Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Typical Kentucky Spring

Today it snowed. SNOWED?!?! We awoke to freezing temperatures, great big flakes, and the ground blanketed in white powder. It's April 7 .... just a typical Kentucky spring. My Mom has always told me never, never, never put out plants prior to Derby Day. And she's right, although I do recall a white Derby in my past, too. It may be 70 degrees one day and 20 degrees the next. And although those 70 degree days tempt us into believing it's spring, we all know better.

Not that we don't take advantage of those warm days!! Last week the kids were out of school on Spring Break and Wednesday was beautiful. I took the day off and before I even woke up, Sullivan had already researched the forecast, printed it off the computer, and had it waiting for me on the kitchen counter. Sunny skies, warm temps ... a perfect day for the zoo.

So Hagan, Sullivan, Oakley and I loaded up and headed north toward the Cincinnati Zoo. We tried to coax Sawyer out of bed to go with us, but he chose to sleep in.

We were pleasantly surprised to find no crowds and because it was such a nice day, most of the animals were really active - ready to welcome the warmer days.

The gardens were beautiful, and the tulips, my very favorite flower, were in full bloom.

The boys were a little disappointed that some of the animals hadn't been moved yet to their outdoor habitats because the weather was still a little cool for them. We'd much rather see the monkeys hanging from trees than behind glass cages. I understand the importance of zoos but it's always been a little depressing for me too.

We spent the longest time at the Gorilla exhibit. They are SO AMAZING to me. Last year we were enthralled with the Momma Gorilla and her new baby, but this year, it was this large male that drew us in. He stood up and walked around like a man ... for a long time. Incredible!

Regardless, we all had a great time and it was the highlight of our week!


Keri said...

I love your pictures. We go to the Cincy Zoo a lot. I am with you on the weather! It is crazy! The kids look great. Love Oakley's tights!


Felicia said...

So great to see a post from you. The kids look cute as can be and I love the shots from the Zoo. Hope you're having a great week.

Lisa P. said...

Looks like the kids had a great time! So glad you had such a beautiful day. So when are we going to see pictures of the new house?

Lisa P.

All 4 My Gals said...

I already told you the pics of the kids are great, now I just have to say that gorilla... WOW!
Love you!

Anonymous said...

I often check your blog to see how Oakley & the boys are doing. Glad to see the recent post. I still marvel at the beautiful, 'smiley 'young lady' Oakley has become. SHe is so fortunate to have been adopted by your family. Thanks for sharing.

Krista ~ Bits and pieces said...

Your photo's are wonderful!!! I love days like you had~ memories are such beautiful things!

Anonymous said...

Your Monkeys are adorable.......
How do you like your new house?
Yvonne Grigsby