Monday, May 12, 2008

 My fascination with giraffes, and other Mother's Day moments

Here are the amazing little boys who have changed my life and made the past 6 Mother's Days extra special! They continue to teach me patience, selflessness, compassion, honesty, and how deep love can actually be. I am such a motherhood work in progress. I want to be better for these guys. I am thrilled to be growing each year and learning how to love them better. They mean the world to me!

My special request for Mother's Day this year was to go to the zoo. I love the zoo, and am especially obsessed with giraffes. They are so amazing and, I think, quite beautiful. (Don't even try to pretend that there are no strange giraffe-loving-type quirks in your personalities friends!)

We went on Saturday, rather than Sunday, because we saw a weather forecast that looked less than favorable on Sunday. It was a very wise choice! The weather was perfect for a zoo trip Saturday and we had a wonderful time. Sunday was chilly and it rained, nonstop, all day.

K and I feeding the giraffes. He loved it and giggled hysterically the whole time. I may have mentioned this just a few times before, but he has the best giggle!

Jay, up close and personal with Mr. long neck

Giraffes are cool, even if they aren't real. This would really match the decor in my bed room.

It was fun to have my mother in law share in our Mother's Day outing. She is special to me for many reasons. At the top of my list is my thankfulness for the wonderful man whom she had a part in raising. He is the most respectful, sensitive, and caring guy I have ever met and I love him with my whole heart. It would be neglectful of me not to hold in high esteem the one who introduced him to Jesus, the one who taught him so many things.

My mother in law was a part of each day of my Mother's Day weekend. Friday night I accompanied her, and Dave's sister, to her church's mother daughter banquet. I missed my mom through out the weekend, but it was nice to be able to enjoy these other women who are precious to me. The picture above is Utility Girl (Dave's sister, who is also one of my "you know way to much about me and love me any way" friends. My sister in laws have a way of becoming that kind of friend.), my mother in law is in the middle, and I am on the right. It was a fun evening. We also had my mother and father in law over for lunch Sunday afternoon.

So, that was a little unplanned rabbit trail, now back to the zoo: K kept telling us that he wanted to see a c-o-w (He has an obsession with spelling right now... we love it!). They had a petting zoo with a few farm animals, but no cow. Well, we finally saw this very large plastic version and he was so excited...until the stroller was right next to it and he saw how big it was. I tried not to let him see me laugh, because he was quite traumatized, but it was really funny to see him squirming and freaking out over this plastic cow. "I want back in the stroller!" He was very adamant about that! As you can see in the picture, he still wasn't 100% sure that it was all okay once Dave set him on it. After much convincing that it was very plastic and very not breathing, his cute giggle came back. He is still talking about the great c-o-w. "It was just a toy mom! But it was a big toy!"

One of the really neat things that we did for K this time was to take close up pictures of each animal with our digital camera and then show them to K on the LCD screen. Last time we went to the zoo, K didn't really enjoy it, due to his poor eye sight. What fun is the zoo if you can't see the animals? It was really special for us to see K being able to participate this time. Our goal (after we purchase a little bit more techno-geeky equipment) is to eventually hook up our video camera to our portable DVD player. That will allow K to hold the DVD player as close as he needs to as we feed the images we are seeing into the DVD player.

There were lots of really great animals at the zoo. I just realized that of the six pictures I posted two of them are of fake animals. That could lead you to believe that our zoo was really wussy and fake. I have tons of pictures of very real, very wild animals, but I thought you all would be more interested in the people pictures. :)

Our weekend was a mixture of warm/fuzzy, sweet/cuddly, difficult/weepy, and harsh/reality, moments. How's that for conflictions? :) It really was special, but in an effort to squelch any bit of false pretense I have to say that I had my rough spots throughout the weekend as well. Despite that, my heart overflows with thanksgiving. I am so blessed!


Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

Oh! That looks like so much fun!!! I love looking at all the pictures...makes me feel like I went along with you!

PS - I gave your sweet mom a hug for you yesterday :)

Amanda said...

what a beautiful post and tribute to your mom...and sounds like a lovely zoo trip. i think giraffes are incredible too...and incredibly creative our God is!

Sarah M. said...

Spelling three letter words has become somewhat of a joke around our house. It is a fun reminder of our far away nephews.
Glad you had a great weekend! Ours was perfect for us!

Joy Abbott said...

I'm so glad you got to go to the zoo! I love binder park!
by the way, feel free to link all you want!
see you soon

Becoming Me said...

Awesome pictures. And I also love giraffe's. So does Pumpkindoodle

Rachel said...

So glad you had fun & that K was able to see the animals. I love that fake giraffe. We take pictures with it every year. It will make an awesome scrapbooking page someday!

Kari Dawson said...

Just wanted you to know real quick I tagged you on my blog today. I'll check back later to catch up on your recent posts. I'm off to my first photo shoot! EEEk!

CRJFamily said...

Looks like you had a WONDERFUL Mother's Day! Love the pictures!

Indian Lake Papa said...

I love Binder Park! the zoo is special. my daughter has taken her kids there several times! God bless! I love his creation - especially love horses!

Joyfulsheep said...

Giraffes are my 2nd favorite first favorite are sheep! I'm glad you all had a lot of fun.

FordFamilyFun said...

Hey Wendi,
I was just thinking about the way K loved the cow. There is a place in Nashville, MI (about an hour or so away) called Mooville. It is a dairy farm and they make their own ice cream and milk and if you want you can buy some, but you can also take a tour of the farm and see how the cows are milked (you actually go into the pit and the cows are about 3 feet away from you) and they also have a little petting area with baby cows (a little less frightening up close) and its free (except the whole tour thing). But anyway, they have goats you can feed and baby cows to pet, a couple of horses, some ducks (even an Aflac one). It is a great little place to go and not too far away. We try to go a couple times every summer!!