Friday, April 29, 2016

Random Tid Bits

  1. We got to swimming lessons way too early. I have a hard time, timing it. There's construction along the way + I make sure the boys take a shower prior to their lessons. Other kids don't shower, but they have a big sign saying to shower. Since we're their guest, I make sure we abide by their rules. 

  2. Since we were early the boys were wound up! They were playing with a girl. I had to get after them all, "Stop hitting each other with your towels!" and "This is not a gym. Stop running around." It was pretty funny when they decided that their towels were super hero capes. I can no longer get to swimming lessons this early!

  3. The sirens went off because of tornado activity. No worries, no damage, just a funky looking sky. Travis went to pick up the boys at school, and many children were crying, and freaking out. They were afraid. Do you get scared when the weather is wacky? I don't. The last time a storm was really bad in Omaha was in 1975, the year before I was born.

    The wacky weather didn't bother this bumblebee. I enjoyed watching it buzz around, collecting nectar.

  4. We finally made it out to the zoo to see our new elephants. They came all the way from Africa to the US. There were some angry people thinking that it was horrible we were bringing elephants from their natural habitat to a zoo, and making them travel for such a long distance was crazy! In Africa there are being killed by poachers. They also were lacking on food and water. Our zoo upped their weight a lot! They weren't shown off for a month.

    In June their African Habitat will open up. That land is huge! Just new elephant families will be in the smaller space they are in now. That way the babies can be with their mama's.

  5. We took the Skyfari. Until the African Habitat is completed we won't take that again. Usually you have a choice to go one way, and walk the other. Right now since it's under construction there is no choice. We literally did not see a single animal. Only construction! It was still a fun ride - except Isaak kept freaking out that his shoes were going to fall off.

  6. I've been thinking about Prince. I sure do love the music that he left behind. Somewhere is a vault of music that he never put out to the public because he didn't like the way the music industry was going. I know the likelihood of him being on something caused his death is very high, but I was hoping that wasn't the case. Anyhow it's sad that a lot of artists go down a path of drugs. He's been on my mind. I've been listening to him more than usual. 


~ Noelle said...

I never really was a police fan.. yeah, I listened, but didn't go out and buy the music....

Still sad.

We just got home from the zoo today.

Theresa Mahoney said...

I think elephants are so beautiful. I'm glad your zoo was able to help them up their weight, but even so, they still look very tiny here. I hope they are able to gain more in the future and have a happy life in their new habitat.

mail4rosey said...

I saw his song sales went up astronomically when he passed. I guess a lot of folks are in the same mode.

The pics are great. I'd be worrying about my shoes too though on the lift. ;)

An Apel a Day said...

Theresa the elephants I have on here are the baby ones. I'm not sure if they just look underweight because they are babies. The zoo has fattened them up, since they came to their new home.

Harry Flashman said...

I had no clue who prince was, until the news rattled on and on about him. Guess he was not among my pantheon of artists.

The last time I was at a zoo, it was the Nashville Zoo and my kids were about 11 and 12 I think. We walked on the "sky walk" which was a plain board sidewalk on poles about 15 feet above the animals. We saw a White Tiger and that's all I remember about it, really.

When your kids are grown and gone, you will have tons more time but just about every day something will bring back memories of doing this or that with them. You are good parents to make such an effort to give your kids enriching experiences.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

The zoo looks really fun. I've been before too when not many animals were out.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Tornado sirens are never a fun experience! I remember many of those scares while living in Kentucky. I love the bumblebee shot :)

Mary Aalgaard said...

I'm in Minnesota, and we're all in shock. He was a gifted artist, and was constantly creating something. I look forward to hearing a few things that they found in his vault.
Looks like you and your family have fun adventures.
Storms do scare me. Mother nature is powerful.
Mary at Play off the Page

Masshole Mommy said...

The elephants are beautiful. They are one of my favorite animals.

Janie Junebug said...

Yes, it seems pretty certain that Prince had a drug problem, but they were pain relievers. A lot of people get hooked because of pain. I read that his hips and legs hurt constantly because of dancing in those high heels. When Michael Jackson died, his autopsy revealed that he had arthritis that was consistent with being a dancer. Dancing is hard on the body. Your boys looks so cute and happy at their swimming lessons. I always wondered about the take-a-shower before getting in the pool thing. Then I read an article that said the shower helps get oils off your skin that if not removed make the pool get dirty faster. I love pellyphants (that's what my daughter used to call them;she might still call them that although she's twenty-nine). I never worry about the weather. I grew up in Kansas. We had tornado watches and warnings all the time. If something terrible will happen, then all the worrying in the world won't stop it. When I lived in Illinois, I admit I was a little freaked out when we had an earthquake. At first I thought a plane flew over too low. Please keep an eye on the pellyphants for us.


Indah Nuria Savitri said...

looks like a great zoo you have there. Lampung, the province where I am originally from in Indonesia, is famous for its wild elephants :)


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