We packed a lunch today and headed straight out to The Henry Ford from church. So for those of you who saw me chewing on my leftover Gus's Blackened Chicken salad while my husband was putting our life savings into the gas tank at Speedway ($3.85/gallon. Really???) that would be why.
And has anyone given Speedway a heads up that their Sunday business is going to drop off drastically in a month plus? (We're in the process of relocating our church - so our Sunday morning tank filling will be moving west) (heeee*)
These are the types of things I lose sleep over.
I highly recommend the membership to The Henry Ford. We've had ours off and on for years. I'll guess 8 years or so all told. Two visits in a year and it totally pays for itself - and I like that we can then just bop in for a couple hours and check out a new exhibits without feeling like we have to see the whole museum in one visit.
I, of course, tend to favor the village - so I'm getting anxious for that to open (they close for winter)
Today though - our goal was to check out the new Driving America exhibit.
It was pretty cool - the kids enjoyed seeing all the different cars from way back. I got a chuckle out of the old car seats (my battery was dying - didn't get a shot) and the flow of it all was nice.
This shot makes me smile because Brian always stands like that, with one leg crossed over the other and a hand in his pocket. Totally him. The right hand is usually gesturing in exclamation about whatever subject he might be yammering on about. This morning it was about how he had a dream that he was drowning in the Artic Sea, so his fingers were fluttering upwards.
They also added these cool interactive touchscreens that were loaded with information, but what our kids liked most was driving the old car. They had to crank it up, work the clutch, and stop for cows and dodge potholes and get to the finish line in x amount of time. The only thing here was that it was almost too high for our very tall five year old (that's the almost 7 yr old in the photo) so I was wishing they had a little stool or something for him. His view was definitely distorted.
They had another one where you could learn to talk like a trucker on the CB (cleanly) which Wendy had fun with.
The diner is also open for real dining now which smells really good and made the kids bellies ache after their peanut butter sandwich lunch - but the burgers were not 15 cents. Greg snuck over to check the prices when the kids were distracted elsewhere and said the least expensive thing that he could see to get was $7. $7 x the 5 of us that went (#6 had to work this afternoon so didn't come) = peanut butter sandwiches and bananas from the cooler. It'll fall under one of those things to do when just one kid is along. Lucky little one kid.
This lucky little one kid thought I was taking his picture - so I couldn't resist.
Brian practiced his wrenching skills at the Texaco station while his mother warned him - 'don't you dare get grease on your church pants"
Sitting next to us here was a young 20-something guy who had been walking around the museum taking pictures of himself next to different exhibits with his ipad. It ran through my head that it would have been fun to follow him and see how many pictures we could sneak into before he noticed.
This is the way my brain works. I abstained.
The kids love the make a plane portion. There are fold by fold directions on how to make a variety of planes, and I tried my hand at making the sabertooth, but I failed miserably. I got lost somewhere between steps 10 and 11.
Mark was declared the winner because his plane got stuck in the roof netting.
31 Day Photo Challenge: Favorite Color
Funny: I had written in my notebook that today's assignment was yellow - so I was caught off-guard when I went through my Google Reader when we got home and was seeing all different colors. Then I realized I had written yellow because yellow is MY favorite color. This is how my brain works.
Only 5 more hours until Monday!!!