We celebrated the kiddos' birthdays a little early yesterday with a special Penguin Encounter at Mystic Aquarium. We'd wanted to do this for years, since the kids were but toddlers and we could watch others up close and personal with the penguins from outside the Discovery Room. Bud had been smiling for two days in anticipation; Sis, who prefers bunnies, was also excited about meeting a penguin.
We each also got a chance to sit next to the penguin and listen to her chest with a stethoscope, though only Sis heard anything. She concentrated so hard, was so serious, as she examined Yellow Blue and petted her back and wing. Bud grinned and glowed the entire time. And Mama was so gentle and friendly, like she is with the cats.
It was a delightful hour of penguin-ness. And a great way to celebrate two special kids.