As most of you know, we frequent the zoo. One thing about going every. single. week is that if you don't see what you want to one week, you simply see it the next! Even I will admit, I'm more fascinated by the zoo now that we go more (though, sometimes, it's simply exhausting being there in the heat with 2 young kiddos).
Luke is extremely, and I mean extremely, interested in the anteater. The anteater is frequently sleeping, and Luke has been known to be discouraged at the trait. But, the last time we went, the anteater was moving around & eating. I'm a bit surprised Luke didn't wet his pants with excitement!
The anteater can eat up to 30,000 insects in one day.
If you had 10 anteaters in a farm area (in its native South America), that would mean that up to 300,000 insects could be controlled in one day. This fact simply amazes me!!!! God knew what He was doing when He created the anteater. If the anteater population were to be destroyed, what a problem it could be for farmers/land owners!
We also are ALL fascinated by the hippo (Kate included). We *finally* actually did see the hippo out of the water. Shortly after I took the following pic of Luke, we watched, up close, the hippo climb into the water. Admittedly, it was interesting to see this giant, awkward animal rather gracefully climb into the water.
Luke will start kindergarten in a few days. I've made it fairly well known (and honestly, Luke has as well) that he's very nervous about kindergarten. To be completely honest, this Mama's a little sad he's nervous because I want him to be excited (did you catch the selfish "I" part of that statement). I know he will like school once he adjusts, and I absolutely trust the teachers & administration at his school. But, if he wasn't nervous at this point in time, I wouldn't be able to use his nervousness as an opportunity to point Luke toward Jesus Christ to help him. I will say it brings me to almost tears when Luke prays several times a day for Jesus to help him to not be nervous about kindergarten.
In the meantime, Luke's been spending even more time looking at maps, preparing for school. (He may or may not be surprised when he doesn't have a full-fledged map lesson on his first day of kindergarten).
Last night, we went to the school for a parent meeting/ice cream social/take your supplies to your classroom night. Luke, of course, was pretty quiet. I could tell he was ner-vous! Toward the end, he even complained of a stomach ache. It magically disappeared once we got outside (especially disappeared suddenly when eating ice cream) -- Ha! But, this Mama thinks he looks rather handsome & studious with his glasses and backpack.
We've all dealt with a weird viral sickness this past week (NOT at all how I wanted the last week of summer to be). Such is life, right? Anyways, we're definitely on the upswing. So today, the kiddos & I needed OUT of the house -- especially since Marc had to work! So, the kiddos & I went to a playground at a local church (we'd only been there once before about a year ago). The kiddos had a grand time, being able to play more freely than they have in over a week, and honestly, I had a grand time watching and participating in their pure, child-like joy! I'm so glad we went out in the heat this morning!