No surprise that music would serve as the bookends to our recent activities, huh? Our buds Jeremy, Allison and Nick were through our parts again. Ella girl loves a good musician sleepover!
The morning after their gig, she impatiently waited for their sleepy heads to awaken. And she took a special liking to Nick, the kid-kitten whisperer, for sure. It was tough for them to leave, as usual. It is never long enough.
|Watching her buddies leave...|
|One of Ella's favorites - Joshua!|
Then there was the trip to see the baby red pandas. What a great idea I had!! It was an adventure with KatieRoz, Ava, Thomas, and a new friend, Malina. We planned it sometime ago and even waited hoping that the new babies would be more active by waiting. We enjoyed the zoo visit (about an hour north of us) very much. The weather was perfection.
|Malina, Ella, Roz and Ava turtle riding.|
Let me just write about the peacocks a little here. Wow. They were everywhere. Walking free. Ella, Ava and I fed them straight from our hands. It was surreal. I've never been THIS close to one in my life. We are still talking about them.
|Ella and Malina were not the cooperative chicks like Ava and Roz.|
After all this fun, we headed to our reason for coming: red pandas. We circled the exhibit several times looking up in the trees, down on the ground and under bushes. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Hysterical laughter broke out from the parents (not so much from the kids). Katie was good enough to stage Roz's red panda in their backyard once we returned home. You know, so we didn't feel completely jilted from seeing one. In the end, it didn't matter one bit. We made incredible memories and met a new friend.
Our last musical escapade happened this past Sunday. It was a fundraiser that Larry helped out with. It was 12 full hours of music at one of our favorite watering holes. Ella and I supported the cause for a few hours and hung out with our buds.
|Taylor and Ella.|
She left a happy girl!
Happy Wednesday, folks! ~H