Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Day At The Zoo

Good weather, check. Kids ready, check. That was about it, plus a purse full of food and we were set to go to the zoo. What a day! It was perfect, all of it. They have new animals, and of course the regulars. The majority of them weren't sleeping either!

Of course, the first animals you see are the birds...ducks, flamingos, turkey. But what I've never seen up close were pelicans. They're huge!

After that we headed off the usual route to see some wallaby's + a joey. So cute. And Lemurs! I've never seen lemurs before too. Well, except maybe from those Madagascar movies.

Along that trail of animals was a couple birds, a kinkajou, but that animal was sleeping in a hammock so it was hard to see it. So then we headed over to the area where you can pet some animals. What's so great this time was that they had brushes you could use to brush the animals. My son loved that right away...

It took my daughter a little bit to get comfortable with all that, but once she did that was all she wanted to do.

I think this was my favorite thing to do. Just because we could all get involved. What an awesome idea!

It was so much fun. They use these popsicle sticks and then have this bird seed mixture on the end. Then you pretty much just shove it in their face and hope they take it! We went a couple years ago and this wasn't there so I hope they do for a while.

Like I said earlier, they have a lot of newer animals there. Ones I've never seen. A tapir, pelicans, a macaw, the lemurs. What was really neat to see was the lion's enclosure. So much bigger and better, I think, for lions to have. The male lion looked pretty funny, too!

They had pygmy goats there too. So teeny!

I had really hoped we could've done this with our daughter too, but I think because she's never done this before, she wouldn't have really enjoyed it a whole lot.

Touching sting rays it pretty cool. They're soft, slimy and squishy too. Plus they had a few nurse sharks, some polka dotted shark and a few horse shoe crabs in this little pool thing too. After you have touched the sting rays a couple times, you get used to how they feel. I think it was a perfect ending to a really wonderful family trip. I hope we can do this again before the summer is over.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Fun Times

We try to get our kids out at least once a day, depending on the weather of course. We have a fairly new park nearby, but we like to check out other parks for something different. We don't have our own backyard for the kids yet, so parks are the best we can do for right now. And I'm thankful for them!

We had heard of a park nearby my parent's house that had a place to fish. You had to throw them back once you caught them, but it's all good fun. We went on a Monday to try our luck, but to no avail. Of course we didn't have any bait. We had tried bread, but they were too smart for that.

The next day we took a neighbor boy with us. He had the goods too! Worms. Yuck, just the thought of worms makes me shiver. Thankfully he has no problem touching them, as most boys aren't. So, we got there, tried out the worms, still nothing. Tried the bread again....

I caught four of those! I forgot the thrill of fishing. We tried worms, didn't catch one. Tried bread, that's when I caught the four fish. I'm so proud of myself. My daughter was pretty thrilled to see fish out of water. She was a little hesitant to touch it, but she's pretty brave. She touched it real quick and was happy with that.

It was an overall fun time that day. After fishing we went over to the playground and ran around with the kids for a while. Gotta love playing in the rain (I still do) but we left shortly after it started. You know what the best part of bringing kids outside and letting them exhaust themselves?

They go to bed that much easier!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wordless Wednesday ~ Gotta Touch It!

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Summertime, Summertime, Sum Sum Summertime!

The school year is finally over! And can I just say, that did not fly by as quickly as I would have liked it to. No more getting up early, or having to be home early to get my son in bed. No schedules! We celebrated by going to a park nearby and stayed out much later than we usually do. At this park you can fish, but you have to throw them back. I had forgotten how smart fish can be. We had no bait and so they stayed away. Little buggers.

We tried looking for worms, but to no avail. That's OK, the kids had just as much fun feeding the ducks and playing on the playground. The last few times we've gone to a park, hubs and I have been throwing the football, we'll have the kids come and play too. I'm quite enjoying that. I'm trying to perfect my spin (of the ball).

I'm hoping to go camping this year too. Even if it's just once or twice. I camped all the time growing up and those are my favorite memories. Otherwise I'm just looking forward to sleeping in and doing nothing!