Several busy days have gone by . . .

We have had some full days for the past little bit.

On Monday we went to Marlene’s house. Of course while we were working on our project, it was rainy, but that afternoon it was a lot nicer. Rachel really enjoys being outside. Me too. We decided to take some “before” pictures of our back yard, then we can see the progress it makes every month.

We moved into our house nearly three years ago. At that time Jeff’s grandfather planted for us two lilac bushes and three blackberries bushes. Only one of each has survived. Last year we were finally going to be able to harvest approximately 17 blackberries from our bush, but something (maybe it was Scout, or maybe it was the groundhog that lives in the drainage pipe) stole the only branch that had the berries on it. So this year I hope we can manage some berries.

Our lilac bush at this time appears to be a lilac stick, but I can see gradual progress being made. Hopefully in several more years it will be a real bush. I am seeing some lilacs starting to bloom. We had a few lilacs last year already.

Yesterday (Wednesday) we went to the zoo (again). This time there were more of us. Jeff’s mom brought the other grandkids from Lexington, Andrea and Jonas, and Rachel and myself all went. As long as the sun was out and there was no wind it was quite nice outside. Unlike our previous zoo trip, Rachel was actually awake for most of our visit yesterday. She is growing up so fast. She sat up in her stroller (with a little support from the diaper bag) and looked at all of the animals.

The monkeys were having a lot of fun.

The Zoo

On Thursday the weather was nice, we had no real plans, so we went to the zoo. Rachel’s favorite was the baby Elephant.

The picture is a little bit confusing, because the big elephant is no relation to the baby elephant. You can tell because the big elephant is an asian elephant (note the shape of the ears) and the baby is an african elephant. Still, cute picture.

My favorite was the orangutan. I don’t know why, but I have always liked monkeys. When I was (very) little, I thought that people had little monkeys inside of them, and that was how we moved. Turns out that’s not true.

We both really liked the tiger. He was a real cutie.