Monday, August 19, 2013

Zoo Atlanta

This past weekend we got to check another thing off our summer bucket list: Family trip to the zoo! My parents, brother, sister-in-love and niece: Princess (2 years old) were able to join us.

We started the day pretty early arriving only 30min. after the gates opened. I must admit the weather was kind of weird: Mid August in Atlanta rainy and ONLY 61 Degrees out!!  So we started our trip by stopping in the gift shop for a pair of overly priced socks for Little Lady.  They didn't even have any cute ones. :(

Next we stopped by the flamingos which are right by the gate. That's when my kiddos realized the zoo is not the nicest smelling place. You can see Bubee holding his nose.

Next stop: Lions!! Today while looking at pictures this conversation hapened:

Rosey Posey: They just look so cute and cuddly.
Wow! Thanks for the insight Bubee. :P 

Growing up I got to enjoy Willie B. many times on my trips to the Zoo. I am so glad my kiddos can enjoy his legacy. The gorillas were amazing to see and watch. Some of the females were right by the window and we even got to see the newest little one. Although we didn't get a good picture of the little one due to all the bright colors everyone was wearing. 


Little Lady enjoyed seeing all the animals from her view point in the backpack. This thing is so comfortable and easier to maneuver in a crowded area than a stroller. She would point at any of the animals and announce "Doggie!". Guess we have a little work to do in that department. I felt a little like Tarzan all day trying to tell her the names: "Gor-ill-a!!" But it was so much fun to see her in my little 'rear view mirror' and how much fun she was having.

The past few years seams like the Pandas have been the star attraction. And with twin boys being born last month, this trip was no exception. We got to see big brother, Po, and view one of the babies and Lun Lun on the video monitor. 

Of course our last trip of the day had to be to the kid zone so we could enjoy the petting zoo, carousel, train, and splash fountain. We got the 10 ticket combo pass and saved $10. Everyone got to ride what they wanted.

Takeaway Tips

  • Double check the weather: Even if you THINK you know what it will be.
  • Pack for the weather: Jackets, umbrellas, and even socks
  • Wear dark clothes if you can: This will help you get great pictures through glass with out snapping a picture of your reflections.
  • Travel comfortably with baby: Did I mention I LOVE my backpack?
  • Use every trip for education: Even if it's teaching the little one animal names, or older ones about kingdoms and species.
  • Buy combo or discount tickets: You may have to check on-line before hand, just make sure the deal is really saving you money.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pick Your Own

Every season seams to include a "pick something": anything from strawberries and melons, to apples and pumpkins. We seam to always be finding our selves at a local farm. One of my favorite resources is While this site is not the most eye appealing, it dose have a GREAT list of local PYO farms with all sorts of goodies. Just click on the purple button in the top left corner and follow the links from there. It can be a little difficult to navigate at times, but you will find a little bit of everything (including berries, apples, pumpkins, and even Christmas trees!). Want to try your hand at canning? They've got some great advice there too!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Makeing a Fall Bucket List

It's August, so that means it's time for my family and I to make our Fall Bucket List. This year I want to include some of out favorite past times (apple picking and football) and some new adventures (Veteran's Day parade and knitting). Most of the time I start with lists I find on pinterest and then add some of our own ideas. Rosey Posey, who's almost 11, helped me this year add some things. Our one "Must Do" this season is S'mores. So I give you our Fall Bucket List:

  • Go on a picnic
  • Have a bonfire and s’mores
  • Go to a petting zoo
  • Go to the pumpkin patch
  • Pick apples
  • Enjoy a hayride
  • Decorate porch/yard for season
  • Carve or paint pumpkins
  • Try a new pumpkin recipe
  • Knit something cozy
  • Start some Christmas crafts
  • Attend a football game
  • Drink apple cider
  • Go to a corn maze
  • Jump in a leaf pile
  • Party at the state fair
  • Enter chili cook-off
  • Go to GA Veteran’s Day parade
  • Host a game night
  • Plant bulbs for next spring
  • Take a family walk at dusk
  • Can some farmer’s market goodies
  • Take fall pictures at square
  • Try a new flavor of tea
  • Go to a new fall festival
  • Make air duct pumpkins for center pieces
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