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Monday, May 7, 2012

The Zoo



So this past weekend we decided to go down to New Orleans to take the kids to the zoo. My first plan was just to go into Baton Rouge to the festival going on downtown, but when we thought about it, the kids would probably have more fun at the zoo in New Orleans. So, we packed the truck up and headed down there. It was exciting to think of all the animals the boys would get to see. I asked Dakota before we left what animal he was wanting to really see and he had said the giraffe. Of course, I was a little shocked at first because I had never thought he knew what a giraffe was. We got to New Orleans and of course, we couldn't remember where we had to go. So, we started from Canal street and drove down Magazine street until we found the zoo. Good thing Cliff looked at the map before we left. :)

As soon as we got into the zoo we were greeted with the flamingo's. We made a quick trip through one of the exhibits and quickly realized we needed to head back to the entrance for an overpriced water and something to eat. On our way through the next round, we saw a large tortoise being walked through the one area. The zoo was more than the zoo. They have a small water park and several play areas for kids. I was amazed at it all. The last visit I had to this zoo was when Cliff n I first started dating.. and I don't remember seeing all those there then.. but then again we had no kids.
We found the cool little sprinkler areas that were such a relief with the heat we were in.. and of course, I never once went through one with the boys.. lol.. Me being the one that cannot handle the heat decided to opt out on this cool little treat, but rather take the picture of the boys and their daddy enjoy the mist of water. Still not quite sure why I chose this.. lol..

We made our way through the animals stopping and looking and explaining to Dakota what the animal was. He was pretty interested. Now, Kyan had other plans. Every time I let him out of the stroller so he could stretch his little legs, he decided he wanted to go the way that we came instead of follow where we were heading. It was an endless game of catch and carry throughout the zoo, but he still had fun.

Finally we found the giraffes. It was our lucky day, The zoo was allowing the public to feed the giraffes. Cliff picked up Dakota and asked him if he wanted to feed one and of course he said he wanted to. So, Dakota picked up some lettuce and Cliff held Dakota until the giraffe came and ate his lettuce. The giraffe managed to get his little food as well as lick Dakota's hand. When Dakota felt the giraffe's tongue, he quickly responded by saying, "We. Go. Now!" The highlight of our trip was this. It was priceless and I am more than proud to say that not only did he get to see what he wanted to see, but he also had the opportunity to feed them. :)
The zoo was a great day and not long after we got into the car, both boys were out cold. It had been a great day with many memories to hold onto. We will return there again and hopefully we will get another chance to feed another animal.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

School Days

My growing little boy. He gets to attend this school twice a week. He is so excited to just be able to attend school. This morning he woke up with the biggest smile on his face and was all excited to go. He got dressed by himself and brushed his teeth. Somewhat ate his breakfast and even helped his little brother get his shoes on.
Off to school we went. Once again, he walked off with the teacher and not a tear in his eye as I said goodbye to him.  He seems to be coming more out of his little shy shell. I am one proud mommy.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My growing boys

 My little Kyan. He is growing so fast. Lately his thing is trying to be just like his big brother. Following Kota everywhere. Eating everything and then some that his brother has. Walking and now even running. He is growing way too fast for me. :(
I have started the process of potty training this one. It has just become the new idea Kyan has grasped. I have put him on both the baby potty and the big people potty. Either one seems like just a new toy for him to sit on. No success in anything being left, but he sure smiles a lot just sitting there. I really hope that he is just as easy to train as his big brother was.
When I ask him what his name is his response is "Tota Bear". He is my big growing boy. Learning new things everyday. He is officially a big boy now. He is fully potty trained. No more diapers what so ever.. not even at night!! He has been a very easy child to train.
We have been waiting patiently to hear back from the school about when Dakota will start. My guess is that he will start during the new school year seeing as how school lets out in just a couple months. Dakota has been improving on his speaking. He has learned quite a few more words, and is making sentences. His counting is wonderful, if six and seven weren't numbers.
My two energetic boys. They are the cutest little things to enter my life and I am thankful everyday to have them. Watching them grow and learn new experiences are a blessing any mother is grateful for. I can sit and stare at them figure a toy out or watch them play cars with each other and be in heaven. The greatest gift I could have ever been given is these two.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hoo Shoo Too

There is a lot of little areas around here with nice big beautiful houses. I am constantly in awe at the size of these homes.  Hoo Shoo Too is a road that has some new big homes. Of course they are in a gated community so I couldn't get better pictures of the sheer size.. lol..

I fell in love with this home the moment i saw that it had stables right close.. oh and the paved road from the stables to the field.  This one is my favorite.
Another big beautiful home. I often wonder how long it takes for someone to clean something this large. I am sure they have people that do the cleaning for them, but the thought of one single woman/man cleaning these...
yes. That is one house. I am sure there is more garage and roof than actual house, but I still think these ginormous homes are beautiful.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Outside my window

    Dakota loves to be outside and this time of year it is absolutely beautiful outside. This is the time of year I love to live here. The weather isn't hot and humid or cold and rainy. Perfect for the toddler that loves to play all day outside in a t-shirt and jeans with his little friends. He loves to share his toys with them when they come over to play.
    The little girl that lives down the road. She is a sweetie.
    Dakota is getting to be so good at this driving thing.
    Of course, big brother has to help his little brother drive this thing. Kyan is looking at me like, hey I got this.  Dakota loves to help his little brother play. The new little boy that moved in across the street from us. He likes to be a little too hard on Dakota's toys. I have to keep an eye on him when he comes over.  He is playing with Dakota's new Christmas toy here and kept driving the car into the back of the four wheeler.
    This is the horse I believe Kota thinks is cows. I had to constantly tell him they were horses because he would say, "look mom, cows!". It would make me chuckle. He is so precious and cute when he talks. He knows they are horses now. :)
Ahh. yes. The back of the beautiful house I love to look at. They own the "cows". I think Dakota and I counted six or seven horses one day.