Sunday, September 9, 2012


It's 5:30am in my house. It's pitch black and completely silent, aside from the occasional motorcycle I can hear go past my house. "Why are you awake before 6am on a weekend?!" I can only imagine you are thinking, rather shouting, to the screen. I had a horrible nightmare. One involving my kids. And no matter how much I stayed in bed willing myself to go back to sleep, convincing myself it was just a was just a is not working. I am up. And now, it's taking everything in me not to go scoop up Aiden (he was the prominent one in my nightmare) and cuddle him on the couch. I know, however, if I do that, he will wake up and be miserably off schedule all day.

So, while I'm up from unfortunate circumstances, I thought I might as well try to distract myself from nightmares, and scooping up children, and all the other stresses and worries I start to think about whenever I'm already upset.

Yesterday, we went to the zoo again. It's so funny; growing up, my parents rarely took us to zoos, aquariums, and kid museums. My dad hated the zoo...thought they were boring. He loved museums, but felt like taking us to the real thing was better than taking us to a kid one. I don't know if it's on purpose or if it's just what my husband and I like to do, but we go ALL.THE.TIME. We have annual memberships to the zoo and go maybe 20-30 times a year? I just think there is something so refreshing about getting out of the house, being active (walking, skipping, jumping, climbing...) and watching animals in all their beauty. It's especially fun right now for Connor because he's starting to figure out the names of animals, what they look like, and why one animal looks like another. The questions that come out at the zoo remind me of why we go: spending time being inquisitive is essential to growth. I just adore watching him make connections.

Before leaving the house. Daddy had to match Aiden.
Story. In our haste to leave our house, we completely forgot the stroller. It wasn't until we were pulling up by the zoo that it even occurred to me. We thought about carrying them the whole time, but that's super hard to do while corraling Connor - we rented one of those wagons. And now, we seriously NEED one. They loved it. 
Daddy pulling the kids in the wagon at the zoo.
 Isabella, Aiden, and Connor's foot.
 Daddy and Connor with the giraffes
 They are getting SO big.
 Izzy and the giraffes
 He's so big!
 Connor wanted to "help pull the babeeeezzzz!"
It's hard to get both kiddos looking at us. Sorry Aiden.
 While the kids were occupied, we snapped this one of us:
Alright, the hubby curled up on the couch with me and is making us coffee. So, off I must go to start my day!


Courtney said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I had a dream a few years ago that was so disturbing it STILL disturbes me to this day. It was about Megan. Sometimes when I am so incredibly angry with her I will think back to that dream and try and make it a better day for us. Glad you had fun at the zoo. I think the last real zoo we went to was San Diego in 2007. Yikes! We have never been to the aqaurium in Monterey. We NEED to get there soon! =)

Crystal said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love the kids in the wagon! So cute! :)

Vanessa Innes said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

is there something in the air? because bad dreams have been bugging me too and sleep has been difficult to come by... I need to go to the zoo more often. maybe Avii and i can join you guys some weekend?

Tesha said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I hate nightmare like that and I have actually gone and laid with my kids after having them. Love that you go to the zoo so much I need to take more day trips with the kids.

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