We Had Fun, and I Have Pictures

The weekend before last my parents took us out of town to see the kids’ cousins. We all had an amazing time. It was¬†exactly¬† the kind of weekend I used to carefully document in photo-filled blog posts.

Wanna see?

For me, the highlight of the trip was probably the zoo. Of course, we also had a great time just lounging around the hotel and visiting Focus on the Family, but the zoo isn’t free…which makes my adult mind say, “This, kids, this is the highlight of our trip!”

Kids, on the other hand, they like hotel fish. And the boxes the presents come in.

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The last time we took pictures at the Colorado Springs zoo, Miss C bonded with the monkeys. As you can see, not much has changed.

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World’s prettiest monkey


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“Now, don’t you start!”














Miss C. Age 2 1/2
You had to be there.
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“You’re gorgeous, darling!”


Papa Bear and Miss M, 2009
Last time we were there these lions charged the glass and tried to eat Mr. G. This time, no such luck.










Oh wow. Lookie there. I did used to do my daughters’ hair!
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Yes, he is punching the elephant in the leg. Don’t ask. I don’t know.


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He really, really wants a pet monkey.
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He really wants *this* monkey.
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Juuuust chillin’ at the zoo.
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Way up high!
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“Mom, get a picture of me with the cat. He’s soooo cute!”



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“Arggggg!” says the funny, pirate cat.



















































































It was a weekend of sugary breakfast eating, happy hour hanging, game room playing, elevator riding, crowded pool swimming, slide sliding, ice cream eating, birthday partying, zoo hiking, mall walking fun. We might just have to do it all again!


"What? It's over? See you soon!"
“What? It’s over? See you soon!”


The Truth Behind the Photos

It’s fall. I’ve been waiting for this: for the crunch of leaves and the smell of fresh pears served with caramel and cream. As you can see from this photo proof, the kids love fall as much as I do. Actually, they really do…enough that they don’t mind me dressing them up and making them pose for fall pictures.

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“Don’t worry about the bees! They won’t sting you unless you bother them!” I insisted before snapping this one. Don’t they look relaxed?! You’d hardly even know they were deathly afraid. I paid them generously in cookies and tea.
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Isn’t he sweet, pouring fake tea for his twin! We had real tea inside, but it was too cold to linger outside. “Hurry up and look relaxed so we can go inside for a tea party!”
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I have no idea why these random logs are laying in our yard. But hey, it’s the perfect spot for a photo shoot (plan B after Baby Bear refused to sit in the wheel barrow)!
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I asked them to look at the pond, and Tiny Dancer saw her chance to steal the spotlight. Ever the 1940’s starlet that she is, she dwelt pensively on her lingering childhood and imagined she was twenty.
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This what they looked like between takes. She really does laugh in real life!
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This is pretty much my dream come true. In real life, my kids still haven’t developed the love of reading I had hoped they would by this age. Maybe they’ll see this photo and be inspired. I know I am.
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Of course, I wouldn’t expect them to be thrilled by a 1930’s Bible dictionary just because I am. Look at them acting their little hearts out!
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This one happened completely naturally. Just kidding! They do love each other, though.
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“Look over there and pretend you see something exciting” means different things to each brother.
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I just told them how much I love them. And oh, boy, do I ever!

**Doesn’t look like the mountains of New Mexico? It’s not. We’ve moved. More on that soon!

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