Saturday, March 26, 2016

Spring Break with the Boys! (Long Post)

This past week Brayden and Kolby were out of school for Spring Break-
Granna time!

On Monday they had Doctor's appointments so we didn't get together until lunch!
Brayden's favorite place to eat is LaFuentes Mexican and we hadn't been for a good
long while so off we went.  Both boys love their Spanish rice.  (So much that I now buy it when we are having Mexican at home.)
After lunch we headed out to the Native Hooved Animal Enclosure at Fleming Park I wrote about it here.
Everything is so green now especially when compared to the last time I was out here!
Usually the bison stay congregated in the area closest to the parking lot.
They know that people in cars usually bring food! 
Not being foolish critters they like apples and carrots better than grass!  
We did have a couple follow us along the fence-we named them Bruiser and Bob- hoping for a handout.
Now, they are wandering all about the enclosure eating spring grass. They stay close together as herd animals do but I could imagine how they must have looked spread on the prairie.
We walked around the enclosure but not all the way-it's a long walk.
The boys tried to climb every tree we came to!  They really just lack a foot in height to manage it but they did make it up in the crotch of this one.

Not long after that we met up with Beth (Mommy) and all retreated to their own houses.
Granna being very tired.

Tuesday was another warm day so after hanging at my house until lunch, tomato soup and saltines.
(Don't ask me why but these two love Campbell's tomato soup at my house-won't eat it for their mom!  It may possibly have to do with the saltines.)
We headed to a park with playground equipment. 
 There is a big one in Lees Summit with a giant spider web, zip line etc so we went there.
It was busy, not so busy that we couldn't find a parking place but pretty busy.
Brayden doesn't really like to play when there are tons of kids around, Kolby doesn't much care.
Brayden came and sat by me (mostly to try and get me to haul Kolby off the equipment and go) while we waited for Kolby to be ready to go.
I think I bribed him with ice cream!
Then I took them to their house as we were close by and they played with electronic games until Beth and Ethan got home.

Wednesday.  Not only did I have The two big boys, I had requested Ethan as well.  I had planned to take them to a puppet show but tickets were not available so instead we went to the ZOO!
The Kansas City Zoo is a big sprawling place and we didn't get around to everything.
One area is devoted to each of the continents-so Africa, Asia, Australia, etc.
We visited the Orangutans first then the Tigers (go MIZ-ZOU, tiger is sponsored by the UNI)
Then we went to Australia (New Zealand, New Guinea).  In the Aviary we saw a Cocatoo doing pull-ups on a tree branch-big show off!  Then it was singing dogs, wallabies and then the big event the red Kangaroos!  I think the zoo has about 20 and they are sort of free roaming within the exhibit.  Probably the thing we will remember from the trip was this

Boxing kangaroos!  And not even a cartoon!

One thing about these boys, if there's a rock they climb on it, if there's a pole they swing on it always on the move!

After about 5 hours we went home,  tired!

On Thursday the big boys and I just hung out at my house, had McDonalds for lunch, and waited for Mommy to pick them up. 
They were excited as they were going camping!

I was so tired. Tired clear to my bones!
  So much activity that my nerve issue acted up at night.
While that sciatica pain is much, much better it is still hanging around and interfering with life (especially sleep.) 
 Yesterday, I did the zen with the couch thing and lay like broccoli!
 Went to bed early, slept better.  
Today, I feel better but could still take a nap!

1 comment:

a good yarn said...

What a terrific Granna you are! Lots of fun times for the boys (have to admit to being a tree climber myself back in the day). I loved being hidden in the branches reading a book undistirbed. The world below seemed so far away. So excited that you got to see boxing kangaroos and that crazy cockatoo. Cockatoos are unbearable in their *teenage* years as they get bout in gangs and cause trouble. Flocks will pull a house apart - quite literally. When we hear them squawking, we know that rain is on the way. The kangaroos are actually trying to kick each other rather than box. The males have very tough skin down below and the claws on their paws are large and sharp. I have seen them jump some high fences and clear them easily. We have another kind of kangaroo called a grey. Reds are found in th more arid areas, greys are found on grassy plains. Wallabies are usually found in rocky bush land in the mountain ranges. Last night as I was preparing dinner I heard kookaburras *laughing*. I can't believe we still have them here given all the development, crows, Indian mynas and pigeons. I think I have some photos of them sitting on my washing line. I'll look them out and send to you. It's amazing how far their call travels. I'm not surprised you were all tuckered out after all that activity. Permission to nap granted!