Saturday, August 27, 2011

Creation Museum Day 1

i don't know about where you are, but around here things have been a bit busy!
Trying to get everything ready for school and then taking a week off for a long "field trip", really put me behind. It was well worth it though!

i promised you a post about the Creation Museum. Let me first start by saying, it is well worth the trip! If you have no idea what i am talking about, check it out here:

It took Bitty, Baby and i two days to get there. It is really only 12 hours drive from here, but, we have friends in Tennessee that we wanted to see, and we stayed with them. On our way to the museum we visited Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home at Knob Creek, Kentucky. It was a nice place to stop for a break. It was amazing to see just how small the houses were in those days. i love the stories of when Abe was a boy and he would walk a long way to borrow a book. i always thought that the area he grew up in would be flatter, and easier to travel. (are you laughing yet?!) It is not flat and it still is very woodsy. Even the walk that he and his sister took to school was a long and arduous one.

When we got to the Museum it was just as wonderful as the pictures said! The first thing you see when you walk in is a giant Mastodon fossil. It towers over the foyer of the museum. The other thing that struck me is how well done everything was. The attention to detail really impressed me. It is as if you were in a canyon some where after Eden. There are dinosaurs and a child playing by each other.

We had a "back to school" speaker presentation with Bodie Hodge right after we got into the Museum. Bodie talked about Dinosaurs and the Bible. It was really a great presentation. It was hard on me after being raised in the public school system. It went against everything i was taught; that dinosaurs came millions of years before man and all. If we are to believe in the Bible, which we NEED to do, we would find that dinosaurs (or dragons) were created on Day 6, along with all the other land animals.
Dinosaur is a newer word to describe dragon. It was coined by Sir Richard Owen in 1841 and it means terrible lizard. Before then, dinosaurs were called dragons.
We bought an amazing book about Dinosaurs. It is called, "Dragons: Legends & Lore of Dinosaurs". It was written by Bodie Hodge and Laura Welch. It is an interactive book, full of pockets and pull outs. My girls love it!

The next thing we did was visit the planetarium. We watched an amazing show about the size of the universe. It still dumbfounds me that people think that we were created by chance. If they would only read the Genesis account, it makes so much more sense.

After the planetarium show, Baby said that she was hungry, so we headed over to Noah's Cafe. They had good food! Bitty had chicken noodle soup with lots of oyster crackers and Baby and i had burgers. The food is reasonably priced for those of you who don't want to bring your own lunch.

After lunch, we went through the "Walk Through History". This takes you from Eden to the present day and through the "Seven C's of History": Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross and Consummation. i am really looking forward to the consummation part! :)
The exhibits are state of the art and the girls kept saying, "Wow, Mom! Look at this!" It was awesome!

We didn't get to spend a lot of time in the walk through as we had another presentation to attend. This one was with Buddy Davis. He is an amazing guy. He travels all over digging dinosaur bones, playing music and sculpting. His wife, Kay, goes everywhere with him. They are a lot of fun! The girls and i really enjoyed learning about and sculpting an African animal. Buddy did a lot of the dinosaurs in the museum. Some of them took him a long time to complete and are HUGE! There are a few of them that are animated. The best thing about Buddy is that he gives the Creator all the credit. We picked up his CD called: "Buddy Davis: Creation Musical Adventures". We also got his new DVD called: "I Dig Dinosaurs" which is the first of a new series. Buddy takes viewers to an actual dig site in Montana to show them what it is like to hunt and find fossils. He was, by far, the girls favorite part of the museum!

After that, the girls and i took a break at The Palms Cafe, where they got ice cream, and i got a iced coffee. We then walked around the gardens. The gardens at the Creation Museum are glorious! There were flowers everywhere and butterflies too! Baby wasn't too fond of the bouncing bridges, as she called them. i'll admit they were a bit tough to walk across. i don't like to have the ground moving under me when i walk! :) The only drawback to our garden visit was the heat. If you decide to go to the Museum, walk through the gardens first, and then go inside. You will be happy that you did!
The gardens are home to the Petting Zoo also. As it was the end of the day, the animals were hot and tired. We did not ride Gomer, the camel, as neither of the girls wanted to do so. The zorse and the zonkey were funny, and Baby loved the tortoise.
After the gardens, we headed back to the hotel to rest before dinner. That was the end of Day 1 at the Creation Museum!

More later... i need to rearrange the school room!


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