science, industry, and arranged marriages

When it comes to certain things, I have very selective, specific (perhaps somewhat snobbish) tastes. For example–I love zoos but not museums. I love exotic animals but not pets. I love giraffes and elephants and gorillas and such but not snakes and fish and birds so much. I love biology, but not chemistry, meteorology, engineering, earth and/or space science, or botany.

But a good friend (and her adorable children) can make even SCIENCE fun!

We (Liz, Cole, Aidan, Nina, and I) had a delightful day at COSI (Center of Science and Industry). I especially liked getting in free. Especially-especially the part where I handed them my teaching certificate that expired in 2001 and says “Marla Yoder” on it, and they waived my $12.95 admission fee because I’m a “teacher.”

We saw Oceans! and Progress! and Frogs! and Gadgets! and Life! and Rat Basketball! Cole and Liz took apart a computer. Nina held a Madagascar Cockroach. We ate a yummy Liz-packed lunch (after SCRUMMY Liz-made Sticky Buns for breakfast). We experimented with all manner of gadgets. And giggled like we were back in Earth and Space Science class circa 1996. We used old telephones and tapped out Morse Code. We learned some interesting (and juicy) Frog Facts that I documented for the Zoo Book. We played an organ that plays human noises (burps, toots, coughs) instead of notes. We watched people get shocked and their hair stand up on end. We took a bunch of elevator rides and survived a meltdown or two-ish.

What a great day! Then Liz treated the kiddos to McFlurries (we brought 2 back for Liv and Ave), andΒ  stopped at Pei Wei to pick up chicken lettuce wraps (the kids ate corn dogs). Liz had never been, and it was RIGHT by McDonald’s, and it seemed almost wrong not to stop. Then we all went to Livi and Ava’s soccer game (they won 6-0—wooooo!). Then our friends went home. Boooooo!

And now about that marital arrangement thing. We’ve had several offers already for Nina’s hand in marriage. And ever since she and Aidan met a couple weekends ago, he kind of jumped out of nowhere to the top of the list. A lot can change in 30 years though.

Just waking up (from separate beds/rooms).

Dr.Taviano and Dr. Wrigglesworth

Fun with H2O!

And all 5 of the kiddos on their way out the door to the bus stop with Gabe. I’m seeing a future for Cole and Ava too… (more pics from COSI on Word Sabbath Sunday) Thanks for the funnest time, friends!

So, do any of you already have your kids’ spouses picked out?

16 thoughts on “science, industry, and arranged marriages

  1. Kelli

    I love that you had so much fun at the museum. They can be so much fun too! There has been talk of Caroline being a future wife, but we are keeping her locked up! πŸ™‚

  2. Carrie

    Joel & I love COSI -we’ve been there 2 or 3 times just the 2 of us. πŸ™‚ The rat basketball is ADORABLE!!! πŸ™‚

    Also, we have some friends whose daughter is 5 days younger than Z, so we joke about an arranged marriage for them. πŸ™‚

  3. Kori (PrincessSpider)

    Right now we are happy with their choices. The 5 year old is going to marry Lightening McQueen and the 4 year old is going to marry Mater!!!! I am not sure the girls will EVER tell us if they are interested in any certain boy… their father tells them (joke-ing-ly) that if a boy comes over or tries to kiss them he will have to get out his gun. hehehe

  4. Kim Webb

    So cute. Kara already has a long list of potential boys, the one at the top of the list is several years older (I am not sure about that). But Kara sure does like the boys anyway.

    BTW – we have a membership to COSI, we will have to make a day of it with all the girls.

  5. Holly V.

    We’ve joked about arranged marriages!

    My only disappointment is that I don’t have 3 boys to marry your 3 girls! But Jonah had lots to talk about after your last visit to our home….so it wouldn’t surprise me if there was a Taviano interest in our future…..

  6. Missy

    Cute!!! COSI sounds fabulous….I’ll have to add it to my list of places to go. πŸ™‚ Yay for you and a wonderful day with a good friend!

  7. Amber

    Oh and… my kids are totally marrying my best friends kids. Well, you know… when we all have some. Except it might be a little weird marrying your “cousin” so we’ll have to figure that out.

  8. Amber

    My mom and dad (and two best friends and uncle) have mine picked out. I’M ALMOST 22!!! lol

    Fortunately for me, they all picked the same guy. I think they might be onto something here… they haven’t all gotten together and had a meeting about it, yet all of their reasons are the same. Go figure.

    Good thing I like him. A lot. A whole lot.
    Bad thing he’s only 19 and still going through the I-love-being-single-so-I-can-flirt-with-whoever-I-want stage.

    It’s ok. That’s exactly the stage where he should be and he should enjoy to the fullest. I’ll wait… maybe.

  9. Jennifer

    I don’t have husbands picked out for my girls yet… which is odd, since I have every other part of their futures already planned out for them. πŸ™‚

  10. Kathryn

    LOL! That question is so funny! My 3 1/2 year boy is in love with 2 girls at church…. who are 7 and 8 respectivly!! He has them wrapped around his finger!! There is another girl who loves him but he totally ignores!! HAHAHA! The girls are all sisters, btw. Then, there is another sister who is only a few months older than my son and I would LOVE for them to get married 20 or so years from now! It is toooooooo funny to watch him interact with these 4 girls every Sunday! He actually talks about them ALL week long! Do I have a problem on my hands or what?!

    Glad you had a fun day! Can’t wait to see more pics on Sunday!

  11. Jennifer Griffin

    Sure do!!! I’ve had Noah’s picked out since he was two! He has other plans. πŸ™

    Titus…he’s had a few offers from other parents. I’m not sold yet…we’ll see. πŸ™‚

    There is a new book out called “So You Want to Marry My Daughter?” by Dr. Voddie Baucham…it is a must read!

  12. Mary

    Yes I do have my daughter married off already–to my son’s best friend who is 2 1/2…she is 1 1/2 so I hope they still look good together in about 25 years. When I first saw “Arranged marriages,” I about fell out of my chair because I just watched the Oprah episode from this week where she interviewed members of the Yearning for Zion ranch–I watched it two days ago and I’m still thinking about it constantly–have a burden for the women involved in such confusion. Thought you were going to mention it too! Great pictures–sounds like it was a great day!

  13. Jessica Y.

    Those boys are awfully cute! And you could get a red-headed granchild or two out of the mix. (p.s. did I ever say that I absolutely love red hair?)

    I’m all for arranged marriage. πŸ™‚

  14. faithchick

    hey!! i forgot to mention before, too, that i think it’s fun that you & liz met in E&SS, and that I met one of my closest college friends in E&SS, too. And now I know I THINK I know who Liz is.


    lol to separate rooms/beds. πŸ™‚ LOVE his red hair!

  15. Conny

    Oh! Fun Day!! I just went on a field trip w/ my son’s class to the St. Louis Science Center – equally as fun.

    As for spouses for the kids – yeah – I work at a church/Christian School, and the staff has already paired off the kids to be married since we all know and love each other. My son is the OLDEST boy so he has the potential to choose between many brides-to-be. Lucky kid. Our daughter’s marriage will just have to be arranged. πŸ™‚

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