The Macs

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

zoo day

Even before the year we spent those January days in the hospital, January in Kansas has never been my favorite. It is usually cold or windy or icy or snowy. And we are usually stuck inside because it is too cold to go outside and play. I prefer the warm weather and playing outside. :) But this year has been different. Hello warm weather in January.

It was so nice yesterday that we took a cousin trip to the zoo. Joel and I bought each other a double jogging stroller for Christmas. Ya, we are really thoughtful and romantic like that. I love it though. I took it with us to the zoo so that I could push both of the boys, but most of the time poor Griffin was left riding solo.

His big brother was too busy climbing fences...

...and running all over the zoo like a crazy boy.

These are Levi's "big" cousins.

 His big cousins take such good care of him...especially Harrison.

They were checking out the penguins. I have no idea how Harrison can pick Levi up...I hardly even can!

 Uncle James came along for zoo day too. Levi loves him. I don't know what we are going to do when he has to go back to China. In fact, Uncle James came home with Daddy tonight. Levi saw James first and then when Daddy came through the door Levi said, "No! Daddy go back to work. Just Uncle James." Oops. Probably not a good thing to say to your daddy, little boy. James should feel loved though! 

Levi was really lagging behind at the end of our trip.

 I told him he needed to get back in his stroller and he said, "Noooo...Levi hold hands." Can you tell someone in our house is getting a strong will of his own? Oh my. We have lots to work on around here.

 This was Griffin's first zoo trip. He thought it was great...and he needed a picture with Uncle James too.

I told James the title of this post should be "James goes to the zoo". There were really three moms there too...we just didn't make it into any of the pictures. And besides, the kids all think James is the best anyway. I am hoping that this nice weather sticks around for February too...maybe we can just skip over the rest of winter and spring can come early!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have just finished reading your blog from the begining. All I can say is what an amazing family you are and your faith holds you so strong through such trying times of your lives. My family is very dysfunctional and maybe because we don't have faith is one of the reasons why. I keep thinking about how you handle situations and when I am having a tough day, how much you appreciate what you have in your faith and have a think about what faith is. My child might be 14 but we still have trying days no matter how old they are. We live in Australia and have had some pretty bad weather with flooding in our area (we are OK), but days on end inside in wet weather was very trying. I kept thinking off you in the weather that you experience and it helped me through the days. Take care and you and your family are never far from my thoughts. You are one amazing family.

February 2, 2012 at 1:04 AM  
Blogger Stef said...

I love that first comment :)
Also, this post is filled with cute babies and nice strollers! I was peeking at yours closely as I'm getting ready to need to buy a new one.

praying for you this month, Jess. As we entered February, which is birthday month for my son and me, I was struck that for you, its probably a very rough month to get through each year.

February 2, 2012 at 1:16 AM  
Anonymous Tami said...

james is apparently all the rage! he spoke in chapel the other day and aubrie, amy and anna all came home and just talked all about him! :-) some me are just GREAT with kids! obviously - james is one of those men.

a little funny: aubrie said he was chinese. i asked her "does he look like you, aubrie?" yeah... not so much.

February 2, 2012 at 5:46 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Isn't family just the best! When my big sis had her boys, I got to be the fun Aunt who could hang out and play just like James. Those were such fun days for me. My nephews are now about James' age and my kiddos get to hang with their big cousins and we still have such a special relationship. It's wonderful to see these big boys who were once so little hang with my kiddos like I used to with them.
We are in St. Louis and it's been 60 degrees this week...just lovely. Maybe the zoo is in our future too?!
Happy Days!

February 2, 2012 at 6:24 AM  
Blogger Tricia said...

Looks like the perfect day!! :)

February 2, 2012 at 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know! I live up in MO and the weather has been awesome! I am with you 100%, lets skip to spring! My two sons live to be outside!

February 2, 2012 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger emily said...

you have THE cutest kids!

February 2, 2012 at 7:36 AM  
Blogger Allen and Debby Graber said...

The ground hog says 6 more weeks; but since we haven't even had winter yet, I'm ok with that. I would like one good snow fall I think. Our grandkids LOVE their Aunt Mindy. Tell Uncle James that I really enjoy his blog! You can't comment on it so let him know for me? Many of the photos are reminiscent of growing up in Japan.

February 2, 2012 at 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your boys are adorable. And James is adorable too! ;)

February 2, 2012 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Meggie said...

How fun! Your boys are so adorable. Now I want to take my boys to the zoo. =)

February 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger merlin said...

one more time, in the space of each of these family photos of the children, there is Cora's place.
Can you see it too? She is remembered.

February 2, 2012 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

What a fun trip at an unexpected time of the year. One of the random things I miss about America is the zoo. I also think your double jogging stroller was a fabulous gift to each other for Christmas.

February 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I LOVE the picture of Griffin with his Uncle! That is one to frame.

February 2, 2012 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Jody said...

Uncle James is so lucky (:

We talked about going to the zoo but they close so early in the winter it wouldn't be worth the hour drive by the time we could leave.

I don't know about you but I'm ready for a really nice snow. I've got a niece who'd like to build a snowman and go sledding (well, maybe her aunt wants to as well).

February 2, 2012 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Mindy Harris said...

griffinnnnn!!!!!!!!!!! and leviiiiiiiiii! honey your boys are so overwhelmingly cute. i want to meet griffin. :) eeee! can't handle it. it's the same comment i leave every time.

February 2, 2012 at 10:53 PM  

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