Sept Zoo Field Trip

We had so much fun last month on our zoo field trip, we decided to do it again. September is all about lions and elephants. When everyone arrived we boarded the bus. On our adventure we first came across the flamingos, then the tigers, the hippos, monkey’s, zebras, polar bears and then we stopped at the lions and elephants. It was cool to see the lions up close and watch the zoo keepers feed them. They mash the meat up against the fence and the lions pretty much eat from their hands. Cool! After the lions we walked a little ways up to the elephants and again got to talk to the zoo keepers and ask questions. After the elephants we boarded the bus again and made our way to the front of the zoo. Along the way we saw camels, condors, lamas and koala’s. Fun! Once we were done with our tour we retrieved our stroller and decided to look at a few more things while we were there. Corbin especially liked the snakes and hippos. After all that walking I decided it was a good idea to make a stop at Yogurtland at Horton Plaza in Mission Valley for some frozen yogurt. Corbin loves chocolate ice cream and didn’t even know the difference. Love it!

Benjamin Eating Cereal

Benjamin is a few days shy of 6 months. He’s been eying my food and grabbing at anything in range, so I thought I’d buy some rice cereal and see how he’d do. My mom put him in the Bumbo while I mixed the cereal. I handed my mom the camera because I had to capture the moment and share it with Luke when he got home and away we went. The first spoonful was accepted and soon his hands filled his mouth making it difficult to add another. There was cereal all over his hands, face and shirt. Ha! I managed to get a few more bites in before he started making funny faces and fussing. That was the end of that. I’d say the first attempt at giving Benjamin rice cereal was a success. My little baby boy is growing up!

Soccer Tournament

My brother asked if I would come and take photos of my nieces soccer tournament over the labor day weekend and I was happy to oblige. It was a great opportunity to practice taking action shots as well as visiting with my family.

The girls did such a great job. They lost one and tied the second. They all stayed focused even in the heat. I was so impressed. I look forward to seeing many more soccer games in the future.

Keen Family Photos

The Keens have been friends of ours for many years now. We’ve watched our kids grow, celebrated birthdays, holidays, attended church together, loved each other and have shared many tears and much laughter together.

A month ago we learned that they would be packing and moving to the east coast. What!?! No, way! Yes, way! This is sad news for us because of the distance that will be separating us, but good news for them as a family and for Corey’s new job. They will be missed terribly and there will be a great void here without them. I will especially miss Jess’s hugs. She gives the best hugs. *Sigh* I know they are only a looong car ride away or a plane ride or even a phone call away…that part is somewhat comforting.

One of their last requests was to take family photos at the beach and we made that happen Wednesday morning at La Jolla Shores. We made our way to the “not so crowded” part of the beach and started taking photos. The girls loved playing in the water and hammed it up in front of the camera. Dang, I’m going to miss them! Our time together was sweet and I was so happy to have that special time with them before they headed out.

I pray that God would guide their paths and they start a new chapter of their lives together and that they would hold tight to Gods word so that their marriage would be strong and can conquer any trial that meets them on this journey. God, let them continue to love much and laugh often because that is truly the best medicine. Please keep them safe on their trip and let their transition be smooth. Thank you, Jesus!