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The Shannons came to visit… last month

The Shannons came to visit us over Labor Day weekend. It was a weekend full of hanging out watching the kids play, late night board games and trip to the MN Zoo.

These are some photos from that weekend. It took a long time to get these posted because unlike after a weekend with my family, no one called, email or texted me telling me they couldn’t wait to see photos. I appreciate the excitement from my family but I also appreciate the Shannons letting me get to the photos in my own time! School started the day after the Shannons left so since they left things have been crazy around here. Have you noticed the drastic decrease in posts on the blog? Yes? That is because the level of crazy in our house directly correlates to the lack of posts on the blog.

Back to it. Here are some photos of the weekend. I didn’t take as many photos as I should have while everyone was hanging around the house because I was too busy hanging around the house with them. At the zoo however, I got some fun shots.

Zach later showed all the big boys up by scaling to the top of the web without any hesitation. The kid is a monkey!

I think Patrick and Steve have a lot in common. They are good buds.

We have been to the Zoo almost a dozen times since we bought our family membership but we have never actually done the Butterfly exhibit. It was really fun. We will definitely hit it again next time we go.

The kids had a lot of fun trying to track down all the different species of butterflies

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The fish were another BIG hit.

The baby monkeys were in rare form and the kids got a kick out of seeing them wrestle “Just like we do!”


Here are my favorites from the day.

Patrick was my buddy for the day. We both love to take photos.


And then when we tried to get a rare photo of all five cousins together Jon photo bombed the photo and what was a cute photo became an awesome and memorable moment. Meet Uncle Jon the Big Scary Spider!


For the record cranky Elise is mad because she was sitting directly behind Michael and I had Tim move her to the other side of Michael so she could be seen in the shot. Girls… they are awesome.

She got over it pretty quick when we asked her what a baby bird in a nest looks like.

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Zoo Member

When we went to the Zoo a few weeks ago I splurged and bought a membership. I splurged because the cost for our family to go to the zoo twice in one year was only $20 cheaper than buying a household membership and since Beth is a pretty consistent “plus” to our family I upgraded our membership to a Household Plus membership for a few extra bucks so Beth can come with us for free (an individual membership was 1.5 times the cost difference between upgrading to the “plus” and Beth buying her own membership) or the kids can take turns bringing a friend. I emphasise take turns because there is no way I am willing to supervise all three kids plus a friend for each of them. No way. I can handle a lot but that would be too much.

Because we now have the membership i feel the need to take advantage of it whenever possible so this past Friday (the kids’ first day of spring break), I loaded up the kids, picked up Beth and we went to the Zoo.

My plan was to test run my 50mm lens at the Zoo to see if I could get by with just the smaller lens when we go to (SHHHhhh the kids don’t know) Disney in a week but the drywall contractor had taped up the basement in a wall of plastic and my 50mm lens was packed in my camera bag in the laundry room in the basement. And the last thing you want to do to a drywaller is mess with their plastic. They are really quite sensitive about their plastic.

So I missed out on playing with my 50mm lens but I did get to practice more with my big kit lens.


Because there is still feet (and feet and feet and feet) of snow on the ground so we skipped the outside exhibits and stayed indoors. It is still fun to walk around and there are many animals to see and places to explore but the animals tend to be of the “yucky” species. For instance, Patrick was really taken with the bat cave.

Even Elise was fascinated by the bats. You would never catch me palms flat and nose squished up against the bat cave glass…. Unless it was Christian Bale’s batcave but I digress. The bats at the MN Zoo fall into the Yuck species category in my book.

The girl really liked the alligators too. Alligators are not so much Yuck but definitely far from the- Oh I would love to cuddle that- species that I favor.


I liked the long furry tailed monkeys. I would cuddle the shit out of the hairy monkeys!


But since I am not allowed to cuddle the monkeys lets focus on my babies. My babies that have grown up so much this past year. Look at that turn out and those boots. Uffda. It will be a sad day when they are big enough to peer over the ledge without a boost.



I think I may be most happy with this photo. I still feel like there is more luck than skill when it comes to my photography. I think this photo proves that either my luck or my skill is improving but whichever it is, I will take it.




This photo cracks me up. Their silhouettes couldn’t be a better reflection of their characters. One is full on, aggressively enjoying the aquarium and the other relaxing and soaking it all in.


For the record (and Beth can vouch for me) I didn’t ask them to pose on this tree. Michael asked me to take a picture of  him on the tree and then asked Patrick to join him on the stump. I will admit to coercing Elise to join her brothers.



Last stop of the day was the kids petting sharks. While they risked their digits for the thrill of touching a bat ray or little shark, Beth and I frantically looking for hand sanitizer for the kids before they reached for their half melted ICEES that were waiting for them as they reached their hands into shark invested waters. Shark and bat rays- Yuck.


Look at the joy on Patrick’s face. The hunt for sanitizer was well worth his excitement.

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Como Zoo

I had a check up today and everything is good with both baby and me. Nothing much we can do now except wait and wait and wait some more.  Check out the middle sidebar to enter the Baby Pool.

After the check up we went straight to the Como Zoo.

The boys had a blast walking around checking out all the animals. Michael liked the lions, seals and zebras the best. PJ liked whatever Michael liked.

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