Thursday, December 29, 2016

We’re Going to the Zoo Tomorrow...

We got a family zoo membership for Christmas, so we went to the zoo the week after Christmas. It was nice and cold but not freezing, and the animals seemed pretty active. It was awesome!

These lemurs were friendly with each other for a while, but then two of them started “talking,” and it sounded like an argument!

This penguin followed Claire around a little bit, it seemed. That was pretty cool!

And she had a penguin on her shirt. Fun!

We went to an information session on the opossum, the only marsupial in North America.

We saw some action from the gorillas, too. Three male gorillas weren’t very happy with each other for some reason, it seemed. We even saw one bang on his chest.

We also went to an information session on a predator; it turns out the predator was a penguin, which eats about 1/3 of its body weight in food every day. Look out, fish!

The elephants were all walking around. Claire asked a zoo employee what elephants eat, and he was very kind as he answered. They talked about vegetables, sticks, bamboo, peanut butter, and even peanuts. (The elephants don’t get very much peanut butter, and they hardly ever get peanuts!)

Dayton was kind of in a bad mood for a while. His mood changed after we ate lunch, thankfully.

One of these giraffes was pacing back and forth.

We watched the baby chimpanzee climb on and off his mother’s back over and over as she walked around. That was fun to see!

The aviary was pretty calm compared to the last time I went to the zoo (in the spring). But I did notice this nice white bird.

I look forward to going to the zoo some more, (especially before it gets too hot!)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

More Christmas!

After a yummy breakfast of sausage freezies and homemade cinnamon rolls, the rest of the family came over, (although we were missing Aaron and Kash), to open presents.

Some pre-game photos:

Lynnlie got to open the first gift of Christmas, since she’s the youngest. :-) 

Marcus found something good in there!

We enjoyed being together as we opened presents. Then we had a very untraditional lunch: pizza from Uno’s. Dad drove out to Ft. Worth a couple of days before Christmas to pick up some Uno’s pizza that we could heat up on Christmas Day. It was a nice way to have an easy meal! And it was delicious!

The last gift of the afternoon was a bow and some arrows for the kids. They really liked them! And since it was not cold - at all - we were able to play outside with them!

Merry Christmas! 

Christmas Morning

Christmas Morning! Oh, how I love Christmas morning! The joy, the happiness, the excitement! The love, the peace, the joy of the Savior. The love we have for each other - family members, friends, even strangers. It all just seems more apparent at Christmas time.

These kids were ready to go see what Santa brought them!

They found the notes and candy from Elfie the Elf.

With some guidance, they found their toys from Santa! Claire got a cool building set that she can make forts, castles, rocket ships, and more out of.

Dayton got a diner set. One side has the grill, the other side has the table for the customer, and the food has two sides: the uncooked side, and a cooked side. Pretty cool!

Then they found their stockings.

Dayton found a flashlight in his stocking and immediately gave it to Claire and said that she could have it because the one in her room is broken. It was so sweet to see that unselfish act from a three year old. We could all learn from that... Claire, however, found a flashlight in her stocking just moments after Dayton gave her his flashlight.

Claire was very excited to get some nail polish! Her very own nail polish!

 What fun!

Then it was present time.

While at Disney World, Claire picked out a monkey hat to give Dayton as a gift.

Jordan got a cool shirt!

It was fun to watch Dayton open presents. He worked to get every piece of wrapping paper off the boxes!

Jordan also got some new boots!

Claire liked her new wallet.

And Dayton now has his very own game of Guess Who?!!!

So we played it, of course!