One of the parts I like most about living in El Paso is their zoo. It’s small enough to walk the entire thing in a morning or afternoon, and has all the main kinds of animals you’d expect to see in a dry climate. No penguins or polar bears; but lions, camels, turtles, giraffes, etc. There are shows and demonstrations for the kids, up close encounters with animals.
We even get personal one on one’s from the zoo keepers, as often we’re the only ones in an entire exhibit.
Having been here over 2 1/2 years, Bella’s pretty much grown up at the zoo. We’ve gone from a stroller and diaper bag stuffed full of snacks I had to lug around, to my purse and a water bottle.
She’s getting so tall. SO TALL. I remember when the top of her head didn’t reach that log she’s looking over.
This past week we headed to the zoo with my friend Laura, who I met shortly after Preston and Julian. She is also a homeschooling mama and book lover. Her kids are 2 and 3, so seeing all three of them together was like watching the past and the future walking along. So cute.
Sea lion! The kids were mesmerized by him.
Real lion! Right before the kids sat down, she was up against the glass roaring and pawing at the guy sitting there. He was taking selfies with her in the back of him, I can’t imagine how amazing those must have looked.
We waited forever for this little train to be fixed and running. Each time we went Bella would ask about it. But it was always broken. The past few months it’s been fine so we take it around half the zoo.
This week has been work, playdates, and getting ready to head to the IF: Gathering! I’ll be rooming with Rebecca (#roomies4lyfe), Raechel, and Amanda (latter two from She Reads Truth). So excited to get to spend some time with these girls and meet many others there. I’m not totally sure what it’s all about yet – not a blog conference. More of a place for us to gather and talk about our future as Christian women in the media – I think.
Sam’s taking off work, like he usually does, so he and Bella can have two days of Daddy/daughter time. I love that he truly looks forward to that.
Things have been quiet here, and I love that. Our weekends are spent with each other cooking, relaxing, and hanging outside by the fire pit.
If you could remember us tomorrow in your thoughts and prayers – Kaden’s 6 month birthday is tomorrow. I can’t believe it’s been that long already and yet seems like forever ago. I try to tell myself it’s just another day, a sad one but just a day. But truly, it isn’t. Even mentally I feel a difference in how my emotions play out on days like that.
Hope everyone has a lovely week.
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