We had a calm, relaxing morning just having breakfast and playing. Our first plan had been to go to the zoo this morning before it got too hot. Olivia nixed it, though, because she didn't want to risk one single second of being hot. Instead, we decided to go to EdVenture. Only problem was that EdVenture didn't open until noon. So, we thought it would be fun to have an early lunch at the Mellow Mushroom and then go to the museum. Only problem was that the Mellow Mushroom doesn't open until 1pm on Sundays - crazy! So, we made a quick decision to go to Lizard's Thicket instead. I had been hankering for their sweet tea and you're not my friend if you don't love their fried chicken! Olivia declared that Lizard's Thicket is now one of her favorite restaurants in all of Columbia - she "may even choose to go there for her birthday dinner!" Amelia was really too busy to eat and McIver didn't love it, but I had my sweet tea and Olivia ate most of Aunt Kelli's lima beans.
After lunch, we loaded up to go to EdVenture... Let the good times roll!
Not really sure why everyone had to get down on the floor for this picture, but at least they were all looking at the camera!
It was all good until Amelia went down the slide - it was a little dark and scary for her.
Amelia stocked up on canned goods while Olivia checked out all the water in "The Pig." (For our Texas friends, Piggly Wiggly is one of our grocery stores. I shop at the 'social Pig' which takes an extra long time to get through because you always run into people you know or get caught up in a conversation with the sweet lady in the deli.)
McIver on his 'very favorite kind of tractor - a John Deere.'
Taking the fire truck for a spin with Olivia.
Will built a tower out of blocks so the kids could knock it over with the bulldozer.
The newest anchors of the local news channel with their handsome weather man, Uncle Robert.
I caught Uncle Robert in the music chamber all by himself. There were a few exhibits he had to check out before they could leave for the birthday party!
We were glad McIver put on the raincoat while he played in the water play area.
Last stop - the Butterfly Garden. We almost let one escape but the museum worker caught in in her net and released it back inside.