Thursday, June 30, 2016

Giraffe Feeding

I think this may have been our favorite part of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo experience!  We purchase some {very expensive} lettuce bundles and stood on the elevated platform to be eye-to-eye with the giraffes in order to feed them!  The kids loved it!  Even Nehemiah got in on the feeding action this time.  It’s amazing how long the giraffe’s tongues are!

Feeding the Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
We all got involved in feeding – even Grandma, Uncle Wes, Daddy & Mommy!

Feeding the Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Libs, Nolan, & Elaine

Feeding the Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
No…he didn’t really kiss the giraffe!

Feeding the Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo  Feeding the Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Nehemiah’s turn!  Everyone else wanted the extra lettuce I was holding!

Feeding the Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
I love these little painted finger nails petting the giraffe!

Feeding the Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Photo credit – Grandma!

Feeding the Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Henry got out of the stroller to see what was going on…

Feeding the Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
…and got kissed!

Feeding the Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Liberty and Uncle Wes

Feeding the Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Nolan was uber delighted!

Feeding the Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Wesley’s new girlfriend?!?!

Feeding the Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
I had fun too!

Feeding the Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Feeding the Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
She couldn’t stop smiling!

Feeding the Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Love this picture of everyone with the giraffe!

Feeding the Giraffes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Anyone want a kiss?

Next time you come to Colorado Springs, be sure to go feed the giraffes at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Nolan’s 5th Birthday: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

One of the kids’ new favorite shows is Wild Kratts on PBS Kids.  It’s the two Kratt brothers who explore different animals, and then the show turns animated as the brothers adopt “Creature Power Suits” to learn more about each animal as they become just like it.  Of course, they have to fight off some villains along the way!

We decided to throw Nolan a Wild Kratts birthday, and we kicked it off with a trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs.  It’s a great interactive zoo, including the opportunities to feed the rhino, elephant, and giraffes!  They did a lot of animal feedings and talks too, which the kids also enjoyed.

:: Australian Walkabout – Budgie Buddies.  The kids got to buy seed sticks for $1 and feed parakeets and cockatiels.  They absolutely loved this (and one who shall remain unnamed had a giant meltdown when it was time to leave!)

Budgie Buddies Seed Stick Birds at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo  Budgie Buddies Seed Stick Birds at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Nehemiah

Budgie Buddies Seed Stick Birds at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo  Budgie Buddies Seed Stick Birds at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Libs with Uncle Wes and Daddy

Budgie Buddies Seed Stick Birds at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Elaine got a birdie on her stick! 

Budgie Buddies Seed Stick Birds at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

:: Various Animals – including several Rocky Mountain animals!

Bald Eagle at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Bald Eagles

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Sitting on the elephant’s trunk!

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Mountain Lion feeding and show

Elephant at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Elephant show – this zoo specializes in middle aged female elephants

Grizzly Bear at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo  Grizzly Bears at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
The grizzly bear show was pretty neat!  One bear played in the water right on the kids’ level the whole time.  Another did tricks and a taste test.  On the right, the bear is doing “scary face”, and she doesn’t like green beans!

Hippo at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo  Hippo at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Hippo!  I love hippos!  This one was resting while his pool got cleaned!

Lion Cubs at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Lion cub feeding

Moose at at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo  Tiger at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Moose with velvet antlers, Tiger

:: Animal feedings.  One of the highlights of the day was feeding the animals!  We got to feed the elephant, rhino, and giraffes.  We’ll save the giraffes for another post – it was our favorite, so there are lots of pictures!  The twins chickened out on feeding the elephant and needed lots of encouragement for the rhino!

Feeding the Elephant at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Nolan feeding the elephant

Feeding the Elephant at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
He loved it!

Feeding the Elephant at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Elaine did great!

Feeding the Elephant at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Liberty tried, but she melted into tears!

Feeding the Rhino at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
The rhino was VERY drooly!  (Nolan)

Feeding the Rhino at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Grandma treated us to the animal feedings…and enjoyed doing them too!

Feeding the Rhino at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Elaine and Nolan at the rhino.

Feeding the Rhino at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
The birthday boy feeding the rhino

Feeding the Rhino at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Feeding the Rhino at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Mommy did Nehemiah’s carrot!

Feeding the Rhino at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Liberty did great, but did not like the drool!

Grandparents & Great-Grandparents

One of the highlights of coming out west on deputation is getting to see my grandparents.  They are getting up there in age…Grandpa turned 90 in February!  They faithfully pray for us and support us, and I know they enjoy seeing some of their 16 great-grands!  We enjoyed having them for dinner and sitting around on the patio!

Time with Great Grandpa Paul
Henry & Grandpa

Time with Great Grandpa Paul
Elaine did some reading to both of my grandparents!

VonHamilton Family Singers
We practiced a song we are hoping to incorporate into our deputation meetings.  They sang pretty good…but we need to work on body language!

While we were in town my parents had a BBQ to say “thanks” to all the guys who helped them move in, move the shed, and lay flagstone for the new patio.  My dad has a smoker and enjoys sharing his creations.  He makes the best short ribs ever!  (With help from Mom of course!).  While Wes was cutting wood pieces for the fire pit, he discovered some baby bunnies.  The kids enjoyed them for the evening before they were relocated – away from Mom’s garden!

Baby Bunnies   Baby Bunnies
These three were not napping, but Nehemiah was a good boy and was sleeping.  He enjoyed the bunnies later.

Baby Bunnies
Nolan named his bunny Scratcher because “he’s a good scratcher.”

Grandpa's Ribs
Dad’s ribs.  Best part of coming to visit!  (Or one of them….)