We have had the most beautiful sunsets the last few nights. Jacob took these pictures from the back deck.
I made the kids these water bottle holders. They love them and have been carrying them everywhere. It is really cute and makes me happy that they like them so much! They are insulated with Insulbrite so hopefully that will help to keep them cold. I found the material for the girl’s bottles the other day and loved them so picked them up and let them choose which one they wanted. Karissa chose the brown and green and Aleigha chose brown and pink. I made Brendan and Ethan’s out of material I had left over from the diaper bag I made a while back. Brendan’s is the dark brown with blue and yellow polka dots and Ethan is the brown yellow and blue stripes. Austin and Tyler were much harder to find material for. When I bought the girl’s material I looked for something for them but had a very hard time so I decided I would take them shopping with me and they could pick one out for themselves. We found the camouflage one for Austin and for Tyler the red one with white stars.
The main reason we had gone to Portland was to take the kids to the zoo for an end of the school year trip. They had all chosen one animal to do a report on in school and now we were going to go see those animals.
Jacob wanted to get to the zoo as soon it opened so that we could feed the Lorikeets while they were still hungry so he looked on line to find out what time the zoo opened and also found out that it just so happened to be $2 day at the zoo. Which was great except it ended up being really busy since everyone else decided to go to the zoo for $2 day.
The zoo opened at 8 so we got up at 6, quickly got everyone in the car, grabbed our picnic lunch to take, and headed off to Krispy Kreme doughnuts to get some hot original glazed doughnuts for breakfast. YUM!
We made it the zoo a couple min. after opening and quickly went straight to Lorikeet Landing but it was still closed. We waited around for a few min. until a zoo keeper walked by and found out that the exhibit didn’t open until 9 a.m. so we decided to check out a few other exhibits while waiting and discovered a lot of exhibits are not open until 9 so we decided to take the time to get sun screen on everyone while we waited.
While we were waiting someone pointed out this cute little squirrel in the trash can. He had climbed in and pulled out this huge cookie and was trying to unwrap it. We watched him for quite a while.
Here the kids are watching for tigers.
Here is Aleigha at the penguins the animal she chose for her report.
We went back to Lorikeet Landing at 9 and the exhibit was opened but they don’t open up for you to feed them until 9:30, so once again we left and came back at the right time.
Tyler chose lizards so here he is with one behind him.
Austin with the lions.
The kids loved playing on this truck…
and this wall.
Karissa chose the anaconda for her report but we couldn’t get a good picture so we also took one with this anaconda head they had.
Brendan with the elephant.
How the kids measure up to bears.
Taking a break.
We stayed at the zoo until closing time. Then took the kids to Chucky Cheese for dinner. The kids were really excited because the last time we were there Aleigha was 8mo. old so its been awhile. They had a great time playing all the games. When we left it was starting to turn dark and it was raining.