Thursday, April 16, 2009

Phobia In The Making

If Madeline grows up with a fear of butterflies we can at least say that she takes after her Aunt Carolyn. We could also say that we know where the fear came from! The schools are on spring break here. My friend, Tammy, is a teacher so she and her two daughters have been home all week. We made plans to get together today and started our day enjoying a gut-busting Bob Evans late breakfast. We also decided to be spontaneous and take a ride across the border, into Canada. We ended up visiting the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls, Ontario. All I have to say is - Way Cool!! The experience was much better than I anticipated.

During the course of our visit I would say that I probably had 15-20 butterflies on me (not at the same time). At first, the butterflies flying around appeared as though they were swooping at you but....you know how butterflies fly around aimlessly. Once you got used to it, the experience was really neat and quite educational. Both Mama and Madeline were freaked out at first but eventually we were both fascinated by the butterflies. I have include some photos of Mama-Dirtyfoot and Madeline as well as Tammy and her daughters, Jenna (in red) and Tanya (in blue) , exploring the conservatory. The video at the end of the post is while Madeline was still freaked out. Yes, that is her screeching in terror. I do have to say, however, that Madeline really enjoyed herself after a while. Once we left, Madeline kept asking, "Mama, 'member the butterflies"? When we got home, Madeline was quite excited to tell Papa about seeing the butterflies and telling Papa about watching the butterflies eating.

But before Tammy, the girls and I headed home we drove over to Clifton Hill (the tourist strip in Niagara Falls, Ontario) and stopped for ice cream.....yum! The weather here today was great and it was a perfect day for an ice cream cone.

















And the video................
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2 comments:

Whimsical Creations said...

I wondered how that place was. I have always wanted to go there.

Amy said...

Melanie - It was much better than I expected. It is only about 5 minutes from the Falls so it would make for a great weekend family activity. Worth the drive!