A Meeting at the Zoo

Savannah and a Giraffe.  The zoo has really great exhibits!

 Sunday, Savannah had the first meeting at the Dallas Zoo to join the volunteer program.  She & I went while the other kiddos hung out with Aunt Patty and Uncle Jay.

Savannah had spent the week with Uncle Ken, Aunt Sherri and Stephanie.  Needless to say, she had a great week.  Jonathan covered her chores everyday, so now he gets a week of her doing his chores.  We drove up to pick her up on Saturday and along the way, we stopped at Half Price Books.

Sierra was given two gift cards to Half Price Books and a $5.00 coupon.  I wish those that had given her the cards could have been there to see her face.  She was just giddy as we left with her big stack of books and her little eyes were just shinning.  Between the Nook she was given and all the books she bought, she is looking at a long list of reading.  In reality, it will probably only take her about 2 weeks to read all this- unless I purposely slow her down. So, thank you Aunt Windy and the Kimberling Family.

All of us enjoyed visiting with the Kinsey’s.  After we left their house we headed to Aunt Patty’s.  She let us sleep at her house so that I did not have to drive all the way back in for Savannah’s meeting. As always, she was a great hostess.  The kids loved watching movies with her and Jay.  Patty and Jay are two of those kind of people that really make you feel good about yourself, they are very encouraging.

The meeting was really just basic information and a time to sign up for her interview.  However, we did get into the zoo for free and made it around to see the penguins, giraffes, and gorrillas.  As the leader of the meeting went throught the duties of each kind of volunteer, the duties of the Junior Zookeeper sounded basically like me kids chore list every morning.  Savannah is applying to volunteer at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. 

The Children’s Aquarium has several touch tanks and Savannah’s duties would include monitoring the tanks and interacting with the children.  In monitoring the sting-ray tank, she would have to get in with the sting-rays!  Excited doesn’t even come close to the way she feels at this prospect.  I am excited because it gives her some marine biology experience.  Finding hands on stuff for her in our land-locked area can be tough.  As she plans on following the path if marine biology to be a marine mamel behaviorist, these experiences will be very valuable in helping her get into programs later on down the road.  So, we will drive into Dallas once a week for about 13 weeks this summer.  I am looking forward to it because it will give me a great chance to take all the kids on many field trips to take in the art and sites of downtown.  It should be a lot of fun!

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