Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ariel's 19th Birthday.

Wow I can't believe my baby girl is 19 years old.Where did the time go? Considering Ariel has had such a hard time recently and spent a good over 6 weeks inpatient we really wanted to make things special for her this birthday.

Our family doesn't usually celebrate birthdays but instead we tend to celebrate birth weeks ,where the person gets taken out on several outings by different members of the family.

So on Ariel's actual birthday May 15th we went to the theatre to see Iron Man 3 in the Dbox.Ariel has always wanted to do this.You sit in these chairs and they shake you around all over the place.

Besides the giant puppy she also got flowers and cupcakes.Then we started preparing for the big party.We had decided to do pirates and princesses this year.I was getting very concerned,because the weather was supposed to be questionable at best,but it turned out to be okay.A sprinkle here and there,but it was not bad and we had a lot of fun.

              The kids and I spent a lot of time decorating.


We played a lot of fun games.Water balloon toss,egg on a   spoon races,ducks in the pond,pitch the penny in the cup,walk the plank,just a bunch of things.

                    We also had a barbecue and lots of food.

                                  Fishing for ducks.
                          Ariel's cousins Randy and Chloe.


Ariel's awesome cakes.Disney princesses and Jack Sparrow.

                                       Make A Wish.

 The Lanier Family made this awesome treasure chest for   Ariel.It was filled with all sorts of awesome things.
          My wonderful friend Dianna did face painting for me.

Sunday after Ariel's party I took her to the tea house for lunch.She was looking so good and happy. 

That evening at church the pastor had everyone sing Ariel happy birthday.We also shared cake with everyone.Ariel had a wonderful birthday and certainly felt loved.Thank you to everyone that shared it with her and made her feel special.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Zoo days!

Hello friends,Well I'm happy to say that we have gone back to work at our beloved zoo.Our first day back was Friday.Ariel and I worked as greeters at the front gate and Daniel and Michael worked at our brand new exhibit StingRay Cove.Everyone was so happy to see the kids,especially seeing Ariel looking so well.
Friday was very busy.We worked at different times and so first the boys worked for a couple of hours and then Ariel and I did.
Yesterday we started the morning making Budgie sticks.You use popsicle sticks,dip them in gelatin and water and put Millet on them.We did that for about an hour and a half,when Daniel declared he had enough of doing that and wanted to do something else,so we started working as greeters.I could not believe how many people were there yesterday.

As you can tell Daniel is absolutely thrilled to be making Budgie
After making them though we got to walk down and feed the Budgies.
Then it was up to be greeters.Ariel amazed me.There were hundreds of people and she was extremely helpful to all of them.In fact she and Daniel wanted me to leave them alone.I did not really want to do this,but our director told me not too worry since other people were up there.Actually Ariel had a very good low seizure day.
After working the gate for many hours the kids and I all took a lunch break.

Then it was off to work StingRay Cove our newest exhibit.

Inside the aquarium
And sometimes after a hard days work you just need a cotton candy break.
Everyone had a blast and we were so happy to be there to help and that Ariel was well enough to work again.