Life with 4 kids 6 and under. Our trip to pick up Tonito in China is: mid-March 2008 through April 12. Our trips to pick up Ricky in Ethiopia are in June and August of 2010.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Dinos at the Zoo

Tonio decided to take the kids to the zoo on Sunday to give me a little break (so that I could clean the house without little ones underfoot). The zoo has an exhibit now of dinosaurs that move, breathe, and look incredibly real-enough that several kids were crying! The kids were absolutely amazed: "look at the long neck!" (/wook at the wong neck!/) Tonito brought his stuffed t-rex and showed it in awe to the zoo's t-rex. Vivi was a little freaked out at first until Tonio explained that they really were pretend, they couldn't move their feet to get any closer, and they would not attack us. What a fun exhibit.

Next, Tonio took the kids to the family center, where they painted each other like lions. Tonito was in a protective mode (maybe because of the dinos) and he and Vivi were acting so cute hugging each other, holding hands, and just buddy-buddying around the zoo. Of course Maya wanted to be a lion as well! She wants to do *everything* the big kids do, and her verbal skills are amazing because of all the imitation! She came home telling me about the "asaurios" (dinosaurios), the "t-rek" (t-rex), and roaring like a lion. She now fights over the lemur (ye-mo) with the other kids, and frequently wins the argument! Maya is quite fiesty when she takes her thumb out.

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