Last Day of School: Surprise Zoo Visit

Today marks the end of school for my son, Tyler. He has finished the third grade and will continue his journey into the fourth grade next year. Too say he is excited is an understatement. summer

Usually every year we finish the last day of school with something fun. This year was no different. We had lunch at an Applebee’s and then spent the afternoon at the nearby zoo.

For $20, it wasn’t a bad afternoon. It threatened to rain, but it never came. Also, for a small zoo, it was a lot of walking involved.

This zoo has been around since I was Tyler’s age. However, in the years, they have revamped it and made it bigger and included more animals. A small train ride has been added, which wasn’t too bad for the $2 per person. A petting zoo with goats were a fan favorite among my kids. We also saw most of the animals. Much to Lily’s disapproval, the kangaroo was hiding. Tyler claims he enjoyed the¬†monkeys the most, but I suspect that had to do with the fact it was one of the few animals who were not snoozing in the afternoon sun.

My favorite had to be the lions. Two lion cubs were born around the same time as Lily, which puts them at about five years old now. It’s fun watching them grow each year. While they are like any cat and were lazying around today, one was showing off his teeth while trying to eat the flies buzzing around his head. I could have sit around watching them all day, but the kids wanted to go-go-go!


One of the lion cubs. Picture taken Summer 2015.

To finish off his last day of school celebration I am getting him his favorite dinner. Pizza and breadsticks. I’ve been deemed the “best mother ever” today and it feels good.



Kids Say the Silliest Things


When asking my daughter’s name, she will answer each and every time, “My name is Princess Lily.”

“Mommies eat the babies as seeds, which grow in their tummies, then they poop them out again when they are done growing,” said by my son, Tyler, at the age of four, when I was pregnant with his sister.

“Shoes keep your feet from falling off when you are walking a long time.” Princess Lily’s five year old logic.

“Butterflies are the dead people watching their loved ones.” My son’s logic after my grandmother’s funeral when a butterfly landed on my knee.

“Money grows in our basement over night.” Tyler says this when he asks me for money for a new video game. When asked why he never harvests the money, he tells me it’s because he doesn’t have magical adult eyes like me, so of course, that naturally means he cannot see it growing.

“My mom is a ninja!” Lily loves shouting that one to anyone, family, friends and strangers alike. She believes this because I always know when she has gotten into the cookie jar. It’s of course, not that I can hear her opening it or the chocolate on her lips and cheeks that give it away.

“Sleeping is boring. I don’t want to sleep. I’m not even tired,” said by Lily, seconds before she starts snoring.

Every morning before school, Tyler has to remind me, “School is dumb, Mom. I’m not even learning anything!” I’m not sure how he thinks he knows how to read or do math if he isn’t learning it at school. He’s always telling me something new he (didn’t) learn at school when I pick him up though.

My son likes to point out he has to eat healthy and that he is currently eating healthy, seconds before he stuffs his mouth with a doughnut or cookie. I think his idea of healthy is a little different than the world’s idea of healthy.

“Boogers are thoughts falling from your head. That’s why I have to pick them so I can remember them later.” Lily’s response when I tell her to stop picking her nose.

Tyler has gym every Monday and Friday at school. Every time I pick him up he has to remind me he nearly lost his legs while running around during gym. Because running can make your legs fall off, according to him. But only running while in gym. Running around at the park or during recess are no problem. I think it’s safe to assume he isn’t fond of athletics.