SPRING IS HERE AND THE ZOO

I have never experienced spring like I did this past month. I’ve read about the seasons and the change of seasons, but coming from FL where there’s not much alteration in the climate department, it was certainly eye opening.
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to explain what I felt when I saw the first patch of grass change from dry yellow to bright green.  I was overwhelmed with joy.  I saw buds on trees and weeds growing sporadically all waking up and welcoming us to Spring.  I  never thought I would be so happy to see weeds!
And then… the flowers came.  One by one, they graced us with purple, pink, red and orange tones.  I saw tulips bloom for the first time and different shades of green perfectly compliment the bright blue sky. I never realized how much my soul needed color or warmth.
I understand now why poets write about love and the change that takes place within, when winter’s gone. I get it.  You breathe again, you come out of hiding, the birds make their ways back from the south, the smell of soil fills the air and little by little the temperature rises. And here we are, in the thick of Spring thanking God for warmer weather and for allowing us to make it through our first Winter.
Here’s to Spring friends.
Here’s to dinners alfresco, soccer in the back yard, and flowers! All the flowers because I don’t know how I’ll live without those again.
We visited Omaha Zoo last week and here are some pictures of our time there. It was beautiful.

This mama was hanging out with her babe, it was the sweetest thing and so smart of the zookeepers to keep them both behind a fence.  All the kids would have gone crazy trying to pet the baby goat.

She wanted to brush all of the goats and had a blast doing it.

Check out his face friends. He’s so proud to be standing next to that cute little goat.  I’m just glad we had plenty of hand sanitizer.

This is Alex’s sweet mama who visited a couple of weeks ago.

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Here are some things you may have missed:

Our first visit to the zoo (In the winter) 

Video of our Zoo visit 

Alex’s 31st birthday

 

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HENRY DOORLY ZOO WITH PAPA & TATA | A VIDEO

The weather was beautiful last weekend, Alex’s parents were in town and it was a perfect day for the zoo. We had such much fun running from exhibit to exhibit and since this was our third time here, the kids were excited about showing their grandparents around.  We started off with the desert dome which I think it’s our favorite thus far. We have been watching a lot of Wild Krats lately and have spent some time talking about the animals that live in the desert. I think one of the rewarding parts of homeschooling is seeing Grace retain information and recognize concepts that we talk about at home. We’re planning a trip to a few of the west coast national parks this fall and are taking notes of some of the animals we may find during our hikes (hopefully nothing too dangerous)

This time around the zoo was a little different for Grace and Haddon. Their grandparents have given them so much love and attention I think they were just happy to hold their hand and walk around with them.  We made a little video of our time together so we can look back and show the kids all of the fun they had with their grandparents.  My favorite part of the video is Haddon’s little voice saying “Animals stink”  and seeing Grace instruct Haddon about keeping off the sand.  Those two make my heart so happy.

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henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

Grace was helping grandma overcome her fear of lizards. She was so brave and kept saying “it’s ok, you can touch it, it won’t hurt you.”

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

This handsome boy and his lashes! My goodness!

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If you look up close, you can see a humming bird that Alex shot right by the his nectar.  We stood there baffled when that little guy came up. Alex and I have never seen a humming bird up close and seeing that little guy was really something else.

henry doorly zoo Grace took the time to show her grandmother the lifecycle of butterflies. Also, we’re starting to talk about the concept of death and stages of life with Grace and seeing some of these little creatures reach the end of their life has helped me bring up some deep talking points with her.

What a great time we had! We sure are going to miss having tata and papa here with us!

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