Sunday, October 30, 2011

Where have we been?

The Monkey Family is back! So where have we been? Well, the little monkeys and I took a little "vacation" while Daddy Monkey refinished all of the cabinets in the house. What a wonderful man. Where did we go? Tons of places!

Our vacation involved meeting up with Grandpa, Grandma, and Papa (great grandpa) Monkeys. My boys just LOVE spending time with Papa Monkey. While we visited, we took a trip to see some fish and other marine life as well as a nice trip to the desert.

I think the desert trip was the best part. We went to an animal park that showcased North American wildlife in a more natural habitat. So we took an open window bus tour through the compound and saw all sorts of animals just outside our window! The wolves were the spookiest (don't have a photo of that one) since they were pacing just outside the bus. The bears were awesome and right there watching us.

Above is the white bison. Below is Big Monkey "hanging" out the window in the black bear area. Fun for Mama Monkey. Not sure if you can see the bear in the background. It's up the dirt road on the left of the photo.

The last thing we did was meet up with the cousins and ride an old train out to a secluded pumpkin patch. Both boys had a blast seeing as how they both adore trains. Big Monkey even got to stand off the back of the train with the conductor and watch him get out to switch the track on the way back to the depot. Boy, did he think that was the best thing.

The was his favorite part though. There was an old red fire unit that was designed to be wheeled down the tracks and it had a little bell on it that you could ring by pulling a rope. Well, Big Monkey pulled it EVERY time we went to that depot. I think we must have spent a total of 2 hours ringing that bell (maybe it just felt like it to me). It was fun.

Even Baby Monkey got in on some of the action.

And to wrap it up, their pumpkins on the train!

Oh, and don't worry, I really did also spend a lot of time revamping our curriculum! We are ready to start anew tomorrow morning. I'm still waiting on a few items to arrive to finish off the "school room," but that will be done shortly and we are going to have fun (and be so much more organized).

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