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South Florida Science Center Visit

This week we have been visiting family in South Florida.  One of my favorite places to visit is the South Florida Science Center. This has always been a favorite place of mine. I even volunteered here 15 years ago.

Their current exhibit is called Our Body: The Universe Within, and is an exhibit of real life bodies. The bodies are preserved using a special process called polymer impregnation. The exhibit is very interesting and great for all ages. It is in no way morbid or gruesome, but they do show ALL body parts including the breast and penis. So this might be something you would want to talk about with your children before going.

We took about an hour to walk through the exhibit taking our time to examine the different types of models they had. Some were full skeletons, some were the muscles, some were veins, organs, arteries and nerves. Chief asked many questions about each item, and each area had a list of what we were looking at. This made answering his questions accurately very easy. I would have loved to share some pictures with you, but it was against the rules to take photos. I can not explain how truly amazing, and fascinating the exhibit was.

This exhibit would be perfect for any student currently learning about the human anatomy. They can actually see everything they are reading about, in person and in real life. No diagrams, no artificial pictures, or old draw pictures in a school book.

We went on a Tuesday, which lucky for us happened to also be their homeschool day. Check out their homeschool classes here.  We signed up for a class to learn about the Florida Everglades and the importance of Alligators to the ecosystem. Not only was it very informative, there was a hands on section where we got to meet and pet a baby alligator that was rescued. This was Chief’s favorite part, because come on what kid doesn’t want to pet a baby alligator!

Did you know that alligators have 5 toes on their front feet, and only 4 toes on their back feet? This was one of Chief’s favorite facts that he learned during class. We also learned that alligators lay eggs, and the temperature the eggs are at determine the sex of the baby alligators. Warm areas produce male alligators, and cool areas produce female alligators. I found this super fascinating as I just always thought the sex was determined when the egg was laid.

We also learned that without Alligators that the ecosystem in the everglades be in danger. Alligators are the largest most dangerous animal in the everglades and they help keep everything in check.

If you are ever in West Palm Beach, I highly recommend a visit to the Science Center. So much has changed over the years and they are opening up new areas every year and exhibits change every few months.

 

❤️ Brittny

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Michigan, Our Dream Adventure!!

What is your dream adventure? My dream adventure is to move to Northern Michigan with my family, find a nice piece of property and maybe start a little farm. I love the outdoors, which many may not know because we currently live in Florida and it is impossible to do anything with out getting heat stroke 4.5 seconds after walking out the front door. Summer days sky rocket to 113 degrees outside by 11:00am and only goes down to the low 90s by the evening time. I know I have shocked some by saying that I love the outdoors, because it has been years since I have been able to do anything outdoors with out the risk of passing out due to the heat and this little thing called a heart issue.

When I was younger I use to go camping a lot with friends and it was one of the best times of my life. I remember one weekend we went out and somehow ended up camping under a small bridge in this area with these amazing dead trees. Looking back it was a little creepy, but it is still one of my greatest memories. I remember waking up that night and it was so cold, one of those rare winter nights in Florida where is was probably only 60 degrees but felt like the new ice age. These are the memories I want Chief to have, fun times outdoors and not in front of a tv set or video games.

Why Northern Michigan you ask? Well my response to this has always been why not? What do we have to lose? Yes, we know its going to be a major change and adjustment in weather. Yes, we could choose a state closer then Michigan. Yes, we know that is snows A LOT in Northern Michigan and Yes, we know that we are going to be thousands of miles away from our families. But this is our life, our adventure and we have to make the best out of the time we have. Plus, have you seen Michigan? It is an absolutely beautiful state, and there is so much that we can do outdoors with our family. We are looking forward to camping, exploring, visiting the great lakes, taking a trip up to the Upper Peninsula and possibly Canada. But I would have to say that the thing I am looking forward to the most, is our FIRST true Fall.

So what is our plan? Well we plan to list our house for sale this coming spring. We are hoping that it sells rather quickly and that we will be able to move before winter begins in Michigan. If we sell later in the year, then our plan is to wait out the winter and move up in the Spring. Once we sell our home here, we will take a trip up to Michigan to begin our home search up there. We are hoping to find a property that has no less then 5 acres and no more the 10 acres, unless we come across a piece of property that is larger and we just love. My hopes are that we can find an old farm house, with the iconic old red barn. We have seen a few homes available that meet that criteria and are absolutely beautiful. That would be an absolute dream for me.

We have started to talk to Chief about our move, to get him prepared and ready to move from the only home he has ever really know. We bought a large map of the United States and we use it almost daily during our homeschool classes, and we have shown him the path we will take when we move, and what states we plan to travel through. We have also talked about the adventures we will take and the things we will do. Since he is so young, I don’t believe that he will have an issue moving away from his friends. He has one best friend named Hadley. Her mom Nikki and I are best friends as well. We will miss both of them greatly when we move, but they are also starting a new adventure of their own as they will be moving to Connecticut. Nikki and I have already started to plan our visits with each other and the kids. We will be a few states apart, but not as bad as if we are in Florida.  We look forward to making new friends, and starting new activities. Our first major thing we will work on is finding a great homeschooling group.

So, no matter what your dream adventure is. No matter how scary or outrageous it seems, just go for it. (Well, unless its dangerous then just stay home.) Life is very short, and you want to do everything you can with no regrets. We know that our adventure is scary, but we also know that if Michigan doesn’t work out for us then we can just move back to Florida. I am sure my mother would welcome us with open arms. But what I know 100% for sure, is that we don’t know if it will work or won’t work until we try. I don’t want to be 40-50 years old saying, man I wish we would have at least tried.\

Make sure you stay tuned to follow our journey from Florida to Michigan.