Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pool Time: Cascade Falls Edition...

It is no secret that my kiddos are water babies and Solon asks daily hourly when we are going to the swimming pool.  The backyard pool really doesn't cut it, when I offer to fill that one, he says, "NO, the big fancy swimming pool!"  Last weekend, we decided to head over to the newer (more expensive) pool by our house.  It is open 1 additional hour, so we packed dinner and headed out.  We nearly closed it down too....
They have an area just for little kids and these cannons when swung a certain direction shoot water...a favorite of Solon's
Pool break...resting...don't let this "tired" look fool you...he went, and went, and went some more until it was time to go!
Scott loves pool breaks because adults can still swim so he can go on all the fun water slides over and over again...this one is his one of his favorites...it is the toilet bowl slide....hum!
Solon LOVES slides too and asked repeatedly to go on the others but he is a tad short...I have a dare devil on my hands (the Wisconsin Dells next week should be fun - sigh!).  I have to admit, having a reason to go down the slide and be silly is great for me!  Scott and I took turns going down with him about 100 times...
My boys...precious...just precious....

We try to go to the pool once per week...we normally head there after nap (4pm), take a picnic dinner and enjoy the less busy time of day.  The daycares are gone and most people head home for dinner so it works out great for us...We are keeping track of how often we go to see if a pool pass is a good investment, next year Solon will be full price...I love going to the pool...and I found a suit that was not matronly but not sassy - success!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Father's Day...

Father's Day weekend happens to be the weekend we got married 6 years ago.  So, my inlaws offered to watch our kiddos while we enjoyed a night on the town.  We headed to Django (a fabulous French restaurant in downtown DSM) and then headed to the horse races.  I lost, Scott won so we came out even!  It was a beautiful evening out.
So, after church on Sunday we enjoyed a nice meal at home honoring Scott and his dad.  Marty picked up some fresh peas from the farmer's market and Solon helped her shell them.  He had a good method going...he was VERY serious about the whole thing.
Papa and Vera enjoyed the swings...
We all enjoyed a yummy man meal of steak and potatoes before enjoying the part I was most excited about...."Scratch Cupcakes".  I try to find a way to get one EVERY time I am home because they are the best, most wonderful, delectable, to die for cupcakes I have EVER had....
We even had leftovers which Scott and I polished off after the kiddos went to bed (how horrible are we - not to share :)

We had a great day celebrating all things Dad...Scott is getting a fire pit so we can enjoy quiet summer evenings by the fire...I cannot wait!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Multitude Monday...

41.  One of my bestest friends in the whole wide world, RAQUEL, is home for 2 weeks in the USA!
42. Tearing up when I saw and hugged her as she got off the plane...
42.  The look on my son's face when he saw his cousins and gave them the balloons he picked out
43.  The funny things Solon says or the way he pronounces certain things (He thought Tom and Jerry was Tom and Joey - made me laugh SO hard)
44.  Solon's faux hawk that his hair stylist gave him (he looked SO grown up) - no that was not my idea
45.  Vera's very gummy but oh so big grin - happy baby!
46.  The way Solon is always protecting Vera...removing objects or placing them out of her reach
47.  Solon's concern whenever I leave home without him...he always wants to know where I am
48.  Alone time with each of my kiddos
49.  Slobbery kisses
50.  coupons - they save us so much money
51.  soft pretzels at Target - they are a lifesaver
52.  Target - I just love that store (I can be thankful for that right?)
53.  coconut oil - it clears up excema and is so yummy to smell
54.  running errands as a family (and the giant fly swatter Solon and Scott found at the dollar store)
55. memory verses that just pop into your head when you need them to remind you of God's promises
56.  laughing with my husband about something only we think is funny
57.  a sleeping dog freshly groomed
58.  lazy friday nights catching up on our favorite TV shows
59.  cuddling a baby for A LONG time before I put her in her bed
60.  peeking in on my sleeping angels to find them both in the same position...precious!

Her children arise and call her blessed
Proverbs 31:28a

Saturday, June 23, 2012

2nd Annual Jester Park Play Day...

This is the 2nd year we have made an effort to find a date that works for our community group to head out to Jester Park (a state park nearby).  This year it coincided with Father's Day, which was perfect since the boys went golfing afterwards out there while the mamas took the tired, dirty, and growly happy children home!
First stop was the naturscape.  It is such fun for all ages with a little natural swimming pool, fountains, sand pits, and more....Vera enjoyed splashing and trying to catch the water.

...and this little guy is just 10 days younger than V, he is moving to MN, I think he will fit in just fine with his axe!
Hanging out in the middle of the pond, looks like daddy had has hands full...
We sent the boys ahead to start the grill and then we all regrouped to have a BBQ lunch, each family bringing a little something to round out the yummy picnic.  Remember potlucks work great as they all want to eat the exact same thing...and they were hungry after playing at the playscape and then the nearby playground...although they also enjoyed running around in the vast open space as well.  (the highlight for Solon was using the wilderness restroom, if you catch my drift...)  We finished with s'mores before the dads headed off to play some golf...and we all headed home!  It was a fun day!  Nothing says summer like a little bbq with good friends, we always try to find another date but summer weekends are BUSY for everyone, so we were lucky to get one time all together!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Outdoor Fun...

It has been super hot with no rain in our neck of the woods, so playing in the hose is almost a necessity!  Solon, of course, happily obliges whenever I ask him to water the flowers!  He also waters himself and those within his radius...
...and Vera thinks he is the most hilarious person in the world...
...cheap entertainment for 2 kiddos - check
(although I think our water bill might be a little higher than we would like, not Solon's fault.... the blame goes to mother nature)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

So many good-byes...

It seems as of late, we have 4 friends announce they are moving away.  I say it is quite ironic that in my adulthood, I am the one left behind and they all leave, because as a child I was the one moving away.  I thought it was so easy for them, but now that I am on this side, it is still quite sad...I will miss/already miss them dearly.  A good friend is hard to come by and I am blessed in the friend department.  Luckily for me, sisters in Christ are eternal friends!
Good-bye Bonnie (in the middle), she is a friend from my Titus2Women bible study...they are off to Cedar Rapids with their little lady!
Well after an attempt or two (or 100), this was the best shot we could get...notice my son is crouching...who knows why?!
...and then they were off...maybe that was why Solon was crouching...mark, set, go!

Good friends may come and go but they forever change you and leave an imprint on your heart...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Vera's 9 Month Stats...

Our little lady is a peanut and we knew that going in....

17 lbs (22nd percentile)
27 inches (28th percentile)
Head circumference 15th percentile, couldn't be more opposite of her brother in this category!

She is happy, healthy and growing just as she should, just on the peanut side of things but as Scott says, someone has to be that percentile :)!  I don't mind since I carry her around...

Monday, June 18, 2012

Multitude Monday: Hubby Edition...

On Sunday we celebrated our 6th Anniversary...not sure how that is possible but it is...boy things have changed over the years. In honor of our anniversary, Multitude Monday is all about what I am thankful for in him...there are more than 20 things but for your sake I will stick to the 1st 20 that come to mind...LOVE YOU Scott!!!

21.  He puts up with me even when I am a nut job (he knows what the means :)
22.  He is so good with our money...and has taught me to be financially responsible too!
23.  He goes to work each and everyday and is so dedicated going above and beyond
24.  He is never too busy to answer my calls no matter how silly they are
25.  He is willing to stay up late and just talk about things that are important to me
26.  He watches the Bachelor/Bachelorette with me
27.  He doesn't care what other people think...(hence #26)
28.  He is an amazing father
29.  He is Mr. Steady - ask anyone!
30.  He is humble
31.  He compliments me
32.  He is a man of God and growing so much
33.  He prays with me and for me :)
34.  He lets me talk him into "out of his comfort zone" clothes/shoes - he got sperry's :)
35.  He takes out the trash, the diapers and does the gross jobs around the house I refuse to do
36.  He puts the kiddos and me first
37.  He loves to travel and always up for an adventure
38.  He always thinks up funny things for Solon, Vera and him to do (pillow houses, etc)
39.  He brings me home flowers when I least expect it
40.  He is the best thing that ever happened to me....So glad my hands got cold that New Year's evening and he acted out of his comfort zone and grabbed them to warm them in his hands....he is a true gentleman and I can only hope Solon grows up to be just like him and Vera is blessed enough to marry someone just like him :)  

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.   It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.   Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.   It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
....and they lived happily ever after!

Friday, June 15, 2012

A Playdate at Ashby Park...

I have not always shared Scott's enthusiasm that Des Moines is the world's best city (or atleast that is what one of his Raygun t-shirts says ) BUT I will say it is a great place to raise our kiddos.  There is so much to do, the standard of living affords me the opportunity to stay home and the list goes on and on!  One of the cool things about Des Moines is they have several free wading pools...one of our favorites is in the Beaverdale area (I think)...Ashby Park.  The pool is zero entry with a depth of 18 inches, has some fountains, 2 playgrounds, lots of shade, bathrooms and a covered shelter.  It only takes about 10-15 minutes to get there from our house.  It is wonderful and very popular so there is always lots of kiddos there but so is the Ankeny splash park so we are used to that!
We went there for a Titus2 playdate the other day....there's the boys pretending to be sharks...and hamming it up for the camera...best buddies!
...and the ladies...Vera was a little grumpy because mommy was not holding her (remember she is all about mommy right now :)
....and what is it about kids and food, once one gets hungry, suddenly they are all fammished and want to try what everyone else brought...I always tell my mom friends, we really should just make it a potluck picnic on purpose, because that is always what happens anyway!  Such a fun day...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Arr...Matey...

Solon has been doing GREAT with his eye patch.  He doesn't even really complain anymore when we have to pull it off (ever so gently).  He especially likes these flame patches.  My mom found this outfit and sword....and Daddy taught him to say "Arr Matey...where's the booty" to which Solon points to his own tush.  HILARIOUS!
We have gotten lots of questions but he is VERY proud of his patch and gets a big grin when people ask...I am so thankful!  He will tell people it is God's way of healing him!  Thanks for the prayers, God is good and we continue to pray his little eye strengthens over the next 6 months.  I just have to remember EVERY morning to put it on!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Vera is 9 Months Old...

Well, our 9 month photo shoot started out....a tad bit cranky...so we ate, took a nap and tried round 2 with reinforcements (that included daddy and Solon :)
But as you will find out, V is not about to sit still these days so even with lots of singing, funny faces, and overall silliness...V was not having the photo shoot...this was the best one I got with the sticker!
I am sorry, can we just talk about her EYES...I mean I could stare at them all day, get lost in the beauty of them....AH....she did not get those from me!
Miss V LOVES to be outside and is all smiles when she is watching big bro do his million "races" around the yard...look at those piggly wiggly toes all lady like and crossed...
...and these days she always has a dirty mug from her snack or meal...

So now that you have seen how sweet, adorable, lovely and yummy are little lady is (I know enough bragging already but it is my blog), let's see what she is up to which is A LOT...
  • Vera now eats mostly table food....yep she refuses to be fed except the occasional yo baby, that if she feels like being fed, she will eat.  She has tried most of our meals as of late and I cut them up in teeny tiny pieces.  She likes insists on feeding herself as of the last 2 days! I dare say baby purees are a thing of the past.
  • Vera still has no teeth which doesn't seem to phase her and her eating...no sign of any coming in either!
  • She especially loves yogurt, freeze dried yogurt, cheerios, puffs, and graham crackers!
  • She dislikes most veggies these days except for sweet potatoes and squash...and since she insists on feeding herself, we have a hard time with this one...
  • She likes pears, peaches, bananas, apricots, and has tried watermelon, strawberries and blueberries in my smoothie (she loves them :)
  • Vera is now a crawler...she can crawl on smooth surfaces like our wood floors especially and crawls about 3 moves and then army crawls mostly on the carpet and she is getting pretty quick.
  • Now that she is mobile, she is wanting to be with Solon and with his things ALL the time...which doesn't mix well all the time!
  • Vera still nurses in the morning around 5am, goes to sleep again, nurses around 8am, 11 am, before nap at 1:30 and then again around 7 pm before bed.  (5 times)
  • Mommy rocks and nurses her to sleep and we cuddle for a good 45 minutes before putting her in her crib.
  • She still prefers to sleep with her blanket next to her cheek and prefers to nurse with the blanket over her head (she is modest :).
  • She is not very attached to her pacifier but does need it in the car or when she is fussy out and about.
  • She takes a morning cat nap on the go for about 45 minutes and if we are at home it will be an hour and then an afternoon nap that coincides with her brother's from 1:15-3:30pm.
  • She is pulling herself up to her feet
  • She now will dance (or bob up and down) and clap her hands whenever music is playing
  • She flails her legs and arms and squeels when she is excited
  • She loves to do finger plays like Itsy Bitsy Spider, peek-a-boo, and Pat-a-cake
  • She is a water baby and loves to splash and crawl around in the water...
  • She is in the scary stranger stage - and will cry when I leave her at the gym if she is not pre-occupied but does well in both the gym and church nursery.
  • She is now able to use a sippy cup of water (as of today!)
  • She successfully had a babysitter the other evening and went to bed for them with no problems (I call my sitters the baby whisperers - they are good!)
  • Vera likes to to swing, sit in the grass, play with her brothers toys, sing songs, read books, and being held and loved on!
  • Most of the time Solon and Vera LOVE each other, he likes to help her out, protect her, kiss and hug her, and be with her (he still hates it when she cries).
  • She now likes to take her bows out from time to time - we knew the day would come ;0!
  • Vera has a little bit of excema on her back (it is hereditary)
    Vera babbles mama, dada, bubu, blows rasberries, and squeels and babbles all the time...she has things to say
  • She wears mostly 9 month clothes or 6-12 months and wears size 3 diapers.
  • At her last appointment (a week ago) she weighed 16 lbs and 8 oz (which is 30th percentile)
  • She still sits in her baby seat (by this time Solon was in his convertible seat because of weight :)
As you can see our little Lady is at such a fun age full of learning every day.  I swear I tell Scott something new she has done when he comes home from work everyday.  I am so thankful I can be home to watch her and all her firsts.  She is a blessing from above and we love her so much.

A few more Solon-isms...

DAD!  Vera broke the bible....(as she ripped a page out)

As we were reading a book, the little girl made some very bad choices (Sins) and Solon says all of a sudden, "She needs Jesus in her belly!"

My tummy is grumbling...(he was quite concerned)

Solon took his shirt off and hopped in the pool...."Mom you take yours off too and hop in!"  I love innocent minds :)!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Teach Me Tuesday: Getting in the word...

Lately I have NOT been good about taking time out of my day for prayer and devotions with the Lord.  Now I believe everyone is different with what they need for that time....so don't feel as I am judging, condemning, insinuating, etc etc etc BECAUSE this is more of a confession than anything else...

This year I have been blessed to be part of an amazing group of women at my church.  We call our group the Titus2Women for this reason...

Then they (the older women) can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.  Titus 2:4-5

This group of women has been instrumental in helping me to grow in my faith, my desire to read and memorize the word and be a better wife and mother.  I am no where to pefection (actually the more I learn the more I realize how little I know - ha!).  They inspire me, pray for me, cry for me (more than once), and give sage advice from the bible.

As part of our walk, I decided I needed to take a more concious effort to read the bible daily but "when?" was the question.  As a busy mother of 2, I just didn't know when I was going to fit it in between facebook, laundry and blogging (that is kind of a joke!).  I settled on during nap time...most days I try to do it first thing so that if nothing else gets done, I have atleast renewed my soul with God.  Most days it works beautifully, when I have accountability

Enter summer. 

We don't meet in the summer...now I still see them regularly for play dates but there is no expectation of having a lesson done, or scripture memory completed.  That is probably horrible...that I have a hard time getting quiet in the bible if I don't have something specific to do...but I feel like I am just a fish with no where to go swimming around in the fishbowl. 

So back to my problem of not getting in the word...getting in the word for the sake of "doing" it is one thing (I don't want to make God a check on the to do list) but I have noticed my ATTITUDE has...well...um...been down right stinky...my mouth has been full of filth and well I have been CRABBY!  So this little blog post is my way of jumping back on the bandwagon....reminding myself of WHY I need to be in the word.  Renewing my soul on an eternal perspective, asking for the fruits of the spirit and reminding myself how BIG, how awesome, how totally amazing our Father is and then reminding myself that he is shaping me to be the women He desires me to be and He cannot teach me if I am not spending time with him. 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked ot for us.  Hebrews 12:1

The cloud of witnesses is the people that have been there, done that and have lived to see God's faithfulness - they are God's "testifiers", God's inspiring examples, reminding us that God will shape us, use us and help us run the race he has layed out!

So here's to a shift in the wind, setting sail on a new course...and to a kinder, gentler ME!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Multitude Monday: The Beginning...

Lately, it seems there is just so much sadness surrounding our little family.  We are on the verge of losing a sweet, wonderful, Christian mother within our church body to cancer.  She will be leaving behind a 7 and 9 year old and husband.  I have another friend that just lost her father to a year long battle with a brain tumor.  Even though I know our mighty savior and rest in His comfort and promises, I am sad.  He knows we will grieve and that is okay, He made us.  We don't have to dismiss our feelings, He knows our hearts and mine is very tender...I am very empathetic, placing myself in other's shoes all the time and thinking how I would feel, think and act...almost to a fault.  In the past, I would worry myself into a stooper thinking I was the one with the next shoe to drop...but that isn't God's voice in my ear.  On the contrary, He builds us up, gives us confidence, and if we let Him, he comforts us and transforms our minds on to better things...
Hence, Multitude Monday...I have a college friend and fellow blogger that has taken time each Monday to count her blessings, I always appreciated the little things she found awe-inspiring and worthy of thanksgiving to God for.  He gives us so much!  Then with all this sadness, my friend Mandey and I were chatting that sometimes we forget to see all the blessings around us in the midst of sorrow and sadness.  She mentioned the book "1000 Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are" by Ann Voscamp.  The premise being despite much heartache and sadness in her life, she made a concious effort everyday to choose joy and record it in a gratitude journal.  Her goal to find 1000 things to be thankful for but of course she didn't stop there.  I need to read it all the way through...SOMEDAY!

Over the course of the next year, I hope to find things throughout the week, I am thankful for...surely I can find 1000 things I am thankful for...I am SO blessed and in the process, I know my heart will be filled with God's goodness as I thank him for all I have despite what I deserve...
I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness
and will sing praise to hte name of the Lord Most High.
Psalm 7:17

I am thankful for...
  1. The way Solon rubs my back when he gives me a hug
  2. The way my husband always kisses me hello and good-bye when he comes and goes
  3. The way Vera looks when I nurse her to sleep in my arms, so peaceful and sweet
  4. The sun rising every morning and the way it feels so warm on my skin
  5. The gentle breeze on my skin as I watch my son dig in the sandbox in the backyard
  6. Our garden growing and little vegetables hanging on the stems just waiting to ripen
  7. the smell of freshly cut grass
  8. a nice cup of coffee each morning
  9. Pajama days
  10. phone calls from halfway around the world
  11. new babies being announced almost EVERY-SINGLE-DAY and the miracle they are
  12. folding teeny-tiny little clothes
  13. the smell of sunscreen and chlorine - nothing beats a pool day
  14. the rush of going down the water slide with a giggling 2 year old
  15. Vera's arms reaching for me and her big smile when I go in to get her out of her crib
  16. quiet afternnoons with sleeping kids
  17. a full night's sleep
  18. the words "I love you" and a kiss on the forehead each night before I go to sleep
  19. the feeling of accomplishment when I get to cross something off my list
  20. a good workout

The same Lord is Lord of all, and richly blesses all who call on him
Romans 10:12b

Saturday, June 9, 2012

DIY Bow Holder...


I have been wanting to make V a bow holder for the few bows she owns.  I had this photo holder and some extra ribbon so I decided to whip a little somthin-somthin up the other day during nap - yep you can call me productive with this 5 minute project...


I love my glue gun....we have a love-hate relationship - I have the scars to prove it BUT all I did was first do an old cheerleading trick and seared the ends of the ribbon with a lighter to prevent them from fraying.  I then fed the ribbon through the brackets on the back of this board and glued them and folded them over, and then tied the other 2 ends together to make a fancy southern girl-type bow on top.  The best part was organizing all the bows (you all know I love me some organizing)...the headbands I just tucked under the ribbon...
I placed it behind Vera's door so I don't have to look at it all the time but I can quickly pick a bow in the morning to match her outfit...which these days she will wear for about 5 minutes before removing it...

Friday, June 8, 2012

Down she goes...

This little miss is ridin' low (in the crib that is!)...she started to sit up and pull herself up on the bars...So daddy to the rescue and down went the crib...it makes me sad to fold up the dust ruffle and place it in the bin...I can't believe we are already to this point...it seems like yesterday I was putting it on dreaming of her sleeping in this crib...but look at her, she is precious in God's image and growing into such a sassy, sweet, and smiley baby....she better just let me continue rocking her to sleep!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Lakeside Shenanigans...

Can I just say....there is NOTHING like the lake...probably because I grew up roasting marshmallows, warming my tootsies by the open flame, catching air on a tiny tube tied to a rope attached to a boat going about 25 miles per hour (or more if my mom was driving), running from the hot tub to jump in the "brisk" but "refreshing" early summer MN waters, letting the wind blow in my tangled hair, wearing no make-up, and the list goes on and on and on....luckily I married a man who sees the beauty in lake living and our children are water babies...I LITERALLY had to pull them out kicking and screaming for meals (which were lakeside mind you - we just couldn't eat in the lake!)





This year Vera was in the water for the 1st time (on Memorial Day mind you), loved splashing on the tube with Auntie Ellen and eating sand (yuck but she is FAST).  Solon still LOVES to play a golf/hockey hyrbid on the green, be in the water and his new favorite was the jet ski - and he had a need for speed...I enjoyed being able to tube, jet ski and hot tub again after a year hiatus.  I opted to wait to dust off the cobwebs on the slalom ski until July 4th...I am getting old and I am just not sure I can keep up with the youngen's new tricks....and the water was a tad "refreshing" in my opinon to be completely submerged but that didn't stop the rest of the crew....

Let me just say it again....there is NOTHING like the crystal clear, sandy bottom waters of Lake Waconia!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Fishing with Grandma...

One of the great things about little grandkids is they will still fish with you, right mom?  The rest of us gave up fishing a long time ago for other pastimes (mostly because they told me I had to bait my own hook and take the fish off and somehow my fish always swallowed the hook requiring surgery...well you get it) BUT when you catch a fish about every 30 seconds and catch about 10 in the 10 minutes you fish, I'd say that is good fishin...let's just say the fish move slow, are young and niave and just plain easy to reel in...making it perfect for a not so patient but very normal 2 year old!
Just getting the feet wet....(get it!)
So I obviously was not there because I would not encourage my son to kiss fish - ew!!! And thankfully once was enough for him, when prompted while I was there, he politely said "no thank you" - that's my boy...no need to kiss fish or really anything but mommy (well and other family) for a VERY long time!
When Vera and I did arrive on the scene, she was very curious and flailed her arms and legs around in excitement as Grandma showed her the fish...Grandma, you might need to find another pole....maybe bedazzled, I think a little someone might join you soon!
And when the fishing got too tiring, our little man placed an encouraging hand on his Grandma's shoulder while they stared into the expanse beyond them...

Solon did do really well, reeled in his own catch, and he has it made because they don't make him bait, de-hook, or do surgery...that is my kind of fishin'

...he stopped fishing when he couldn't count any higher!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Zoo Time...

After Ellen found out her BIG news (see previous post) we continued on with already scheduled programming and headed off to the zoo to meet my Aunt Chris.  The MN Zoo is quite large...
...So per Solon's request, we took the monorail first on a tour around the zoo.  We saw quite a few animals along the way...Solon was a "tad" disappointed that it only went about 1 mph and kept asking to go faster!  After that, we took a tour of part of the zoo before pooping out 1/3 of the way around...HA!

In our perfectly planned timing (yeah right) we happened upon feeding time for the bears.  They were VERY active, wrestling with one another in the water RIGHT in front of the window.  The trainers, then did a demonstration for us which was REALLY cool!


Solon's favorite part of the zoo was the newly installed fountains complete with no animals...yep his favorite part...ironic huh?!  He could not get enough of the 60 degree water, luckily I knew this would be his favorite part so I packed a swimsuit...but forgot a towel, never to fear Grandma popped for the $19 paper thin beach towel...thanks mom!
We finished the trip by stopping by the dolphin exhibit to see the oldest dolphin in captivity.  Unfortunately, the exhibit is closing in the fall and the dolphins are headed to Chicago!

Is someone tired? 

I did promise Solon a souvenier from the trip, so we headed to the gift shop where I strategically steered him away from an over-priced teeny-tiny train set but alas Auntie Ellen came over and quickly pointed out and guess what Solon chose...yep we walked out $16 dollars poorer with another train set in tow...surprised...no, neither was I!  (don't worry Ellen, I will get you back someday :)!

It was a really fun day and worth the visit but if I had to choose between the 2 zoos we have been to in Minneapolis/St. Paul, I would go to the Como Zoo again.  It is much more compact with easier viewing of the animals!  But that is just my opinon!
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