The Zoo

Yesterday we spontaneously took a trip to our local zoo. It’s a small zoo about 45 minutes away, and we have a yearly membership. Members are nice because you don’t have to worry about getting your money’s worth with each visit.

I joked on Facebook that my kids apparently had a rule to sit on every concrete animal.

Based on the comments, it’s a pretty common thing with kids. One friend joked that her kids had recently visited more concrete animals than real ones during a zoo visit.

Afterwards we went to one of those really-expensive-dump-on-your-own-toppings yogurt places.

I am so confused why all of those places are YOGURT. Why not ice cream? I really don’t like frozen yogurt. I think I’m going to open my own shop with ICE CREAM. Who’s with me?

Lemonade Stand

Today at the spur of the moment Campbell and I decided to have a lemonade stand. It was a sunny day, Chris and Evan were gone, and she’s been asking to have one for awhile. It was pretty easy…we printed off some free signs, made some instant lemonade, and set up shop! We decided to donate all of the proceeds “to the animals”, as Campbell said (really to a local animal shelter). I took a picture to post on Instagram and Facebook to spread the word. We also sent a text to some family & friends.

It only took a few minutes before the business started rolling in!


Truth be told most of our visitors were friends & family that saw our posts on social media, but it was still fun!

I told Campbell that a “friendly wave” would encourage people to stop and buy lemonade.

And many did stop! Evan helped too.

We were only out there for about 90 minutes because it started to rain, but we made $83 for the animal shelter in that time! I had no idea we’d be that busy or that people would lay down 5’s and 10’s and even a $20 for a cup of lemonade. Our sign just said donation only and not a price–I think that was a good move. We also had so much fun visiting with friends, family, and neighbors. Most hung out a bit and had their lemonade on our lawn.

It will be so much fun to bring $83 to the animal shelter (and hard to leave without taking an animal home). Have you ever had a lemonade stand? I remember wanting to do it as a kid, but I don’t think I ever did. We have big plans to do another later this summer!

Weather Forecast Accuracy

Yesterday while the kids were at their camps, dance for Campbell and soccer for Evan, I decided to go for a run. The sky looked really cloudy and dark. I don’t mind running in the rain, but storms aren’t my favorite. I checked the radar, which showed nothing, not even a speck. The hourly forecast said 0% chance of rain for several hours. Still, somehow, I ended up running most of my run in a light rain.

It was pretty pleasant, but confusing. How is it possible to be THAT cloudy when nothing at all showed on the radar? I don’t really understand weather. For example, there has been light rain today, and the radar looks like this:

That is more how I expect a rainy-day radar to look.

Anyhow, on that topic, which weather website do you like the best? I used to use weather.com, but their links on the page drove me nuts. My least favorite types of stories on Facebook are those with the lame titles, like “_______ and you won’t believe what happened next!” The weather.com website is full of them. How can I take weather seriously from that type of website? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a screenshot of today’s weather.com page (that part of it at least):

I recently discovered the National Weather Service website.

Everything you need is all on that main page, no clicking around, and there are no ads or links to stupid stories. That still doesn’t solve yesterday’s rain issue, though, as the radar is the same on all weather sites.

Meanwhile, the kids were having fun at camp. Here is Campbell at dance camp, loving pom poms of all things:

Evan was at a soccer camp:

I seriously cannot imagine 3 hours of soccer or 4 hours of dance but both kids really loved their camps.

Anyhow. Have you ever run in rain when it didn’t look rainy on the radar? Which weather website do you like?