Why isn’t my name there

So, at bedtime last night we were reading a Bible story as we always do. This time it was about Jesus choosing his 12 friends. It went through and listed them all. Superman was so excited because his name was there. Then Batman got all upset because his name wasn’t there.

You can’t win them all.

Austin Zoo

So, last week one part of our super busy week was going to the Austin Zoo. The kids had a blast! It’s not my favorite zoo, but it was fun to go to.

Superman petting the goat

Batman trying to pet the rooster. It didn’t work so well.

Princess and Batman looking at snakes.

Funny story on the peacock. They were wandering all over the zoo, and my kids were having fun trying to catch them. At one point they had gotten one cornered by the bear cage. The next thing I knew the peacock had jumped up onto the top of the fence and into the bear cage. Then it proceeds to march over to the bear and is in within about 15 feet of it. All of the adults are thinking, do we need to distract the kids from the soon to be bloody happenings, but no, the bird just wandered around for a while enjoying the kid free area.

So, all in all, we had a blast at the zoo. It’s not your traditional zoo where you’ll see all the exotic animals. This is a rescue zoo, so you’ll see lots of big cats and monkeys because people keep thinking they make good pets. Then it grows up and they realize it’s a wild animal….. The sad part is the cages are hard to see the animals through. But, my kids were happy they found a “baby jaguar.”

Things You Don’t Expect to Say to your kids

I’m sure you’ve all had that moment. Your kid is doing something really weird/bad/unusual/unexpected, and you say something you never expected to say to your child.

Here’s my past ones:

Don’t stab your brother with the knife. (It was a butter knife)
Don’t cut your tongue with the scissors.
Don’t put the scissors in your mouth. (In both cases it was the playdough scissors, but still)

Oh, and safety scissors will cut t-shirts when used by an experimenting young boy.

But, here’s the one from today, said to my little princess…..

“Don’t hit your brothers with your hands, use the sword.”

Splash Park

I don’t know if you have a local splash park, but you really should look for one. I think there’s a couple in Austin, but this one is just down the street from us. It’s officially called the “Lake Brushy Creek Park,” but everyone just calls it the splash park.


There’s a pole on the edge that you push and it starts the water. My kids had a blast running through the sprinklers. Except Princess who doesn’t like water on her face, unless she pours it there.

Batman running for all he’s worth.

Truthfully, this was one of those days I should have cancelled the playdate, but we’d been trying to arrange it for a couple months. So, I took my very tired kids out to play. So, after a while they didn’t want to play in the water anymore so we went to the playground, and Princess was happy because she got to swing.

Don’t be too surprised if you get to see lots of pictures at this park come summertime. It’s a blast!

Zebras, giraffes, leopards, and a whole bunch more

This started out as just giraffes and zebras. Remember how last time I said to get a piece of cardboard or foam board, just something stiff and cover it in glue or foam sitckers? Well, here’s what we did:

Grab some animal pictures. We started with zebras. Peel all the paper off your crayons.

Place your picture over the texture board and rub the side of the crayon over the board, and it makes really neat textures.


As you can see, it turned out really cool, but it’s a bit over my kids skill level. They didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought they would. They just wanted to color their pictures and have me write the name of each animal on their pictures. So, recognizing that I needed to change my plans we did. So, I let them have a blast coloring with markers and crayons, and when they were done we put it in their sticker books in alphabetical order. They loved doing that.

Oh well, not all ideas can work like you want them to. Okay, this is my last post for the day, I wasn’t really planning to write all of these today, but I wanted to get these linked up to the other places…..

So, for more great “we Made it” activities, go to Ramblings of a Crazy Woman.

The poor poor pepper


I was so excited I went outside to water our plants, and we actually had something edible growing (okay, the herbs are edible, but I mean a vegetable). I ran inside to show the kids the pepper.


They all came out so excited. Then they wanted to touch it. Of course he stumbled and pulled the poor thing off. Well, now instead of being a nature lesson it became a science lesson.


We took it inside and passed it around as we felt it, then I cut it in half and let them look inside and see the seeds. This was fascinating for all of 30 seconds. But, they had lots of fun looking inside the peper and figuring out what it felt like and what the inside was like.

Oh, and all of the rocks lining the garden were pulled from the garden in the process of getting it ready. I think there’s one rock not from it.