Thursday, July 23, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
To celebrate, yesterday (Friday the 10th) we went on a little day trip to the North Carolina State Zoo in Asheboro. It was only about 2 hours and 45 minutes away and was a very easy drive. We got there around 10:15 and stayed until around 4:45, so it was a full day.
Admission was very reasonable ($9 for adults with AAA). You can leave and as long as you have your receipt they let you come back in, which was nice, because we packed lunch and had a little picnic under a tree right outside the entrance instead of getting $5 hot dogs. That seemed to be the popular thing to do, as several other families were also having picnics under trees outside, too!
They had a lot of animals and you were able to get pretty close to most of them, which was very nice. Since it was a Friday, it wasn't very crowded, either, so there weren't any lines or big groups to fight through to get up to windows, etc. The zoo is split into two areas, one with a North America theme, and one with an African theme. All the plants in the areas match the theme, with different non-native plants in the African area, and more local native plants in the North America area. There were lots of trees, which was nice because all the walking (we figured about 6 or so miles) was in the shade.
The best part of the zoo is, of course, animals; so here are some pictures we took while we were there.
Sea Lions and Seals
"Oh give a home, where the buffalo roam..."
OcelotWe took a lot more pictures, but these are the highlights. All in all it was a really fun (and exhausting) day.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
And of course, even the cabinet hardware was chicken-themed.
Like I said, I don't totally hate chickens, as you can see by what we call "the chicken coop," aka, our pantry. I think it looks nice in there, and that is enough chickens in one kitchen for me. James also decided to make a cameo appearance. He likes the new kitchen, too. Actually I don't think he noticed the changes because they can't see colors very well.
So anyways, that was our adventure this past weekend. Lots of hard work, but definitely worth it in the end. We did manage to go sit in front of the South Roanoke Fire Station to watch the fireworks at River's Edge. They put on a good show!
On the agenda for next weekend: OUR FIRST YEAR ANNIVERSARY!