{Petting} Zoo Afternoon

Earlier this week on Tuesday, a friend and I decided to cruise on down (or up, I guess) to the Westsyde Petting Zoo here in Kamloops. (Also known as the Little Farmers Petting Zoo!) Neither of us had ever been before, so in an effort to trump boredom with our husbands were away at work, we decided to give it a go!

The “zoo” is located at the Westsyde Centennial Park right by the entrance. Really, you can’t miss it! The animals are more or less unattended, so you can’t actually go in the pens and pet them, but there are a variety of $1 and $0.25 machines around their enclosures with pellets and seed that you can feed to them. (The zoo is run by volunteers, and the food machines are how it gains income.)

There’s a HUGE number of goats at the farm, and while we were there we were able to see a few cute little baby goats, as well as a couple of VERY pregnant momma goats! There are also a couple of emu’s (which reminded me of velociraptors) and tons of different exotic birds, including peacocks, “fancy” chickens, pheasants, turkeys, and geese. While it wasn’t out-of-this-world amazing, it was still fun to see all the cool birds. Will I go back? Most likely when Isla is older. I can always pack a picnic lunch and make a better day out of it for sure!

Now for some pictures: (If you’re using a reader, click through to my actual page for a better view)

If you’re looking to have a fun afternoon at a relatively low cost, definitely check out the Westsyde Petting Zoo!


(Long) Weekend Wind-Up

This past weekend was a holiday one here in BC, so that means that Monday was a day off for those who could take advantage of it! Of course, since I’m on maternity leave every day is a proverbial day off, but it doesn’t mean I can’t try to enjoy it, right? Right! Of course, the May long weekend is usually cursed with less than summery weather, and this weekend was spot on. It rained, there was windy, and a little bit of sunshine here and here.

Anyway, I didn’t get up to much for the weekend. Kyle worked Thursday-Monday, and got off work this morning, so we didn’t have any extravagant plans. Generally, we don’t anyway. With the May-Long rain curse, we avoid things like camping and such – plus, it’s the first “big” tourist weekend of the summer, and that there be cray-cray.

I suppose the biggest thing is that my bestest good friends got engaged on Saturday!! I’m not going to lie, but I was totally surprised when Callie called me and told me the good news, but I’m so excited and happy for her and Dave. Whenever someone I know gets engaged it just makes me all giddy with the memories of my own wedding and how much of an amazing day it was.

On less exciting topics, I gave my take on Silver Linings Playbook (the movie) for my friends over at We Came from the Basement, so please feel free to jump on over there and let me know what your thoughts on the movie vs. book are!

I’m also pretty sure that Isla is cutting more teeth, because after two weeks of sleeping all night and being a happy, awesome baby, she’s now back to waking up in the middle of the night in a rage, drooling, and being quiet testy. I think I almost hate teething more than Isla does. Almost.

On a lamesauce note, I really want to give some people the big ol’ “F-YOU”, but I won’t because I’m a nice person most of the time and doing that would only cause more problems.

Time to put pyjamas on, crawl into bed and read a book before bed.


Roadtrip Recap!

This past weekend my mom, Isla, and I travelled down to Vancouver for a couple days of shopping and fun! The drive down on Saturday was gross – windy and rainy, but worth it! Isla slept pretty much the entire time, waking up just outside of Hope, so we stopped in Chilliwack for lunch, and then she fell asleep again until we were about 10 minutes away from the hotel. One of my bestest friends came and met us at our hotel downtown, and the four of us shopped Robson Street until it was time for dinner!

Saturday we met up with my brother and his girlfriend at the Vancouver Aquarium. It was so cool to see all the animals and fish there, and Isla was enjoying until she got over-tired and had a meltdown for a half-hour. She eventually passed out and we were able to finish the tour. After lunch in Stanley Park we headed out for more shopping at Pacific Center – where I resisted the temptations at Coach and Nine West and laughed at my mom’s obviliousness to their price tags as she walked into the stores.

On Sunday we hit up Ikea – LOVE IT. I swear, if I had drove our truck down it would’ve been VERY hard for me to not buy everything! Lucky, I held back and only spent about $100. The biggest price tag was the bookshelf I bought for Isla’s room, and I was worried that it wasn’t going to fit in the car, but we made it work! After that we visited with my grandpa and his gal for lunch before we hit the road back home. There was snow on the mountain pass, so we had to take the scenic route home through the Fraser Canyon. It added an extra hour to our trip home, and the weather was rainy, but we made it home just before 8pm Monday!

Isla did SO good on this trip, minus the meltdown at the aquarium. She travelled so good in the car, so I can’t wait to travel with her more in the future. It helps that she falls asleep almost immediately in the car.

Now for some photos: