Then Sunday, we went to church and told the kids we had a surprise for them afterwards....we had a guest speaker, and my Brush Creek friends should know him: Rob Ryder. I walked in and felt like I was 16 again. I started laughing and I could tell he knew he should know me, but couldn't remember my name.....when I told him I was "A Caudle", he and his wife Suzette started laughing and then they were like, 'yeah, you do look just like a Caudle' (I've never decided if that's an insult or a compliment!) Then I reminded him that he was the one that taught me CPR, then I shook him by the shoulders and started yelling, "ANNIE ANNIE! ARE YOU OKAY?" gotta love the memories, right? so it was fun to see a blast from the past at church.
and I tried, unsuccessfully, to get my standard in-the-hippo's-mouth picture......alaina's almost getting too big for this....*SNIFF*.....and zach refused to cooperate, darnit.
we've never been inside the insectarium (because well...I DON"T LIKE BUGS!), but this time we went in.....Alaina likes butterflies, and I wanted to practice some macrophotography. I'm hoping Santa brings me a macro lens for Christmas this year......so hopefully Santa reads my blog! :) But I did pretty good even without the lens.....I entered this layout in a challenge on 'selective coloring', and I'm just tickled with how it turned out....cool, huh? I even took this picture through a glass window!
then we just walked around seeing the animals.....we got a snack (karl loves those gigantic pretzels.....i got a frozen lemonade....it was kinda hot out!) and i think we probably covered about half the zoo before we decided to call it quits and head for home. it was a good afternoon....a good surprise for the kids and we had a lot of fun. As you can tell, we're not ones to just sit around the house....we get bored doing that very easily!