Fun For Your Friday: Zoo Memories

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Today at Earnest Parenting all the females are lying around recovering. I’m still down with the knee injury (MRI tomorrow! hooray!!!) and the puppy got fixed yesterday. Although I think it’s safe to say she’d tell you she got broken. Everything was fine, then we took her to the bad place, now she feels rotten. Poor, baby. Turns out she’s a pretty tough cookie. She won’t cry if she’s hurting, she just trembles. Poor, poor, baby.

Sooooo, in the meantime we’re looking over happy photos from last year and having treats and snuggling and holding verrrrry still. Keely didn’t attend the zoo trip with us last summer, but the memories are still great and make me smile. We met my parents and spent the day together. It was one of those really hot days that can really feel oppressive, but the zoo had water spritzers strategically placed and that made everything wonderful as far as the boys were concerned.

Surprisingly, they posed for this picture to commemorate the day. (They’re usually fairly camera-shy.)

So what about you? Any fun memories from the summertime to help carry you through the cold dark days of February? How about you play along on Fun For Your Friday? Share a joke, blog post, video, or photo that makes you laugh (family friendly, please) with the world. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

Next week when I write the new FFYF post, I will go back and close the previous edition. At that time all legitimate links are converted to .html, which means you get some link love just for playing along. How’s that for a bonus?

Links that are spam or inappropriate to the spirit of the game will be deleted. If you just link to a commercial web site, that’s not in the spirit of the game. Please link to something that makes you laugh. Or at least smile.

Fun For Your Friday Participants< 1. Debbie
2. Ed Harris
3. Maru Gujrat

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The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • Debbie February 19, 2010, 1:16 pm

    I know how fun that zoo can be. Last summer I went with my daughter and her two kids. Had a great time. How is it to raise 3 boys? I had 3 daughter and out of 6 grandchildren (oldest is six, youngest 5 months) there is only one boy. We do enjoy him. Of course we really enjoy the other 5 too.
    Debbie

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    • Amy February 19, 2010, 10:27 pm

      Hi Debbie,

      It is a great zoo, isn’t it? I actually have 4 boys, lol. There’s one hiding under the ant there. Life here is pretty crazy and riddled with testosterone, let me tell you. I understand very little of how boys operate. I have gotten to the point where I can generally predict what they’re going to do, but I doubt I’ll ever understand them. The need to disassemble EVERYthing. That characteristic alone just floors me. I frequently am protecting various items with pleas like “put it dowwwwn” and “do NOT take that apart!”. They’re more than welcome to destroy anything past its prime or broken, but if it’s still something we need to use, I want them to let it be.

      On the other hand, I’d be completely clueless with girls, so I think I’ll stick with the hand I’ve been dealt. And it’s fun to tease boys who are in the “girls are yucky” phase about owing me granddaughters someday. 🙂

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  • Tina February 19, 2010, 1:25 pm

    Funny you brought up this topic today. My son and granddaughter came to visit on Tuesday and we were talking about how anxious we were for the nice weather to hit so we could get the outdoor toys out of the garage for Anna. Well, needless to say, we ended up bringing the Cozy Car, the slide, and the bubble maker into the living room for her to play with. Somewhat large items to have sitting around but we had a couple of fun hours reminiscing about last years fun. And I had a mess to clean up!
    .-= Tina´s last blog ..Push Ride On Toys That Help Your Toddler Walk =-.

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    • Amy February 19, 2010, 10:29 pm

      Tina, what a great afternoon for your granddaughter! Hang in there…not too much longer until the warm weather is here.

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  • Bob February 20, 2010, 1:45 am

    I know you have enjoyed in the zoo very much and have a lot of fun also.I also want to visit the zoo in this winter but I have not time to go .
    Anyway thanks for your post.
    I

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    • Amy February 23, 2010, 2:03 pm

      Winter zoo visits aren’t much fun here in Michigan because so many animals are inside and unavailable. 🙂 That’s why we’re enjoying the memory and looking forward to warmer weather soon. I hope you have time to enjoy a good zoo visit soon!

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  • Ed Harris February 21, 2010, 4:49 pm

    The Cincinnati Zoo was always our favorite (along with Columbus Zoo) Here in Ohio, we are lucky to have them both so close.
    .-= Ed Harris´s last blog ..Low Cost Medical Insurance Plans =-.

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    • Amy February 23, 2010, 2:14 pm

      Zoos are fun, aren’t they? That is fortunate that you have access to two such well-known zoos. Both of the nearest zoos are about an hour’s drive away. One is smaller but pretty well-maintained. The boys enjoy both places. The great part is all the conversation and wonder zoos evoke.

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  • Maru Gujarat February 22, 2010, 12:43 am

    Hey Amy..
    Wonderful idea of recollecting memories of summers. Well I want to share my experience.

    Well last sunday we went to lace called “Nal Sarovar” in Gujarat – India. As I also live in Gujrat state and my blog is all about Gujart blog.

    Nal Sarovar is a 120 k.m spread long lake and actually is is a bird sanctuary. Our whole family including 3 children went there for picnic and we fill like we were in heaven. We so thousands of birds from 200 different types of them. We travel around 70 k.m in small boat in lake for watching different birds.

    All 3 kids were o happy seeing thousands of birds at same time. I have never seen such beautiful place this before.

    Soon I m planning to post “Nal Sarovar” pics on my blog. If u like to see it, I will be so pleased. I m sure you like it.

    Thanx for this post.
    .-= Maru Gujarat´s last blog ..Collecting Childhood memories =-.

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    • Amy February 23, 2010, 2:10 pm

      Wow, Maru. What a fantastic trip for your family! I love the pictures and I’m inspired to find a bird sanctuary for our family to visit because wow. That’s such a treat. Thanks for sharing with everyone.

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  • Maru Gujarat February 23, 2010, 11:57 pm

    Hey Amy…

    Thanx for your sweet comment on my blog. I am new to blogging so I m so excited seeing your comment on my blog.

    Anyways.. just want to introduce myself. My name is Hetal and my blog name is “Maru Gujarat”. Maru means “my” and Gujarat is a state where I live in India. So my blog is all about my state Gujarat and its culture and traditions.

    I love reading your post.. you inspired me for blogging also. I want to grow my blog like you.
    Keep blogging dear…
    Thankuuu…

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    • Amy February 25, 2010, 10:25 pm

      You’re most welcome Hetal! Best of luck in your blogging endeavors!!

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  • FL Studio Sounds February 24, 2010, 12:33 pm

    what an awesome tip! I havent tooken my son to the zoo yet but i really hope to do so one day….this post made me smile lol!
    .-= FL Studio Sounds´s last blog ..Welcome To FL Sounds =-.

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    • Amy February 25, 2010, 10:35 pm

      So glad you liked the post! Do take your boy when you can…it’s a great adventure for any age.

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  • Crystal February 25, 2010, 10:22 pm

    Huh. That ant looks really familiar!

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    • Amy February 25, 2010, 10:40 pm

      Crystal,

      Does it now?? 😉

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  • Kayla March 14, 2010, 5:35 pm

    That is a great picture of your boys! (Love that ant!) It can definitely be hard to get all the kids cooperating for a picture – I can totally relate to that. Those water spritzers really do make a difference on a hot day, don’t they?

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    • Amy March 15, 2010, 1:48 pm

      Thanks, Kayla! It was a rare day for the boys, all participating for a photo. I think it had something to do with the fact that it was their idea. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve taken family pictures for the annual Christmas letter and wound up photo-shopping the final result to get everyone facing the camera and smiling. 🙂 We’re making progress though.

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