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Today ended up being a beautiful, decently warm day here in Kansas City (and we won’t talk about the fact the temperature plummeted and it was snowing while I was typing this), so we headed to the zoo after the boys got out of school (yay early release!).

Nick’s parents arrived in town from Vermont yesterday, so the zoo trip was made even more fun by having them with us, plus my brother in law, sister in law, and niece (who are currently in KC for school)! As you’ll see, we had a ball!

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Lily looooves her cousin! My new theory is that it’s because it’s the first person she’s had the chance to boss around. Ha! I do love this picture of them on the hippo though – think they might be related?!

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After checking out the tigers, we noticed a sign asking people to see if they could leap as far as a tiger can. The boys had a great time getting running starts to try, and in the process I captured one of my favorite “boy” images in a long time. Check out that action shot of Ty and Jackson! It looks like Ty is about to take Jackson out, and all while looking stylin’ in his bow tie!

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Ty: I don’t always ride the carousel at the zoo, but when I do I like to wear a bow tie.

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We made it over to watch the penguins being fed, and the tail end of a keeper chat. Chase and Ty spent a solid 20 minutes talking the ear off of the keeper. She opened the door by asking if they had any questions, and I think they gave her waaaay more than she bargained for!

I was cracking up and in awe all at once, because these 7 year olds of mine were using terms like species, extinct, endangered, and habitat like it was second nature. Bravo, teachers!

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The boys all asked for the chance to take a picture, so I showed them how to hold the camera, support the lens, which buttons were focus and shutter, and let them try! The above one of the penguins is what Chase and Jackson took (the pictures came out identical, so I’m just posting one). The picture below of the polar bear was done by Ty! Then Lily asked to do some, so I handed her my cell and she shot off 25 pictures of the polar bear. Love that they’re interested!

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Ok, first of all, can I just say how impressed I am with myself that I’ve actually managed to blog something each day for a full week?! I know I committed to it and all, but I’ve committed to lots of other things (hello, diets and workouts) and not started out this strongly before. Woo!

Now, on to this evening’s feature – what I spotted on the walls in the boys’ room tonight!

Some of those items had already been there (the street signs and a couple of the little verse memorization cards our church has handed out over the last year or so), but there were definitely some new additions tonight!

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Chase is enjoying: the American Flag, the Jamaican Flag (a country currently being talked about a lot both in his classroom and at church, due to mission projects), an autographed picture of Sluggerrr (KC Royals mascot), the cover of this last week’s bulletin (pictured is the center of the stained glass window our church will be installing in the new sanctuary), and a hand written note reminding him God is always with him!

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Ty is working on the wall AND ceiling! Anyone else ever do that as a kid? I know I sure did! He’s got the American flag, Jamaican flag, cover of the recent bulletin, a little scripture, and some pictures. My favorite though might be that what he chose for the ceiling is Sluggerrr and a reminder that “God loves me and I love God”!

Love those sweet boys of mine! They’re definitely 1 in a million;)

There’s a reason we call her Silly Lily around here! The girl is a non-stop riot!

She and have I have lots of silly conversations, she likes to take silly selfies on my phone, and last month she was helping me test out some new lighting I had at the studio, and you guessed it… she got silly!

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She was not content to just sit on a chair like a normal preschooler. No… when I asked her if she’d help me test it, she wanted to do it like a baby! She asked for a hair accessory from my prop stash, plopped it on her head, and then requested I put the yellow cloth on top of the bean bag. I was cracking up already, but I really lost it when she pretended to sleep!

Oh, and remember that thing I said last week, about my perfectionist side (especially when it comes to photos) being one of my downfalls with blogging? Yeah – I’m fighting that urge by posting this picture, but it’s funny and has a funny story!