Saturday, June 26, 2010

For the Love of Animals

Those who know Kyson know he's an animal fanatic, and has been for years. He's been to the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, The Wild Animal Park, The Living Planet Aquarium, and Hogle Zoo. Friday was the second time he'd been, but we could go every day and it wouldn't got old for him. I had Friday off, so we decided to enjoy some family time by frolicking with the animals. We got to see the baby elephant Zuri, and a bird show. They had a bird named Olga that walked like a clumsy puppy. It was really funny.It was a hot day - 95, so we didn't stay the whole day. It was so nice to just be together and enjoy some of the activities in the valley. I only wish I had more time and energy to do this kind of family bonding every day.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Bear Lake

In order to recuperate from our vacation to Yellowstone, we went to Bear Lake to enjoy the serenity of the cabin. It was just a few of us up there: my mom, and our family. We mowed the lawns fixed a doorknob, had Direct TV installed, watched movies, and played in the mini pool. We didn't even go down to the lake. Without the four wheelers, it's quite the hike to get there. We're there to relax, not hike to the lake. Our disc filled up on the camera so I don't have many pictures.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Yellowstone


Our annual family vacation this year was a simple one that kept the budget card in check. We went to Yellowstone with my parents, my sister's family and my grammy from New Hampshire.

It was a lot of fun, but a lot of driving. Our first stop was at Bear World. It's been quite a few years since we've been there, but the stop didn't disappoint. There is a part where you drive through an area that has a lot of wild animals. As luck would have it, a bear was crossing the road in front of Bill and Jen's truck (my sister and her hubby), and while they stopped to let the bear cross, another bear climbed into the back of their truck. Kodi was in their car with them so she could be in her car seat and she started crying in the chaos. She wasn't crying at the bear that was spreading snot on the back window, she was scared because everyone was screaming. Eventually the bear jumped down and there wasn't a single scratch on the new truck! After the drive we went tot he petting zoo, where Kyson turned into a little devil and whined and cried about everything. He wouldn't pet any of the animals except a chicken that bit him. The petting zoo was the only part I was really excited about because I thought he'd enjoy it so much. They've added rides too now. There are only 4 of them, but once Kyson got warmed up, he really enjoyed them.

After Bear World, we contiunued our journeys until we reached our fabulous campsite. When my dad called around to fine a place, he needed a place with RV hook-ups for my parents and my sister's family, and permission to set up a tent for our white trash family that can't afford a trailer. We had no idea that this sight would be so nice. I think it was an extra large parking lot for a motel, so they decided to make it into an "RV Park." We basically camped in a parking lot and watched people who were staying in the motel going to the pool and doing their motel things. We even had one man talk to my dad and ask if we were those polygamous Mormons (because there were so many of us). My dad couldn't really get a word in edge-wise to set the record straight, so of course my nephew, Bailey, had to play it up by yelling out of the trailer, "Who's sleeping with what wife tonight?" Kris, Kyson, and I were out in the tent and even though the temperatures were cold outside, it was so much fun. I think Kyson really enjoyed it. He'd completely cover himself in the covers and then jump out and attack Kris. it was pretty funny. I slept really well too. I like it cold when I sleep so it was perfect.
Getting into Yellowstone was a lot of fun. We saw a lot of buffalo. Kyson had been really excited to see "bears, deer, buffalo, and goats." We were able to grant those requests. There were buffalo so after a few herds we began to take them for granted. We did however, stop for one. It was a cool looking buffalo and we were able to take some cute pics.
We went to Old Faithful and saw the geyser, we went to many waterfall lookouts, and we saw deer, buffalo, bears, eagles, ravens, and many hot spots. Outside the park, was a little park/playground near our campsite. Every night we went over to the park and played. They had some teeter totters that don't look very high, but they really are. Kelly, Josh, and Bailey all fell off the teeter totters at one point. It was so funny. They also had those little animals that are on a spring so you can ride them. They were so small, but we still rode them. My dad even tried them but I didn't have my camera at the time.

There was also a museum in West Yellowstone that we went to. It was called the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. This place had live grizzly bears, wolves, and we saw the bears playing. The keepers would go and hide food in the exhibits and we'd watch them go search for the food. They had a playground, and a small indoor museum too. It was a pretty interesting place.
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Bug Bite or Rug Burn?

Yesterday when I got home from work, I noticed this circle on Kyson's arm. I asked Kris if he knew anything about it and he said that he thought it was a rug burn. I found it odd that it was a perfect circle, but I didn't question it any more than that.

Later that night Kyson wanted to go see Grandma and Grandpa so I took him to my parents house for a short visit. I asked my mom to look at the circle on his arm. She looked at it and said, "This is a bug bite." Then my dad looked at it and he said the same thing. It had a small dot in the center and it was a perfect circle. So I looked at it a little more closely and I thought the same thing. My mom suggested I get Kyson into the doctor the next day to have it looked at. That night as I drove home from my parents' house, I told Kris that my parents thought I should take him to have it checked out, and he started worrying about hobo spiders because our pest control guy had seen one in our garage, and last week Kris saw a spider in the house.

The more I thought about it, the more I decided it would be best to take him to the Instacare and be safe. Our copay is the same whether it's the family doctor or the Instacare. I got him in 5 minutes before they closed and didn't get home until 11:00pm. It was a rug burn.