This is our backyard.
Covered with a fresh blanket of snow.
On March 26.
MARCH 26 !!
So, methinks it’s time to revisit Florida.
Here’s a snow-free picture that’s easier on the eyes (you’re welcome):
As you can see in the picture above, we visited Sarasota Jungle Gardens–a little piece of paradise in Florida.
We got to mingle with beautiful (though snobby) flamingoes who refused to eat our pellet treats:
I dared Mike to touch one. He did. Nothing happened. (Bummer!)
Moving on from the snobbish birds to the friendly (but a bit stiff) giraffe…
Next, we each got to hold a (live) bird on our arm.
Annie’s bird tried to give her a kiss on the cheek.
(The whole time, I was thinking how much my bird
loving hating sister Sara would have enjoyed this.)
Mike’s bird put on a poop show, much to the girls’ delight. Fortunately, it all landed on the ground and not on Mike.
Time for a stroll through the jungle…
(Bummer! And I was hoping to wear my 3-inch heels.)
Proof that our children remained with their parents:
After our stroll, the girls wanted to try alligator wrestling.
It was painful to watch.
But no pain, no gain.
In the end, the girls won and kept all of their fingers and toes.
A highlight of visiting this jungle was getting up close and personal with Katie’s favorite creature: the Great Horned Owl.
Not in the least bit intimidating…
“She can crush my wrist easily with her talons, even with these thick gloves on,” the owl man said.
Mike was brave enough to stand right next to the fierce creature (whose wing was injured by a hunter).
After some coaxing, Katie made her way over too.
Definitely a neat experience! (Especially since the owl didn’t use its talons on us.)
Katie and Annie spent a lot of time trying to catch one of these little guys:
The girls’ cousin Hannah told them that if they caught a lizard by its tail, the tail would come off.
But alas, the little guys were just too quick to catch.
So the lizards got to keep their tails that day.
An interesting tidbit along the trail:
The Jungle Gardens also had a neat exhibit on the life of Jesus.
Yes, thank You indeed, God!
And thank You that we will again see flowers blooming in the hopefully very near future…