We enjoyed a super fun-filled visit with my sister Sandy and niece Rachel this week. I invited them to guest post, but alas, they declined. They should be warned that this means I'll use (and caption) any pictures I want, any way I want! :)
Taft Elementary School playground, Wednesday May 1st.
|Ellie finally conquered the curly slide. She started out sitting, |
in a feet first position, but by the time she landed...
|Tommy enjoys a ride down with his cousin Rachel.|
Rolling Ridge Animal Park, Millersburg OH
Thursday, May 2nd.
Thursday, May 2nd.
|Zedonks. A cross between zebra and donkey. Kind of homely.|
|Eland. Or in the words of our wagon driver, "bucket thief". |
He warned us that these guys will be very determined to
take the whole bucket, not just a handful of feed.
|Sandy won the struggle with this eland by keeping the feed bucket |
inside the wagon, so he couldn't get the leverage to steal it from her.
|I'm not sure what this animal was. Did it have the scratchy tongue or the slimy one?|
|If I'm not mistaken, Tommy gave this feed a taste test.|
|This little guy has a head full of allergy goo and is really not |
feeling well, but he has a fun time in spite of his challenge.
|Scottish Highland Cattle|
|Buffalo. Notice the nursing calf.|
|White Buffalo. It didn't come close enough to feed or pet.|
|Water Buffalo and Ostrich racing to the wagon for lunch.|
|How far away from this bird can I stay while feeding him?|
The ostrich won the race and Sandy learned that they can be rude when hungry.
|Watusi cow and her 3-week old and extremely thin calf.|
|Feeding the mama|
|Japanese Sika deer|
|I kept trying to focus on the alpacas, but couldn't get|
my lens to cooperate. Good thing. :)
|For some reason this picture reminds me of "The Lion King", which is odd, |
because there are no lions here. Or warthogs either.
|Water Buffalo. Do you think she uses a curling iron on those horns?|
|Thank you ma'am. That's right kindly of you. :)|
|Wildebeest, or Gnu. This guy didn't come close to the wagon.|
|I think this llama looks like it is wearing Easter Bunny ears.|
|Llama, Llama, Red Pajama|
|Up close you can see just how this guy got his name. |
I seriously thought he might hook a horn on that pole and drag
the wagon to the ground. Bet he could have if he wanted to!
|Zebra. So much prettier than the zedonk!|
|Rachel petting it, Sandy feeding it.|
|Uh-oh! What's over Aunt Sandy's shoulder? Is it that pesky ostrich again?|
|Nyah, it's just a mama Brahma.|
|And her husband Mr. Brahma|
|Mama Brahma holds her tongue aside so that Rachel can just pour in the feed.|
|I hope she is just licking her lips, not sticking out her tongue at us. :)|
|Hmm... with that look, I''m just not sure!|
|Which is more exciting, petting a zebra or riding a rhinoceros? |
With the wagon tour over, we take a break for lunch before the petting zoo.
|Rachel's finding out just how much goats like to eat.|
|And eat! Tommy just watched the rest of us feed the goats. |
He held onto his carrot, neither tasting it himself, nor sharing it.
He still had it in his hot little hand, quite a bit worse for wear,
when we got home a few hours later.
|This monkey is eating a fruit loop that Sandy tossed in to him. |
The park had little vending machines like bubble gum machines that doled
out about 5 pieces of cereal per quarter. Next time I'm bringing my own!
|The monkeys are in the petting zoo area, but cannot be handled directly.|
Instead, you can shoot fruit loops down a tube into their cage. As soon as he
saw us approach, this little guy waited at the end of the tube for his snack.
|This friendly parrot kept shouting out "hello" from the tree above us.|
|Back to the ducklings!|
|Sandy and Rachel really fell in love with these little guys.|
They named them Daphne and Gus.
|Or was that Gus and Daphne?|
|I'm pretty sure this one is Gus.|
|I promise that Tommy is not squeezing a duck.|
He is holding his puppy tail and his carrot.
I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream!
|We stopped on the way home to have some ice cream to celebrate Rachel's birthday which is on May 4th.|
|I'm planning to forget all about my birthday, which is a few more days away.|
|A little snuggling on the couch after a long day never hurt anyone.|
|Sandy promises to bring my children into the 21st century.|
She is showing them how to use her iPhone.
Brookside Park Tot Lot, Friday May 3rd.
|I'm trying to coax Ellie into the tube. She's not buying.|
|Tommy goes for it!|
|Well okay, if it didn't eat him alive, I guess I'll try it too.|
|Aunt Sandy passes through Dolly Bear, who was making the trip a little too slippery for Ellie at first.|
|Canadian Geese. They hissed at us to warn us away.|
We were going to feed the ducks, but I forgot the bread.
What a great visit! Thanks for coming, Rachel and Sandy!
We can't wait to see you again. :)