Monday, May 18, 2015

It's Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Summer!

This weekend has been rainy for the most part, but the evenings have been nice.

We've really been enjoying learning how to use our Big Green Egg grill, and the results have been tasty! =)

 On Friday, Philip grilled burgers, marinated chicken tenderloins, red peppers, and pineapple!

Last night I grilled burgers and marinated veggies!
(Those are pickled onions on top of my burger - I've had them at restaurants and loved them and found out that they are super easy to make!)

Sitting on the patio after a delicious meal, watching these people play in the yard is one of my most favorite things to do!

Playing football the other night

On Saturday, I took the kids to Exploration Place.    Our pass comes with unlimited mini golf, so (now that it's open for summer), we checked out the 18 hole course for the first time.   Since it had rained that morning, it was pretty wet (some of the holes had Huge puddles on them!)   It was a fun, easy course though and will be great to play whenever we go!

Yesterday was finally a day with NO rain!   The whole day was beautiful, sunny and about 80 degrees!   Philip still had to work (boo), but the kids and I got out to enjoy the weather and headed to the zoo!   We hadn't been in a while because of the weather, but now summer is practically here and it was time!!

When we checked in, we were handed a "ticket" for Members only to preview the new (not open yet) Tropical exhibit!   It was for two days only and yesterday was the last day!   How exciting!   It was Really awesome!   I only had my fixed lens on my camera, so I wasn't able to get any wide angle shots of the interior (a beautiful rain forest), but here are a few shots of cool stuff we saw!

Keenan remembered the name of this, a Nicobar Pigeon (I'm so impressed!)
Such pretty plumage!

Three cuties in the rain forest
(I love how Keenan posed himself)

This cool bridge is in the middle

Isn't this one cute??

This guy has great hair!

These (pretty big!) bats were just hanging out in the open!
(They had vampires in an enclosure in the dark)

A beautiful hibiscus

A cool walkway that goes under a big pond
(They will be adding sharks soon!)

So pretty

Check out this guy!

Love this picture of Caleb by the waterfall =)

The orchids were my favorite!

This is out of focus, but isn't that phenomenal??

So pretty!

Keenan took this one of Riah and I =)

What a fun time it was to see the new exhibit!

Looks like the bears are done hibernating, and were actually up and about instead of sleeping ! =)

We love to watch the Prairie Dogs

Little baby ones!

At the tiger exhibit, the two young ones were having a pretty stressful day...

Oh, it's a rough life...

What a big baby

The older one (the mom?) surprised and delighted us all by wading into the pool above the waterfall in her enclosure!

Cannot get enough of these gorgeous animals...


Yup, drinkin' the bath water =)

Balance is so much easier when you use your tongue!

The male lion sunning himself majestically

I found another beauty sunning herself =)

So thankful to have this awesome zoo so close by!

5 comments:

The Woodfords said...

What a fun looking place! So neat you got into that special exhibit early! Glad the rain has stopped up a bit for you - are you all done school now? We're down to less than 4 weeks - yay!! Which means...not long after that we'll get to see you! Can't wait!! Thanks for posting all the great pictures and letting us see into your world a little bit! Love you all!
Steph

The Woodfords said...

What a fun looking place! So neat you got into that special exhibit early! Glad the rain has stopped up a bit for you - are you all done school now? We're down to less than 4 weeks - yay!! Which means...not long after that we'll get to see you! Can't wait!! Thanks for posting all the great pictures and letting us see into your world a little bit! Love you all!
Steph

Mom W. said...

Wow, cool zoo pictures!!! The flowers truly are gorgeous!!! The animals too!!

Mark and Rebekah said...

Oh my goodness! I LOVE food done on the barbecue. Grill. Cooked outside. You know what I mean :) One of my favourite parts of summer :)

Beautiful pictures :)

Mark and Rebekah said...

PS- I (and Mark) are wondering about the pros of the big green egg... We're sure Philip did his research, so are wondering why he picked this model :)