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Re-visiting the Zoo

We are very lucky that our state has two zoos. The one we frequent relies on donations only which is terrific since to take our whole family to the other one is over 100.00. Curse of the large family when it comes to field trips. While we meant to head over to the zoo on the 1st of July to celebrate Canada Day it was just too busy. So we took off for the beach HERE and instead went back at the beginning of the day on the 5th. Perfect!

New metal piece out front!

New metal piece out front!

Close up detail.

Close up detail.

We never quite see everything on a trip. Which is just fine, since this zoo is affordable and not that long of a drive away. But we did see some wonderful animals.20170705_105230

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20170705_105810For the most part I see the relevancy of zoos as an educational tool, a breeding program for endangered and critical animals, and often the only chance we will EVER have to see many of these animals in person. BUT the gorillas are hard. I just do not enjoy visiting them at all.20170705_110414

They were just so ... resigned to it all.

They were just so … resigned to it all.

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And the seasonal butterfly exhibit. That is always a wonderful experience.20170705_112143

On Emanuel's hat

On Emanuel’s hat

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Of course we took some time with the penguins and the seahorses. 

With our maple leaf friend

With our maple leaf friend

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20170705_102937So we return often and share equally as often. Hopefully not too boring for those who check back here often. What can I say? We do love to share what we see!

Flamingos

Flamingos

We never noticed this before

We never noticed this before

Yup a 4 yr old, and she is almost 7 at this point!

Yup a 4 yr old, and she is almost 7 at this point!

So many statues to pose with.

So many statues to pose with.

She dressed to match

She dressed to match

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Zander is far right

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Happy 7th Birthday Miss Echo!

Our youngest is a full on school age kid now! Where has the time gone? Yup, Miss Echo is officially 7 as of Sunday, August 13th. My Friday the 13th baby.IMG_20170813_113027_197

We actually had a rather fun weekend for her. Saturday was a trip to the Science Museum to see the Pixar exhibit (not that she enjoyed that all that much, so many other things to see). We went with our homeschool buds. It was fun. Expensive (the exhibit was an add on, which was annoying since we got memberships to AVOID that), but there was things to see and do that we hadn’t seen or done before.IMG_20170812_145552_758

IMG_20170812_145759_531IMG_20170812_145904_04920170812_133616_HDRIt was nice to get out and run around and enjoy ourselves before heading back.IMG_20170812_145701_948

20170812_132444Before that we had spent an hour at the YMCA to swim and play.

Saturday NIGHT we had cousin Robbie over. Which is always exciting for the whole family. He is a family favourite after all.

Sunday morning we slept in a little… well some of us did. Before packing up Echo and going to take pictures out by the local library. We were going to do it at the flower beds but people were busy weeding so we improvised.20170813_105134

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Since it was a rainy day we had to table the beach plan and instead head over to our house for cake and presents.20170813_134846IMG_20170813_140407_539

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To top it off – she lost her first tooth!!! It was quite the milestone weekend!!!20170813_210156

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Now sit back and enjoy the science museum images!20170812_130446

Echo and Nate

Echo and Nate

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Happy America Day

Echo is still trying to get her mouth around Independence Day… so often it is America Day. And ours was on the relaxing side. We actually had a bit of a celebration the day before with the Schwartz family. Full on fun – a pool, bouncy house AND we made poutine.IMG_20170703_183421_841

IMG_20170703_213119_620Ken and I brought some Molson Canadian to further meld the two holidays together. And Renee had the kids make ice cream.20170703_154632

IMG_20170703_213055_47620170703_15444820170703_154350Of course we started with photos on the 4th.

Note ZANDER is in WHITE

Note ZANDER is in WHITE

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Gavin and Zander

Gavin and Zander

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20170704_112453Then… making of the snacks we were taking to our homeschool buds’ for dinner. (don’t forget making the kids clean while they waited for our leave time)IMG_20170704_131701_901

20170704_111918Our fun was on the relaxing side. Aimee had water balloons.20170704_162648

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Shucking corn

Shucking corn

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So a belated HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to all who celebrated. Our day was a calm one, just how we like it!IMG_20170704_113748_839