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‘Fall’ in our classroom

 

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The leaves are starting to fall around here, not only outside but inside as well.  At school, we of course, are talking about fall and everything about it.  Apples, leaves, colors, scarecrows, and eventually we will will end with pumpkins and Halloween.  It’s such a fun season to celebrate, especially with young preschoolers.  My co-worker brought in these neat little plastic rakes that were just the right size for their little hands to hold and “rake” up all of the leaves and put them into the baskets.  It made our room so colorful and really got us in the autumn mood.   We also did a leaf match and Jane brought in some real leaves for touch & feel time.  Its nice to bring nature indoors.

One of the art projects was to do ‘edible art.’  The kids made trees using pretzel sticks and raisins were used for the leaves.  They could make branches by breaking their sticks and then placing raisins either on the tree and/or on the ground, if their leaves were falling already.   Jane made hers as a sample to look at and the kids had ideas of their own.

Then there were a few kids who’s trees never had a chance.  It was more fun to eat the ingredients than to create.  ha!

Next, we moved on to apples.  So many things you can do with apples.  We tasted them, painted them, talked about their colors, how & where they grow, and my favorite…tried to guess how many seeds were inside of an apple.  This was so much fun because even I took a guess, which they thought was funny.  For some reason, they thought they I would know.  ha!

We made an apple chart and before I cut it open, I asked each child, “How many seeds do you think are in this apple?”  I loved how some of them really thought hard and gave me some good guesses.  Then I got to Charlie.  His answer…”A bunch Ms. Cathy!”

I love having access to Pinterest and all of their great ideas.  I found this idea for my sensory table and the kids absolutely loved it!  It was called “apple pie”.  I put rolled oats, cinnamon sticks, plastic apples, measuring spoons, cups and pie tins in our bin.  They could pretend to make an apple pie.   Bonus:  our room smelled so good as you walked past.

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Painting is an activity that this class loves to do.  I incorporated that by having them marble paint some apples and sponge paint apple trees.  So much red and green was happening this week.  They rolled marbles in red paint then back and forth in the box over their apples.  It looks easy but it’s really a difficult task for these kids to get that back and forth motion.

To make the apple trees, they sponge-painted the tree green, then dipped their fingertip into red paint to make their apples.  I told them they could decide where they wanted their apples.  Either on the tree, on the ground, or both.  Again…they made me laugh at their creativity…or lack of.    Our infant teacher walked into my room while we were painting these.  She saw the one on the right and said…”That tree looks like it was in the hurricane!”  We laughed out loud.   I hung these trees out in the hallway where the grandparents walk past.  One grandma told me she appreciates our artwork and loves seeing what the kids make.  Made me smile.

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Another activity the kids liked was sorting apples by color.  This was easy for them and makes them feel good when they can accomplish a task by themselves.  By the end of the week, I was pretty tired of red, yellow, and green.   A lot of repetition was happening.

My final apple project was a simple science experiment: Will the apple Sink or Float?  I had three apples again…red, yellow, and green.  If you’ve ever bobbed for apples, then you already know the answer.  Well, these kids have never bobbed, so had no idea.  I started with the red apple and had them once again, guess before I dropped it into the bowl.  As I suspected, there was a mix of answers.  They got so excited when I put it in the water and it went under then popped back up!  I’m sure squeals could be heard all the way down the hall.   It was so funny.

Now here is the part I thought was hilarious…I passed the next apple around the table and told them to feel it and see how heavy it is.  Then told them I’m going to put this one in the water now.  What do you think will happen?  I pretty much got the same answers.  And the third time I even gave them clues like, “Remember what happened to the first two apples?”  and I still got kids that said, “I think it will sink”.  Hmm…okay, I think I can predict their future science scores later on in life.

They did a great job with this and we sure had some fun, so at the end of the experiment I let them put the apples into the water and play around a little.  Kids and water just go together.  You can’t keep them out of it.

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Now all my kids know that apple starts with ‘A’ …and really, that’s all that matters in the end and we had a lot of fun learning that for an entire week.  I’m looking forward to moving on to the color orange and finding out that pumpkin starts with ‘P’.

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Fall Festivites

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Dressed for Homecoming game!

September sure has been a busy month for us and filled with fall memories already.  First off we had Kelly’s Homecoming.  This will be our last Burnsville homecoming after five years of enjoying taking the girls’ pictures and hearing the next morning, how fun their night was at the dance.    Kelly went with her friend Ryan this year.  They are both in theater and have become good friends who enjoy hanging out together.  When they are together…its talk, talk, talk.   We like Ryan because he’s an easy-going kid who can go with the flow.  He’s a lot of fun.

 

Before the pictures that evening, Kelly had her hair done at a local salon and her makeup done by a friend.  She put on her own red nails and in the end…looked absolutely beautiful.

 

She found her dress online and ordered it back in February.  She found the perfect shoes to accompany it.   She got so many compliments on her dress…even Monday when I went to work, my co-workers were talking about it.  🙂

The group she met up with for pictures, dinner and dance are mostly in her choir group and theater.  They were very nice kids and of course, not camera shy.   For picture taking, we were in Eagan at Blackhawk Park.  It was a pretty place, except for the green scummy water that happens at this time of the year.   We tried our best to keep that out of the pictures.  They had a nice bridge to stand on and take some photos, with the trees in the background.  I bet this will be gorgeous in a couple of weeks when the colors change.

 

 

 

Speaking of color…red seemed to be the color this season.  These kids were all so well dressed and made picture taking pretty easy.  My favorite was getting the “red photo”.  Loved how well they coordinated, without even trying.

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Before leaving the park, we passed a park and had to take some fun pictures after all those posed ones.

 

After pictures, they headed out for an Italian dinner and then back to the High School for the dance.  Kelly and Ryan stayed till nearly the end and really enjoyed the night.  That’s it for High School Homecoming.   The next one, will be her college homecoming, wherever that may be.

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Another fall activity that we participated in was the MOCA walk for Ovarian cancer.  This is a tradition every September and Megan drove home for the weekend so that she could join us and walk for Sue and Sheri’s mom.

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It was a beautiful morning for our walk.  We love this day and I think it gives Sheri a nice way to remember her mum and we are thankful for Sue to be cancer free.  We walk, talk, laugh, and enjoy seeing the tons of people walking with us for this cause, especially the cute little kids that are always there.  We loved this girls tutu.

 

Each year, the people watching is always fun but this year, it was the pets!  We saw this dog and everyone wanted to pet this gentle giant.  He was so sweet and we loved his bandana.

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Sue couldn’t make the walk this year because her boys had soccer games.  We’re hoping she’ll join us next year and have some fun with us.

 

 

Have you ever wanted to have three wishes?  Well, Kelly and I tried to make that happen by rubbing the magic lamp when we attended ‘Aladdin the Musical’ at the Orpheum Theater.

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What a fun time we had watching this performance.  Such colorful costumes and the stage had amazing scenes changes throughout the entire show.  I wish we could’ve taken pictures, but you’re not allowed.

We did have some fun outside of the theater before the show and a little appetizers at Crave across the street.   Happy day for us both!  Can’t wait for our next shows in November…Finding Neverland and Waitress.

 

One last festivity was Nate and I celebrating our 23rd anniversary.  We had a nice dinner Saturday night on the deck and then went out for brunch on Sunday.  We found this really neat place in Farmington with a wonderful deck and yummy Bloody Mary’s.  They also had great food.

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Romantic dinner for two.

 

After brunch, we headed to Sailer’s Greenhouses to get some fall mums.  It was a hot day, so being in the greenhouse, was like being in a sauna.  We shopped fast!

 

Once we picked our mums, Peggy & Mark were insisting we take some squash home.  Okay, we never argue about that.  Peggy said that they have never had this much squash and aren’t sure they can even pick it all.  An over-abundance this fall.  Yippee for us!  Nate and I are like kids in a candy store when choosing these.  Butternut is our favorite and we’ll make many meals all fall long with all of our squash (and we’ll probably go back for more).   Thank you Mark & Peg!

 

Going out here in and seeing all the flowers still blooming, makes me want to decorate our yard with all the autumn colors.  It’ll never be as good as the greenhouse, but we can always dream.

 

Hey, at least I’ll always have my Mumkin~

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Happy Fall everyone and be sure to get out enjoy the season!

‘A’ is for Apple Orchard~

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I know the saying for spring is “in like a lion and out like a lamb” or vice-versa, but never have we said “fall is on fire!”  It has been one steamy week here in Minnesota for our “first day of fall” this past Friday…according to the calendar.  We hit 95 degrees with a heat index of over 100 and it sure felt like it!  Summertime in Fall.

We had a fieldtrip to the Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard planned for Friday and headed out to Jordon, MN on a school bus.  This was such a fun trip and for all of my little ones…their first time on a school bus.  They were all so excited.  So many smiles, oohing & aahing, and even some squeals when we’d hit a bump in the road.   The entire ride made me laugh.

 

Once we got to the orchard, they immediately noticed the playground.  How could we not go their first?  While we waited for the wagon to get all hitched up to the tractor, we let them have a little fun on the equipment.

 

Next, it was time to head out to the orchard and pick some apples.  This is the largest apple orchard I have ever been to.  It was so pretty to walk amongst all these apple trees with some of the leaves just beginning to change.  We had some yellows, oranges, reds and still many green leaves all around us.  I loved it!

 

The wagon ride was very fun and the kids really enjoyed being pulled by the tractor.  Once we got out to the trees, we were free to pick two apples.  One we could eat, and one we could take home with us.  It was fun watching them run over to a tree and find an apple to pick.  Some of them needed help twisting that apple free, other’s grabbed hold and pulled the entire branch until that apple broke free.

 

As I said…we were told to pick one and take one back.  Well…most of my kids grabbed two and starting eating them both.  ha!    Oh well, there were so many apples on the ground, that we let them eat what they could, they just threw the cores “back into nature” as we told them.  hehe

We didn’t spend a lot of time in the orchard because it was so incredibly hot and the kids were getting hungry and we were feeling sunburnt as well.  The wagon took us back to the barn house where they had cute lunch set up for us inside,and it felt much cooler in the air conditioning.  Apple juice was the first thing everyone reached for to quench their thirst and rehydrate.  It tasted wonderful and so did some lunch.

We weren’t the only ones picking apples today.  Some of our Grandpa & Grandma’s from Ebenezer traveled along with us in another bus.  They rode on the wagons, helped pick apples, and ate lunch with us.   It was fun getting to know them a little and just having some nice conversations with them.  I think they really enjoyed this outing with us.

As we ended our trip, we had to take a walk through the pumpkins and a few of the kids wanted to try putting their heads into the apple tree cut-out.  It was quite hilarious and impossible for me to get all the heads peeking out at the same time.  Still was adorable.

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What  fun time and our kids did a great job on their first bus ride and fieldtrip.  I’d take them out again anytime!    Happy Fall!!!

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A Kaleidoscope Of Fun

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Last weekend, Nate and I spent our Labor Day at one of our favorite places…the Arboretum in Chanhassen.  We love walking around the spectacular gardens, smelling the wonderful aromas of the roses and the fragrant herb gardens.  Each summer they highlight an artist and have a theme with exhibits throughout the arboretum.  This year’s theme was Kaleidoscopes.  It featured 15 interactive garden kaleidoscopes made by a metal artist from Door County, WI, named Robert Anderson.  Anderson said that his wife collects kaleidoscopes and he thought it would be neat to add them to gardens.  This was his inspiration.

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The kaleidoscopes of varying heights allow everyone from children to adults to be able to enjoy them. Intricate prism designs create interactive, living sculptures. They are encased in bold, ingeniously designed sculptural metal frames and attached to container gardens planted by Arboretum staff. The kaleidoscope feature is activated by slowly turning the large bowl-shaped containers and thus, creating dramatic ever-changing flourishes of colors and shapes.

Every one of them was painted in such bright colors and were quite large in size.  At first, Nate and I were only looking through the kaleidoscopes and then we saw some children spinning the planters and then we had our “ah-ha” moment and said, “Oh, that’s what your suppose to do.”  We laughed and then gave it a try.  So much cooler than just peeking through and getting one color.   By spinning it, you get bursts of colors and those neat designs that kaleidoscopes give you.    Such a creative idea~

As we walked around looking for all the kaleidoscopes, we got to enjoy all the colors of summer that were still in bloom.  We were surprised at how many roses were still bursting from the rose garden.  As soon as we walked into that section, that wonderful smell hit us.  It just makes you feel summery and happy.

One thing we always notice out here are the unique types of planters and how they are filled to the brim and some even bursting over.  I get so inspired by these and vow to have my planters look like this someday.

Our favorite flower garden out here is always this flourishing one filled with sweet potato vines, coleus, black-eyed susans, and many other types of climbing vines and flowers.  We love to come here and sit on this bench and dream it’s our backyard…or imagine how can we turn our backyard into this, when we get home.

Amongst the flowers our here, there are some sculptures to see as well.  This was a new one that was right out front as we arrived.  I thought it was so neat and I actually read the little sign about it because I recognized the lampposts.  They are from The Lion, the Witch, and Wardrobe.   I loved that movie.   I usually leave the reading up to Nate and have him tell me what it is we’re looking at.  ha~     He was surprised when he saw me walk up to the sign.  I heard a “Whoa…what are you doing?”  then a laugh from both of us.   I took a picture of it so you all could read it as well.  You’re welcome.

As we walk along the paths each year, we always come across some funny looking plants or ones with silly names.  This year we saw this one and it made us giggle.  They truly looked like eye-balls staring up at us.  This would make a great Halloween planter.

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Another strange plant we noticed, was this tomato plant.  It was called a Dark Chocolate Tomato.  Hmm…I would love to try this sometime.  I am going to have to ask Mark & Peggy if they grow these and if so…I’m all over it!

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The rest of the time was spent looking at all the colorful scenery around us, feeling the gorgeous weather, taking pictures, and just enjoying our day together.

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I hope you enjoyed your Labor Day weekend~

A Beginning And An Ending

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Last weekend we celebrated the beginning of Terry and Paul’s new life together.  It was a gorgeous wedding day, spent with family and friends.  The wedding was held in our pretty chapel at Ebenezer, where I work.  Terry has a friend that she used to work with whose is a pastor and he was thrilled to perform the ceremony for these two.  Terry had Daniel and Evan walk her down the aisle and you can see from my picture, how happy this made her, having them arm in arm with their mom.  Proud Momma and two proud sons.  This was my favorite moment of the entire day.  She deserves this happiness.  I’m so happy that I captured it.

 

After the ceremony, we headed over to the reception, which was also at Ebenezer in a nice room that I could rent out.  It was the perfect size for her guests.  We enjoyed meeting Paul’s side of the family and all of their family members as well.  It was such fun having us all together in one place.  Lots of pictures were happening in this room.

 

 

 

As always, everyone wanted their picture taken with the bride….sorry Paul.

 

I do have to say that Paul looked very handsome on his wedding day as well.  So here’s to Paul, my new brother-in-law.

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I loved Terry’s choice of colors for her wedding.  It was a purple and blue combination that really worked well together.  She had the most beautiful wedding cake I’ve seen, with these colors cascading down in her flowers.  One layer was a raspberry-almond, another was a lemon-white chocolate mousse, and the last was a white chocolate raspberry mousse.  I had two out of the three and they were delicious!

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Absolutely gorgeous~

Although it was a special day for Terry, it was also special for us Sailer’s as well.  It was the first time in a looooong time that we were all together, so a family picture was a necessity.   None of us can remember the last time this happened.

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Think we will all get a copy of this for christmas.  It will make a nice gift.

What a great time we had and so happy for the new couple!  Congrats Terry and Paul!

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A new family beginning~

That is the “Beginning” portion of my blog today.  The “Ending” that I refer to, is the end of Minnesota visits from my parents.  They have told us that this will be their last time flying “home” to see us.  It’s just getting too hard and we totally understand that.  They visited for three weeks while they were here.  Staying the first week with Jim & Sandra, then with Nate & I, and the last stop was out at Mark & Peggy’s house.   We all tried to keep them a little busy and a little warm.  ha!   While staying at our house, we had a few windy and cool days, so windows were closed and that worked just fine for them.

Nate and my mom spent time every day on the crossword puzzles.  They both love the challenge and it was fun to see them working together and enjoying some time together.  Jazzy wouldn’t leave Grandma alone.  She loved the extra company too!

 

I came home from work early one day and told them we were heading outside to get some fresh air (it was a warmer day).  Kelly happened to be working with Emily this day, so we took them along for the ride.  The more the merrier and at our house…we all go with.   Everyone into the car!!

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I took them out to see one of our local parks, which also has a performing arts center next to it.  Inside, there is an art museum, so we went a had a look.

 

We all enjoyed this fieldtrip and the sunny weather outdoors.  It was nice to just sit and enjoy the park outside as well.  I think they really like it and getting out of our house for a bit.

We took them out to Mark and Peggy’s for their third stay.  I’m sure this was a little bit of an upgrade coming from our house.  Mark & Peggy have just built a new and very impressive home on Spring Lake, across the street from the greenhouses.

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We had one more gathering before mom and dad had to leave, so Mark and Peggy had everyone over to their place.  This was a fun time as well, even our cousin’s showed up. Good to catch up with all of them and see my Aunt’s and Uncle too.

It was a beautiful day, so we were able to sit outside, walk down to the dock, and some even took a walk over to the greenhouse.

 

Inside, there was plenty of food and even some fresh corn from Peggy’s brother’s farm.  What a spread!  Even the doggies wanted in on some of it.  Who could blame them!

 

Once night fell, we had to say goodbye our parents.  I know they were eager to get back to Arizona, but its always hard to see them leave.

At least I got some “selfie’s” with them.  haha~  We will all miss them~

 

The good thing about all of this….we had a happy beginning, with a happy ending as well.    You can’t beat that.

Camping, Cars, and Community Helpers

We’ve been busy this August filling up our weeks with many fun activities.  My co-worker Jane, did a fun camping unit with the kids a few weeks ago.  She brought in a tent,  sleeping bags, stuffed animals, and some greenery to decorate the outside.  It looked and felt like a real campground in our room.  I loved the fire pit…she had real rocks and a pretend fire made out of tissue paper.  She used sticks with cotton balls on them to look like the kids were roasting marshmallows.  Very cute.

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She was teaching them about safety around a fire, things to do at a campground, and animals you may see out in nature.  They had lots to tell us and enjoyed pretending to be outside.  At nap time, we let them have a flashlight on and pretend to look up at the stars.  They loved it.

My favorite part of the camping unit was when we made s’mores.  We made them the microwave, but watching them eat them was priceless.  First step was to show them the ingredients and have a little sniff of marshmallow.  Next Jane put them in the microwave then handed them off to me.  I gave the kids a graham cracker and had them give their s’more a “hat”.  They loved squishing the hat onto the marshmallow.  Mmm…made us all hungry.

It was a gooey mess, but they all had smiles in the end.

This week the grandparents are celebrating the county fair.  As a special celebration, Ebenezer had a car show this past Friday.  We got to attend and look at some pretty neat, old cars.

I didn’t get to see very many Grandparents out here that day, because I think they wanted the kids to go first and get “out of the way”, but I bet seeing these, brought back many good memories for them.

I wasn’t sure how the kids would react to these cars, but I was super surprised and how excited they were and how interested in them they really were.  They even wanted to see this inside and asked me to lift them up, so they could take a peek.  That Pink car was called, “Pink Panther.”  The lady who owns it came over and told the kids to look in the back seat.  She had a Pink Panther stuffed animal back there.  Of course…they have no idea who the Pink Panther is, but I laughed.  Very cute~

It was such a delight to see them interacting with the grandma’s & grandpa’s that drove these cars here today.  One of the boys’ favorites, was the jeep.  Boy did they love this and wanted so many turns in the driver’s seat.  I finally told them we needed to move on.

We thanked the man who drove the jeep here and one of my little guys crawled up into his lap for a hug.  Made me smile and the grandpa absolutely loved it.  So sweet~

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This week we are talking about Community Helpers, so when they pulled in the firetruck and police car, my kids yelled out to me, “Ms Cathy…look, community helpers!”  Proud moment for me…they really do listen and absorb so much.

We also saw an old tractor and the farmer who still uses it today…but he told me he mainly uses it to plow snow.  (haha)  Love that he had on a John Deere hat.  Classic~

Who knew looking at cars could be so much fun.  When we got back to our class, I asked the kids which car they liked best…all the girls told me the pink car, boys liked the jeep, and one little guy like the red one best.  I think the shiny parts were a big hit as well.  I caught one of my guys always checking out the tires.  ha!

When we were done looking at cars, the kids all got a summery treat and a little entertainment from a local clown that was walking around.  She was teaching the kids how to spin a plate.  It was a fun way to end our morning.

I was hoping to see my old car from high school.  A ’64 Chevy Impala, but it was nowhere to be found.  It was a great car, kept me safe, and has given me many fond memories as I’m sure all of these cars we saw today have done for these people here.  It’s funny how a car can do that.  I guess we really do get attached to them.

Its Been a Zoo Around Here!

 

IMG_6063Literally, it has been a zoo.  Nate and I and friends went there on Friday night for their Adult Night at the Zoo promotion.  We found out it was a very popular event when we were stuck in traffic leading up to the zoo entrance.  Took us about 45 minutes to get in and another 45 to get out of the parking lot when we left.  Other than that, we really did enjoy ourselves and had a fun night.  We met up with some friends, co-workers and my sister Terry and her fiancé Paul.  We found out that this was Paul’s first time ever being at the zoo.  Wow!   We had to make sure he had a good time and enjoyed himself.

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The big attraction this year at the zoo is the kangaroo exhibit.  So once we stood in line for 15 minutes to get a beer, we headed out to the trail that lead us to these fun animals.  Nate and Terry couldn’t resist having their pictures taken at on of these “stick your head in” boards (not sure what to call them), so I played along and we got everyone to laugh.  It turned out pretty cute, don’t you think!

Once we arrived at the kangaroos, we were amazed that there were no fences along our path, only fences way in the back that surrounded their exhibit.  These things could’ve just walked right up to you if they wanted (which would’ve been cool).  Most of them were back by the fences, probably because there were so many people watching them.  We saw some cute babies, or “Joey’s” as their called, boxing each other as they played.

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They are such fun animals to watch, especially how they hop around on those hind legs while the front ones dangle.  Very strange how they stay balanced.  ha~

We continued our night just walking around, laughing, sharing stories,  and finding out what animals we all like best.  The guys seem to really like the tigers, because we stopped quite a a few times to watch them.  We also saw the large grizzly bears, which are a huge attraction out here.  When we exited that area, we ran into my niece Courtney and her husband Mike.  You never know who your going to see at the zoo!

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Always good to see family, no matter where you’re at.

School has been a “zoo” as well.  We’ve had two visitors this week that brought in reptiles to share.  The first gal had tortoises, gecko’s, and a cool bearded dragon lizard.  After she shared with us, the kids got to pet any and all of these creatures.  She needed some adult helpers to hold them, but I wasn’t quite sure about that, so I let my co-workers handle that job.

She did bring along some cuter varieties…a guinea pig and bunny.  Now those I would hold, but the Grandma’s & Grandpa’s wanted that job, so of course, we let them have the honors.

My favorite animal was the hedgehog that she had along.  He was adorable but very squirmy, so she had to hold onto that little thing.

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The kids and grandparents loved it all.

Our next guest was the “snake” guy.  He had many types of snakes in all different colors and sizes.  I was surprised at how brave all the kids were as they wanted to hold and pet them.  (this is the part of my blog that Sheri leaves and jumps down to the beer night)…hehe

He started out showing us a turtle that he’s had for 30 years now, then quickly pulled out his 5 foot python snake that he’s also had for quite sometime.  All the boys said…”cool!”  I guess turtles are boring and we needed to get on to the good stuff.

He also brought along this really neat lizard.  He was a fat one, but another oldie that luckily is tame around people.  The kids were a little scared of this one (me too), because it uses it’s tongue to smell, so that thing was coming out all the time.  Ick!

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I loved this picture.  Brave lady!

Next he took out a colorful snake from Arizona (can’t remember the name) and it was all curled up like a pretzel.  I asked him why he does this, and he said he’s not sure.  His tail was actually in a knot!  The kids wanted to hold this one…maybe because he was so colorful and smaller all wrapped up like that.

The last one he brought out was the Boa Constrictor.  Now these, I really don’t like.  So big and that head and tongue was sniffing all over us.  No thank you!  But again, my kids were braver than me (and they wanted their picture taken)  haha.    Even our Toddlers got involved.

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I ended my zoo week on a little more tamer note with no animals around.  A group of us met at a local brewery last night in Shakopee to have some beer and pizza.  It’s called Badger Hill Brewery.  It’s owned by three local brothers who wanted to give brewing a try.  Many of their beers are now served at local establishments, so they are doing well.

They have a really neat tap-room and do tours as well.  We didn’t get to tour tho, since they only do them on the first Saturday of the month.  Oh well…maybe next time we’ll plan for this.

I did like this note on their website when I was looking the place up and knew I’d have to include this in my blog for my in-laws to my East.  They say…

“Not that Badger
We are not a Wisconsin brewery. A bunch of Minnesotans through and through. Although we like our neighbors to the East, our name was derived from the Old English meaning of Broc and Brent’s names. Plus, Badgers are tenacious, and so are our brewers.”

We had a great time and they have very good beer.  We all agreed, we’d come back again.

Loving summertime!