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Palm Desert Zoo

Tucked away in some back corner of Palm Desert, there is a little tiny zoo called “The Living Desert”.  I never even knew it existed until someone mentioned it when I was complaining about the high prices and distance to the LA or San Diego zoos.  It’s actually a very cute little place, and I think it could be an awesome place to go for a hike because they have these little back trails that a person could take, and some gorgeous gardens to view.

One thing that made me laugh is that they have an “honor system”.  There is no gate at the front to give tickets to, instead there’s just a booth off to the side to buy tickets, but it could easily be bypassed and a person could walk straight into the zoo without a worry in the world, and more money in their pocket.  Of course, we bought our tickets but we thought that it was pretty funny that anyone could just walk in.

We ended up inviting all of our neighbors to go with us, since they all have kids around Isaac’s age and we thought it would be nice for him to have someone to share his excitement with, and it was a little less taxing for us.  It was definitely an adventure keeping 5 boys under wraps!

The ride to Palm Desert wasn’t that bad, about an hour through the desert.  Anyone that knows Palm Springs area knows that there are these awesome windmills that kids seem to love.  But my ‘mommy’ Gina always tells me that they look like aliens and creep her out!  What an imaginations she has.

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We all took pictures of the boys together, so that way if one got separated we could identify what they were wearing to the employees of the zoo.  All those handsome boys!  They were like watching puppies when they wiggle their butts around because they want to move but you won’t let them.

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loved the Foxes! I couldn’t help myself from singing the infamous song “What does he Fox Say? Ring ting ting ting ting ting ting…..” 

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They had a very cute petting zoo with the usual goats.  And this one you didn’t have to pay for! Inside they had these little rubber brushes so that the guests could brush the goats.  There was one specific mean one that everyone stayed clear of.  Isaac loved them, but Kaelyn did not want to touch the goat.

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They had these immensely large cattle.  I couldn’t believe the size of their horns.  The zookeeper said that they were a domestic cattle from Africa, and that the horns were hollow on the inside with a kind of honeycomb texture.  Well there’s a fact for you!

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Everyone got to take pictures with the fake camel but Isaac was really upset when I got in the picture with Kaelyn

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The camel rides seriously made my day.  It was a mixture of the hilarity of hubby being uncomfortable atop the hump, and the pleasure in seeing Isaac’s amazement while riding slowly in a circle.

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The cutest little train town!

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We ended up finishing up the day at the little park they had in there.  It was so cute!

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Overall I’d say that we had a great time while at the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert.  You couldn’t beat the price and the animals were easy to find, unlike some of the larger zoos.  If I didn’t have the kids or maybe even had a double stroller, we’d take advantage of the hiking trails that are part of the zoo as well.  Sometimes Isaac acted up and we wondered if he really deserved to be there, but the answer was always yes.

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Happy New Year!

I just wanted to pop in and say Happy New Year from The Savage Clan!

Last night we went to a friend’s house and had some awesome game time.  Everyone drank alcohol but I stuck to some soda and water since I’m still nursing.

Image My neighbors and us get along so well.  We have those awesome kinds of neighbors that give cookies out on Christmas, we all have kids around the same age so they all play together, and everyone legitimately gets along well.  I wish that our house and landlord were just as amazing because I’m sure I would never leave!  But hubby wants to move closer to his university and our house is kind of terrible and the landlord doesn’t ever want to fix anything and puts up a fight every time.

 

My New Years Resolution:

To spend less time on the computer, more time with my kids, and to have more patience so that I don’t yell at Isaac so much!

 

I feel so bad when I yell at him now, and he gives me that look.  The big wide eyes and “I can’t believe you yelled at me” look.   He has been so bad lately, and pushing at my every button, that I feel like it’s a constant battle with him.  He’s even taken to hitting his sister when he gets frustrated.  I explained to him “She’s a baby, she get’s hurt very easily, so when you get frustrated or angry at her just come and talk to me or daddy, or you can go play with another toy.” It’s working so far *rolls eyes* but we’ll see.

 

On another note: Kaelyn got to try eggs for the first time today! Yay!  She loved them!

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I hope everyone has an awesome New Year!  I would love to hear some resolutions everyone has and their plans to keep them!

 

 

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Facebook is proof that the world is terminally bored.
— Unknown

So I’ve decided.

My personal Facebook is being deleted today!  Not because of the drama like some people would think, but because of my own personal choice.  I spend way too much time on my phone and computer checking Facebook statuses and talking to people that I haven’t seen in person for years.

So the blog will become my new kind-of Facebook!  That’s what it was intended for right? To post amazing memories of my kids? The things I learn everyday from new experiences?  So…Goodbye Facebook.  It has been an amazing experience talking to people for years who probably didn’t even talk to me much in Highschool!

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3 Year Old + Super Glue= No Fun!

You know that superglue stuffed in your drawer for fixing things like broken toys or sometimes the occasional glasses?  Well today, Isaac discovered it inside of my drawer and got it all over his fingers!

I’m freaking out thinking doctor’s visits, skin removals, and screaming while my husband calmly goes on the computer to look up ways to get rid of it.

We tried soaking his hands in warm water and soap with a little vinegar…No go!

We tried nail polish remover…nope!

We tried to file it with an emery board…still no! 

Do you want to know what worked?  Butter!

I rubbed his fingers with butter and let it sit for a little while, and then I went to work.  The super glue peeled off slowly yet surely, while I was watching for any winces of pain from my brave little boy.

Too busy saving him from the unknown pain he would have no doubt endured at the doctor’s…I forgot to take a picture of his crazy hands.  The superglue made his hands look like those dry, cracked old hands that people get when they don’t moisturize lol.  My poor baby!  

But he toughed it out!  And you know what he told me?  “Mommy, I love superglue.”

 

Nooooo!  Must find a higher up spot for it now!

 

What kind of things worked for you to get crazy stuff off your kids?  I’m just waiting for the gum in the hair from Kaelyn when she gets older so I can stuff some peanut butter in her hair, while threatening to shave it all off!

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Play Day

I don’t know why but yesterday I had some problems trying to post onto here!  I don’t know whether it was my internet connection or what, but I would click “Publish” and it would load…and load…and load…and load until finally I gave up and went to bed haha.  Anways, onto the post that I really made last night!

Yesterday I decided to take a little break from the purging and organization.  I was about to go organize the toy room when my son came up to me and said “Can we play, mommy?” and I don’t know why but that right there made me decided not to organize.

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Camel Spider

Camel Spider

First off…please excuse the food on my carpet. My 3 year old is a master of getting crumbs everywhere!

So yesterday my son and I were getting him ready to eat dinner, and I was moving a towel by his eating area. Then Isaac started screaming bloody murder and saying:
“Mommy! It’s a spider! A big big spider!”
I didn’t believe him at first because I couldn’t see it, and then it moved slowly and menacingly underneath the coffee table.
This made me and my son JUMP up on the couch with lightning fast speed because all I could think was “brown recluse” or “scorpion”! I proceeded to scream for my husband and he didn’t hear me, so I actually had to go find him to kill the darn thing.
Upon first inspection I thought it was a potato bug, and then I researched further and my brother (who’s done his time in Iraq and Afghanistan), said that it’s a small camel spider.
WHAT? That sounds CRAZY!
So what do I do?
I google it.
Apparently they aren’t venemous but their bites are nasty and hurt, and they can also get really infected. And we only get the small ones in Southern California…
Oh great..Just the small ones.
So now I am SO careful when I pick up anything.
So scary!