We decided to stay over night at gramma's and run a ton of errands in the city on Tuesday so we did not get home until quite late. The one good thing about all that driving is that we listen to audio books. The selections for this week were an unabridged version of Peter Pan and a BBC radio production of Peter Pan in Scarlet. I was quite surprised to hear what the real Peter Pan story was like, Disney has certainly changed a lot in it. Are you aware in the real tale the pirates, red skins and lost boys actually kill each other and Tinker Bell calls Peter a silly ass on a regular basis.
On Wednesday we watched a dvd of Peter Pan and then had a discussion comparing and contrasting the various versions of the tale that we knew. The kids really got into dissecting the differences and we talked about the fact that although the main story line is the same the general tone of the story changes within the various versions.
The kids also completed 2 lessons in horizons, and H did lesson 54 in his OPGTR. He is once again struggling so we will be working on this lesson a few times before moving on like we did with 53.
Thursday we had a fantastic day. I suddenly announced just before lunch that everyone had to get their shoes one and brush their hair that I had a surprise for them. We drove to a town an hour away and grabbed a bite to eat and then drove for another 10 minutes and went to a petting zoo. This zoo is rather cool, initially it was a couple's hobby farm. They loved exotic animals and soon had several that had been abandoned, or that other's had gotten illegally and they were then asked to care for the animals by the gov't. Around the perimeter of the zoo is the dangerous animals, the lions, wolves, bear, macaw, peacocks, skunk, reindeer, camel, raccoons and a reptile house. In the center of the zoo is pens of farm animals that the kids can go into the pens and pet and feed the animals. We love it here but had not gone yet this year due to H's leg. We had a great day, though I think we arrived at nap time for the animals. Most of them were asleep when we got there. That made for some funny pictures though.
|A petting a tortoise|
|Alligator. I feel bad for this guy, his habitat is way too small, but they told me they are building a new one for next year. They just finished building a new big one for the bear.|
|Lioness happy as can be taking a nap|
|C's favorite animal of the day|
|C trying to feed the ducks|
|Duck egg in their little hut|
|Lion 'smiling' If you smiled at him he gave you this face|
|Kids watching wolf|
|Wolf watching kids|
|I feeding goats|
|A petting goat|
|A using the telescope|
|C using the telescope|
|H using the telescope|
|C and me|
|H & I watching the stars|
|Saw a satellite fly by|
|I using telescope the rest doing Thriller|
|A & I stargazing|
|The whole crew|