Monday, August 15, 2011

Everything happens for a reason

        I like for my life to have order. I like to know who, what, when, where, why before it happens. I like for things to be in place and ready to roll instead of running around stressing out and panicking. I don't like surprises! Especially when it comes to my children. I try as all mom's do, to do what is best for my children. Well, today was one of those things fall apart and I start panicking kinda days. They don't happen very often but when they do they are bad.
         While K and I were having "our morning" (E was at 1st grade day at church) my mom calls. Dum Dum duh dun..... She informs me that she has been told that K will not be able to attend Pre k at her school. We have had K enrolled since May of last year.  We bought uniforms (she is a uniform school) and a new backpack and a new lunch kit. She was excited about going to Nana's school just like E did. Then I had to crush her little spirit and tell her that she can't go. The look on her face was one I will not forgot. Tears formed in her eyes and she said, "But I have to go, E went, it's nana's school." This made her forget her McDonalds lunch (her choice today) and go into sad mode. The good news is while I was sitting there thinking about what the next plan should be the older gentleman sitting next to us came to the rescue. If there was a Santa I swear he was him. He was able to turn K's sad face into something happy and I am still not sure how he did it but it worked, He said you know, I caught a bit of your conversation and things always happen for a reason. It will all work out.  As I started thinking about it he's right.. It's 103+ and at the end of last year the school didn't have AC, there were problems with it off and on all year. Did I really want to subject her to that. The pros were she was going all day everyday. The cons were is she really ready to go all day everyday? She is already on Kinder entry level do I really want her that much ahead and be bored in Kinder?
          So, I start praying.. Please I have 2 days to find something for her please show me what to do.. So, it's time to pick up E from Church and even though they gave me the code to get in apparently I didn't write it down right and we have to walk around the building to get in.. I have this sense of calm come over me.. First Baptist has 2 options CDC and mothers day out. The only door I can get someone to is the CDC door. The lady looks at us and says can I help you? I say yes, I need a school for my daughter,(jokingly) just found out she can't go to the one we enrolled her in because they dropped the program. and I also need to pick up my other daughter from upstairs. So we go to her office and she says lets see what we have, we only have 6-6:30 care m-f, then pauses and looks at me and looks at K and says but we have a mothers day out on Tue/Thur from 9:30-2:30. I think the mothers day out is what your looking for. I say yes, and we go off to find the info. All the while she is talking to me about the program I just have this calm and yes this is it feeling.. This is where she belongs. So I get in the car and call the MDO director and leave a message. I come home and go to the site that it tells me too and see click here to register.. The price is perfect, I am ready to click, and then I see.... Sorry we are filled. Please try again later.  My heart crashes.
        So I start researching and there are options, she can go back to First Methodist, or there is another place I was going to call. Again, I say if this is meant to be please call me back.. Not more then 30 mins later the director calls and says I understand you are looking for a place for your daughter? I say yes, our other plans just got crushed. Please tell me you have space. She says yes we do, the website is acting up. I am working on it.. So, after all this I have a HUGE peace and comfort that K will be going to school. Yes it's only Tue/Thur but it's from 9:30-2:30 and I think that is all she needs right now. I can start back to work on Wed knowing this is taken care of.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Zoo Day

On Thursday spur of the moment I decided to take the girls to see the Zoo to see the baby boom of animals. Yes, it was hot but thankfully it was one of our cooler hotter days and wasn't too bad. The zoo itself was EMPTY of people and we could stand and watch whatever we wanted for as long as we wanted. So I called Mom up and off we went to find all the baby animals. The girls we looking forward to mostly seeing the new baby giraffe that was only 2 weeks old. However, when your standing out looking over all the giraffes it's hard to tell who the new one was. At 2 weeks old she is already 5 1/2 feet tall and weighs 115 lbs. She must have been sleeping somewhere where we couldn't see because all the giraffes that we found were over 5 1/2'. However, we did find lots more baby animals to make up for it.
K is as tall as the Emperor Penguin

The new baby elephant

Showing off or staying cool. lol

K's favorite. Baby warthogs born June 13

Looking at the lioness

E feeding the giraffe

Hey, can you break me outta here?

K feeding the giraffe

Leading the way

STOP taking pictures of me.. I am coming for you!

Watching the lion demonstration

High five

Look how big I am!

high five to the audience

E studying the male lions

How sweet.. 

K riding the tortoise

Tortoise talk

And the race is on...

Hey, That's my food I got here first

If I put my foot in here you can't have it.. 

Fine I guess we will share

we love the tortoise

This is an anteater. He is in a area of
 the zoo we don't visit much.. Kinda cool looking

Baby Lama

K and her snakes

She really loves these things.. =(

Petting zoo.. Apparently K's dress is yummy

Love at first sight

E wanted to bring one home.. Sure it's a new lawnmower. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Finishing out our terrific Tuesday!

After turning our plane into a stagecoach we loaded up the horsepower and headed to the West. We found some great parking for our horses and went to wait for the cattle to come to us. While there we also petted a police horse, petted the cowboys horses, got our sheriff badges, found a great Italian place for pizza and drinks, attempted the petting zoo, attempted to ride horses, rode a bull and got really really HOT! All in all we had a great Tuesday!
Petting the police horse

Getting ready

Waiting on the longhorns


Huh would have thought there to be more.. Oh well

E loves them

It's a real cowboy

something happened to his horn


K had a blast

Petting Texas Jr. 

Petting lil Hoss

Wow what a spur

Hang on E!

Future Bull riding champion???

This longhorn was posing for me. 

A terrific Tuesday

Today on our journey to finishing out summer I decided to get us up earlier and head over to the Botanical Gardens before it got to be 100 degrees and take our summer pictures, while there we made a quick stop and visited Japan and on the way home saw how the west was really done.  We got to the Gardens about 9 and by 10:45 we were hot and ready to move on.  We decided to take our journey over to Japan since the rates were so cheap to fly we got on the next flight. We didn't stay there long but enjoyed the time we have. By 11:00 it was time to turn the plane into a stagecoach and head to the west.(Please see next blog) 

                                                               Botanical Gardens
K had to have this spot

E and her posing
Sisterly love

a bug was approaching!



Visiting the bear cage. =) Actually and older man told me bears didn't live there . It was just sand. 

The famous Japan bridge

Looking at the koi

Our next Japanese building

Even Japan is hot-water break

What building is this?

E checking it out

K checking it out
K decided it's JAIL


some of Japan's critters

Stone jumping

K's turn at stone jumping. She was worried the koi would get her

It's a Japanesse bird- he actually caught a fish 

sneaking up on the bird

Our final stop

We love Japan!