Happening hair and silly sayings

Young Owl wanted to try out a new hair style for school this year and Little Monkey wanted his hair the same way.  Luckily I snapped some pictures shortly after their hair was styled because by afternoon Young Owl’s hair was pretty much flat again. 

happening hair

happening hair

The boys have been cracking me up the past few days too.  I thought I would share some of their silliness with all of you.

happening hair too

happening hair too

LM (in van on way to dr appt): …mad…

MZ: Oh

LM: Really mad. Really really mad. 1, 2, 3 mad

MZ: Who’s mad?

LM: Baby cheetah mad

MZ: Why? (Knowing Baby Cheetah not mad as she was cooing happily in her carseat)

LM: Baby Cheetah wants my drink, mad

MZ (trying not to laugh): okay

ready to rock

ready to rock

In the afternoon it was Young Owl’s turn.

YO (signing): It’s a pizza life, it’s a pizza life..

MZ: It’s a piece of life?

YO: No, it’s a pizza life

MZ: Oh

YO: That’s what I’m going to name my restaurant where I cook. (Referring to his life long dream of becoming a chef/rock star)

MZ: Really

YO: Yep. At my restaurant there is going to be all kinds of pizza. I’ll have bacon and eggs too.

MZ: Bacon and eggs on pizza.

YO: No mom…I suppose if you really like bacon and eggs on your pizza we could make it that way.

yesterday's yummy breakfast

yesterday's yummy breakfast, future item on Young Owl's menu?

Bonus for you all. Young Owl explaining to the neighbor boy that being 65 isn’t old.

YO: 65 isn’t old.

Friend: Yes it is, my grandpa died

YO: My great-grandma died. I’ll tell you how you know if someone is old enough to die…they have white hair. If they have white hair they’re close to dying. If it’s dark their not.

Ah, gotta love that kid logic.

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Lose Tooth and Olympics 2008

This breaking news: Young Owl has his first loose tooth!!! He is so incredibly excited but has decided that most everything he has to chew bothers him including most all state fair food. Did I mention that he and Little Monkey pretty much only ate chocolate chip cookies at the fair this year. Party poopers, you should be eating fair food at that fair not cookies. Geez, its almost as bad as eating salad on a stick. Come on people, salad on a stick, you’ve got to be kidding me.

Wait, what was I talking about? Oh yeah Young Owl’s loose tooth. Maybe he’ll loose this tooth before the first day of school. Mama Zookeeper must remember to put the Tooth Fairy on alert. Now back to our regularly scheduled broadcast…

I don’t think words can express how exciting the Olympic Games are to watch. The swimming is just blowing me away. I find myself not being able to keep myself from watching (and sometimes cheering a little too loudly).

Little Monkey so far has been totally uninterested in the games. Which is okay, I guess. My hopes where that we could watch and cheer on the USA as a family. Little Monkey, however, would much rather run around the house and demand that we watch him push his cars along the floor.

Young Owl has watched some of the games but has decided it is all pretty boring (espically the swimming).  He did seem to enjoy watching some beach volleyball with Papa Penguin but that could be because he was allowed to stay up late just to watch. I must just keep reminding myself that Young Owl really isn’t into sports and really this should be expected.

We did enjoy the Opening Ceremonies as a family. In true Olympic fashion it was stunning and beautiful. The only disappointing part was watching the athletes marching in.  Why you ask. Well its because watching only reminded me how poor my knowledge of geography is and how important it is that I invest in a really good world map for the family. Ugh, something else to add to the Christmas list.

Our state fair is a great state fair…

Ah, its that time of year again. Time for the annual visit to the best state fair (according to Rodgers and Hammerstein). In typical fair fashion we were hot but we had a lovely time!

We made two trips this year. First was the opening day. Traffic that day was insane! We sat in traffic for about two hours just to get to the fair grounds. Luckily I had snacks packed which prevented the kids from getting too cranky while waiting in the long line of traffic.  Baby Cheetah tagged along and it was fun to have her with us.

As pre-planned, we didn’t try to do too much this day. We concentrated our time on the animals. We visited the Animal Learning Center where we saw baby chicks hatching from eggs, baby pigs and a baby horse.  Then we headed down to the barns to see the sheep, cows, horses, pigs and rabbits. Young Owl timidly petted a horse that a young exhibitor was bringing out to show. Little Monkey petted (or rather touched with one finger) a baby pig and rabbit.

Today we headed back into the fair grounds to hit the other attractions. We of course had to visit some of our normal haunts, Varied Industries Building with all its retail exhibitors, The Hall of Fire and Law where still today they are teaching children to “stop, drop and roll”, and one of our new favorites Little Hands on the Farm.

We have been visiting this attraction since it opened at the state fair about three years ago, collecting our little green hats every year. Farming is a big part of the economy of our state this has been a wonderful addition to the state fair. The area is a great chance for the kids to get out of their strollers (and little red wagons) and be active. It also gives them a tiny bit of exposure to many aspects of the farm. One of the changes I noticed this year is that much more of the farming crops where disappointingly pre-bagged making it slightly less hands on than in years prior, none the less, it is a great area for pictures.

Young Owl peddling his bio-fuel powered tractor.

Young Owl peddling his bio-fuel powered tractor.

Little Monkey gathering an egg from under a hen.

Little Monkey gathering an egg from under a hen to sell at the Farmer's Market.

 After all their hard work on the farm (not to mention the hours on the fair grounds) the boys were hot and tired. Their refreshing treat for finishing their farm “chores” sure hit the spot.

Cooling off after farming.

Cooling off after farming.

A cool treat for hard day's work.

A cool treat for hard day's work.

Even though we didn’t see and do everything I would have liked to do (like seeing the butter cow and making spin art pictures), all and all it was a good time at the fair.

Fun Messy Friday

Seems like I keep getting behind here…

To beat the summertime boredom blues, we decided to invite some friends over to the zoo for a fun Friday night. Since I knew Friday was going to be hot water and ice definitely had to be in the plan. Along with another favorite art, or rather messy art (of course now I realize I didn’t take any pictures of them making art, duh me).

Melting ice in the 90+ degree heat

Melting ice in the 90+ degree heat

We set up almost all our messy art supplies (paint, glitter, sand, shaving cream, etc) and some tables in the backyard along with the kiddie pool and had a mess of fun.  The evening ended in a large mess of shaving cream.

Shaving cream to explore

Shaving cream to explore

The shaving cream was intended to be used for art…

Ooo, messy fun

Ooo, messy fun

but instead became a reason to chase each other…

I'm gonna get you with more shaving cream

I'm gonna get you with more shaving cream

 and get extremely messy!

You're gonna need a dip in the pool

You're gonna need a dip in the pool

Of course Papa Penguin decided we should join in the fun too.

I swear he started it!

I swear he started it!

Today we had Muffin Tin Monday.  I finally found some 6-cup muffin tins at the $ store this past week. I’ll have to post the pictures tomorrow as they are still on the camera.

This evening, I took Young Owl to his first baseball game.  He learned two lessons. One, don’t drink almost an entire Icee in almost 100 degree weather cause you are going to feel sick. And lesson two, baseball is a slow game and not all that exciting to watch (sorry baseball fans in the family). We stayed for less than an inning before he’d had enough. This was okay with me because all I was out was the $6 to park (tickets were free from the library for his completion of the summer reading program). 

Afterwards he enjoyed a little bit of one on one time with Mamma Zookeeper with a late evening stop at the bookstore. Of course we bought some new books for Mamma, Young Owl and Little Monkey. Now we’ll have something to look at tomorrow to keep us entertained.

Finally we had this realization hit us today…

SCHOOL STARTS TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY!! Where in the world has the summer gone?!?