Saturday, March 21, 2009

Sleep Over!

Last weekend Julia had her good friend Sophie spend the night. During the day Julia and I (along with Sophie and her family) went to an open house at Circus Juventas, a performing arts youth circus school. There was a number of different activities for the kids and there were some performances for everyone to watch too. Julia got a pretty fancy paint job done on her face, which may be able to be seen below. Here's Julia getting to practice a little trapezing.

Sophie and Julia had a lot of fun. They did a lot of dressing up and dancing. The evidence is found in the below videos.

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The girls sharing a chair.

And now slathering paint on paper.

And finally having a snack and watching a movie before bedtime.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Trip to the Zoo

Last weekend we went to the Minnesota Zoo. It was one of the first warm weekends of the end of the winter, so the zoo was very busy. We decided to go outside and go through the zoo's newest exhibit, Russia's Grizzly Coast. We figured it would soon be mobbed in there too, but were surprised that it was nearly empty. Apparently the 35 degree temperatures were cool enough to keep people inside that morning. It was really nice having it nearly to ourselves.

At the entrance to the exhibit, Julia pretended to kiss the baby bear statue.

The kids got to see the bears very close up.

Mandy and Finn sat and watched the sea otters play in the water.

Finn and I posed while trying to find the tiger down below us.

Julia climbed aboard a tortoise statue at the start of the indoor Tropics Trail.

Finn was a big fan of the sun bear, maybe because it was much closer to his size.

The three peak over the railing at the flamingos down below.

When we got home, we were all pretty tired. Mandy and Finn snuggled up and fell right asleep on the couch.

Stay tuned! Julia has a friend over this weekend - there should be some good pictures of the two of them!