Some 5 years ago, had I gone to this aquarium, I would have spent hours pouring over the text near the displays, learning about the creatures within. I would have stared at pictures of fish and tried to match the names to the dudes I saw swimming behind the glass.
Now? Not so much. Now, my husband and I race from one tank to the next trying to find bright, colorful fish to hold the babies' attention while moving us forward quickly enough for them to not get bored. Now, we shout elatedly across the section, "Honey, I found Nemo!" only to have the reply, "Cool, I found Dory and Gill!" shouted back.
Indeed. I was probably a little too excited to find the real-life counterparts to the characters in one of my favorite Pixar movies. Oh well. It's not like I also used this line: "Jack, look, you can TOUCH these fish!" as I was plunging my own hand into the tank, unabashedly using the guise of "see, I'll show you how to do it first" to justify my gleeful petting of various rays and sturgeon.
Oh, and don't even get me started on the butterfly room...
Yeah, you know you're a mom when you find yourself enjoying the same things in the same ways as your kiddos... when you realize that having children brings out the child in you.
Speaking of rocking, go check out Arizona Mamma's blog for lots more Wednesday fun!