Poconos Vacation – the Zoo

Our family took a little vacation to the Poconos in August to relax and enjoy some time together before the new school year and what becomes the busiest time at our work.

Unfortunately, the week we decided to go to the Poconos happened to be one of the coldest and gloomiest weeks there.  We didn’t fret and I have to tell you, we found some awesome places to hang out!  If you are ever caught in the rain in the Poconos, first and foremost, check out this indoor water park (Split Rock).  That’s right.  A water park that is completely inside.  Slides and wave pool and all.  Not only did the girls have the best time, but the adults did too.

We also went to Chuck-E-Cheese for the first time with the kids (LOVED it) and even found a cute little Zoo that had a ton of animals that the first could pet and feed.
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While Peanut loves running around the zoo and petting animals, Tay is absolutely obsessed.  She gets so giddy to spot every animal.  It’s adorable to watch.
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An absolutely must on pretty much any outing over an hour is snacks.  I’ve learned that if we have a snack approximately every hour, the girls are happy as can be.  I have no idea if every single kid is like this or just mine, but Hangry is a real thing.  I get it.  And the girls do too.
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Have you ever pet a turtle?  Cuz we have.
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And goats.
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And even giraffes.
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All in all, a pretty exciting trip.  And we continue to learn that although Peanut is very shy around people, she is not at all shy around animals.  The kid has no fear and will run up to every animal, big or small, and pet them.  Gotta love her.


Taylor, 15 months old

Our dearest little spitfire,

I have yet to run out of terms to describe your absolutely delightful and incredibly outstanding personality.  You amaze us daily.

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You are not only walking, but you’re running, walking backwards, and even attempting to jump.  You climb the couch (sometimes using a pillow since ours is too high), you go down slides, and you are rarely afraid of any new challenge.  As long as mommy or daddy are right there.  Things that scare you (and make you run off crying, calling for mommy) are loud noises, sometimes the vacuum, and your sister dumping a bucket full of toys from the height of her bed.  Along with being a little firecracker, you are incredibly sensitive and very aware of your surroundings.

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Your vocabulary continues to grow and it’s hard to keep up with all that you say.  I’ve re-downloaded the vo-KID-bulary app on my iPhone in hopes of capturing your words.  Some of the latest (from my memory, sorry my loving dear second child) are chicken, tractor, monkey, book, cracker, milky, blankey, and most animal sounds.  You are still calling everyone that you love “mommy” which is cute in its own way.  Rather than “mama” or “mommy” it sounds like this…”maaaah-meeeeee.”  If I am not mistaken, you picked that one up from your cousin Ellie.
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And that’s not the only thing that you picked up from your cousin Ellie.  You two are like two peas in a pod and it’s adorable to not only see you interact, but get a chance at seeing a little sneak peek into your future.  Although you don’t get to see each other too often, you fall right back into your little love/competition games.  You hug and kiss and the proceed to steal anything that Ellie has.  I hope this is just a stage.
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Lately you are absolutely loving putting your shoes on, your blankey, the beach and digging in the sand, buckles especially on your booster seat, and zoo animals.  You are seriously obsessed with being at the zoo and cannot get enough pointing at all the animals, mooing and baa-ing and quacking left and right.  It’s amazing to watch you get so excited!
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You also adore being around your sister and your bffs.  The mommies cannot get enough of watching you guys interact.  You are all so different and yet so alike, it’s crazy.  In addition to the three musketeers we’ve been spending a lot of time with your little friend Jordyn who is just a few months younger.  Not only do you love to run around with the other kids, you’ll gladly spend a half hour just sitting next to Jordyn, playing with toys, and handing them to her one by one (and then promptly taking them away).

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You also love to do mommy’s and Addi’s and daddy’s errands like throw out the trash, get a toy, give Addi her cup.  You never mistaken whose water cup is whose (although you like to sneak sips from your sister’s whenever she’s not looking) and insist on being the one to hand it to her.
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Speaking of independency, you have plenty of it.  We are not allowed to assist you with stairs, lids, couch climbing, or pretty much anything else.  While your sister tried something, got frustrated and given up – asking for help, you keep going, patiently.  You don’t seem to get frustrated by trying to do something over and over again and when you’re sure that you won’t succeed, you reach out your little hand toward us and say “hep?” which we translate to “help?”
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We love you, doodle bug.  Happy 15 months.
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