Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Vacation Photos: Family Time

So glad to finally have power back! Irene was only a tropical storm here but did some damage in our area.  We only had 49 hours without electricity but I know others who still don't have their power back.  It wasn't too bad except for all the food that spoiled.  We had water in the tub and washing machine and had collected 2 big plastic trash can full of rainwater for flushing.  The super sunny and lovely day that followed Irene helped as well.  It's sad that I feel a little lost without the internet, though.  It's how I keep up with current events and keep in touch with pretty much everyone.  I feel connected again.  It's a sad reality.  I had projects to do but they either required a sewing machine or a drill so I dusted off an old book (Dracula!) but ended up falling asleep both nights with Mr. No who refused to sleep alone because it was too dark without his nightlight. I really don't blame him since we went from a city to a brightly lit complex to a very rural area and with no power, it is pitch black out and that's not something he's used to.

Anyhoo, I am almost at the end of our family vacation photos (YAY!).  These photos were from the afternoon after our ZooQuarium trip. Mr. No got to spend quality time with Nana, Papa, and his cousins.  I think this was his favorite day!

First was a little Mr. No-Papa time:

taken through the window so they wouldn't move

Then a little playground time with Nana, Daddy and Mama:

By the time we got back, the cousins had arrived.  Mr. No got them to play his new game pop-up pirate with him. 

After dinner, the boys went out with their Dad and Mr. No got to play with sparklers! You can even almost see Uncle J in the background...

Only one more post full of vacation photos to come!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Vacation Photos: ZooQuarium

Still going through vacation photos!  I know I take way too many!  But with how terrible my memory is, I need something to remind me of what we've done and all the fun we have!

On Friday of our vacation, we decided to check out the ZooQuarium. Mr. No was super excited as always to see animals.  He was in kind of a weird sleepy mood so maybe it would have been better to go after a nap even though we went pretty early.  We got there just in time for an animal encounter show.  It was all about skunks and the employee even had a completely adorable baby skunk that she let everyone touch.  Mr. No was in super shy mode and refused.  I, however, was thrilled to pet the adorable little thing.  So soft and sweet!  After the show and a potty break, Mr. No got a little energy back and was ready to check out the animals. When we got to the fox pen, the little guy was hiding.  Mr. No shouted out helloooo??? And the fox came out said Hi to Mr. No and then promptly hid inside again. Mr. No thought it was awesome!  He shouted, Mama! He came when I called him!

wasn't expecting him to come out or how fast he headed back in

Mr. No loves the turtles...and there were so many!

always a favorite!

Mr. No and H peering at some fishies

 Of course, the touch tank was the favorite part of the day.  We could barely get him away from there.  There were only fish and crabs in there and guess who was too wussy to pick up a crab?  I'm embarrassed to admit...All 3 of us!  H finally picked one up on a stick so Mr. No could touch it.  We're pathetic I know...

H picking up the crab on a stick

touching the fishies

Mr. No insisted I take a picture of this
I don't know who was more excited to feed the adorable deer...Mr. No or me!  Yes, I'm a terrible mommy and kept a couple quarters for myself so I could touch the sweet little deer.  We had plenty, I swear!

for some reason H always has to try and get a rise out of turkeys if he sees them and usually he succeeds

more animal feeding!

showing off his impressive wingspan

Poor Mr. No waited so patiently to play on the train.  Adults got in there for photos, kids pushed in there and he didn't fuss but once he got in there, he did not want to leave!  He was more than willing to share with a little 1 year old boy as always.

playing vet
gotta have those gloves!

Before we left, we wanted to catch the bird show.  Mr. No got a little restless and crabby.  It was warm in there and he was so sleepy.  It was a very interesting show.  We learned about seagulls, a crow, a kestrel and a mostly blind hawk.  Mr. No liked the birds but he was just to sleepy to sit still.  He did take the last photo of the hawk and really enjoyed seeing the animals. 

After the show, Mr. No spent time with Papa, Nana, his cousins and played with sparklers but that's all for the next installment so I don't overload the posts with my ridiculous number of photos!