Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Detroit Zoo and Nieces

We left the two boys with their Aunt Traci and Ashleigh, so they could have some additional family time.  I brought two of our nieces back with us: Sherae and Kyanna.  Sherae is special to me, not only because she is a sweetheart but also because she shares my middle name.  I've always had a soft spot for Rae Rae.  Ky is just adorable.  When she was younger she'd introduce herself as "Hi, I Ky".  Total cuteness!  Kyanna is the youngest of the nieces right now, so she is pretty spoiled by all the aunts in the family.  Since I live in the land of testosterone lately, I was tickled pink to have GIRLS around.  Both of them are true girlie girls to boot.  I am surrounded by pink, pink and more pink!

Yesterday we hung out at the campground and did some boring things like grocery shopping.  Then we went swimming and played Wii.  Today we took the girls to the Detroit Zoo.  We have not been here for years and they've changed it around quite a bit.
As cool as the zoo was, the girls made it a hundred times better.  I forgot how fun non-teen kids are to take to the zoo!  Some of my favorite moments were: 
When Kyanna fed the peacocks:
When she showed us how the "mingoes" stand:
When Sherae tried to get the kangaroo to box with her:
And when this beautiful guy let me pet him:
and then told me a story complete with teeth baring and head bobbing:
And last but not least...years ago Nathan and I took our girls to this very same zoo.  Ashleigh was three and Ambir was two.  Ambir was addicted to her "binky" at the time.  (We sent her to Binkies Anonymous at some point, so she's fine now)  We got to the zoo and she lost her binky.  We didn't have a back-up binky.  Soooo...she screamed "I want my binky" the entire time we were at the zoo.  It was awful.  She had some fierce lungs on her and when she screamed, the whole world knew it.  I think this was the main reason we have not visited this zoo since in fact.

Today Kyanna picked something up and when we saw what it was, we cracked up.  It was the exact same kind of "binky" that Ambir lost there almost 20 years ago.  Ambs, we found your binky!
Living the life in Pinkville, even if temporary, in beautiful family-filled Michigan!


Becky said...

LOL! The Circle of Life...
Beautiful girls! I'm beginning to enjoy times like you're having with them; Nicole is getting to be quite the girlie girl and it is so much fun to remember that part of myself after so many years of the boys' interests. Kinda fun having pink after so much blue! :)