Wordful Wednesday: The Zoo, the Park and the Trampoline

Since the days have been getting cooler and the days a bit shorter we’ve been enjoying the crisp air outside with our extended families. This time of year is especially busy for Michael so the girls and I are often left to our own devices.

On one such day we were got a chance to visit the Potter Park Zoo right here in Lansing with Aunt Jilnar (Michael’s sister). My sis and bro-in-law bought us a zoo membership for Christmas and it was awesome to be able to use it with her.

Since Jilnar lives in Chicago we don’t get to see her often enough, so we all really enjoyed being with her all day.

We got to see goats and chickens, monkeys and penguins. And the lions. We stared at the lions forever.

Then last week in an attempt to walk Leslie’s baby out of her, we took a stroll, hit up the local bakery Sweetie-licious, had a picnic at the park and Izzie tried the swings for the first time. Could that big ole grin on her face be any cuter? She loved the swing!

I’ve said it a million times but the friendship between Cedella and Anna is just incredibly sweet to watch. They fight like sisters and yet they can be so silly and loving to each other. But damn are they both Little Miss Bossy Pants!

(*And you know what? Our attempt helped, well, that and their family tent camping the night before she went into labor. Leslie had her baby this weekend!!!! A baby girl named Amelia!!!! So incredibly excited and happy for the whole family!)

And we finally got a chance to spend time as a whole family on Sunday when we went to our little cousin Salem’s 4th Birthday party. And though there were awesome blue Batman cupcakes, a zillion new toys and a pinata full of candy the real star of the show was the awesome new trampoline in the backyard.

When I asked Salem what her favorite present was, she said “the trampoline”. Which is easy to understand. Cause it’s pretty damn cool.

All the kids absolutely loved it. And while they jumped like crazy after the cupcakes and the candy all of us parents got to feel a bit like kids ourselves, smiling and laughing along.

It was a perfect afternoon spent with Aunt Jilnar and our cousins Mary, Glen and Salem. It’s always enjoyable to spend time with them.

How fortunate are we to have so many fun ways to spend our days and so many lovely people to share them with?

With the football season here it’s easy for our family to get so crazy, stressed and disconnected. But it’s moments like these that remind me how much we have to be thankful for.

A special thanks to the lovely Kristi at Live and Love Out Loud for the fabulous free collage templates that helped facilitate this fun post. Check out her page for some photo inspiration and fun freebies.

Thanks for stopping by and reading today! But I’d love it even more to hear from you. How do you reconnect with your family when life gets busy and stressful? Any tips for making those sparse family moments really count? Any recommendations on cool places to go with your family? Looking forward to your comments :)

Happy Wordless/Wordful Wednesday to all!!

 

 

Comments

  1. Wow looks like some great times!

  2. That looks like so much fun! I love all the shots! :)

    Waiting for the Bus on Picture Day

  3. Looks like a great time. I LOVE the last pic.

    http://tc-twistedfairytale.blogspot.ca/2012/10/wordless-wednesday.html
    Twisted Cinderella recently posted..Wordless Wednesday

  4. Oooh collage templates. I can’t wait!
    Andie@multiplemama recently posted..Do you give your vote away?

  5. Teresha says:

    never a dull week at your house!
    Teresha recently posted..ROCKtoberfest Hop: Kyle Sherman CD Review & Giveaway + $15 iTunes GC

  6. angie says:

    YOu are such a good mama and do such wonderful things with your girls. I’m always so impressed!
    angie recently posted..Wordful Wednesday-Batman Live Edition

  7. Cute! I went to a zoo in my post too. Thanks for sharing. Stop by my site and say hello if you’ve got the time :)

  8. dumb mom says:

    Look at you party animals!
    dumb mom recently posted..Mom Chic on the Street. Lace Accessories.

  9. squirrel says:

    We always seem to run out of money if we pay
    our bills first and then look at what’s left for savings. On a previous holiday (Father’s Day) a handsome metal tin of ANZACs biscuits
    or cookies hit the spot (and probably Mom’s greedy craw too.

    If you pay yourself first, and then your bills, you’ll find a way
    to make it to your next pay period.
    squirrel recently posted..squirrel

  10. Baby of Turtle: Mother turtle lays about hundred
    round eggs. Like morphine, they reduce pain and induce feelings of pleasure,
    but without the dangerous side effects. Permission to publish this content was given by Sean Fleeman.
    animals and mothers recently posted..animals and mothers

  11. If you would like to get much from this article then you have to apply these strategies to your won website.
    pawn shops tampa recently posted..pawn shops tampa

  12. Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I
    found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.”
    She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back!

    LoL I know this is entirely off topic but
    I had to tell someone!
    art glass supplies chicago recently posted..art glass supplies chicago

  13. It’s truly very difficult in this active life to listen news on TV, therefore I just use world
    wide web for that purpose, and get the most recent news.
    http://www.tobeycmossgallery.com/anxietymanagement71277 recently posted..http://www.tobeycmossgallery.com/anxietymanagement71277

  14. Sanora says:

    It’s very simple to find out any topic on web as compared to books,
    as I found this post at this web site.
    Sanora recently posted..Sanora

  15. Your store should have the same appearance for your
    listings to improve brand awareness and
    generate familiarity which instils confidence. Create an internet shop and break from
    the rat race which has been getting you nowhere. Compaq 3702AC
    built with all basic & functional features including.
    vibrator help recently posted..vibrator help

Speak Your Mind

*

CommentLuv badge