Our Day At The Wildlife Park

We spent the afternoon as a family at the BC Wildlife Park. I wasn’t sure how the afternoon would go but it was a resounding success! I thought possibly Liam was still too small to notice the animals or to enjoy the train ride but I was wrong! He would notice those animals and “woof” like he does every time he sees a dog! Apparently anything with fur or hair and 4 legs, ears, a face, is a dog! It was pretty darn cute!

Isaac begged me for control of my phone/camera and so I reluctantly gave it to him. In the past he’s taken all kinds of goofy pictures that don’t show much of anything but today he took some great ones (after I insisted he not use the special effects!!). So many of these photos below are credited to him. For once I am in some of them. I think I’ll be giving him the camera more often after today!

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First real outing with the new SewFunky.ca ring sling. Looks good! Feels better!

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Can’t go to the Wildlife Park without riding on the train! (Isaac refused to smile – on purpose. We did NOT force him into doing anything he didn’t want to do! I promise!!)

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Checking out these weird things called PIGS! Oink Oink!

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Pretty sure Liam was trying to climb the gate into the chicken’s pen.

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When climbing didn’t work, he tried sucking on it. (I refuse to think about how GROSS that is!!!)

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When climbing and sucking didn’t help him get into the pen, he just looked with great interest at these weird birds!

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Everyone had to get in on the action – Pot Bellied Pigs are pretty darn cool!

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Not a great picture of them but there are two – a male and a female! Shortly after this was taken, the park workers came in to feed them. Boy were those pigs NOISY in their demand for food!!

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Pretty sure Liam is thinking “WOAH! Those pigs are WEIRD!”

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Just strolling along with his big sis….

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“Hey look! It’s that train again!”

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“I MUST GET ON TRAIN!!!”

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I wanted a nice picture of Isaac. He didn’t want to take a picture. So I tried forcing the issue. I kinda jumped on his back. The kid is amazingly strong! This was accidentally taken in the melee!

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He finally agreed to a picture but he wasn’t going to be happy about it.

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“Dad’s telling stories again…wonder what’s happening over there?”

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“Yup. Still talking. Doop dee doo…”

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FINALLY!! A NICE picture with Isaac! He agreed to a nice picture on the condition he got to use the camera/phone for the next while. I agreed. Anything for a rare photo op with my oldest son! AND CHECK IT OUT!! He’s NOT standing on anything so as to be the same height as me!!! EEEK!

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Photo credit to Isaac. 🙂 Just the kind of picture I love to take!

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“Hey mom! Smile!” So I cheesy smile forgetting for a moment he’s got a camera. Ah well. Even supermodels take bad pictures (and I am pretty sure many of the good ones are photoshopped anyway!!) Photo credit to Isaac

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SELFIE!!

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Swan! Beautiful! I will confess I deleted many of the animal pictures he took. Regretfully. I wasn’t thinking about blog posts or stories when I did that. I’ll not do that next time I give him the camera – I lost out on some of his perspective of our afternoon as a result. 😦

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Swan goes for a walk. Photo by Isaac.

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We were treated to a fine display of plumage by the Park’s resident peacock. Shortly after this he came over the fence and went on his merry way – I could have touched him! Beautiful fellow! Photo credit to Isaac.

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Hey Liam! Are you silly?? (Photo credit to Isaac)

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YES I AM SILLY!!! SEE???

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I AM SO SILLY!!! (insert belly laugh here!) Photo credit Isaac.

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Was that silly enough? I have some more in me….!! Photo credit Isaac.

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!

The cry rang out through the foyer at church this morning as families arrived for the service.  I returned the greetings but, while I was walking in surrounded by my children and husband, today didn’t feel so “happy”.

Mother’s Day is one of those days when I remember my mom and am reminded, as I watch friends celebrating with their moms, that I will never have the privilege of hugging my mom on Mother’s Day again. And it makes me so very sad.

I miss my mom daily. I look at my children, though, and I see her in them. I interact with them and hear her words, feel her heart, and I know that she is here with us.

My mom would have loved what my family planned for me today. It was right up her alley – special and sneaky! Emily, last week, got the idea & snuck a phone number off my phone when I wasn’t looking. She made the required contact, discussed the plan with Tim and the 4 of them disappeared on Thursday afternoon for a little while. I will admit that I was a little suspicious. 🙂 Below is the results of that sneakiness. Mom would love these results.

My Fabulous Kids (Photo cred goes to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

My Fabulous Kids (Photo cred goes to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

(photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

(photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

(photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

(photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

(photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

(photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

(photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

(photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

Liam made a dash for the water...keep in mind it's still only the beginning of May.... (photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

Liam made a dash for the water…keep in mind it’s still only the beginning of May…. (photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

....North Thompson River at the beginning of May is apparently REALLY COLD!!! (photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

….North Thompson River at the beginning of May is apparently REALLY COLD!!! (photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

(photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

(photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

(photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

(photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

Awwwww.... (photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

Awwwww….
(photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

This face...makes me so happy! (photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)

This face…makes me so happy! (photo cred to Peggy Knaak of Sunbeams and Freckles Photography, Kamloops, BC)