Petting Zoos & Peacocks

Needless to say I’ve been a bit slammed lately with work, hence the lack of posts on my part.  The fall is always my busiest time of year and by the time I get home from work I am absolutely exhausted!  While my work life is certainly keeping me busy, I have also managed to create new projects at home to keep me busy as well (more on that at the end of this post).

The weather these past few weeks has been absolutely beautiful.  We have thoroughly enjoyed the cool weather in the early morning hours, and appreciate it even more when we are outside with Tommy.  He wants nothing to do with anything or anyone inside, he just wants to be outside – rain or shine.  Enough said.

When we grow tired of the backyard, we simply move to the front where we find endless entertainment.  Lots of acorns, cars driving by, the occasional school bus, and the highlight of Tommy’s day – airplanes.  God bless him, he is in love.  I’m in love with the predictability of them and he just loves to look and stare in awe as they fly away.

We are lucky that we live close to the airport, but just far enough out of the flight path that we can enjoy them without having to cover our ears! 🙂  Gotta love endless free entertainment.

Speaking of free, we discovered a wonderful park on Friday that is perfect for little ones. There are two play areas, one for older children and one for ages 2-5.  Everything was on a smaller, more manageable scale for Tommy and he loved it.  He enjoyed ringing the bell, matching the animals, and the slide; and mommy enjoyed the nice long nap you took right when we got home!

On Saturday morning we headed off to celebrate the 2nd birthday of one of our friends and boy were we in for a treat!  They had a fabulous petting zoo situated on the front lawn complete with mini horses, bunnies, chickens, mallard ducks, pigs, goats, and a precious little mini cow that Tommy loved.  The cow just wanted to eat and that was perfectly fine with Tommy because he could just stand and survey the party with his new friend. Meet farmer Gish.

I wasn’t exactly sure of how Tommy would react to all the animals but he blew me away.  Every animal was so clean and so wonderful with all of the small children.  It was the perfect party for this age.

The horse seemed kind of bummed to lose his friend.

As long as we were on an animal kick I thought, why not keep it going, right?  Off we went to the Ft. Sam Houston Quadrangle.  I don’t know how I’ve missed this little gem as long as I have lived in San Antonio; but every member of my family had been there except me.  We couldn’t have picked a more beautiful day.  I wasn’t certain that it was still open to the public, but luckily for this little animal lover – it was.

Funny side note about Rob and the Quadrangle…

Rob’s parents had a precious picture taken of him at the Quadrangle when he was around Tommy’s age.  It’s almost as if all the little animals noticed him in his little lederhosen (mental picture of little Rob in lederhosen) and wanted to see what this cool little Swiss was up to.  This picture is classic.  Imagine Rob in lederhosen in a field of soft waving grass, and little bunnies, dear and peacocks surrounding him.  I’m working hard to recreate this magic…but in the mean time, we just enjoyed the moment.

Here’s Rob sharing a moment…”Remember me old friend?”

“Hey man, getting a little too close for comfort!”

One final note for an exciting update in the days ahead.  I’ve officially grown tired of Tommy’s playroom with it’s white, bare walls and millions of unorganized toys, so I’ve been shopping around for a new color and have found my match.  I’ve painted the first 1/2 of his room and have a few more steps to go until it’s complete; but I absolutely love it and it feels so great to have some order to that room.  I will post pictures of the new pad soon.  Have a wonderful week!  Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do! 🙂

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