Happy Parenting: Quotes and videos and ideas… Oh My!

HAPPY PARENTING: QUOTES AND VIDEOS AND IDEAS… O MY!

Does Happy Parenting actually exist? Can we still be the women we were before we had children? Are we doomed to be miserable forever?

Literally, every day brings a new set of challenges to face. Not only as moms but as women in general.

You are not just a stay-at-home-mom/working mother. You are so much more…

You are a:

daughter

sister

aunt

friend

wife/girlfriend/lover

employee/boss

All of these jobs bring different joys and stresses. They come together to make us the people we are today and every day. They are a big part of who we are as a person.

There is so much negative going on in our world that I wanted to focus on some positivity. We all need a little pick me up now and again.

HAPPY PARENTING

Videos

Affirmations

 

Who am I? (religious)

 

Quotes

 

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Inspiring Blogs to Read

Working Mom Balance

Get Mom Balanced

Lemon Lime Adventures

Poem

You are the sunlight in my day,
You are the moon I see far away.
You are the tree I lean upon,
You are the one that makes troubles be gone.
You are the one who taught me life,
How not to fight, and what is right.
You are the words inside my song,
You are my love, my life, my mom.
You are the one who cares for me,
You are the eyes that help me see.
You are the one who knows me best,
When it’s time to have fun and time to rest.
You are the one who has helped me to dream,
You hear my heart and you hear my screams.
Afraid of life, but looking for love,
I’m blessed for God sent you from above.
You are my friend, my heart, and my soul
You are the greatest friend I know.
You are the words inside my song,
You are my love, my life, my Mom.

In a perfect world, everyone (the kids) would get along and we wouldn’t be overworked. But, until that happens, let’s try to help each other get through this mom thing together.

 

What is the one thing that stresses you out the most as a mom?

What do you do to de-stress at home?

Hope everyone has a stress free week!!!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

 

P.S. Happy Parenting!

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Park trip: Allie and Mommy had a great time at the park today

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Allie and Mommy had a great time at the park

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Park a.k.a playground time is fun time. We love going to the playground.

Park time for Allie. This is an extra post for this week because I got some great pics today. I want to share our trip to the park and pics I took.

It has been so hot this summer that Allie and I have not been to the mark as much as we normally would have been. But, today we just had to get out in the sun and breeze and take a walk.

There are only few things at our park but she gets a kick out of every one of them. There are a few different slides but she won’t go down any of them by herself so I did not get and pictures.

First, she has to go on the swings and say wee-hee-heeeee. Not weeeeeee… cause thats wrong. But, wee-hee-heeeee!! She is such a cutie 🙂

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Then. she does one of three things… the whale…

which I did not get any pictures of because the lighting isn’t very good at that corner of the park.

The horsey…

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This is when she starts to say, “Mommy motorcycle”

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I love this picture. This is where I said, “Come on Allie smile for mommy one more time” 🙂

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And then, without fail every time, she wants to go back on the swings before we leave.

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And now as I do sometimes. A little history about the first playground…

A playground is a place with a specific design to allow children to play there. It may be indoors but is typically outdoors. While a playground is usually designed for children, some playgrounds are designed for other age groups.

Modern playgrounds often have recreational equipment such as the seesawmerry-go-roundswingsetslide, jungle gym, chin-up bars,sandboxspring rider, trapeze, playhouses, and mazes. Many of which help children develop physical coordination, strength, and flexibility, as well as providing recreation and enjoyment. Common in modern playgrounds are play structures that link many different pieces of equipment.

Playgrounds often also have facilities for playing informal games of adult sports, such as a baseball diamond, a skating arena, a basketball court, or a tether ball.

Public playground equipment refers to equipment intended for use in the play areas of parksschools, child care facilities, institutions, multiple family dwellings, restaurants, resorts, and recreational developments, and other areas of public use.

My baby girl tired herself out and she is now taking a much needed nap.

Look at this little sweetie pie

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And, all that running around made mommy tired as well. On to a much needed shower!!!

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Hope everyone has a great rest of the week.

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Motivation and inspiration for every day life of everyone

Motivation and Inspiration for every day life:

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Ever since I was very young I have always taken comfort in quotes and sayings from others. My earliest memory of this is when my grandmother was speaking of growing older. I had never thought of the subject before then and was very curious. I asked her if she missed her younger days. Her answer to me was quite simple. She said, “Age is a matter of mind, If you don’t mind it doesn’t matter”. I’ve carried that with me and have used it several times in my life so far.

Years later as I recall, my mom was comforting me after a particularly upsetting day. I do not remember what was so upsetting at the time, but I’m sure it was horrible in my mind at that age. She said to me that day, and on so many other occasions when I was upset. “This to shall pass”, meaning, no matter how difficult it may seem at the time, the pain will go away and you will be happy again. She still uses that with our family to this day and I’m sure it is as comforting to the rest of them as it still is to me.

Today I want to share some more quotes and sayings that help me through some tough times. Being a stay at home mom is a lot of fun but it does get frustrating and difficult at times. These sayings and quotes help a lot and also just put a smile on my face.

Quotes and Sayings from some great people-

 

Ruth Gordon said:

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“Courage is like a muscle, we strengthen it with use”

Virginia Woolf said:

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“If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people”

Rosalene Glickman Ph. D. said:

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“Every situation is an opportunity to do your best”.

Fred Devito said:

motivation to CHANGE

“If id doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you”.

Wilma Rudolph said:

reward

“The reward is not so great without the struggle”.

Wayne Dyer said:

choice

“Be miserable or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, its always your choice”.

Zig Ziglar said:

success

“The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job”.

Jim Rohn said:

RUNTHEDAY

“Either you run the day or the day runs you”.

Motivation through inspiration-

“It’s not about being perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that is where transformation happens. That is how change occurs”.

-Jillian Michaels

As I said in the beginning quotes have been a big part of my life for so long. I hope these inspire and motivate you as much as they have for me.

What are some of the quotes or sayings that have helped you through your life? Are there any mantras that help you when you are going through tough times? Please share them with me in the comments.

Thank you for reading and I hope you come back again. Have a wonderful day!

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

Giveaway

I am doing a giveaway on my facebook page Allie’s Mommy Blog. It is not very mommy specific but I think it’s a great book and a lot of people will enjoy it. I am giving away a copy of YouTuber Shane Dawson’s new book It gets Worse. He is a very funny, very interesting person. Check him out Here. He is very free speaking so if you do not like things like that this is not for you. That is okay though because I have many other things for you to enjoy in the future 🙂

Click the link to get to the giveaway 🙂

Shane Dawson It Get’s Worse

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Shimmer and Shine: Nanananananana! Review

Shimmer and Shine: Nanananananana!

 

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Today is going to be another (the last) installment of the children’s show reviews. This time I am going to review another one of Allie’s favorites. Shimmer and Shine!

Shimmer and Shine is a young children’s show about a young girl who luckily finds a genie bottle and gets these two super adorable twin genies-in-training who always seem to mess up her wishes. They ultimately figure it out by working together to solve the problems that her 3 wishes couldn’t help them to solve.

 

CORE CAST:

 

Shimmer– An optimistic genie with blue eyes and pink hair. She is enthusiastic and encouraging. She loves cleaning, glitter, and collecting genie bottles. Her favorite color is pink

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Shine– A courageous genie with purple eyes and blue hair. She is an animal lover and is often hungry. Unlike her sister, she dislikes cleaning. Her favorite color is blue

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Leah– A blonde girl with green eyes. She is best friends with Shimmer and Shine.[6] Although Shimmer and Shine usually mess up her wishes, Leah is patient and forgiving with them.

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Zac– Leah’s neighbor and close friend. In the first season, he is oblivious to the fact that Leah has genies. Whenever something strange or unusual happens, he responds to it in a carefree manner. He also has a habit of telling humorous experiences he has had to Leah

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Tala– Shimmer’s pet gibbon monkey. She has green eyes and wears white pearls like Shimmer does.

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Nahal– Shine’s white Bengal tiger cub. She wears pink jewels and a gold circlet, like Shine does.

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RECURRING CHARACTERS:

 

Rocket– Zac’s pet dog. His tendency to drool and chew on things often causes trouble. He has encountered Shimmer, Shine, Tala and Nahal at various times

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Mr. Crab – A hermit crab who claimed Zac’s Dream Shell in “Ahoy, Genies!” and was referred to as Claude by Zac. He refused to give up his shell to Zac and even manages to beat Zac in a staring contest for ownership of it.

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Kaz A genie in training who lives in Zahramay Falls who appears in Season 2 as Zac’s genie.

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Princess Samira – he ruler of Zahramay Falls, who is in charge of checking up on all the genies in training. She can grant wishes along with the younger genies. She occasionally rewards genies with magic Genie Gems that produce a variety of magical effects depending on the type of gem.

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Roya– Princess Samira’s pet peacock, who resides in her palace.

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Zeta the Sorceress- A resident of Zahramay Falls who wishes to be the most powerful person in Zahramay Falls (more powerful than any genie) and is the series first antagonist. Unlike most of the residence of Zahramay Falls, Zeta is a Sorceress instead of a genie, as she has no desire to grant the wishes of others. Her plans are almost always thwarted by Shimmer, Shine, and Leah.

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Nazboo– Zeta’s pet dragon, who caters to her every need and acts as Zeta’s underling. She is somewhat clumsy and often accidentally causes Zeta’s schemes to backfire. She can also get easily distracted by food and/or anything that piques her interest. She also enjoys getting occasional tummy rubs from Zeta.

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PLOT:

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The first season takes place in the human world and focuses on a young girl named Leah, who is friends with a pair of twin genies in training named Shimmer and Shine. Leah’s genies grant her three wishes every day, but they often mess up. Each episode features Leah working together with her genies to solve the problems they inadvertently cause, all while keeping Shimmer and Shine a secret from her next-door neighbor Zac.

In the second season, the characters are transported to Zahramay Falls, a magical land where Shimmer and Shine live. Leah reveals her genies’ existence to Zac, who is given a genie of his own named Kaz. Shimmer and Shine continue to grant Leah wishes in Zahramay Falls and befriend the sovereign of the land, Princess Samira. The season also includes Samira’s pet peacock, Roya; Zeta, a villainous sorceress; and Zeta’s dragon, Nazboo.

 

 

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Doing this review was a lot of fun. I actually find myself getting lost in the silliness of these two lovable genie’s-in-training.

Until, next week I bid you farewell. Have a wonderful hump day! Enjoy your family 🙂

Hope I didn’t bore you to much.

This week’s question: If you had to pick one house chore to never do again, what would that chore be and why?

Thanks for reading!!!

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Team Umizoomi Review: Should your child watch

Team Umizoomi Children’s Show Review:

 

Team Umizoomi is a children’s show on Nick Jr. where this super alien team helps children, around Umi City, solve everyday problems with their tiny superpowers.

Let me just say first before I get into this review that Allie loves Team Umizoomi so very much. At first, I didn’t like this show at all. It was so far-fetched and silly with these mini-aliens and their friend robot. who also drove around in a car that could talk to them. But, now I find myself walking around the house singing their silly theme songs.

 

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Let’s just get right into this….

Team Umizoomi first aired on Nick Jr. back in 2010 on January 25. They are Mini mighty math superheroes coming to save the day. They use preschool concepts of counting, measurement, shapes, patterns and comparisons to teach the viewer math skills.

 

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Each episode consists of a few or all of the following:

  • A task or quest to complete, in order to assist a child in need. Doing this requires smaller tasks along the way. There are sometimes unforeseen difficulties that must be dealt with to proceed. They generally involve math reasoning with patterns, sequences, counting, geometric shapes, and other age appropriate math skills.
  • They almost always “break the fourth wall” where the characters on screen communicate directly to the child viewing the show and encourage them to participate to help solve the problem.
  • A mixture of live action and animation. The team and the surroundings are animated, but the person being helped is often a real child, or even an adult. In the city or other crowd scenes, other real people are shown in the background. In comparison, the team is less than a foot tall.
  • Once the main problem has been completed, the team sings a song and performs a dance called the crazy shake which involves shaking and wiggling back and forth quickly.

In some episodes, a simple explanation is given of an everyday process. Such as, how milk gets from farm to market, or how packages are sorted at the post office.

 

Core Cast consists of:

Milli: A 6-year-old super alien who can use pattern power to solve problems

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Geo: Milli’s 8 year old brother, who can use shapes to build things they might need to solve the problem

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and…

Bot:His abilities are more functional than math-related. His arms and legs can be extended to reach things, by saying “Arms Extendo” or “Legs Extendo” Sometimes “Jaw EXTENDO!”. He has a small receiver (like a satellite dish) on his head to receive calls (called the Umi Alarm). He also has a screen on the front (called a “Belly Belly Belly Screen”) that they can view videos/pictures on as well as have a video call with someone who needs their help. He also has a storage compartment on the back of his body, called a Bot-o-mat, which frequently is carrying whatever the team happens to need.

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The Trouble makers: Their only goals in life are to cause havoc, chaos, and trouble in Umi City, as well as defeat Team Umizoomi. They have a secret weapon called the Trouble Ray, which fulfills their malicious trouble making ways

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Door mouse: he always seems to be around to hinder things even further when there is a locked door or something in the way

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Umicar: the talking car that drives team Umizoomi around Umi City

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This show is very educational and teaches helpful skills for children. Not just the math skills, but sharing, caring and safety as well.

 

I actually enjoy this show. It is only annoying because kids shows these days don’t seem to update very often. I’ve watched the same episodes of a few different shows for about 2 weeks now. But, Allie doesn’t seem to mind. She loves watching the shows no matter what episode it is at the time.

 

In conclusion, I think this show is very good for children around 2 to 4 who are just picking up on some skills. Allie is 2 and she has learned so much from just the short time she has been watching Team Umizoomi.

Now here are some coloring pages for you to print out and give to your Umizoomi loving child 🙂

 

http://www.coloring-book.info/coloring/coloring_page.php?id=292

 

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If your little one loves Team Umizoomi as much as Allie does I have a great deal for you.

I am planning on buying this for Allie this Christmas and I highly recommend it.

 

 

 

Hope you have a wonderful day!

 

Kristen

 

Allie’s Mommy 😛

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Zoo of Philadelphia: A family trip to the Zoo

Zoo Trip:

Hello all! I hope you are all staying cool on this very hot day.

Today Mommy Daddy and Allie took a trip to the zoo. Might have been a bad idea with the heat. But, Allie had a good time. That is all I really care about anyway.

A little about The Philadelphia Zoo:

“The Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, the Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. Cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and much more make the Zoo Philadelphia’s leading family attraction with over 1.35 million visitors last year.

Like many other Philadelphia landmarks and institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo is an American first. The charter establishing the Zoological Society of Philadelphia was approved and signed on March 21, 1859. Due to the Civil War, however, it was another 15 years before America’s first zoo was ready to open.

It opened its gates on July 1, 1874. The Frank Furness Victorian gates and gatehouses, and the Zoo’s location, are the same today as they were on the day it opened. One of its assets, then and now, is John Penn’s home, The Solitude, which sat on the land chosen for the Zoo. John Penn was the grandson of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania. The Solitude is considered to be Philadelphia’s most precise and elegant expression of neoclassical style.

On opening day, flags flew, and a brass band welcomed more than 3,000 visitors. Admission was 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for children, a rate that held for the next half century. Visitors came on foot, on streetcars, by horse and carriage, and every 15 minutes by steamboat on the Schuylkill River, landing at the Zoo’s own wharf. The Girard Avenue Bridge opened three days later.

Since the early 1700s, the idea of an American zoo was inspired by English settlers with a keen interest in wildlife and by sailors and hunters who returned from faraway lands with exotic animals they’d never seen before. People would gather and pay shillings to see animals such as lions and elephants displayed at places like general stores and museums. As a hub of scientific inquiry and discovery over many years, Philadelphia’s well-known leaders of the time began to formulate the idea of a zoo. In the mid-1850’s, a prominent Philadelphia physician, Dr. William Camac-the Zoo’s founding father-became involved and led the way to making America’s first zoo a reality.

In its first year of operation, it had 813 animals and received well over 228,000 visitors. Today, the Zoo has more than 1,300 rare and endangered animals, and its attendance is approximately 1.35 million visitors a year.”

 

I got a lot of great pictures this time. Most of the other times we went to the zoo, we weren’t able to see a lot of the smaller animals. This time I got some good pictures of little furry guys I really wanted to see.

 

We have a membership and we all love the animals so we usually go about 2-3 times a month weather permitting. Animals are so beautiful 🙂

 

Here we go….

 

This was Allie and mommy while we were getting ready to go.

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The lion statue outside of the Zoo is really cool

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Cute little meerkats 🙂

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This one was so cute rolling around in the dirt.

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The Giraffe just happens to be one of my favorite animals

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Canada Lynx

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Very tired Red Panda

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This was the first time we even got to see these guys at all. I was very excited to get their picture even though they were sleeping 🙂

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Hippo!!!

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These guys are very smart to stay under the water

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More Giraffes

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Look at that rhino 🙂

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Such a pretty Zebra!

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Here’s looking at you, kid.

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Philadelphia Zoo Balloon

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Silly bear

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Lazy Tiger day

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Look at her face. She is such a beautiful lion!

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Really cool statue made of recycled objects

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Lovely Lions

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Lucky Lemurs 🙂

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Amazing Orangutan 🙂

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Silly guy wearing a bowl on his head 🙂

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I’m not sure exactly what these guys are :/

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Gorilla dudes

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I was waiting for this guy to turn around but he didn’t want to 🙂

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He seems so deep in thought 🙂

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I feel like he looked into my soul 🙂

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Lemurs again

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Turtles!!!

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So big!

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Enjoying the water fountain

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Spider monkies

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So that is all for today. I will definitely do this type of post again. I love documenting a trip like this and sharing it.

Have a wonderful weekend. Hope I didn’t bore you to much.

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

 

P.S. Let me know what topics you would like to read about in the future, Always open to new ideas. 🙂

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.