Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Annual Gunstream-Lofgren Zoo Trip!

Spring Break is here...which means one thing for sure...our annual Gunstream-Lofgren zoo trip! Our family has quite a few traditions for each holiday/season and I have to say...this is one of my FAVORITES!!!! I think one of the best parts is seeing how much Landry and Amy change and grow each year.

If you have followed my blog...and have read about our other zoo trips...then you know that we always start with Landry's favorite...ELEPHANTS!!!!


After our visit with the elephants we headed to the monkeys.
Here are my two favorite monkeys!


Seriously...could they be any cuter together? 
I love the smirk on Landry's face...definitely going in their future wedding slideshow. :)


This picture just cracks me up! Amy wanted to go down the stairs and Landry was in complete agreement...except you know Mr. Cautious...gotta hold the rail.


Amy loves the Nosey statue...Landry not so much. 
For some reason he will never agree to take a photo with it...go figure.


One more look at the elephants...


My favorite little boy...in his favorite place!


Carter was a fan of the elephants, too. :)


Nothing like sitting on a rhino with your best friend to put a smile on your face!


The tiger cubs were out playing...but there was a huge crowd. 
When we came back by one of them was taking a nap...too cute.


Next up was some flamingo watching...while Erin waited in line for the giraffe feeding for us. :)


Carter loved hanging out in the shade.


For some reason Landry did NOT want to feed the giraffes this time.
Amy was down for feeding them!
Ooops...she dropped the lettuce the first time...and the second, third, and fourth. :)


There we go!


Nothing says "Super Mom" like this picture of Erin...holding two kiddos and feeding a giraffe...all with a smile!



Since the giraffes got a snack we decided to feed our crazy animals.
As you can see...we only feed them the finest...donut holes and Starbucks!
Before you think we feed our kids nothing but junk...
it was chocolate milk...
with whipped cream...
not coffee. :)


While we sat, rested, and enjoyed a snack...Amy and Landry found a coin well.
You know...the kind that you drop a coin in and it goes around and around, down and down.
As you can see...they were very intrigued!


After their adventure with the coin well...it was on to Stingray Bay. 
If you remember...last year was the first year Landry actually put his hand in the water.
This year he decided he wanted to feed them...and then changed his mind. :)




Before we left we had to get a group shot...we are pretty cute and fun if I do say so myself. :)


Our final stop was my favorite...Sea Lion Cove. I could seriously hang out here all day...without all of the other people. :)




Love this picture of the three of them!


Carter gave it the stamp of approval, too!



Don't know what I'd do without this girl in my life...so very thankful for her friendship!


You know I couldn't post without doing some "looks back in time." 

The trip that started it all...




Look at how little our babies were!



And now we are a party of 5! Hopefully some day we will be a party of 6. :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Snow Much Fun!

On Sunday we decided to load up the truck and go on a search. A search for snow! Landry LOVED the snow last year and he got a ton of gear for Christmas...so it has been a bummer that there hasn't been any snow. Well, we got in the truck, headed up to Kings Canyon National Park...


to find...this...


Yup...that was all that was left! One, big chunk, along the side of the parking lot.


So, what do you do when you go to the mountains...in search of snow...and there isn't any? Well, the next best thing...check out all of the trees!


I mean, I know that they are the Giant Sequoias...but holy moly...they are HUGE!!!


We walked the trails around the General Grant tree...and Landry LOVED every minute of it...even if there wasn't any snow. :)

Here is a hollowed out trunk that you can walk through.



The best part...the $5 I found at the end...almost as good as a pot of gold! :)


Landry was very intrigued with all of the information boards...and he would stop to "read" each one.


Here is the famous General Grant Tree




Big thanks to the three girls that offered to take a family pic of us!




We found another fallen tree..."This is HUGE, Mommy!"



Landry and Chad checking out the base of a tree. Landry thought that a squirrel had made this hole. :)


Chad proved that even big boys like to play with sticks!


And if Daddy has a stick...that means one thing...Landry needs to have one, too. :)



Along the same trail is an old cabin...the Gamlin Cabin


Landry thought that the cabin was pretty cool...even the dirt floors.



As we made our way back to the car Landry decided that the paths needed to be vacuumed. 
Yes, even when he is out in nature he is thinking about his beloved vacuums. :)




Once we had walked all of the trails around the General Grant Tree we got back into the truck and decided to try and find another area to explore. The first turn-off we took brought us to these...


Yup...right in the middle of the visitor area were 6-8 deer...that were not scared of our vehicle at all.


They slowly made their way across the road and continued on to the meadow.



We continued up the 180 for awhile...and finally we found a side road with this...


SNOW!!!! 
No, it wasn't a lot of snow...but it didn't matter to this guy! 
As you can see...he was THRILLED!!!




First item of business...snowman building! I was pretty proud of myself...Landry...wasn't so impressed. He told me that I needed to make a bigger, better snowman. Apparently he didn't realize I was working with limited resources. :)



After our snow man fun we decided to try and do some sledding. 
First try...Landry and me!






I wouldn't call it a huge success. 
Since we weren't working with much snow...or hill...it wasn't much of a thrill. 
Landry...thought differently...so much so that he decided to go all by himself!


Wahoo...no hands!



All smiles at the end!


Here are a couple of videos of his runs. As you can see...and hear...he LOVED it!


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We spent about 45 minutes sledding before we decided to go grab some lunch and head home.
I was so glad that we were able to find some snow. 
Landry was so excited, enjoyed every minute of it, and cannot wait to go back.


Seriously, he asked when we got home, this morning, when Chad picked him up from preschool, and at dinner. :)


Here's to hoping that next year brings more snow!