Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Aaron made some new friends at the zoo last week.  A family of lemurs gathered right by us in the butterfly exhibit.  They were calm and quiet.  So Aaron gently touched the closest one.  He just looked at Aaron like, "So what?  I'm just hanging out!"

This little guy even helped Aaron with an early bath.  Aaron turned around and said, "Mommy, he eating me!"  I checked for tooth marks at warp speed!  No, just a friendly little lick.  Aaron giggled at that.  He talked about that one for the rest of the day!
Boredom set in amongst the lemur group.  So they decided to go raid the butterfly sugar water.  Aaron thought it would be a good idea to go try to corral this "unruly mob".  Not a chance!  Instead, Mommy found a "Kodak Moment".
The new area for children has some great landscaping!  Aaron really wanted to ride the "grass train" as he called it.  Mommy had to break the sad news that this train did not take passengers.
Mommy's favorite moment of the day was Aaron's first pony ride.  This is Rosie.  She was kind enough to do a lap around the pony trail toting Aaron, plodding beside her wrangler.  Aaron was excited to try this new form of transportation.  Mommy wasn't sure if he would be brave enough to get on Rosie.  But, he reached out to the man leading Rosie. ready to hop on and see the world.  Rosie's leader said Aaron was so clever as they traveled.  He was busy pointing out all the sights along the way.  Mommy even convinced Aaron to touch Rosie's soft nose.  Brave little guy!!
Here a a few pics of the Elephant show.  It is called "Elephants at Work and Play".
(knocking logs into the water, a logging task)
"Hey, wake up!  No sleeping on the job!!"
As evening approached the other day,  so did a thunder storm.  Betsy grabbed the camera and started shooting.  As luck (AKA God) would have it, she captured this strike!
Sometimes, the evening lights remind me of Christmas.  This is one of my favorite skyline shots!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A New Website

We have long been Veggie Tales fans and today we want to share with you a new website that we've just been introduced to: www.jellytelly.com.  This is the newest creation of Phil Vischer, the founder of Big Idea and Veggie Tales.  It is not connected to Big Idea in any way (in case you don't know, Phil Vischer had to sell Big Idea).  It is an amazing site with a great vision for reaching children with the message of God.

You do have to register for the site and after a one month trial, have to pay a small subscription fee, but that fee will go to helping this ministry to grow.  Check it out!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

OSIM Corporate Triathlon 2008

Last Saturday Danny and Betsy took part in the 2008 Corporate Triathlon.  One of Danny's co-workers has been involved in many triathlons in the past and introduced the idea to the school.  In all there were ten of us that competed.  Thankfully it was set up in such a way that we could sign up to run the race as a relay.  We had three relay teams (a swimmer, a biker, and a runner).  Betsy did the swim leg for one of the teams (the mini relay: 200 meter swim, 10 km (6 mi) bike, 2km (1.2 mi) run).  Danny did the bike leg for one of the sprint teams (750 meter swim, 20 km bike, 5 km run).  It was a fun day.  
Here is a photo of the transition area, each runner or team had a spot to park his bike.
Here is Betsy after her swim.  She had fun, but felt the 200 meters was too short!  She plans to swim the 750 meter length next year.
Betsy's team:
Notice on the number bib: RX100, but if you zoom in you will see the team name: 1.6868055555555556.  We're not sure what happened there, the team name was supposed to be 40:29 (from Isaiah).  Apparently the computer took that to be a time and converted it to days (40 hours and 29 minutes is 1.6868055555555556 days)!
Here is another look at the transition area as some of the men's individual triathloners are getting ready to go out for the bike leg.  Tim (in blue) is the one who introduced us to the triathlon.
 Here is Tim on his bike.
 There was also a handicapped category, it was neat to see a few riders biking this way (he is pedaling with his hands).
 Here goes Danny, not quite as nice of a bike, or as good of form.  But very happy with his final time of 46:06 (average of 16 mph).
 The triathlon was run at East Coast Park, nearby was the beach with this section dedicated to sand castles.
Upon returning home and a shower, Danny received one more souvenir.  Note the sunburn line!
If you follow the link at the beginning of the post you can see our results:  Betsy was in the Mini Relay Non-Profit Mixed.  Danny was in the Sprint Relay Non-Profit Mixed.  As a warning, the biker on Betsy's team didn't realize he was supposed to ride two laps, so he only road one lap and the team was thus disqualified.
This is from a couple of weeks ago, but thought we would throw in one picture of Aaron as well.