Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Weekend in Pictures (includes bears)

Why hello! Have we met before? If so can you wear a name tag next time you visit my blog? I'm better with faces.

So. Let's get to it! It's a few days late but never-the-less it's time for our weekend in pictures. Actually, because it was a three day weekend, I'll just show you what we did ONE of those days. Otherwise you'd be looking at 300 pictures of us getting coffee, groceries, and diapers.

On Saturday we decided to take a little trip to the Santa Barbara Zoo. It only took a mere two hours to get everyone fed, dressed, packed, fed again, dressed again, meltdowns averted, and fed again until we hit the road. I never realized that having two children would mean that any extra breathing space in our car would be filled with crying, children's music, strollers, and graham cracker crumbs.

 Once we arrived, Henry would not sit in the stroller and instead preceded to run wild while shouting, "EEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee....." from pure excitement. On second thought it might have been from the five cookies I gave during the hour and a half drive down.

We soon realized that taking a two year old to any child centered activity means they could care less about the obvious activities. It's pointless to try and get them to enjoy things that make the entry fee worth while.  For example, rather than look at the lions, Henry preferred to crawl among the bushes. Which he could have done at home. But never mind.

Lions, schmions! Get a load of these Agave bracteosa!

The zoo offered many large, grassy areas perfect for toddlers that enjoy running (and shouting EEEE) non stop.

Henry's contented "I just ran the hell outta this lawn" face. 

Luckily all that lawn space made for a nice place for Macy and I to rest.

Mom Macy needs rest after watching all that running. 

Eventually Henry did look at more than just bushes and lawns.

Mom, don't point at the alligator. That's So rude. 

Thanks for taking this picture Macy.

Henry's new best friend. To bad he's made of stone. 

Birds. Enough said. 

How much is that doggy in the window? 

We worked up quite an appetite from all that staring and pointing.

Let's hope this isn't a foreshadow of Henry's high school lunch experience. 

Before we left Henry fell in love with one exhibit that he could watch for hours. 

Watching paint dry has never been so exciting. 

That's it. Well not really. There were still two more days of doing things but I forgot to document it. Plus it's not as exciting as watching paint dry.

Adios! Until the next post.


  1. Love this post, your blog is so humbling!

    1. Thank you Victoria Ann! I'm glad you enjoy my self deprecating sense of humor. ;)

  2. Love this post, your blog is so humbling!

  3. I certainly hope you didn't tease the squirrels. Your California squirrels are very sensitive and one threatened to sue me when we visited the Mildred Mathias Botanical Center on the UCLA campus. He took offense to the joke about the chicken crossing the road to show the squirrel it could be done.

    You have some cute kids, Jackie. Don't drop 'em off over at your Mom's on Slightly Creepy Seventies Day. That might warp 'em forever.

    1. Californians are ALWAYS sue happy aren't we? Luckily we didn't run into any disgruntled squirrels on our zoo adventure. Clearly they don't have much of a sense of humor!

      Thanks for visiting!

    2. Russell, Mildred Mathias and I are working on a class action law suit against California Squirrel mistreatment of tourists. It's a good plan and I'm sure we will all benefit financially from it. If only the plan didn't involved going through a time warp to the Slightly Creepy Seventies. But alas, no plan is perfect I suppose.

    3. I love that Henry is crawling through the bushes. I remember when we too you and Jim to the San Francisco zoo when you were like 2 and 3. And we were trying to get you to look at the elephant, but all you were interested in were the birds on the ground in front of the exhibit. Sigh . . . Now we really could have stayed home for that one.

    4. Macy takes great pictures for a 6 month old!

  4. Oh I remember that stage! and watching paint drying?? Too funny. Oh're so funny/exhausting/adorable...

    1. It's quite an amusing stage isn't it?!