A trip to the Zoo

Wayne’s grandma bought our family a membership from the NC Zoological Park a couple weeks ago. With any membership to zoos, wildlife centers, and history/science museums they have a reciprocal program which means your card is good at over 240 places across the country!

Having been to the Asheboro Zoo, we decided to go to the Riverbank Zoo in Columbia, SC.  It was about a 2 hour ride for us and you would think  in that short of a drive you could avoid potty breaks! Not with my crew! No, my guys know where every rest stop, gas station, and restaurant bathroom is in the South East! So, we get to the zoo and notice that if you have a membership card you don’t have to wait in line and can go straight in the entrance. We get to the entrance and the lady says, “with this card you don’t get in free, but you do get 50% off admission.” I guess we should have called first to check.  Once we got in, my guys had to go to the bathroom AGAIN (notice, I haven’t said “I” had to go.)

We made our way to the bird exhibit where we saw lovely flamingos, penguins, and other brilliantly colored birds. We noticed that it would be feeding time in the aquarium soon, so we headed that way.

Here the diver is feeding the vegetarian fish some romaine lettuce. Now, I don’t live in the ocean, but I don’t think romaine lettuce is a natural thing that salt water fish eat. Can’t they get them some kelp or nori?  LOL!  It was neat to see the diver literally hand feed all the fish that were swarming around him.

 

Next, we went to see the apes. Siamang apes to be correct and they were a blast! They were about the only animals in the entire zoo that did something other than sit or lie down.

 

King of the Icee!

 

 

This was my FAVORITE exhibit! Those koalas were precious! I wanted to take them home with me!

I just wanted to hold this little sleeping one! It was so stinking cute!

 

Hootie loves these things!

 

There’s nothing in the world like milking a bucket of water!

 

They are so goofy! If I want a serious picture, I have to catch them off guard.

 

After we finished seeing all the animals and walking the mile and a half back to our van(at least that’s what it felt like) we had a picnic in this lovely nature area.

I’m not sure what river this is, but it was beautiful!

We had a blast together and will definitely go back!

 

~Delighting in God’s Creation,

Sarah

Flight of the Bumble Bee

Hootie came inside the house holding my camera. I asked him what he was doing with my camera, as it is the only new camera I’ve ever owned. He said, “I was taking pictures of a bumble bee.”

These pictures were too funny not to post! Well they’re funny to me anyway.

So, without further ado:

 

 

Saying goodbye to a local legend

A locally owned toy and hobby store  in our town is closing it’s doors after 52 years of business. The toys, games, and models they carried were different than anything you would find at any “mega” store. The owners the store, new their products and could tell you everything about them, even demonstrating them for you. You could play with a variety of toys and games before buying them. Granted, their prices weren’t cheap, but you would get a quality product, something that is almost a thing of the past.

We bought Elvis a remote control plane from there at Christmas and after a freak accident involving the remote control, we found ourselves needing a replacement. We decided to go there to see if they had heard from their distributor on the status of the replacement and to check out their final markdown. While talking with them, they mentioned that they had to get a Going out of Business PERMIT!! I have never heard of such a ridiculous thing!!! Not only is bad enough to be closing a business, but you have to pay to do it!!

That just ticked me off. It’s so sad to see such a wonderful place close. Even with the stress of closing, the owner took his time to stand and talk with my boys about model paint and showed Hootie how to properly string a yo-yo!  You can’t find that kind of customer service anymore. It’s sad to see them go.

 

Our Seder

Well I’m a little late in posting this, but I had pictures of our friends daughters and I wanted to get their “ok” before I posted pics of them on my blog. Our Seder was a wonderful event which we held at my mom and dad’s house. Joining us for our informal affair were my parents’ neighbor/friend of 29 years and our fellow homeschooling friends. It was a great time of fellowship, food, and most definitely the time remembering the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt and Yeshua!

Having a laugh while waiting for everyone to take their seats.

 

What dinner party is complete without a “kid’s table?”

 

Hootie donning his Jesus outfit! He didn’t have enough time to perfect his “costume” though.

 

 

Following along in our Haggadah…

 

This is the most serious Wayne has ever been in his life! He’s a natural jokester, so this is a rarity.

 

My daddy breaking the matzah as my oldest son “K” follows along.

 

My mom couldn’t find her shank bone from previous Seders and most grocery stores don’t have lamb bones floating around their meat depts. so, chopsticks filled what would have been an empty space. I bet we were the only ones to have chopsticks on the Seder plate! LOL

A good time was had by all!