Cincinnati Zoo Overnight

I was one of the parent chaperones for the Cincinnati Zoo Overnight trip for Isabella’s grade.  We had so much fun.  We arrived in the evening after the zoo was closed and received a tour with a guide.  It was so nice to have the zoo to ourselves without the crowds.  We saw the giraffes, the Insect House, the Nocturnal/Cat House and we saw behind the scenes where the food is prepared.  The next morning we woke up early, saw portions of the Bird Show and then split into smaller groups for some free time at the zoo.  Here are some pictures from our time there.

Isabella petting the armadillo in the classroom we camped out in.

Isabella petting the armadillo in the classroom we camped out in.

Blackburn would have loved this!

Blackburn would have loved this!

This was close to 11:00 at night at the Insect House. It was neat to see the zoo at night.

This was close to 11:00 p.m. at the Insect House. It was neat to see the zoo covered in darkness.

My group to chaperone

My group to chaperone.  I liked having the smaller group.  It allowed us to see more and everyone got to see or do something they really wanted.  

This guy was not real happy about people showing up at night to see him.  He stalked everyone with his eyes.

This guy was not real happy about people showing up at night to see him. He stalked everyone with his eyes.

Behind the scenes- zoo food storage

Behind the scenes- zoo food storage.  This is where they keep the mice and crickets.  The kids were cracking up because the blood for the vampire bats was stored in a tea container in the fridge.  

A peacock from behind is just as pretty as the front view.

A peacock from behind is just as pretty as the front view.

The giraffes were fun to watch, especially when they were eating.

The giraffes were fun to watch, especially when they were eating.

I'm glad Isabella paid attention to the educational portion too.

I’m glad Isabella paid attention to the educational portion too.

This guy had everyone laughing.  He just wanted to be lazy on the window all day.

This guy had everyone laughing. He just wanted to be lazy on the window all day.

I love this picture of her.  She looks so relaxed.

I love this picture of her. She looks so relaxed.

When we woke up I took a picture of us in our sleeping bags.  It is my favorite one.  We needed this time without the rest of the family,

When we woke up I took a picture of us in our sleeping bags. It is my favorite one. We needed this time together without the rest of the family. 

A brief break from soccer

Outdoor soccer is officially over for a little while.  I captured these photos after our last game.  This season was a success.  We were able to keep a lot of our indoor players on the same team as outdoor and you could tell the girls trusted one another to play their positions.  We won 6 games, lost 1 and tied 1.

Team photo

Team photo

Just the 3rd graders on the team

Just the 3rd graders on the team

The girls with (coach) dad.  I love to watch their interaction with one another on the field.   You can tell they are the coach's kids.

The girls with (coach) dad. I love to watch their interaction with one another on the field. You can tell they are the coach’s kids.

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5K Snapshots

I posted Ben and the girls with their medals last week.  Here are some more pictures from the 5K race.

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(1) Ben pinning on Vita’s race bib (2) Most of Fairview Run’s Running Club (3) Waiting in front of the Red’s Stadium before the race (4) Meet under the paddle wheel when everyone’s done (5) After the finish line I was able to get to the next good viewing area to see Ben and Bella run past (6) Vita was a little behind them (7) Vita closing in on the finish line (I didn’t make it in time to snap a photo of Isabella- she was too fast!) (8) After the race, Isabella, Vita and Ainsley had to play in a soccer game.  (9)The next day they wore their race shirts, medals and had an ice cream party at school.

I am so proud of them.  Not only did they run in amazing times for their ages. They were both under 32 minutes but they also ran at their own paces (even if that meant not running with friends).  I am also proud that they are not afraid to try new things and have the confidence to run these types of races.  I never hear them say they can’t do it and that is an awesome way to approach life.

 

Life Lately:

We received this amazing set of Nancy Drew books from Ben’s Aunt Kathy.  We have started reading them in order – a little bit each night…

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Working on a backyard overhaul.  I love old bricks, especially when they are covered with moss.

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This will keep him busy for hours…

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The Father-Daughter Dance happened…the theme was “Red Carpet”.

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Sometimes Vita just has to wear a costume…even if she is only watching television.

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Fairview’s Young Authors’ Night…I love that the school does this “project”.  We have all their books saved and its fun to look back on.

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Visiting family…learning more gun safety and target practice.

 

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We also celebrated Ben’s grandmother’s 80th birthday party. The kids had a blast playing with all their cousins and it was great to see family from out-of-state.

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Sing, Dance and Play

Arts Night 2014

Fairview celebrated Arts Night on the 17th. The Kinderchor and the Band performed. My favorite song performed by the choir was “Live Like a Warrior” by Matisyahu and I really enjoyed the Band’s performance of Bugler’s Dream-Olympic Fanfare.

The modern dance groups also performed. The younger class performed first dressed in blue and then Vita’s group second in yellow and pink. The blue group danced to Pharrell’s “Happy” and Vita’s group danced to Ne-yo’s “Let’s Go”.  I posted a video of some of Vita’s performance a little while ago.

The program was an hour-long and I enjoyed every bit of it. It was a little sad to see the sixth grader’s (set apart by the blue shirts) sing for one of the last times in the choir. Next year they will all move on to different schools. It’s amazing how quickly these years are flying by.

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