Everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Grossology 101

Warning!  The following post is not for those with weak stomachs.

Just kidding.  Well, kinda.

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A couple of weekends ago the Tool Man and I took the monkeys over to Jackson to visit the Mississippi Museum of Natural History.  We’d driven by it a few times recently and talked about taking the kids for a field trip.  When the Tool Man discovered the museum was hosting a special presentation by children’s book author Sylvia Branzei, we decided it would be a good time to make the trip.

Until this visit, I’d never heard of Sylvia Branzei, but apparently she is the self-proclaimed Queen of Grossness.  She has authored a series of children’s books entitled Grossology that teach science by way of all things disgusting.

We made it to the museum just in time to grab second row seats to the Grossology demonstration.  Guess who was selected as the first volunteer.


aka “Dr. Barf”

Yep, Ty’s job was to make fake, edible barf.  (I don’t know about you, but I don’t think those three words should be used in the same sentence.)  Here he is getting his instructions from the Queen of Grossness.

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Ty stirred and simmered a crazy concoction of jello, cereal, fruit gummies and such.  Then he showed his creation to the audience.

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After the Grossology presentation (during which we learned about more disgusting things like blood and poop), we toured the rest of the museum.

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The monkeys got to try their hands at sculpting scat.  Yuck!

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Lucy found a lovely surprise when she lifted the lid on this exhibit.

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We had a great time on our little educational outing.  It’s nice for the kids to get to do some hands-on learning once in a while.  After the museum visit, we ate lunch at Olive Garden.  We’ve been craving O.G. since our local one was destroyed by fire.  Then we made a quick shopping stop (you gotta hit at least one store while you’re in Jackson) before heading back across the river.

Lucky us!  Ty got to bring home his edible barf.  How do you like that just-tossed-my-cookies face he’s making?

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I told y’all it wasn’t going to be a pretty post today.  Can’t say I didn’t warn you.


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