Well, I survived, and so did all the kids! lol
First, when I go to these things I dress for comfort, most of us Mom’s do, you know, nice but comfy clothes because we know we’ll be sitting on grass in a park, and doing a lot of walking, so comfy clothes and shoes are a must. What kills me is that there are always at least 3 Moms who seem to think this is a beauty contest. They dress up in really nice clothes, wearing heels (which is just stupid), hair and make up like they are in the Mrs. America contest. These ladies amuse me, but also make me wish and hope that the monkeys at the zoo will see them and fling poop through the cage at them and on them!
The grass at the park was a little damp, so, they went and sat in their cars to eat lunch, pfffft wimps!! lol
We got off to a late start, but made it to the nursing home just fine. It’s a VA Nursing Home, in Boise.
Our Honor Choir Teacher goes all out, she teaches them songs and how to play percussion instruments, (bongo drums, xylophones, steel drums, all kinds of different drums). The kids are really good and it adds to the performances, but, I always wonder when we go and perform for Nursing Homes… do these people really want to be here and listen or is it they are stuck in a wheelchair, put there by a nurse and have no way of escaping? lol Just something I always think about.
The Zoo was great. I always seem to get at least one child with a bladder the size of a pea, and one know-it-all… you know the type, very smart, but thinks he/she knows more than the Zoo Employees. LOL
This year I had a group of all girls, and it was like trying to herd a bunch of Humming Birds (with the attention span of gold fish). I wasn’t able to get many pictures because they would glance at the animals, maybe as a question, and then take off to the next exhibit. Ironically when it came time to having their pictures taken, THEN they cooperated, stuck around and really took their time. Sheesh!
We got to see just about all of the animals. It was during the hottest part of the day, so most of the ones I consider important (the cats) were inside sleeping. Side note, I really, really want an Ocelot or Serval!!!
When we were viewing the Tigers, one of them was half up against the Plexiglas and his bottom half was up against the fence. One of my girls wanted to climb over the small wooden fence to get to the metal fence where his back paw was. (She wanted to pet his paw) I had to convince her that it was NOT a good idea (although I was tempted to try it myself) and that they had cameras everywhere, and she would get in big trouble! Actually I have no idea if they have cameras around there or not, but hey, it worked. We all had a great time, and hit the gift shop on the way out. I hope you enjoy the pictures. BIG HUGS, Steph