Back on the Blogging Wagon

Sorry, faithful readers! It’s been a busy summer, plus some technology changes, plus getting ready for an upcoming children’s clothing consignment sale. All that to say, blogging has taken a back seat. But I am back in the proverbial saddle and hoping to get caught up, so prepare for more frequent posts. Let’s start with our visit from my Dad and Helen in July. We absolutely love it when grandparents come to town. They take amazing care of all of us, the kids adore them, and the time always flies by far too quickly. This visit we took a trip to the zoo, they took the kids to the children’s museum, there were several trips to the park, playing at home and of course some quality iPad time. Here are some pictures from their week with us! (Side note: Sorry if this post takes forever to load. I realized too late that I didn’t shrink the pictures like I usually do. I’ll try to remember next time!)

As faithful blog readers have probably noticed, Max is a big fan of “funny faces” for pictures. You’ll see several pictures in this post where everyone is doing a funny face. Exhibit number one is below.
One night my mom watched the kids and the four of us went to dinner at a yummy local bistro. We had her take a picture of us, followed at Max’s request by the aforementioned funny face shot.
At the zoo!
Anna was a little freaked out by the penguins swimming by so close, so she stood behind Max for protection.
You guessed it, funny faces again! Also, you can see in this picture the animals that the kids got to pick from the gift shop (thanks, Grandpa and Grandma Helen!). Max thought it was so funny and silly that Anna named hers “Ball Kitty.” He gave his the perfectly logical name of “Purple Football Monkey.” 
One of the activities the zoo offers is feeding an elephant. You get a branch to hold out for the elephant to enjoy. This was a big hit with the kids (and the grownups too!). In the first picture Max is waiting his turn.
Anna couldn’t quite hold the stick by herself, so Max helped her.