Last week the kids were out of school for three days. Besides pumpkin painting....that's a whole other story.....we went to the zoo with my friend Tammy and her son John plus I also took Avani and Addison along.
Am I crazy?
I believe so after this!
Of course, I took plenty pictures of animals but I got some really good kid shots then I played on Picnik so that is what you are going to get!!
Except for this cute little guy....
I didn't play with this picture but I like this picture because he kept checking me out through the corner of his eye as if to say, "Are you lookin' at me?"
Our usual "Monkey see, monkey do!" picture at the zoo. I don't know why I always take so many of these or why I love them so but I just do!
Sweet little Addison! I love this picture! It appears that she is looking at something but I think she was getting bored since we stayed by the otters for awhile! Then after I shot this she did......
What a beautiful two teeth smile!!
I swear her eyes just light up!
Then came the funniest part of the day.
The kids were looking through the children's petting zoo when Tammy and I said, "Oh kids look over here! You will have to look really hard for this one!" They looked, searched and pointed out non-existent animals when they asked what exactly they were looking for to which John reads the sign beside them, "It is a temporarily vacant!" They didn't have a clue what that meant so they kept looking while Tammy & I snapped pictures and laughed!!
Then came the traumatic portion of the trip! The zoo was full of bees. By full I mean they were overtaking the place! Everywhere you walked there were bees especially if you walked near a patch of flowers or a trash can. They would just land on us like they were welcome. This made me extrememly nervous since Avani is allergic and we forgot her epipen and by we I mean her mother! I could see it now either her struggling to breath or a scene out of Pure Luck with Martin Short but only Avani's face swelling like a balloon. I took lunches and sat down at a table without bees swarming around......or so I thought. I get the kids all arranged then sit down to feed Addy when I hear screams. Then Isaiah screamed like I don't think I've ever heard him scream.
Picture this: Isaiah screaming while Avani, John and Elijah scream and run in all different directions. I am trying to figure out what just happened and Addison with the rest of the zoo guests look at us like we have totally lost our minds! All of this while Tammy is inside buying food for her and John.
I figure out a bee stung Isaiah on his ear! Poor kid and those ears! I try my best to calm and organize with absolutely NO luck! Bees still swarming, kids still screaming, Isaiah wailing, Addy and the zoo guests are still looking at me like we've lost our minds. At this point, I think I did! I scream at the kids to get their food and go inside while grabbing a screaming Zay and trying to push Addy in the stroller.
Did anyone ask me if I needed help?
Nope not one single heartless person! Jerks!
Let's see you be calm with 3 scared kids, 1 wailing in pain and 1 in a stroller still looking at us like we are nuts.....five count them FIVE KIDS and one me! I was totally outnumbered and should really think of this BEFORE an outing! I WILL REMEMBER THIS....SURE HOPE YOU HEARTLESS JERKS DON'T GET STUNG TOO BECAUSE I AM TAKING THE LAST TWO TABLES INDOORS!
Finally once inside a worker asks me about the commotion and calls security and medical over to check on the bee sting boy! He cried and cried and just when I thought he would be ok he would let out a scream then cry some more! I seriously wondered if he would even let me put him down long enough to get to the car if needed. Finally after 30-45 minutes, we coaxed him back outside with...."When a bee stings you, it dies. All the other bees see this and will never sting you while you are here because they don't want to die too!"
Total crap but it worked!
"Please Lord, don't let him get stung again or I will never hear the end of it!"
Yep I prayed right after lying to my son!
He wore a light jacket with a hood and let me tell you this.....that kid wore the hood the entire rest of our trip at the zoo and held it with his hands so NO bees could get in! I didn't tell him they don't always sting ears and could very well just stink him in the face because remember "all the other bees aren't going to sting him"! Just when I thought he was over it and would let go of the hood.....he would grab it again 2 seconds later....poor guy! Still cute though....
Don't you think so?
If you don't, then don't answer!!
Finally time for pics with the turtle....
The boys were a little uncooperative but Avani my little model posed and posed..
and of course I played around on Picnik again....
They even have a "Go pink!" effect for Breast Cancer Awareness month!
We had a good time and the weather was absolutely PERFECT!
We have been together for 11 1/2 yrs and married for almost 9 yrs. YES the halves count!! He is my best friend, partner and father to our boys! I can't imagine where I would be without him! We have both changed so much (for the better) since we found each other! He knows me better than anyone on this Earth and loves me regardless of my TWO flaws! lol
Elijah is our 10 yr. old kind hearted boy! He loves to play sports and he is our little genius! He is focused and determined in whatever he does. He is sooo loving and cares deeply about ALL things nature! He is inquisitive and can not seem to ask enough questions about history, wars, Indians, foreign travel and animals. He is so inquisitive you sometimes feel like you are being questioned by the FBI under a heat lamp!
Isaiah is our 7 yr old handful! He is ornery, cute but so loving that it makes him irrestible! He can be so ornery one minute then walk up and say the sweetest thing. He loves to play and he keeps us on our toes! He is his daddy's mini me in every way. So much so that sometimes it freaks me out. He has become quite the little athlete too and I think one day he will overpower his big brother who loves to push his emotional roller coaster buttons!!
Tez is my 16 yr old stepson who came to live with us in Dec 2007. He is fun loving, shy at first but respectful and friendly! He loves sports and video games. He has special needs but just needed lots of love and structure to reach his full potential.