Saturday, December 28, 2013

We're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo

The weather got up to an unseasonably warm 54 degrees here today, so we took advantage of it with a short trip to the zoo. It's going to drop to a high of 19 tomorrow, so we wanted to enjoy it while it lasted! The new penguin exhibit opened earlier this fall but this was the first we'd been out to see it. It was really great. We also saw the polar bear, otters, peacock, bobcat, and a few other random animals. It was also warm enough to enjoy a picnic outdoors before we went home!

We were so close we could've reached over the glass and picked up a Humboldt penguin!

Elizabeth holding her stuffed penguin and watching the Humboldts

Ben talking with the Humbolts

These penguins were really fast swimmers

Ben chatting with a white-tail deer

Elizabeth and Dave taking an after-lunch walk

Brilliant blue poison dart frog

Elizabeth looking through the window at the meerkats all looking out the other window

Climbing on the tree at the Discovery Barn

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Fall highlights

Life has been busy lately and the next few weeks will continue to be so. Here are a few things we've been up to lately. I apologize for the disorganization, but I'm tossing up a bunch at once so my dad can show them to my grandma while he's visiting her!

Elizabeth knows how to behave at a fancy restaurant (celebrating Great-Grandma Anne's 90th birthday). She also brought her doll Annabelle, who was mine when I was little.

Dave won this canvas in a contest and we all cheered as Sporting KC won the MLS Cup in a double shootout after an overtime! Ben is excited to have it hung in his room.
Elizabeth hanging an ornament my friend Neilam made me in high school :)

Every day we open a drawer on the Advent calendar and there's a different family activity like listen to Christmas music or read a holiday book.

My godmother Jeanne sent us this gingerbread house kit along with a ton of other Trader Joe's deliciousness. I think it is safe to say this is the most structurally sound gingerbread house I've ever made, probably because I didn't bake the pieces!

We spent Thanksgiving over at Uncle Kenny & Aunt Lynn's house. The kids had fun spending time with their cousins and eating all the delicious food, especially Grandma's rolls. Elizabeth loved them so much that she actually cried when we had them for leftovers and she had finished her portion. She pointed at ours and wept, "Roll! Roll!" and seemed to think we should give her some of ours!

Ben had fun jumping on the trampoline at Uncle Kenny's

Ben & Tristan jumping

Boy cousins at Thanksgiving

Elizabeth kept trying to feed me the ornament.

Please just pretend that my children are smiling!

Nap-striking munchkin cuddling with Uncle Jeff

Playing dreidel while over at Opa & Grandma's for Hannukah. Did not react well to the "ante up" part of dreidel. Liked the part where she got to eat the gelt.
Elizabeth listening to one of the Christmas books from Great-Grandma Meyer, read by Grammie & Papa