Things have been busier than normal around our home lately. We have had to be more intentional at making time for family time, especially for mom-time. Since the craziness that engulfed us for the last half of 2011, then job/career changes for the hubby, starting a new business for me, family, church, homeschool and day to day life; I feel like I have been going like the energizer bunny.
So this morning after everyone slept in till 10am (including me!!), I decided to ditch school work for a spontaneous field trip to the zoo! The morning drag that usually carries on around here very quickly (and eagerly) turned to “eat, dress and find my shoes NOW mode!” It was awesome! No arguing or negotiating with non-compliant kiddos, everyone hopped in my truck in a great mood! We even found the right route (totally by accident) to the zoo and it was much much shorter than the 45min – 1 hr ride it took me last time.
One hour!! One hour was all it took from the time we all woke up to the time we were 2 exits away from the zoo!
Of course….it’s never ever that perfect…
A couple of exits before the zoo, I looked down at my center console only to realize I had left my purse/wallet which not only included my driver’s license, but also my ATM. For a minute there I seriously considered turning back around to head home. No worries tho, crisis diverted when I remembered putting cash in my pocket from the other night that I had forgotten to put back in my wallet. God is good! I had enough cash for the entry fee, Butterfly Hollow and Sting Ray Bay with exactly $1 left! Thank you Lord for $2 zoo days!
When we first got in the zoo, I pull out my camera ready to capture the memories these Ormeo’s were going to make. Except when I take my first shot, my CF card wasn’t in the camera! LOL yeah it was one of those days. I think God just wanted me to enjoy our time together without the perfect details I am always waiting for. And we did!
It was sooooo HOT! But we’ve also been cooped up at home for at least a week due to the crazy torrential rain that has lingered around Jacksonville. So anything outdoors was very much welcomed! You see Enzo’s crazy smile in the picture on the left?? Bahaha after I told him to be careful when touching the metal ape…he touched the metal ape right as I was snapping the picture.
Oh how I miss Enzo’s “Wankagoo” days. They are long gone!
Of course we had to stop at Sting Ray Bay, only this time Enzo wanted to stop here last, unlike our last visit.
Even between the crazy chaos, they manage sweet moments like this.