Monday, July 30, 2012

Saturday at the Zoo

Claire has been asking to see the giraffes again, so the kids and I spent some time this weekend at the zoo.  Here are some of my favorite shots.

Wesley and Claire checking out Claire's favorite animals.

Watching the tapir walk around its pen.  We've never really noticed this one before, or it's always been pretty inactive, but it must have been happy with the cooler weather we've been having and was marching around.  The kids thought it was a mixture between an elephant and an anteater.

Action shot on the carousal. Not very well in focus because I was trying to take the photo and make sure she didn't fall off at the same time.  :)

Look Ma, no hands!

I made an exception to our "no buying junk from the zoo" rule and let the kids pick out masks.  Wesley chose a bat mask.  (If you haven't heard our bat-in-the-bedroom story from last week, ask and I'll retell it.  Ever since last Wednesday, Wesley has been fascinated with seeing a real bat (another reason we were at the zoo).  And, to continue the theme, he REALLY wanted this mask.)

And, of course, Claire chose the giraffe.

Big smiles!

She also thought Wesley was HILARIOUS in his mask and couldn't stop gigging at him when she saw him.  I caught part of that with this picture, but wished I had my video camera with me to catch the actual sound.  It was super cute.

Posing by the statue at the front of the zoo.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Emerald Isle Trip (Part III)

Walking on the beach with Grandpa

Running for the water
... or towards Grandpa!

Getting ready to play in the waves with Mommy

Another family photo op

Jumping in the waves

Aunt Bev and Emily relaxing on the beach

More sand castle smashing

Cousin hugs

Another sand castle picture

Grandma with Cousin Grady under the pier

Aunt Ann and Grandma

Uncle Lanny reading to the cousins

Grady enjoying the waves

All the cousins together

Group photo

One more family photo (again, Claire's saying Cheese, not crying)

Grandpa and Grandma with the "kids"


The Nicol family

The Rhodes family

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Emerald Isle Trip (Part II)

More playtime in the pool

Wesley, the taxi driver, pulling Annika around the pool

Wesley's turn to ride

In the pool with Uncle Lanny and the cousins

Aunt Ann and Aunt Cami relaxing on the porch

Waiting for Uncle Lanny to catch a fish so they can reel it in

Admiring their catches

Annika and Aunt Ann

View from the house boardwalk to the beach

One of Grandpa's sand castles (pre-smashing)

Pretty beach photo of the castle and our house (blue one in the middle)

Mommy and Claire

Swimming with Aunt Ann and the cousins

More rides

Cousin (Aunt) Emily in the pool

Grady hula-hooping with Aunt Bev (who is THE master hula-hooper)

After a 5K run (and Mark "photo-bombing" the picture behind them)

More hippos with the cousins

The sand castle master

The fisherman

Grandma with Claire

Outlines of Mommy and Wesley's shadows (they're kind of hard to see but Mommy is on the left and Wesley's is on the right)

A unique sand castle smashing technique

.... but highly effective