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Friday, February 10, 2012

The Central Florida Zoo

After Xmas we headed back to the Central Florida Zoo. It is a fun place for the kids but it is not really up to par with the other zoos I have been to. I am not too keen on animals in cages at zoos. The weird thing about the CFZ is that only about half of the animals are in cages and the other half roam free in enclosures. I like the enclosure idea, although I grew up going to the Miami Zoo and the National Zoo in Washington. (Stepping down from my soapbox.)

The kids had a great time, they all seem to absolutely love animals. Brother was also happy as they have a choo-choo train that goes through the woods around the zoo. That kid absolutely loves trains, according to him, he is going to be a train conductor again for Halloween this year. We'll see, although I don't think the train fever is going to calm down since we are going to see the "real" Thomas the Train in March. That will send him into an absolute fit. I can't tell you how much I hear about Thomas and the island of Sodor.

Well, back to the zoo. We started off looking at some birds until the Critters apparently noticed the reptile house. They made a beeline to it which absolutely thrilled Rian. Lets just say that she is not a fan (at all) of snakes. She stood with her back against the wall the entire time. I guess kids at their age just don't realize that they are a few centimeters of glass away from a deadly snake. They have a black mamba there and Hadley and Carson were right up, faces pressed against the window. Luckily, the snake wasn't hungry and didn't strike the glass. Off we went to see the alligator. We didn't see it at first until something started to move in the water. Then this huge alligator begins to get up on the land and crawl towards us. Well, the Critters thought that this "friendly" alligator was just coming over to say hi. Carson even wanted me to lift her up to see over the rail better. Its hilarious to me that the Critters see this deadly animal and just think that its just coming over to say hi and give them a big hug.

We were walking around after seeing the alligator and stumbled upon a new exhibit that they are building. You will never guess what it is. An OTTER Exhibit. CarCar just about had a fit. For some reason CarCar is obsessed with otters. What kid do you know that loves otters. Not really a common cuddly animal. I am not really even sure if they are friendly. Our Crittersitter Macy told CarCar that her neighborhood in St. Pete has otters and CarCar nearly stroked out. We are going to have to make sure that CarCar doesn't try to hide in Macy's luggage the next time she goes home.

After some more walking and a trip to the playground we headed over see the cheetahs and kangaroos. To be clear they were in different enclosures. I don't think the kids need a lesson on survival of the fittest just yet. Of coarse Hadley wanted to ride on my shoulders to see the cheetahs better. As usual she wanted down after a minute or two and when I was lifting her down my sunglasses went along with her. Somehow they landed perfectly on the right lens and just shattered it. Perfect, now I don't have sunglasses for the rest of my time in Orlando. Update: no worries the glass have be fixed.

After the zoo we headed to Cracker Barrel, the Critters most recent favorite restaurant. I am not sure if they like the food which is okay or the atmosphere, which is akin to a country circus.

Here are some pics of the zoo:

A Florida Panther in its cage.

The "friendly" alligator.

Grandma B with Brother and CarCar.

CarCar and the otter.

Haddie and the otter.

Brother "playing" chess.

Haddie and the ladybug.

CarCar going for a ride.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Champs Sports Bowl, 2011

No we didn't go to the game, but we did head down to Park Ave in Winter Park to see the parade. Both bands and cheerleaders marched down Park Ave and ended in the main park to play a few more songs. The Critters loved it except for the drums. CarCar is not, I repeat not, a fan of drums. Something startled Hadley because she covered her eyes like she had just seen Kermit the Frog. Brother just loved everything.

Once everyone got into the park everyone had a great time. After that we headed for some frozen yogurt at one of the ten thousand yogurt places that have sprung up. Really, when did frozen yogurt become that popular? There is literally one in each plaza in Orlando.

The Critters refused to take a nap that day, probably due to the excitement for the game. That excitement was short lived as Notre Dame started putting a whippin on FSU. Needless to say it was not a good first half viewing experience. Luckily, something clicked during the second half and the good guys pulled it out.

Here are a few pics from the day:

Brother's favorite part, the cheerleaders.

The Marching Chiefs.

The Notre Dame Marching Band.

Something spooked Haddie.

Pretty cool uniforms.

Madness in the park.

Twirler girl.


Briefly Back

There seems to be a slight lull in work, though I am not too confident that it will last too long. This has been one crazy busy month. The overtime hours were off the charts, luckily the Critters still remember who I am during the few moments that I get to see them.

Well, I looked back to see what my last real post was and it was Christmas Eve, gee, that was only a month and a half ago. To pick up were I left off we had a great Christmas, the Critters got more than they could ever need. Luckily, Rian and I drove separately, so I was able to take back the first wave of gifts when I went back up for session. I was looking though iPhoto for pictures for this thread and I realized that I only had one, yes one picture from Christmas. Apparently I was a little too busy helping them open presents to snap a few pics.

Here is the one picture from Christmas:

Notice the chaos.

I plan to try to rapid fire some blogs out, tonight and this weekend to get caught up. I was also planning a best of photos for 2011, so hopefully I will get to shuffle through my pics for that.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Be Back Real Soon

Hope to be back posting soon, like hopefully tonight. Work has finally slowed down a little, for session that is. I was actually able to feed the Critters last night. I think that was the first weeknight I have fed them since session started. Luckily, they recognized me.