Friday, November 10, 2006

Playing Hooky At The Zoo

We're experiencing a couple of days of what is called "Indian Summer" here in Ohio. Yesterday it was sunny, beautiful and 66 degrees. These are probably the last few days of weather like this before winter kicks in full force. I have a few vacation days that I need to burn up before the end of the year or else I'll lose them. So what better way to get rid of them than to ditch work and go to the zoo. I called my sister and she was down with the plan. We loaded the kids up and kidnapped Tanner from school. It was already lunchtime when all of this was decided so he didn't miss much. Plus the zoo's educational. Besides what's more important than creating a great memory for a kid? Just to make sure that we didn't permanently disrupt his learning potential we discussed what he was learning in school that day on the drive there. I'd forgotten just how boring common nouns, proper nouns, adjectives and verbs really were. On the way home he practiced his spelling words. I apologize to all my teacher friends who now think I'm a horrible influence....Not. LOL!

The kids agreed to let me photograph them on the tiger in honor of the Cincinnati Bengals. It didn't turn out bad considering how hard it is to get 4 kids to sit still and all look at the camera at the same time. Teagan looks a little drunk though. Oh and disregard those kids in the background. No idea who they belong to. We saw penguins, too. Tatum was sure to remind me that they are my favorite. We got lucky cuz the lion was feeling territorial as we were watching him so he let out some really big roars. I'd never heard a lion roar before and neither had the kids. We all thought it was prety cool. Travis has just learned his right from his left. He's very proud of himself so we heard this all day..... "Mommy's on the left and Krista's on the right. This is the right side of my body. This is my left foot." Etc, etc to infinity. But it was cute. It's fun to be 6 yrs old.

It was awesome weather to be outside enjoying the sun and breathing in some fresh air. The zoo wasn't crowded and we all had fun. All in all it was a really good Thursday.


Catherine said...

What a fun day and what a great Auntie! It's wonderful to spring niece's and nephews from school and take them out! Just the reason I'm springing my niece from school next month and we're winging our way to Disney for a week!

Go Auntie!

Mark & Michelle said...

I LOVE the zoo. It has been SOOO many years since I have been there.

Glad to hear that you had a great time. Any day off during the week is a good time!!

Kristen said...

What GREAT fun!!!

And on days like that... I give my whole class the afternoon off.. take them outside and play some football!!! You can never create too many great memories..

wzgirl said...

Great day, Krista - Great use of Indian Summer! It is so nice that you and your sister are close so that you can do this sort of thing. You can tell that her kids just LOVE their Auntie Krista!!

Tamara said...

I don't think I've ever heard a lion roar either, that is cool!

Shannon S said...

We're having beautiful (i.e. not humid) weather here in VA, too. My niece and I headed to the zoo on Friday and had a wonderful day! We don't have penguins, though...maybe a lil' trip to Ohio is in order!

Elise said...

Looks like you had a fun time!!! Love the photo too!

Stacy said...

What a great day!! I can't believe the weather we had over the last couple of days.

I think it is great you kidnapped Tanner, what a memory this will be for him!!

I want to go next time!! :)