The Zoo ~ Part Two!

I think I left off with tales of the elusive squirrel, a bus ride loving Sarah and a sneak peek at one of the first animals we saw at the NC Zoological Park.  We were all very excited to enjoy the animals of Africa.

So…cute…so BIG!

Although we had a peek at the giraffes, the first animals we were able to get a good look at were the elephants.  Amazing how big they are and how cute at the same time.  The elephants throw dirt on themselves as a way to cool down. Since the dirt at the zoo is red, the elephants have red staining on their skin.

Camping with the Elephants

We enjoyed special additions to the zoo like the tent above. It provided a visual for what it might be like for those in the wilderness studying and learning about animals. There was a cot in the tent and of course Sarah jumped right on to take a break. Tsk, tsk, Sarah!

Elephant Tracking Headquarters

The Elephant Tracking Headquarters was set up like an old airplane hanger. There were some pictures and information on elephants as well as some informative videos. The best part was the helicopter inside that everyone was able to climb into.  The younger kiddos loved it!

Ready for take out! Or not.

Naturally, I made everyone get in and humor the camera happy mom. Caleb was running a bit behind and grabbed on in just the nick of time. Hee hee.

The little ones take control!

The Rhino

Mr. Baboon…deep in thought.

Mary’s New Ride

Now this would be a great grocery getter, don’t you think? Mary would be more than happy to do the driving, right,  Mary?

Dinosaur Exhibit at the Zoo

The zoo had a special dinosaur attraction. I had my doubts at how Sam would handle it. He was not impressed. The middle kiddos enjoyed it. Sarah loved the jeep. And Martha didn’t mind it either!

Martha at the wheel!

In the jungle….

I had a much better picture of the lions but for some reason they won’t upload correctly. The lions were snoozing while we were there. The lions sleep/rest up to 21 hours a day. It takes a great amount of energy to hunt and digest their prey.

My girls…not a part of the lion’s diet.

A quick shot of Bekah and Mary.  Love the sign behind Mary that reminds us not to toss the children over to the lions.

Cute 2 year old chimpanzee!

Now my children remember her name, this cute little chimp, but it eludes me at the moment. There is actually a new baby chimpanzee at the zoo but she wasn’t out when we were there. They are slowly introducing her to the other chimps and sometimes have to keep certain chimpanzees separated. However, we got to enjoy the antics of the two year old chimp. She was hilarious! Jumping and rolling off the rocks, tumbling around and jumping on the momma chimp. The best part was when she interacted with the kiddos. All my children were huddle up in one spot of the glass watching the chimpanzees. Little Chimp comes over and is hitting and kicking the glass right where they are and jumping around. I would have loved to have a picture of but couldn’t get a good shot as a school group arrived about the same time. That moment might have been the highlight of the whole day!

Baby Juma

Not only did the zoo have a baby chimpanzee, there was also a baby giraffe. I had a better picture but again it is not uploading for me. The giraffes are such funny creatures with their long necks, sloped backs and canter. The baby Juma was so cute!

There were a few other animals such as zebras and the rainforest full of beautiful birds. (We were a bit sad that the polar bears are visiting another zoo while renovations of their habitat are underway.) I don’t want to completely overwhelm you with our animal pictures! After our journey through Africa we took a late lunch break and then tackled North America. Unfortunately, the camera was left in the van so we don’t have any pictures for the last part of our day.

However, there will be a third zoo post of Photo Fun Shots.


Mini Vacation

This past weekend we were at the Grandparent’s house to celebrate my father-in-law’s birthday.  We turned in to a “mini-vacation” and it was such a blessing!

On Saturday, after the excitement of waking up to a flat tire, we headed to the North Carolina Estuarium and learned about coastal rivers and sounds.  There was a “no photo” policy so I couldn’t take any pictures beyond the lobby.

Once we were finished with the inside tour, we stepped outside to enjoy a beautiful view. The little ones enjoyed an opportunity to run and stretch their vocal chords. I was looking forward to a stroll down the boardwalk but others were hungry and ready to head to our picnic destination.

Wait. Before we head on to our picnic…a couple of cute shots.


Alright. Let’s load back up and head to the picnic area. We were on our way to Bath, NC for a picnic by the water.

The Lord blessed us with an absolutely gorgeous day! Perfect temperature, cool breeze, lovely sunshine…perfect! The picnic was so relaxing. I think we could have stayed there for hours.

The children loved watching the jumping mullets ( I think?) . I had a few I thought might accidentally take a swim but they managed to stay dry. Bekah really thought a kayak would be a fun addition to the day. One kayaking trip and the girl is dying to go again.

The lunch crew. Notice that Caleb is missing? I could barely get him away from the water. He took his sandwich and sat by the water. I tried to get a pic but Martha kept grabbing my camera! Bekah, I think, is behind a tree. Not intentional on her part; I didn’t realize it until after I got home.

Saturday ended up getting cut short since we had a few that were not going to be able to handle the house tours. Hopefully we can try again soon. I love seeing old homes!

It was a lovely mini-vacation!

TOS Travel Kits

Are you planning a long family road trip? Do you know another family who is? I have a wonderful resource to share with you!

Travel Kits: A Simple Way to Bless Others is an e-book from The Old Schoolhouse. It is a wonderful resource to have to help you share the love with your family and others.

Have you ever had a long road trip with a 3 year old? How about one with a 3 year old, a 5 year old, a toddler and a newborn? Oh, yes, you know what I’m talking about! Travel Kits will help make those long road trips a bit more fun for the family.

The idea of Travel Kits is to gather items, from coloring books to card games to funny glasses, wrap or package them in a fun way and give them to a family or your own when beginning a long trip. Or hey, even going to the doctor. Ever been in a waiting room long?

On the road trip every day the family, as a whole or individually, are given something to open and enjoy. If the road trip is shorter, you could have something to open every hour or at each stop. On a doctor’s visit, the “kits” maybe just be one or two things. A little something to help pass the time and keep hands busy and happy.

Travel Kits are not limited to your own family or even to children. You can prepare a travel kit for the college bound student who might need a little something each day as they adjust to being away from family, or maybe your sweet neighbor is going to be in the hospital for a bit. It could be your 6 year old is down with the flu. What a wonderful way to bless them with a “kit” to make these times a bit brighter.

Travel Kits is a thorough resource. Not only does it share the wonderful idea of these kits but it shares how and what to use. The e-book helps you to think about where the travel kit will be small car or big car? A family with older children or younger children? What to put into the kit for a girl or a boy?

It gives suggestion on presentation and packaging. This is one area I always need help in! There are so many ideas given on different items to include; edibles, books, recordings, games etc. Please note that many of the items mention can be pick up inexpensively at your local dollar store. Blessing others does not have to break the bank!

I found Travel Kits from The Old Schoolhouse to be a fabulous resource. I am thinking of so many ways to use this. I know my children would have a great time putting one together for others.

You can purchase the Travel Kits: A Simple Way to Bless Others  e-book from the The Old Schoolhouse Store and download it for only $12.45.