Thursday, December 31, 2009

sorry for the rambling

We went to the Zoo as a family the other night. Other than half of the group getting lost it was really fun ... pretty cold, but a lot of fun regardless! I just love watching Evan explore his world. The joy in that boys face as he utilizes his independence is one of the best feelings in the world!

One of THE COOLEST things happened while we were at the zoo. The nocturnal animals were all awake. This includes the lions!!!!! I have never seen lions that active before. They were stalking the fence right in front of us, playing with eachother, and ....... talking. The female lion starting making noises (not roaring, just playful noises) and I kid you not ... it was one of the loudest things I have ever heard in my life. Now that I have heard a lion up close and personal I cannot even imagine what it must sound like if they roar, and can imagine even less if I heard that sound with no fence in between us. WOW!!!!!

p.s. I think all the animals from the Calgary Zoo should put in a transfer to the San Diego zoo, especially the elephants. They just made a new enclosure and it is stunning!!! Oh man I miss this zoo!!!

the whole family minus Ben and Sharley
(yes we are all in one house ... including Ben and Sharley)

I just love this picture of my dad!!!!!

We went to Kit Carson Park and man was it .... F.U.N, fun!!!!! It is this treasure in the middle of a great park. You walk through the gates into a fairy tale of mosaic fun. It was the perfect place for Evan to roam and explore in his chair. I could not have fallen more in love with this little park and the family had a lot of fun taking pictures all around the park.

From the park we went to a burger joint called "Chee-Burger Chee-Burger" It was so yummy and my brother decided to take the plunge and eat the 1 pound burger. I don't know how he got it all down, but he did and his picture now graces the wall of the restaurant. (Go Brandon!!)

the burger is the size of his head!!!!!
We drove home, quickly got changed, and went to the temple again! So great!!!!

After that I drove to my family to Lori's house so her parents could meet my two angels. I did have an ulterior motive since I really wanted to meet her boyfriend. It was so great to be with her family again. I sent my 3 boys back home and I went with Lori to another CBC dinner before Liz left.

Today I got to hang out with my three boys. We were originally going to go to Disney, BUT we decided to save money and stay here. We spent the morning at Balboa park and it really was fun! We took Evan to a puppet show which was pretty lame for an adult, but Evan just loved it. He kept talking about it saying things like ... "look Mama, puppet talked!!" There was so much fun to walk around and just let Evan drive and explore!

We came home (with the best Mexican food in hand), put the boys down for naps, and took off with Justin and my little brother Alex to go outlet shopping. It was so fun to spend that time with him and I even got a new nickname on the way home ;-)

Tonight was a wedding reception for a really close family friend. It was so lovely to see more friends that I don't often get to see and to just dance! It was so fun and by far my favorite thing is when I am able to swing dance with my brother Brandon. My dad taught all of us when we were young and Brandon was usually my swing partner. All I can say is ... we really are good!!!

That is my day ... I am tired ... but our laundry isn't done yet. I wouldn't even worry about laundry but I have no more clean underwear. All I can say is ... I am sooooooo glad that it is Justin's night tonight, and maybe I will be able to sleep in.


Becky said...

Looks like you're having a great time. Your family is so cute!

lori lester said...

My family (and Dan) LOVED seeing you!

Lisa L said...

Fun times and fun pictures!