The other day, when the rest of the east coast was feeling that strange rumbling sensation that Californians call an “earthquake,” my family and I were at the zoo. We didn’t feel a thing. Rats! I can’t believe I missed it!
But we had a lovely time. We adore the zoo.
Isn’t that a cool picture of the polar bear with the Zoo Balloon in the background?
And here is a close up of the cuddly guy (or girl??):
Hard to believe that furry white snuggle bear is actually one of the most vicious animals on the planet!
My Batman likes the penguins best:
And I like the giraffes, especially now that they have a new little baby, Abby:
Sorry I didn’t get a better picture of the baby. But that’s either her Mommy (Stella) or her Daddy (Gus). I just love their names!
And check out this rhino:
I wouldn’t want to get on his bad side!
My kids have been imitating this lazy fellow for the past two days:
I shouldn’t call him lazy. Who knows, he may have already put in a full day’s work by the time we got to him.
Well, in between the earthquake and the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene, I’d like to tell you about a fun after school snack: Safari Celery Boats.
Now, if your cooking skills are not up to par, you might want to just skip this one. It’s REALLY tough. I mean it.
First you take a piece of celery. Then you spread peanut butter on it. Then stick some animal crackers into the peanut butter.
Sigh. I knew I shouldn’t have posted such a challenging recipe. I really don’t want to alienate anyone by showing off my superior skills and creativity.
Truthfully, though, this is a great after-school snack, and one that’s easy for the kids to make themselves. Sure, it’s nice to have visions of the kids getting off the school bus and walking into the house with the delicious aroma of fresh baked cookies wafting into their sweet little noses. But the reality is, that’s just not always possible. More often than not, I’m running around, trying to finish up the laundry, start dinner, referee the bickering, clean up the toys scattered about the house… oops, I mean making the kids clean up the toys… you know… life, and all that stuff.
So it’s nice to have a healthy snack that the kids can actually prepare themselves. And it’s cute, to boot!
If you are in the path of Irene, which I apparently am, judging by the media hype and the “sky is falling” attitude of my fellow shoppers at Walmart this morning, then I will send some prayers and well wishes your way (and maybe you can send some mine?). Good luck!