Monday, July 14, 2008

Oh, the good ol' days...

If you'd like, let's play a blog version of Remember When...

I think this will be fun! Here are the directions:

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together or with my family. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.

It was neat to see this on my friend, Becky's blog and I decided to play along. It was neat to get to know her a little better.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Summer Fun - Amusement Parks

My children seem to forgetting a lot of fun things that we've done this summer already so I thought I would post some of the photos I've taken throughout the summer here.
In June, a friend of mine invited my children and I to go with her to a Six Flags amusement park. We've never been mostly because of how expensive it is and also because I'm more of a nature person along with my husband. She had a bunch of coupons and so we only had to pay for food and parking.
It was a really long day but a fun experience for my children but they stayed with me well and were very well-behaved. They have never really been on any rides and they were terrified to even ride most of them. They each did dare to ride one roller coaster, a few of the water rides, and a lot of the kiddie rides if they were allowed. Hopie and Brigi were already too big for a lot of those - growing up can be a bummer. They all decided that the wave pool was there favorite thing only it was a bit too crowded. We kind of turned into lobsters with sunburn and we tried to drink a lot of Powerade to keep cool.
Also, the whole day we only saw these characters of Wonder Women and Robin. We were able to get a quick picture of at least 3 of my kids with the characters. They had been on the lookout all day for more exciting characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and we just missed Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and Daphne.
Overall, we had a great experience, did alright amongst the crowds and we were extremely tired at the end of the day. Finally, we all agreed that overall we have had just as much fun at the Zoo or swimming together. As a mother, I'm happy about that.

Friday, July 11, 2008

More Zoo Fun

Gracie as a butterfly.
Nessa as a butterfly.
Cowboy as a butterfly.
Tex as a butterfly.
Hopie as a butterfly feeding on a flower.

One of our favorite monkey's swinging around.

A butterfly landed on Cowboy for a really neat minute.
A large gorgeous butterfly spreads its wings.

My children were disappointed that I hadn't posted some other pictures that we've taken at the Zoo this summer so now I am. My parents came for a visit in June and we went into the Butterfly Exhibit with them so most of the photos were taken then. One is of a monkey which is one that we love to sit and watch when we're there. But they'll be fun for everyone to look at anyway.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Early Birds at the Zoo

We decided to buy a Zoo pass this year but it has been so hot that we hadn't been going. Jared had an idea to get up really early in the morning and be at the Zoo at 7:30 a.m. when you can enter if you have a Zoo membership. With a little planning, we actually arrived at 7:33 a.m. and had the place pretty much to ourselves. The only thing we had to watch out for was the Zookeepers' trucks.
It was so fun! We had a blast and it was cooler and more enjoyable. We were able to see animals being fed and some were out that we hadn't seen before. By 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., we were ready to go home and we had a special treat of yogurt and doughnuts for breakfast.