Valentines at the zoo

Scenes from tonight’s family Valentine’s dinner…

Prepping dinner of four.

Note to self: look for non-Christmas tablecloths this year at garage sales.

Little Monkey’s close up of his heart shaped pizza.

Table set for fine dining at the zoo, complete with real glasses, nice dishes, a tablecloth and a candle!

Surprise special Valentine’s day treat!

Stop back later this week for a tutorial.

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And we’re back…

Gee more than a week away.  I feel like I’m so far behind.

Nothing super-exciting-out-of-the-ordinary going on, just life and being tired at night.  Since we’ve been gone we have enjoyed a visit from Mama Zookeeper’s Mama, a trip to a near by city park, Muffin Tin Monday, time in the back yard pool, general two & five year old mischief, a weekend full of Mama Zookeeper working away from home, three trips to the library and another Muffin Tin Monday.  Here is a gallery of some of our activities.

Little Monkey surveys the view from the top of the slide.

Little Monkey surveys the view from the top of the slide.

Young Owl prefecting his balancing skills.

Young Owl prefecting his balancing skills.

Boys so excited about Muffin Tin Monday that they can't wait for the picture.

Boys so excited about Muffin Tin Monday that they can't wait for the picture.

Boys playing in the wadding pool in the backyard, hours of fun!

Boys playing in the wadding pool in the backyard, hours of fun!

Young Owl and Little Monkey try to hide from the camera.

Young Owl and Little Monkey try to hide from the camera.

Today's Muffin Tin Monday, breakfast foods for lunch.

Today's Muffin Tin Monday, breakfast foods for lunch.

What’s on tap for the remainder of the week? VBS for Young Owl, lots of being a two year-old for Little Monkey, at least one more trip to the library, lots of hot humid weather and some painting art projects with the boys.

Zoo on tour

The past few days have been busy!  Yesterday, Little Monkey and Young Owl went on an outing to a near by zoo with Mama Zookeeper and our very helpful Aunt and Cousins. The weather was beautiful and we all held up pretty well for all the walking.

Little Monkey loved the playful otters on exhibit. The side of their enclosure was glass and the otters playfully swimming by the glass while Little Monkey looked on and squealed with delight. I wish I could have recorded his reaction, it was priceless. He also really liked studying the jellyfish exhibit. I have to admit they are very peaceful and calming. I think Little Monkey would have stayed there and studied the jellyfish for another 10 minutes if we would have let him. 

Little Monkey studying the jellyfish

Little Monkey studying the jellyfish

Young Owl enjoyed the zoo too. This was the third time he has been to this zoo, but unlike last time we visited he did not feel the need to go through the zoo as quickly as possible. He enjoyed most all the animals too but by the end of the afternoon was quite tired.  One of the highlights for him was the train ride we took around the park when we were done exploring by foot.

Young Owl ready for the train ride

Young Owl ready for the train ride

Today we enjoyed the local 4th of July festivities. We kicked off the day by watching Young Owl and Papa Penguin rocking out on a float in the parade. Little Monkey and I watched the parade with family and caught candy, a beach ball and a hat to share with Young Owl. Then we enjoyed a family potluck (except for Little Monkey who decided none of the food was something he dared eat) and time chatting and relaxing.

This evening we walked out to watch the local fireworks. This year was Little Monkey’s first year to see fireworks and he love them! He was clapping, laughing and squealing almost the entire time. We had a great view and it was not too crowded. Young Owl enjoyed them too although he was much more subdued in reactions as he was growing tired from his very busy day. He was very content to quitely watch the fireworks while laying down on the blanket next to Papa Penguin and Mama Zookeeper.

All and all it was a wonderful time. Next up farmer’s market (if I can get up tomorrow morning) and time with Mama Zookeeper’s Mama.

I be mad you be sad

Ah, another one of Little Monkey’s new favorite games. He loves to play “I be mad, you be sad” where he decides who is mad, sad and happy and you must play long with the proper facial expressions. It is so fun to see him exploring emotions.  Tonight while reading his new favorite book, Bear Snores On, we discussed the Bear’s emotions. “Do you think Bear is happy or mad?” “Are Bear’s friends scared or sad?” Little Monkey has come to enjoy the Bear books by Karma Wilson so much that I believe we are going to have to add them all to our collection.

Young Owl is into emotions lately too.  He has been very moody and has taken to sulking when things don’t go his way. I’m not sure if this is due to him still trying to adjust to the less scheduled days without school or if he is feeling that Mama Zookeeper isn’t giving him his fair share of attention (delayed sibling jealously). He has stared to be very touchy with us. If you are sitting close to him, he feels he must touch you with some part of his body (feet, leg, hand, etc.).  A lot of the time he feels he must be in your lap, which is fine but at 5 years old he is a bit bigger than he was a few years ago and my goodness that young owl just can’t sit still when he is cuddling. Whatever the cause I must figure it out soon or Mama Zookeeper will loose her mind! Since swim lessons are over now, Mama Zookeeper will have to think of something special to do one-on-one with Young Owl while the other animals are napping…

A tour of the zoo

Welcome to the zoo that is our lives! There are several animals that live in our zoo and one zookeeper trying to keep the peace and keep the whole place running.  Today we’ll give you a small tour…

I’m Mama Zookeeper. Mostly I’m behind the scenes making sure the place doesn’t fall apart.

Zookeeper

Next I’ll introduce you to Papa Penguin, he is as loving as any papa penguin but can be extremely silly and fun to watch!

 The Papa Penguin caring and silly all in one.

Next meet my Young Owl. He’s wise beyond his years and very observant of the world around him. He enjoys reading (on his own and listening to us read) and knows far more about the world around him than I did at his age.

The young owl thinking about the world around him.

Finally, meet Little Monkey. True to his name his new favorite pass time is jumping off the couch. He is very active but still wants to cling to mama zookeeper most of the time.

Little Monkey is attempting to be Buzz Lightyear in the midst of battle.

I welcome the guests to our zoo!!