". There were about 50 sculptures within a few blocks that are on display for a year and then auctioned off.
This bear cub was my favorite
(My little cub snuck into the picture)
Whew! That was a busy Friday!