The girls didn't have school on Good Friday, so I decided to take them to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. I had wanted to take them earlier in the week to snap some pictures of them in their Easter dresses. Luckily I didn't get around to it -- seeing as it wasn't quite the idyllic Springtime backdrop I had envisioned...
Poor, poor Cleveland.
To make up for the lack of outdoor scenery, Polly the Bee was buzzing around to provide some sort of photo op for moms with their cameras.
Mina was in love, and Aubrey suddenly turned into that big kid who looks awkward posing with a costumed character.
And, um, since I used the Chick-fil-a cow dressed up as Santa over Christmas, I'm chalking this one up as our trip to see the Easter Bunny. (Mom of the Year, folks.)
So the outdoor area of the Botanical Gardens was downright pitiful, but the indoor elements were a bit more colorful. Aubrey even whipped out her camera.
Sidenote: Aubrey's outfit. She insisted on this floral cardigan ("Mom! It's perfect for the botanical gardens! I'll look like a fresh Spring bouquet!"). I had been cleaning out clothes that were too small in her closet when she spotted it. Oh well, I must admit I like her appreciation for themed apparel. :)
Mina couldn't stop saying, "Whoa, Mama! Woooook!"
The girls spotted a stage filled with insect / bird / animal props.
Aubrey was basking in her full-winged glory of a captivated audience.
(It's truly a shame that she inherited my "singing" voice.)
And then little Mina came out just flapping her wings and smiling at everyone.
Next we were off to find our way through a ladybug labyrinth...
And the girls' favorite part -- the glasshouse filled with all sorts of plants and insects.
Despite the look of these pictures, the whole place was PACKED.
I was worn-out and stressed-out after 90 minutes, but the girls were loving every second.
So I guess it was a small price to pay.
Especially since I skipped out on the Easter Bunny this year. ;)