Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The other side of the camera - Aquarium morning

Forever In Blue Jeans
I'm participating in what I think is a really smart weekly challenge hosted by Carin at Forever in Blue Jeans. It seems like mamas spend an awful lot of time behind the camera. The idea of this challenge is for mamas to get on the other side of the camera in at least one photo a week.

When my boys grow up they'll inherit hundreds of thousands of photos taken from their childhood, but how many of those will show their mama? At least for this year I can answer 52!
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We spent the long last weekend of summer at my parents' house in Monterey. The whole family loves visiting there not only because of getting to spend time with my parents but also because there is so much family-friendly fun stuff to do.

On this trip, we went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We've been there lots of times throughout the years so the boys have their favorite exhibits but we also love to see the new rotating exhibits like the great white shark and the seahorses.

Of course I took pictures of all the interesting creatures to see.

Here is the seahorse family. That's me, Mama Seahorse, two juvenile seahorses and Papa Seashorse. How do I know that is the papa? Because he is currently giving birth . (Male seahorses get pregnant and birth the babies.) Of course, Jack just wanted to know why the baby was coming out of the statue's butt.

Okay, so here is a real seahorse. Yes, that leafy seaweedy looking thing is a seahorse. A Sea Dragon to be exact. (His head is on the lower left side.)

The otters were very active...so much so that I couldn't get a picture of them. The penquins, on the other hand, were perfectly happy to pose for me.


Logan and the great white shark:




My measly photos don't do the Monterey Bay Aquarium justice. If you are in the area you should definately go.

16 comments:

  1. We love the aquarium too, but gosh, it's so crazy how much it costs now!!!!!

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  2. Oh... wow.... speechless on that sea horse. Amazing! I thought you had wonderful pictures, makes me want to go there, except it sounds like it's expensive?

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  3. Wow looks like a beautiful time and great pictures!

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  4. those are stunning pictures...so I can only imagine how much better it must be in person! Looks like lots of fun! We went to an aquarium last year when in Florida and really liked it :)

    Great pics!

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  5. oh how neat! we've learned that somethings, whether they're expensive or not are well worth the $$ you have to invest. Great pics!

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  6. Love the pictures! I have two small boys too - I bet they LOVED it!

    ps. i also love that "i heart naptime" button!

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  7. wow looks like u guys really had a great time :)


    mine is up too

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  8. Aquariums are SO much fun, and you got a great picture with your boys and one of my favorites...the seahorse!

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  9. WOW! great photos, Carey... thanks for sharing!

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  10. Just keep swimming...

    Every fish in the tank is Nemo or Dory for my son. What a fun outing!

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  11. Hey Carey,
    Looks like our aquarium in Chattanooga, complete with penguins!
    I saw your comment at Alicia's about homeschooling and just wanted to say my 2 older went to public school, the oldest through 3rd grade the next one through 1st grade, but my youngest son I have schooled from the beginning. So you can go either way, which ever way you feel led. I have found it easier on my 3rd son just due to the fact I've been able to wait until he was ready to do things, not because he had to because he was in a certain grade. Hope that makes sense!

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  12. I love aquariums and I am completely fascinated with seahorses!

    The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago is a favorite destination of mine.

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  13. Good pictures from the aquarium! We've only been to one and yes, it was expensive. I'm hoping I get to go again when I'm a grandma. :) Is that your mom and dad?

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  14. Oh my boys would just love that place! And so funny that you posted that little tidbit about the male seahorse, cuz I actually did know it!! lol Great pic of you and the kids!

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