Today was all about having fun with company. The Mom (daughter of old college friends; yes, I said old); her two daughters: MickeyD (age 8 ) and Stinky Pants (pertaining to her attitude, age 3).
First, we went to an animal sanctuary which rescues and houses rejected big cats and other wild animals. They also train zoo keepers. The big lion, Sambo, was one of the MGM movie lions, appeared in a few commercials, and is quite the character. Visitors can actually feed them. From this video, you can see that every precaution is taken to protect the feeder so they don’t become the food.
Twelve years ago, last January, four little tigers were born. Two months later they were introduced to visitors at the animal sanctuary. I attended a birthday party for my daughter’s friend and we all got to pet these little 2-month old tiger cubs. Three out of those four cubs have survived and are still at the sanctuary. Here is Xena, the only girl, and definitely the boss over her two brothers.
Xena the bengal tiger
Now the girls (MickeyD and Stinky Pants) rode the panther. Not real of course, but as close as they are going to come to a big cat.
Afterwards, we decided to go pick strawberries. Obviously, some people pick more than others.
Mom and Daughter
Stinky Pants and the Berry
Looked at how many I picked!
Exhausted, we all took naps (except MickeyD) when we got home.
As part of my housecleaning, my daughter is getting rid of her Beanie Babies. So I let MickeyD and Stinky Pants pick through them and see what they wanted. This little snippet is typical of 3-year-old behavior. Watch when Stinky Pants finds a seal and a manatee, decides which one to keep, and then the final decision.
And to top it off, we had pizza for dinner. Now that is a fun day!!!!