ANIMALS!!!

I am super excited about the fact we live so close to a really unique attraction to NY.  It is called Animal Adventures. It has animals from all over the world and they are available to be pet and fed and you stroll around the park. They are always improving and exhibiting new animals.

We have seen and touched animals that we would have never had the opportunity to do anywhere else in the world. What a fantastic resource. I am super thankful to the owner/founder Jordan Patch. He is an animals super hero.

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McCaws

McCaws

Alpacas

Alpacas

White Toed Lynx - Canadian

White Toed Lynx – Canadian

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Female Hyena

Female Hyena

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White MCcaw

White MCcaw

Alpaca

Alpaca

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Camel Kisses

Camel Kisses

Marty the Camel

Marty the Camel

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African

African

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A little Tongue from Olie

A little Tongue from Olie

Capabera

Capabera

Kangaroo

Kangaroo

Prairie Dog

Prairie Dog

Scottland bovine

Scottland bovine

Jacob Sheep

Jacob Sheep

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Day 2 Faerie Festival; A Midsummer Nights Dream

Saturday, was dry and sunny!!!  The Faerie Festival was waking with the sun and wonderful performers were popping up everywhere.  The vendors were happy and the faerie folk were out to play!  The Homeschool Players were ready and I am pretty sure most parents were ready for this last performance to be done.

Still moist but warm and sunny, the children went on as scheduled.  The performance was fun and well played.

Afterward the families dispersed amongst the fair and found all sorts of interesting fun events to participate in.  Body Art, Faerie Fashion show, Jousting between the knights of the Holly and Oak Kingdoms, and great music. We even had a performance from a few friends from Musica Universalis before the play.  And we were fortunate enough to have been at the beginning of the Green Man march.  What great costumes!

Enjoy the pictures, again!

A Wet Day 1 of Faerie Fest

Set  up in an open circle was a challenge but the kids were up for anything.  They were perfectly flexible!  One  minute to show time and the sky opened up and poured down upon us for the entire performance.  Amazingly, these kids kept plugging along and not one complained, even through close drowning moments!! 😛

We even had an audience.  Wet, but really fun!!  B. had a most memorable moment of creating a huge SPLAT! upon falling to his death.  LOL!  All the Homeschool Players did such a wonderful job.  We are all so proud for them.

Mind you, all actors are getting poured on the entire time!!!  Enjoy the pictures!

A Midsummer Nights Dream performed at Faerie Festival NY

Fireman Field Day!

Yesterday, we attended a huge fundraiser for a local Fire Dept.  Annually they have a carnival set up with games and contests and parades.  It is always a fun family event.  We settled in to have some carni lunch before the crowds rolled in.

We got there nice and early to check out what rides and games we wanted to hit first.  The sun decided it was going to cooperate with us and shined on all day.  Near the end of our stay we met up with out friends The Chens and went on a few rides with them.  B. did all the fast rides and T. found his favorites, Tilt-A-Whirl and Bumper Cars.(like 10 times on each ride)  We shot at cans and targets of all sorts with air guns and paint guns.  We played darts and baseball.  We won prizes and had an all around good time.  All to support our local FD’s.  S. in a voluteer Fireman in the town we live in, so these activities have a little more meaning this year.

Whilst watching the kids do crazy fun, crazy scary rides, I saw GOD!!!  It came to me in the shape of Fried Dough, but it was no ordinary sense of fried dough.  This was Deep Fried Oreo Cookies!!!!  Sorry no pics, they were eaten up way too fast for pictures.  OMG!!  Sinful in every way!!!  They were Damn Good!!!  I had two helpings. 😛

After eating God and sucking down a quart of lemonade and heat stroke setting in, it was time to leave.   S. was to particpate in the parade that evening, so he had to get over to his Station to prepare.  It would have been really nice to have seen him march and such with his Station but I was whipped and I have a feeling it won’t be the last time he marches in a parade.  I know he really enjoyed himself and is proud of what he does.  That is such a nice feeling and I can see the glow of pride.

Attack of the Blood Suckers!!!

Today we joined up with the Chens once again for a fun field trip to Ithaca’s Childrens Science Center.  This is the last week of an exhibit all about ticks and mesquitos and other blood sucking insects.  We enjoyed a lovely lunch upon arrival and then ran off some of those calories in the playground.  Once a little energy was burnt off from the long car ride, we entered into the exhibits and had lots of fun exploring everything.

We had a ton of fun!  There was lots of fun stuff to get our hands on.  The perfect location for highly distractable boys!  I hope the next exhibit is just as fun.  I am totally getting my monies worth for this Boonshoft Membership!!

Another Visit to the MOST Museum

MOST Museum in Syracuse is a great place to really see some fantastic exhibits and for the kids to get a work out!

Inside the exhibit hall is an enormous playground.  Today we were not so fortunate to have found the place school free, so we had hundreds of public school children screaming and playing hard, so it really brought out a lot of anxiety for me and gave T. some trouble while we were there.  Thankfully, I got to see quite of bit of the new exhibits before melting down myself.  I have a really yucky sinus/throat cold that has been challenging my strength and patience this week.  We still all had a fabulous time!

Ross Park Zoo, Binghamton, NY

Yesterday, we went to the Local Zoo, Ross Park Zoo, after we picked up B. from Shakespeare rehearsal.  It was over 90 degrees out and the path is mostly shaded, but mostly up hill(really steep hill).  We has water and how camera, so off we went to explore the zoo.  They are building many new structures for the animals and some new animals.  I was very happy to see all the construction.  This Zoo has been a special needs case for a while.  I am thrilled to think that they are recieving funds to really update and care for it properly.

We were fortunate that we only ran into a few other visitors while touring the grounds, so it was quiet and peaceful.  The animals were all very cooperative with my camera.  I didn’t even try to enter the greenhouse/bird house.  It was just too hot.  I couldn’t even imagine how muggy it would have been in there.

After our hour long hike and animal viewing I realized I had given myself Heat Stroke and flew home to rest and chug water as much as possible.  It was a hard evening.  But totally worth it.