Have fun this Fourth of July but be sure to be safe! Here are a few Safety Tips from Teaching Tiny Tots!
We have a family team for the annual 4th of July Golf Scramble. People generally wear red, white or blue and it’s quite the festive event. We decided to surprise Pagra (Grandpa) by decorating his golf cart this year. We found some cute garlands, a large star and and small flags at Walmart and The Dollar Tree. The girls can’t wait!!
The girls have also shown an early interest in golf so we have a small set of clubs for them…this picture just reminds me of how cute they were carrying their first set of clubs.
We just went to Hawaii to visit family and friends and attend my __th Reunion!! We had so much fun, it was great being “home”. You really forget how beautiful it is despite traffic and parking inconveniences! The girls had a wonderful time spending time with Grandpa and Grandma and their twin cousins. Yes, two sets of twins in our family!
One of the highlights was the water park…I happened to miss this event as I went to brunch with some childhood friends. I will definitely have to go the next time. I am surprised that the girls rode some of these slides…they are still raving about this water park.
Going to the beach is a must in Hawaii and not only did they enjoy becoming “Sand Mermaids” but they went tide pooling and surfing with their Uncle Mike
Miniature golf was fun for all the kids…I think parents looked at my husband and I and thought wow…two sets of twins!!
Hawaii also offers some interesting museums…here they went with Grandpa and Grandma to the Bishop Museum that was hosting a dinosaur exhibit.
If you have been to the Hawaiian islands feel free to share your favorite kids activities!
We had heard about this amazing ranch and decided it was on top of our Spring Break List of Things to See and Do! It was a bit of a drive but it was definitely worth it. We have been to many zoos but this is an experience up close and unforgettable.
We decided to do the drive through tour instead of the wagon so we could go at our pace. We bought a bucket of food for each of us.
Not even completely through the gate we met our first animal. My husband held out his bucket of food for the elk. The elk unexpectedly took hold of the bucket and a tug-of-war ensued and we lost our first bucket!! It was hilarious! I wish I had caught that on video as that was the last thing we expected! Lucky we had three more buckets.
This first encounter left the girls a little shy about feeding…and those beady eyes were something to see. It was interesting to watch their boldness and familiarity with sticking their heads into the vehicles.
After a little convincing, the llama was my daughter’s first animal to feed…this llama was really cute and furry and she would have gladly fed him the entire bucket. We noticed that it was no mistake that the animals went right in the path of vehicles to slow them down and then to the windows. Even the goats tried to hop up on the vehicles.
Zebras were on the “Don’t Feed” list but that didn’t stop them from trying to stick their heads in the windows! I’ve never seen one so close…the vibrant stripes were mesmerizing!
The variety of colors, spots, and furriness among the llamas was amazing! Along the way were also pot bellied pigs, goats, and other smaller animals. The girls made sure they got a few pellets to eat as well!
You could see their teeth but the llama’s were very gentle, if messy eaters.
These Watusi were stunning with their horns…they too walked right up to us in hopes of a few treats. Glad they had no desire to stick their head into the minivan…however…
This Brahmin Bull had it figured out. Note his size next to the truck ahead of us! He came up to us and not expecting him to do any more than the Watusi, mommy was in for a big surprise. I had put my bucket of food on the minivan floor in case the girls ran out or lost a bucket. This Bull simply turned his head sideways to fit in my window and next thing you know, I had a bull head in my lap…snuffling, snorting and drooling. He turned his head and reached for the food easily on the floor! Worried that he might think my purse was lunch I lifted the bucket hoping he’d withdraw his head. He took it out of my hands in one big bite smashing the sides. There went my bucket! I had told the girls that they must be quiet, so as not to scare the animals and to remain calm at all times. I forgot….But what an experience! We laughed until our sides hurt.
Water Buffalo were also on the don’t feed list unless you rode the wagon and you could see why…the head alone fills the frame of the window and while they might get their head in, those horns might get caught on your door frame on the way out. Make no mistake of their incredible strength…our neighbor happened to also go this week and one of them casually knocked off their side mirror!
We actually had a half bucket of food left so we went to the walking and petting area. Here there were Lemurs, kangaroos, tortoises, turkeys and a nice assortment of birds. The camels had a sign warning NOT to put fingers and hands in their cages. The camels figured out how to get kids to feed them…open wide! Kids tossed in food by the handfuls.
This was an absolute highlight of our Spring Break and we can’t wait to take family members when they visit!