"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

more than our fair share of fun

I may have mentioned that we were gluttons this weekend...  It really was completely unintentional! But what are you going to do when your married daughter calls and tells you that your only baby brother and his family are in Portland on their way home from vacation and they are going to the zoo tomorrow?

Who cares that you will be driving to Washington in the afternoon for a wedding?  How many chances are you going to get to spend a morning at the zoo with your 5 year old nephew and your 3 year old niece?

So a surprise was in order.  Dennis didn't know that we were in the valley...  He was just calling to invite Monte and Hillary.  He got way more than he bargained for!  And we got to spend 3 grand hours at the zoo with our favorite little (and big)  people.

It was amazing what we were able to see in just 3 hours!  I've included the highlights including the birds of prey show and the feeding of the crocodiles.  These are the best pictures I was able to get of the croc because it was so humid in the 'rain forest' the lens kept fogging up!

 All too soon it was time to leave... but we were so glad that we took the time to play!

Blessings, Debbie


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  2. Cute, cute, cute daughter. And such faces. Elephant faces. What a grand day. Those birds on the head - yep. Looks like a grand life, my dear.

  3. What a wonderful 3 hours it looks like you had! The animals are just beautiful and I especially like the monkey's. xx

  4. I bet you had a great time! Wonderful photos.x

  5. Sounds like a great detour and a fun visit:@)

  6. These were great pictures...and it looks like so much fun...what a gift to have all the family together, the older mine get the harder it seems to be able to do that

  7. The photo tour of the zoo was wonderful, even with the humidity in the air. While I loved the animals, my three favorite shots were actually the bird on the head, the hand in the lion's mouth, and the profile of wide eyed wonder.

    It looks like you had a truly festive time.

  8. What a wonderful unexpected blessing for all of you! Looks like everyone had a great time!

  9. My favorite photo is the fake lion biting!! Too funny :) I am so glad you had a great time with your family.

  10. That was a fun treat!

    So glad you got to have this time together!


  11. Looks like a great time. It's so much fun to get a close look at those beautiful animals.

  12. Debbie, you are an amazing photographer! I feel as if I'm turning the pages in a National Geographic magazine!

    I love the pictures of Audrey...with the bird on her head and with her hand in the lion's mouth. Fun, fun! She is soooooo expressive!

    So glad you were able to enjoy this surprise blessing with your family!

  13. How wonderful you got to spend time with your brother and his family! It looks like everyone had a great time. The pictures are great (I love the Hippo!).

  14. That's wonderful! I definitely would have gone. :)
    My brother and his family are stationed in CO right now--haven't seen HIM in 20 months or so...my SIL and nephew in 15.
    Looks like a nice day for the zoo--not too sunny? You got some really beautiful pictures!

  15. You got some great pics! I'm so glad you got to see the birds of prey, my sister was a volunteer with the program for 4 yrs..fascinating stuff!

  16. These photos are superb, more than a couple I would love to frame and hang in my home! You should enter a photo contest, not kidding. What a great weekend for you. Audrey is so cute with the birds. xo,

  17. Yay for zoos! We haven't been to one in a long time. I really should plan a zoo day for my girls!

    I really enjoyed your pictures!

  18. What a great time and wow, what a nice set of pictures. You did a very nice job. So glad you had such a nice trip.

  19. Wonderful photos! We've yet to visit the zoo this summer; thanks for the reminder! And thanks for sharing your zoo day with us. Blessings, ~Lisa

  20. The surprise visits are the best. Looks like you guys had a ton of fun! :)

  21. What a amazing side trip you all got! And to see the young'ns and all those animals...amazing fun. LOL on your dd getting her arm bit. [o;

    Keep having all those amazing adventures.
    Blessings and ((HUGS))

  22. Your photos are amazing.
    I'm so glad you got to visit with your brother and his family. I'm sure he was so happy you made the effort. It must have made for a really busy day!

  23. Joining all the others to say how impressive your photos are! You crammed a lot into a short time :)

  24. Wow...great photos! I feel like I was right there. So glad you could surprise your family and be blessed by being together. Oh and have fun sewing!

  25. What a great day!! Your pictures are fantastic!!



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