Monday, April 29, 2013

A Day at the Zoo

This weekend was filled with fun and work.  I'll start with the work.

The back yard had turned into a jungle over the last few weeks.  It's not that we don't care about the yard but the tractor needed some maintenance.  Chris had a guy from work do some welding and grinding on the parts and it took a long time to get them back.

Once the tractor was put back together, Chris spent a lot of time cutting the 30+" tall grass/weeds.  I took a picture with Samantha in the tall crab grass to show scale.

After he was done with the yard, it started raining.  I started working to clean and organize the garage and sunroom.  It was a disaster!  The after pictures still show some things that will be moving or going away - organized toolboxes and garbage.  It's nice to have a good path through the garage and have places for everything.

The biggest change was in the sunroom though.  It looks huge now that there is very little in there.


Chris has been making beer for a long time but he wanted to try his hand at making wine.  It was  ready for bottling so Chris went to rent the corker - $10 for 3 days.  It was pretty easy and he was able to finish all the bottling on Sunday evening.  I got to try some and it is very good!

We had a lot of fun this week too.  Friends and Farms, the company where we get our food, had an event for Poultry 101.  We got to learn about different types of poultry and got a chicken to cut up into pieces.  Chris did a great job on it!


I ended up mostly chasing Samantha around the warehouse - but she had fun. 

They had a great dinner following the class.

Samantha and I had a lot of fun during the week.  We got to play at the Lake Elkhorn playground, an Earth Day play date, and the Playtime Center.  The Playtime Center was great - we spent 2 1/2 hours there for $5 and she was upset when we had to leave.  We'll be spending more time there on rainy days!

The best part of the week though was Samantha's first trip to the zoo.  We went with one of my mom friends and her family to the National Zoo.  The next part has a lot of pictures.

She wanted to get a better view of the fish from the Amazon.  

Her and her friend Alex.

Bright birds!

 She really likes fish!

She has been pointing at things a lot - like a tarantula!

And the whole family at the gorillas' enclosure.

 We were glad to have the whole day to have fun.  And the next few weekends will be fun for us too - we can't work on the house all the time!

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