Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fun And Games At The Zoo

Ah, a nice relaxing day at the zoo with the darling children. Ha! Sunny and Elle took a liking to this little alligator...

Sunny climbed onto it first. She looks darling, right? Well, when Elle tried to climb on with her, Sunny tried to scratch Elle's eyes out and a twin-fight ensued.

I guess you can say Sunny won this one. I wish I had gotten pictures of them going at one another because its really quite a sight to see, but I had to drop the camera and separate them. Poor Elle.

Luke had to jump on the alligator, too, which really infuriated Sunny. She screamed and pulled Luke's hair. Ugh.

So, we moved on. The kids wanted to walk on this path...

...until Sunny pointed out this sign. "Hey, can't you guys READ???!!!"

After a hike through the Salt Creek Wilderness we went on the carousel. It was the only time there was no fighting.

Boy, my teeth sure are straight, aren't they? I never had braces either. I could use a whitening, though. Nice nostrils, too....

Before we left Luke wanted a photo on the buffalo; or, more accurately, the Bison. Whatever. I always call them tatanka because it stuck with me from the movie Dances With Wolves.

Sunny wanted to sit on it, too, but I was too afraid to let her sit there without holding her, so I could only get a close up. No tatanka in the photo with her.

Time to go home. The day wouldn't have been complete without one last good cry!

I love going out with my kids even though there's always whining, crying and fighting. I used to get a bit flustered when hell would break loose, but now I almost find it amusing. I love when my husband asks how the day went and I get to tell him about all the screaming and fighting. We have a good laugh. We mom's listen to a lot of fighting and whining and screaming. Its a part of raising kids and we all go through it, so why get upset about it? Every trip there are a few moments of bliss where the kids are getting along or Luke will help one of the girls do something and all is right in the world. Those are the moments that warm my heart. I love being a mom. I love it so much, I bought this for myself today:

Totally cheesy, but I had to do it!

9 comments:

Jaime said...

Looks like fun. That fight sounds all too familiar! I think you deserve that keychain!:)

cindyquiltsOR said...

I am new to your blog ... Finn sent me!

I remember the crying children days. Only 49 days between youngest child and oldest g'daughter. Had them both for the first 18 months. OH MY!

Now ... oldest g'daughter has made me a great g'ma.

YOU too will survive!

Finn said...

What fun! Screams, hair pulling, pushing and all. It sure brings back great memories of when my now 41 and 39 year old daughter and son were toddlers. How she ever had the patience to put up with him amazes me.
And you are right on, there will the scuffles as they jockey for a power position. Laughter really is the best solution and medicine. Enjoy these years, they go very fast! Hugs, Finn

Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

You are sooooo funny! I loved your comment over on goodandcrazy's blog and these pics. I can't believe your teeth are that straight without having braces. I had braces and then fell 20 years later, ruined my front teeth and had to get 6 veneers. $10,000 later and after a lot of pain, they are perfectly straight again--and white. But, seriously... you are soooooo lucky :).

Hope you are having a terrific Sunday.

Good N Crazy said...

Cheesy keys or not, I agree. About the whining crying fighting stuff. You just are stuck with it, and the more you try to stop it the more they feed on YOU trying to stop it and around and around we go...

best advice I ever got was IGNORE sibling fighting stuff. Let them deal with it, if get you in on it, that was really their goal in the first place...

And we have no close zoo. Bummer.

QuiltedSimple said...

Sounds like such fun (and soooo familiar). Love the keychain!
Kris

AJ said...

Look like you had fun even with all the sibling rivalry. My own baby's attitude is changing right before my eyes. She isn't going to stand for anything less than what the older girls are doing.

angie said...

I can picture the fighting if it's anything like we experience. You do have nice teeth. And, if you take the kids to the zoo, you are #1 mom.

Angie said...

Lol, you're funny, tatanka.

My boys didn't fight until they were 13 and 11. They played and got along really well when they were little. Now they are 16 and 14and I hate it when they fight. I never starts out as fighting, it starts out as wrestling and play fighting, then within minutes, it all goes wrong.
I think that's how it is for most...

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