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Saturday, July 31, 2010

The zoo, Diego, and Daddy's rules

One of the things we really miss about Nashville, is the zoo. That zoo is seriously one of the nicest I've ever been to. But, we live in Florida now so it's time to find new favorite destinations.

We have 2 zoos to chose from - one in Miami and one in West Palm Beach. We visited the Miami Metro Zoo on one of the hottest days ever, but we met with with another family and somehow we had fun despite the over 100 degree weather. The covered bikes (and adult beverages) might have have something to do with that! Oh, and the splash zone for the kids was good to cool off.

This zoo was okay. It actually looked a little run down and didn't have much shade thanks to a hurricane that ripped through the park a few years ago. Such is the fate of Floridian destinations I suppose. The coolest animal we saw (in my opinion) and one I had never seen before was the condor. That's one LARGE bird! Diego is a smart one to pick those to fly on. Coincidentally, we also saw Diego (Dora the Explorer's cousin) there. He has a whole show there where you can go and meet him. We didn't stick around for the show, but we did see Diego riding in a golf cart. I felt for the poor sucker inside that humongous head!

And as if the blonde hair and blue eyes weren't solid enough evidence that Zoe is related to her Daddy, this picture proves it. Yes, Daddy encouraged her to break the rules just for the picture and then had to explain to her why it's okay to break the rules sometimes, but not others. Hmmm, we'll file that under "Daddy Logic".

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


There's never a dull moment in our house!

Sunday, July 18, 2010


Everett and I went to Costa Rica for 5 nights. We saw an active, erupting volcano and many different animals including a three toed sloth, tarantulas, coatis, and monkeys, went zip lining twice through the rain forest, swam in hot springs fueled by the volcano, and ate so much arroz con pollo that I think we're set for quite a while!

Grandma and Papa B watched the kiddos while we were away and we are so thankful to them! As amazing as Costa Rica was though, we saw the most amazing thing when we came home.

Before we left, Max was kind of crawling. He had just learned to roll over in late June. To be honest, I was getting a little worried because I thought he should have been rolling over way before then. But I was happy that he started to roll over finally. Soon after, he began to "turtle" as I call it - he would get on his belly and flail his arms and legs out, but not really go anywhere. That's pretty much where he was when we left. When we came back, he was just on the cusp of crawling; a few more days and we would have missed it!

Well the week we got back, he not only was crawling all over the place, but I saw him pull himself up! Now, he is more up than down! He's cruising along furniture and hates it when he's laying down or buckled up in his car seat - well this hatred isn't new, but he had gotten used to the car seat. He just wants to be standing at all times!

We caught this video early one morning. You can see Zoe "teaching" him. She's such a good big sister!

Going Bananas

Yes we have some bananas!