Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Aquarium Visit

This post is a little late since I meant to do it Sunday night but oh well!

Ben and I had such a great weekend of relaxation. We didn't do a whole lot on Friday, which was fine by me because I'm always so exhausted by the end of the work week. Saturday morning, I was able to get up and run a few errands that I've needed to do for several months now! I just don't have time on the weekends anymore. So that was good.

Then, I came home and we got ready for the aquarium. Ben had given me some gorgeous lilies (although they do stain my counter tops -- I have to SCRUB to get the pollen off) as well as tickets to the Georgia Aquarium. I had been dying to go ever since it opened a few years ago, so this was a great gift!!

We started out in the Coldwater Quest exhibit, since it houses the beluga whales. This was probably my favorite portion of the whole museum and we spent a lot of time in the gallery just watching them swim around in their tank.

I also really liked this Japanese Octopus. Thought this was a great picture ...

Then we went to the Ocean Voyager exhibit where they have the huge whale sharks. There are 3 of them and they really are ginormous!! When you initially walk in to the exhibit there are a few smaller viewing galleries where you can see the whale and other sharks swimming around. Then they take you into a glass tunnel and you can view all the sharks swimming overhead. All the little kids freaked out when the big whale shark would swim overhead!

Then we saw some Garden Eeels -- they are called this (i assume) because they go up and down in the sand when fish swim by them. They were pretty interesting to watch!

Ben was in charge of the camera for this trip, which was a good thing because I wouldn't have been as patient as he was in trying to get good pictures. He really did take some excellent photos!

of seahorses

and Clownfish

and some jelly fish (this is one of my favorite pictures -- the colors and lighting are just perfect)

this is me in front of the tropical fish exhibit. I loved all the bright colors!

A skeery piranha


Ben in a tunnel

We finished the night by going to DePalmas for an Italian dinner complete with red wine. Perfect day!

The next morning we woke up to snow!! We went out to my parent's house to visit Ellie for the day. She LOVED the snow!


Becky said...

Sounds like a fun day!

Love the picture of you and BWL sitting on the rocks with a sign behind you that says "Keep off the rocks". Rebels.

Katie said...

Yes, we live on the edge!

Carrie Adams said...

I'm so glad you finally went to the aquarium. What a great present! Ellie is too cute!

Harrison Philip Slye said...

you look like a natural with ellie... hmmmm!!! :) (she's soooo cute!)

Tia Faulkner said...

Katie -I love the aquarium pics. I can't wait to take Harrison! Oh and I am so jealous of all the snow yall got. It was beautiful!!

BWL said...

you just can't beat days where you feel like a little kid again...i probably would have slept in there if Katie hadn't pulled me away

katie didn't mention that we did see a phish take a dump and then it looked like he swam back through it and ate it...

30 years old by the way and that still makes me laugh