Thursday, March 24, 2011

Yard Work

We have thoroughly enjoyed our spring break weather.  There has been sun, warm temperatures, and the opportunity to be outside without coats!  Our yard was/is in need of some much needed TLC after the winter months and Travis and Parker got right to work.
Here son, this is how you do it... 
Got it this? 
That looks good, you keep raking, I'll put the twigs in the bag since it's taller than you! ;)
We have a very good big boy helper! (he's not for hire!)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Monkey Joe's

Two Thumbs up for Monkey Joe's!
Today we went to Monkey Joe's in Davenport with some of Parker's friends.  Carter and Emily were able to join us. We had a great time.

Parker loved running around the bounce houses and even laughed when he would fall down! 

This was the "dinosaur" land.  He wasn't as impressed with this one, but would run back and forth between the two bounce houses.
Whoa, that's a big dinosaur!
Towards the end of our adventure the "boys" got very brave and went into a bouncer that was outside of the mini-monkey area.  However, they needed some help getting down the slide.  Even though this photo is blurry (because they are going so fast down the slide), I LOVE IT!  You can see how all 3 of the guys are LOVIN' it.  If you look close you can tell that Parker is cracking up too!

Daddy and Parker wend down a second time even! 

We were all tuckered out but had a blast!  The timing was perfect, go first thing when they open, during the week, and you'll beat the crowds!
We can't wait to go again!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring Break Day 1

Monday was beautiful so we took advantage of having the day off from school and our zoo membership still being valid and took Parker to the zoo. 
WOW!  They have remodeled the entry and made it much more user friendly and added a tropical/jungle area.  Very cool!  New bathrooms too...for a pregnant woman and a toddler a definite bonus! :)
Travis and Parker in the new Jungle wing.

All was fine while we waited for the train, and even walked up to the train....
when we actually got on the train was a different story. 
Tears and wanting "up" which is Parkers up and down.  He wanted off the train.  Looking off in the distance we noticed that the elephant was out.  I'm not sure if it was the train, the lack of movement, or the large packaderm that scared him.  However, after a few short minutes and the start of the train ride we were much better.  My bet is the packaderm! :)

We learned that Parker is Kito in Swahelie.  There was a zoo employee giving giraffe facts and he told us that if Parker was the first born he is a Kito.  So Parker and Kito the giraffe have the same name...first born.

When we saw the monkeys we found a mama and baby monkey and two brothers duking it out...sigh...a prediction of things to come?

Parkers last stop was the ducks.  He loved it.  We had a great time and can't wait to go back again! 
Happy Spring Break!