Real life has been keeping me on my toes lately.
Dear son celebrated his 9th birthday last week. It was a week-long "holiday" with my mom here for a visit, plenty of outdoor activities, and exciting field trips.
We went to the zoo on the little ones actual b-day and enjoyed the new African exhibit.
The lions were really cool (and massive!).
The giraffes were in a friendly mood...
and the vulture adequately scary looking.
I don't know what it is about the zoo, but I thoroughly enjoy going.
We went on a couple of nature walks and enjoyed the cooler fall temperatures.
We went on a hayride to a pumpkin patch and picked a few pumpkins. There is something special about walking through the fields, looking at all the pumpkins growing on the vine, and finding other surprises of nature when you look through the eye of a lens...
After the pumpkin patch, we headed into historic Lebanon...
where all sorts of festivities were on-going; including a civil war encampment...
and Applefest, which was wall-to-wall people (look at that line of cars waiting to get into the city).
We went down several streets and met up with a couple of clowns...
who happily obliged in making dear son's, and his cousins', balloon requests for a sword, puppy and monkey respectively.
One of the most interesting things we did last week was to go on a field trip to Fernald.
Fernald was an uranium processing plant in the 50's through 80's. It was closed down by the EPA in the 80's and clean-up has been on-going since then. It is now a nature preserve! None of the buildings are left. They've all been torn down and buried in a secure type of cocoon.
There is a welcome center/museum and a water treatment plant (the underground aquifer is still contaminated and cleanup of that is ongoing). You can read more about Fernald HERE and HERE if it interests you. The naturalists that were on hand were very informative and the kids got to see a monarch butterfly hatch from it's chrysalis. The prior building sites are now ponds, swamps and marshes that were formed from rain and attract all kinds of birds and wild life. I found the field trip quite fascinating.
My husband drove my mom to the airport this morning and we are getting back into our routine. I hope you are all doing well and making the most of every moment!