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Much needed break!

Hello all - glad to be back in "blogland".  I took a much needed break last week and rested my eyes, brain and spent quality time with family and friends!  I am back and we are back to school this week.  Believe it or not it was almost 70 degrees here in NYC today!  I took the kids to the Bronx Zoo and we had a great time!  In fact, we did not even see another visitor there for an entire hour!  The place was empty!

This was the sky this morning off my deck...colors were indescribable. 

The Polar Express is playing at the 4-D Theater at the Zoo. 
We saw it last year and again today!  

This picture was not taken with a zoom lens. This is how close you can get 
to these apes.  Only a few inches of plexaglass between us.

Silverback - massive, in awe of him.

Right after the picture of the Silverback behind Zachary, Zachary moved and the ape
turned to the glass and started pounding on his chest. I would have thought
we were in a movie. SOOO COOL!  A little on the scary side....

I pray you had a thankful holiday week and looking forward
to what is to come!

This is the tree in our bedroom. We have 4 trees up so far in the house and 1 more to go!


Lindsay said…
What a great trip to the zoo! Looks like you guys had fun!
Tracy said…
Such beautiful photos and fun! Glad you had the park to yourself! Happy Advent to you!
The Adventurer said…
Love zoo trips always so much fun. We watch Polar Express every year on Christmas eve:) Can't believe you have 4 Christmas trees up already I haven't even gotten my single tree out of the garage yet:) Thanks for linking up to the Home school Field trip hop:)
Jamie said…
Oh my,how awesome is that ape photo.I would love to get up and that close with the animals.Sounds/looks like you had a fun day.

Polar Express ROCKS,we watch it all the time.
marymakesmusic said…
Hi Melissa -- love your tree... I am sadly falling down on the job with one tree up (in our piano room - that's the main tree), and we have to get the two small trees in the kids rooms. But, that's it! :-)

I hope your blogging break was good. I'm taking it way easy with my blog, too - and it's freeing. I need time to play Legos, after all!

Love ya!
La Donna said…
This is amazing!!! I especially love the first pic. What a wonderful way to start your day and breathe in the fullness of God and His beauty. Love it all!!! Can't wait to meet those sweet kids of yours!!

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