We live close enough to Hope Zoo to hear the lion roar if it so feels like.
This week the new lion Lucas has finally decided to send out morning greetings to his neighbours.
Not as loud or as boastful as the dear old Scrappy Lion but still loud enough to be heard a few blocks away.
We had a great time going to the zoo over the summer holidays. I know we haven’t shared all of our 2013 summer activities. Hoping to share them before summer rolls around again. Is it me or is time just speeding past.
We love going to the zoo and we have made it a point to go visit all of our flamingo, iguana and peccary friends every holiday since the older two could walk.
With the price increase we may not go as often but we will not be deterred because the renovated zoo is beautiful. (It becomes quite expensive what with 4 children and 1 adult and we like to take friends)
Lucas is such a magnificent creature the children were mesmerized. He was sleeping when we got there but luckily he woke just as we were about to move on. Beautiful I say.
The children also had an amazing time this visit with the zebras. In the mind of children you see zebras together … you naturally have to sing Afro Circus from Madgascar 3. Ra da da da da da da da circus. Da da da da da da da da afro. Circus afro, circus afro, polka dot polka dot polka dot afro! (Da da da da da da da da circus)
Come on you know you thought it. And to the delight of the children the more they sang the closer two of the zebras came. The children were over the moon they sang it and sang it and the zebras seem to be laughing and enjoying. Cool experience.
Hope Zoo is definitely a good weekend family outing. Entrance fee Adults $1500 , children $1000.
My two nephews and my Dad visiting from Trinidad, plus a school friend and us five makes for a big big outing.
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How you doing?
It been such a longggg time. Time is just running away from me. Christmas came and went. It was really nice and quiet. And we didn’t want it to finish I have to admit we may have shed a tear or two when taking Christmas down.
Happy New Year! by the way.
Do you make New Year Resolutions? Honestly I have never done and haven’t introduce it to the children either. I do have certain goals though Keeping all of us more organised and introducing more chores is once again on that list. Visited this here and I thought the schedule suggestions look good. So going to try. Wish us luck.
Seeing a play!
Last weekend all five of us went to see Jamaica Musical Theatre Company’s Aladdin. It was bright, it was loud and the children loved it. It was really a wonderful delight, seeing all those talented children acting up a storm. We definitely recommend that you go see the show. At the Phillip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts running until February 23, 2014. Admission $1500
Super easy craft.
We found out recently that all you need is some glue, pink glitter and paper to have a whole lot of glittery fun.
Seriously, I gave the girlies some Ponal (white glue) which they ‘drew’ lines on white paper then they dumped the pink glitter all over it. Really simple fun with a bonus of cute girly art that they were quite proud of.
Have a great week all.
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Well we have certainly been missing in action. I never thought that I would have missed close to two months without some sort of interaction here. BUT it has been awhile.
I have to say I didn’t expect that that back to school with the kiddie winks with be such a challenge! Only now getting a hang of all of them being at school and school is almost over. LOL.
Hoping to get more with it here in the next few day because even though I was overwhelmed there are still many cool fun things that I want to share and want to do or have done…. so yeah there will be more in a little bit.
Love the American holiday of ThanksGiving for two reasons
1) who could resist a day/weekend that is dedicated to be thankful which involves food and family
2) hey it is always almost exactly a month away from Christmas the most wonderful time ever! LOL so looking forward to pulling out the decorations this weekend. And no it is not too early at all.
In the spirit of the American Thanksgiving Day want to wish every one from the US a happy happy holiday!
So grateful for you all and so grateful for my happy smiling children.
I saw this youtube video today here and felt I had to share, as it certainly ties in with the spirit of being thankful and does a great job of making smiles happen. ‘Kid President’s 20things We should Say More Often’
Have a great day and great weekend everybody.
and Happy Thanksgiving to who it applies.
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Well the babies of the crew are no longer babies. It is official they are big school going people. School has been back in session for exactly one week for our household and well its taken about that for it to be tear free almost. Wouldn’t it be nice if back to school or entering school could be as easy as going to the beach. :D
Luckily through song, play and colouring the girls are being drawn in because hey learning is an exciting and awesome thing.
How has your back to school experience been?
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All the house guests are gone.
August said good bye for this year and September is upon us two days strong.
And with September comes school.
I believe I join the kiddies in the following sentiment… LOL
By the end of this week all of Jamaica should be back to school.
And joining them would be the entire Kid Friendly crew. The little ones start ‘big school’ on Wednesday and I am training myself not to wail at the school doors LOL.
As of last week we have been slowly getting back into a school routine. We cut down on tv watching, started up some educational games on the computer, included everyone in the book and uniform shopping and it has been early to bed for most everyone.
I read somewhere that a parent’s positive attitude to school contributes importantly on the child’s attitude to school. As you can tell by the little comic I chose for this post that a little work is needed by this parent. LOL.
Sharing the following links with you:
Caribbean Tots to Teens has a few tips for back to school. I am especially liking their acronym for school. click here.
I have been toying with the idea of a schedule for the kiddies. One that keeps them on top of their chores and allows them to tick it off as the day goes along. Yes they have chores… but shhh don’t tell them I haven’t labelled them as work. I have been loving this idea from early this year but gave into procrastination and never adapted it to our needs. Click here.
And well with school, homework returns. Click here for 8 homework help sites.
Here is to a successful, fun learning school year for all students old and young.
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1. Load up on park snacks
2. Noise markers- horns, air clappers are a must. Also grab a few flags.
3. Allow them free reign on the camera
4. Take wild crowd pictures with them
5. Pose with large statues.
6. Take picture with CPLT20 mascot
7. Get airbrushed as well
Do all of those and you should get some 6s.
Last Sunday we headed off to see the Jamaica Tallawahs take on the Trinidad Red Steels in the Caribbean Premier League T-20 our older 2 and their 2 cousins… and I have to admit with some level of trepidation.
4 children under the age of 12 and none of them the least bit interested in cricket yup just a little bit nervous.
But it turned out great they appeared to have a good time and they only started to ask to leave in the middle of the second half of the game so just had to stall them an hour.
It was great fun introducing them to the fun side of the sport.
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Absolutely concentrating on play here!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
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