Wednesday, November 01, 2006

animal, vegetable or mineral?

yes, i'm typing this at 4:38 a.m., after being awakened to loud crying and retching noises coming from the direction of my daughter's room. my first thought... "&^%%$ halloween candy!" but no, she had a fever, and was spewing evil-smelling vomit all over her bed. poor baby's resting now, but mama's wide awake (with stomach roiling uncomfortably... probably from cleaning up barf... does that ever happen to you?) and hey! i might as well try to post yet again and pray that blogger works today.

on monday (yes, i know, it was 2 whole days ago) the kids had the day off school and h had it in his mind that we NEEDED to go to the zoo. it's an amazing zoo, and it's only about an hour from here. no matter that i have to go as a chaperone with the kindergarten class NEXT WEEK, we all packed up and took a gorgeous drive on a stunning, sunny, warm fall day out to asheboro. i think the day was hand-picked for us... the colors, the smells, the air... it was just what you picture in your head when you think of the reasons you love autumn.
there's a cool playground with oversized bugs and plants, and it has that awesome recycled rubber-tire mulch that makes you feel as if you're walking on a cloud. the kids wanted to stay there for hours. and look! they got to climb a spider web.

s liked the lions the best, although there was only a male and he was barely visible. the lioness gave birth to 3 cubs last week, so she was a little busy. h didn't tell me his favorite, but he was way impressed with the zebras and giraffe. t liked the gorillas, and i concur. i could sit and watch them forever! so expressive.

the sea lions were one of the last things we saw, and they are always a hoot. they put on a show for the viewers, and it's awesome to see the animal in action rather than just lying around. the animals at this zoo are so lucky to have gigantic natural habitiats in which to live... but it makes for a TON of walking for humans, and at the end of the day we were pooped!

halloween photos later, probably tomorrow, with any cooperation from blogger. today i have to care for sick child, get my teeth cleaned, and pick up the massive mess that we call "home."


beenzzz said...

I'm sorry your daughter is sick. Yeh, cleaning up puke is the worst. It makes you want to puke!!! Love the pics. Looks like the kids had a great time at the zoo.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Melissa!

So sorry about S., hope she gets to feeling better soon! Sorry you were woken up so early - it does feel weird to be so wide awake when the rest of the world is sleeping, no?

Glad the kids had such a fun time at the zoo - it looks like a great one.

Post the Halloween pictures asap, I can't wait to see the kids in their costumes!

Susan in Italy said...

Zoo looks really fun. Hope you get in a nap today!

J said...

Blech. Puke sucks. Poor kid.

Zoo looks GREAT though. :)

maryfran said...

The zoo pictures are outstanding. Glad the family had such a great day. So sorry to hear Miss B is sick. Hurry and post the Halloween pictures..........

Anonymous said...

Ahh, you can never to go the zoo too many times! Blogger is being unreasonably crabby today. Good luck with posting the Halloween photos. I look forward to seeing them.