Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Safari Park Video

I posted all about our Safari trip yesterday, but while we were there Tucker was taking video.  Bob helped him edit it and they put it into a movie.  Check it out.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Gorilla Size?

We've been to the Safari Park a few times recently But this was Bob's first time in a while.  We usually go during the week in the mornings when it is nice and empty but because Bob has to work we needed to go on a Saturday.  I thought it might be crowded, but it wasn't.  Just a few more people than we are used to but not many.

We always try to get there right when it opens at 9 giving us an hour to check things out before the first tram ride at 10.
When you ride the tram they act like you are going in to different countries.  So here is Scarlett looking out the window in South Africa.
Tucker thought this next picture was funny.  I didn't notice the upside down sign but Tucker knew what it was all about.  he was trying to put his arms straight up in the air for the picture but I thought he was just being weird so I made him put them down.  Then after the told me that you have to flip the picture so his arms should have been up to make it look right after the picture flipped.  Haha.  Sometimes the kids are smarter than me.

This time we went to the tiger keeper talk.  It was our first time doing that and we got to see the tiger eat.  Leon loves lions and tigers and Tucker read a book that told him zoos feed some animals blood popsicles and he has been waiting to see it in real life.  This was extra exciting for them.

For homeschool we did a unit on Gorillas.  We read "The One and Only Ivan," along with other non fiction books.  I like to see the animals we learn about in person.  Here is Tucker in front of a silverback.
It was time to eat when we arrived and they gorillas were pretty active.  It was fun to watch.
They had this wall where you could stand and see how you measure up.  I thought it was cool that Bob was the same exact height as the gorilla.  You can see that the gorilla obviously weighs a lot more and has much longer arms.  I don't think Bob liked it when the kids and I kept talking about how Dad is the same size as a silverback gorilla.

One thing I learned this time at the park is that a group of flamingos is called a flamboyance.  So we saw a flamboyance of flamingos.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Watch What I'm Wearing Gamiss

This week I want to highlight a few items I received from Gamiss, it's an online shopping website!

First off I got this great white purse for $12.65.

This is now the second gold drop necklace that I own and I love it!  

I've been looking for new sunglasses and these ones are so fun.  I like the arrow on the sides and how generally large the glasses are.  You can also see in this pic my new triangle earrings.

Probably the most practical thing I received was this backpack.  We go on a lot of day trips and I really didn't have a decent backpack to carry our lunches and water bottles in.  This worked great!

Believe it or not but I got all this things for only $45 and that includes shipping!  Online shopping is the best!  Go here to check out their facebook page.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Filippis Pizza Grotto

Filippi's Pizza Grotto is popular around here but it isn't my favorite.  It is supposed to be authentic italian pizza and there is something about it that I don't love.  I'll eat a piece but I prefer other places.  Everyone else seems to like it though so we will go once in a while.
 The kids kept talking about how the cheese is on top and so they can't see what toppings are on it.  That was a big deal for them.  I think it worked out because they didn't complain as much about the mushrooms.  Out of sight out of mind, right?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Penelope Photography

Today this amazing girl is turning seven!  We went out and took pictures to commemorate the day.
Although she still seems so little and cute to me she really has grown.  It is hard for me to believe that she is 7-years-old!
She lost quit a bit of teeth over the summer and the front ones are now starting to grow back in.
Penelope loves to dress up and accessorize.  She almost always has on a headband and these sunglasses are her new favorite thing.  She even told me very thoughtfully, "This is my fravrite because I just got it.  If I get another one that will be my fravrite."  She likes presents and new things.
She thinks a lot about things and sometimes it cracks me up.  One day she said, "Mom what is a servant?" I'm like, "Someone who has to do everything another person wants without getting paid.  They don't have a choice and they have to do everything for that person."  Then she pauses for a moment and says, "I wish you were my servant."   Haha, the kids all think I'm their servant but at least she is honest about it.
Penelope still loves her blanket and I'm kind of waiting for the day when she grows out of it.  She tells me, "Mom, if I have an owie I hug my blankie and it makes me feel better."
Sometimes Penelope can be very kind and nice to me and sometimes not.  For example, we were doing freewriting for our homeschool.  I set the timer and the kids had 6 minutes to write anything they wanted.  She first complained and threw a huge fit about not wanting to do it.  She silently stonewalled me, made mean faces and everything.  After a while when she calmed down we all sat down and wrote.  When she was done she read her paper.  It was something like.  "I love mom, she is the best mom."  This wasn't any sort of apology she was completely over the earlier tantrum and just likes to write nice notes about me. :)
Penelope is fun to have around the house.  She plays a lot with Scarlett and it seems like they fight a lot too.  I guess that is sisterly love.  We are working on more nice talking and less needing to have it our way.
Penelope really wants to continue homeschooling but when she is in school she does great there.  New people and situations are just really scary for her.
Eight is a big turning point for kids in our family.  It is the age when they start to act and seem older.  They also get more responsibilities and more is expected of them.  In my mind she has one more year of being a little kid and I want to savor it.
I love Penelope and am so happy she is in our family!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bird Poop

While everyone plays in the water I mostly just sit back and relax.  I usually have one or two kids near me playing in the sand and that is exactly how things were when the incident occurred.  Leon was standing next to me talking, I was sitting in a chair, and Bob's chair was empty while he was out in the water.
I didn't even see anything happen but all the sudden Leon got upset and seemed confused.  I looked over and saw the bird poop on the chair right next to me.  I laughed and told Leon that a bird pooped on daddy's chair.  I thought he would laugh but instead he got sad and said a bird pooped on him.  I wasn't quick enough to stop him before he put his hand on his head and right into bird poop.  Sure enough a bird pooped on the chair and on Leon's head.  It was pretty funny.

Here are some random pictures off my phone I took while on the beach.

I love jogging on the beach!  The ocean is so calming, it is nice to know I'm not going to get hit by a car, and it is flat!  I usually keep an eye out for these cool turban shells, I've got a few since we've been here.
Often we will try to step outside just before seven to watch the sunset.  

The beach definitely has its perks.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Donut Bar

We aren't going to the Donut Bar nearly as much has we did last year but we did want to make one trip.
We ended up waiting outside in line for a half an hour.  The kids were getting pretty restless but they were happy when we got to the front of the line and they got to pick out their donut.
The strawberry split was popular with our family this trip.
Leon's looked bigger than his head.
Penelope went for the poptart donut.
I got a couple but I was excited about this French Toast donut.

I love donuts and the Donut bar has some scrumptious and unique ones.  I wouldn't say they are the best though.  I also really love the fresh melt in your mouth type donuts.