How much do you get paid?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Today I washed 3 huge loads of laundry
fed the boys breakfast, lunch, dinner 
plus countless snacks and cups of milk
wrapped up a plate of Peanut Butter Cake for hubs work
vacummed the house
cleaned the kitchen
sanded, primed, and painted...
a table
a chair
an old shutter
{plus 10 toes and 2 flip flops}
diaper changes
cuddles, kisses, hugs and tickles
along with a bunch of other things that I don't remember
and that was all before we went to the zoo.

And here is how much I got paid today.
 One squeaky clean baby giraffe 
and a shiny penny from the laundry.

But as a Momma, 
I'm not counting my riches in dollars and cents 
{good thing, right?}  

Because I've got all the riches I could need right here.

Today, for the 3rd time in seven days {whoa!} 
the boys and I went to the zoo.  

And for the first time ever, 
we finally had the chance to do something 
we've talked about doing for years... 
meet Daddy there after he got off of work.  

We love living close enough to the zoo 
now to be able to do this!  

The boys are all about the "cat family" these days, 
like the Snow Leopard and the Mountain Lion 
{eek!  I am so afraid of them}.

And as much as the animals are fascinating to look at, 
I could check out the gorgeous plants 
and flowers all evening long.

But instead, we acted silly, cuddled on statues of extinct animals, and channeled our inner Buddy the Elf {because we love Buddy, even in the middle of summer}.

The highlight of the night time zoo for the boys almost every time is this lion, Imbari, whose roar can be heard throughout the zoo and who puts on quite a show every evening.  
Sam knows the zoo keeper well {since we're there ALL the time} and could tell you so much about this big guy.

But here are my highlights 
from the zoo tonight...

This reindeer.
 Hard to see him in this picture, but when we saw him Sam asked if I thought they should put a cage that went all the way up and around them  
 "So the reindeer don't fly away."

This hyena.

Because it reminded me to tell Ben that Jake started talking about China today, except instead of pronouncing it correctly, he insists that it is called Chi-E-na {rhymes with hyena}.  And it is the cutest thing ever to hear him telling us facts about 

This shoe.
Because it holds a ridiculously cute chubby little foot of 
the most adorable little curly haired boy.

So even though I get paid in pennies and plastic toys,
I am Momma.
And I wouldn't trade my job for anything in the world.

Megan said...

SO cute!!! Most days I get paid in many paper airplanes & scribbled & colored "cards" from the boys! We have the best job ever, don't we!?! :)

Anonymous said...

This post is wonderful. That last picture of you with your boys is so great!

Naiman Family said...

I loved this post, Laurie. :)

Amber said...

I LOVE this!!Your blogs make me super happy.

Jen said...

So the reindeer don't fly away!! Haha! What a cutie!

tanyarose said...

I love it!!! I was cracking up at Chi-E-na! Thank you for always sharing your priceless memories in the making :) !!!

Karima said...

Hi, what great photos! Saw you on linky party, now google and facebook following you. Please pop by, Karima :)


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