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Monday, June 11, 2012

Peoria – Friday/Saturday afternoon

Whew, a little behind in the blogging world this week.  Let’s backtrack to last weekend.  The kids and I drove to Peoria for a packed but really fun weekend!  We arrived at my parents house around 3 on Friday afternoon and soon welcomed my brother, Philip, home.  We hadn’t seen him since Christmas, so it was great to see him and introduce him to his new niece.  Philip wanted Monical’s Pizza for dinner and then we all just hung out for the evening.
blurry but adorable
Saturday morning, my mom woke up early with Owen and gave me a glorious extra hour of sleep!  What would we do without moms? :)  Then we got ready to head to Wildlife Prairie Park!  This was a favorite activity of all the cousins while growing up.  Whenever we stayed with my grandparents, they took us here.  It’s a 2,000-acre zoological park that is supposed to be home to over 150 animals.  Hmm, we didn’t see nearly that many.  Maybe 7 species total.  I think this park was in it’s hay-day in the 80’s/90’s, but we still had a good time!

We walked some of the trails which kept us out of the rain that had started.  There was some really pretty forest and a few animals.
looking for the cougar
Ellie snuggled in and slept the whole time
yes, donkeys eat kleenex
here piggy piggy
After we walked around most of the park, we headed back to the visitor center to meet up with my aunt, cousin, and grandma who were just driving into town!  This is pretty exciting stuff because we haven't seen them since my wedding 4 years ago!  They obviously haven't met my kiddos.  It was so wonderful to see them.  (More pictures of them in the next couple posts.)
petting a turtle
This was adorable.  Owen went around kissing all the animals in the stone animal garden:


the bison got close during their feeding time
time to ride the train!
he loved his first train ride!

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