Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Big Cats, Big Rats, and a Hedgehog

The weather was nice and Grandma had a day off, so I packed up the boys, dropped one off at school and the rest of us enjoyed the morning at the Sacramento Zoo. Donovan was excited to see the "AM-inals" and even named a few that we were going to see before we even got there. Sadly, we have no elephants at this zoo anymore, but the giraffes are always a hit. Devin got a chance to explore a bit on his own, with the help of the monkey backpack (aka, the leash). He has yet to be leash-trained, as he didn't quite grasp his boundaries of his tail allowing to only go a certain distance. His beige shorts quickly became brown ones. While our visit was a pleasant one for the kids, and a nice break for me, I was a bit disappointed in some observations seen while there, i.e. the rodent population - not an attraction I'm sure.

Devin hopped out of the stroller for this ride... that stood still.

"Look Ma! Crocky's got an owie like me!"

Donovan hangs on to a dragonfly.

The Big Rat. Look at how well fed this critter is! He helped himself to the duck food, pulling the dish closer to his reach - just one of my "beefs" about our visit that day.

Donovan couldn't WAIT to ride the carousel. Thank goodness it wasn't seen until the end of our stay. After careful selection, he chose to ride the lion (without a seatbelt I might add = Beef #2). Grandma captured these great carousel shots, with the latter one being used on the Zoo's website slideshow at the bottom. How cool is that? Thanks Mom!

Oh yeah, the hedgehog? Grandma bought the boys (Dominic and Donovan) each a cute little hedgehog stuffed animal. They love them. Their most favorite thing to do right now is throw them up into the family room's ceiling fan. I wonder how long that will last?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Back to School

Dominic headed back to school last week. This is just another routine change we have to get used to around here. Sadly, instead of dropping 2 off at daycare, they come home with me... a boring car trip for them, I'm sure. Dominic had a great First Day. He didn't cooperate with the camera too much, but he was all too excited I suppose.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Storybook Ending

Sadly, summer must come to an end and school begins. That also means the weekly summer playdates we've been having will become less frequent, or just less busy. The Wild Ones and the Fantastic Four have enjoyed each other's company in our visits, and Joan and I have enjoyed a much needed "sanity check", by way of a Starbuck's beverage and discussing these mommy frustrations we have. Gotta love these boys!

In a last minute (within 10 hours) decision, Joan found an awesome new park in our neck of the woods! Go figure. After a few U-turns, entering construction zones and traveling dirt paths, we made it! But not without working up a sweat. See, not just these kids love those misters at the park. Still surrounded by ongoing construction and an upopened parking lot, the playground was not very crowded and very spacious. Lots of room to chase after the little ones. Seems ironic for the playground to have a Storybook Theme on our last outing together. A sweet, little happy ending?

Click to play this Smilebox scrapbook:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Now Entering....

... the Terrible Fours???

Perhaps it was the downward spiral of the sugar-high he got from his party on Sunday, but Monday was a really rough day (his actual birthday). Even with quite a few no-shows and couldn't-make-its, Donovan had a great time once again at his favorite party place, Safetyville USA. Grandma was in the middle of it all, directing traffic AND taking photos.

With a sparkle in his eyes and a 21-tooth grin!

Donovan takes Peyton for a spin (in her Jeep of course!)

Dominic takes Sydney for a spin (in her Jeep of course!)

Devin patrols the street.

Looks like it's Vinny in the lead!

FINALLY! The party nears an end and Devin's wish comes true.

Honk as you pass by!

All the while we partied, cousin Bianca played for the Championship Title in her soccer tournament for the weekend. Way to go B and Land Park's Velocity! We missed you, but saved you some cake.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The SWEETEST things...

Papa's birthday cake!

Sweet kids helping to blow out the ONE candle.

A SWEET boy waiting for the birthday song.

Deliciousness on a stick!

The expert SWEET tester.

Sometimes the best parts are the hardest to get to.

Bianca demonstrates the "corn on the cob" technique
when eating frozen marshmallows.

(with proper pinkie etiquette!)

Feliz Cumpleanos!

from the Dude Crew

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Gardener

Oh how I wish he'd trade that rake in for a broom and come inside!*

*The "working shoes" had been on his feet since 2:00 this afternoon, WAITING for his dad to come home to do yard work. He wouldn't take those shoes off until his work was done. They are now in the garage, right next to his dad's work boots!