Tuesday, April 7, 2009

LA Zoo

My mom went with the kids and I to the LA zoo today. She had gotten us a year pass for Christmas and this was our first trip.

Our day started off with finding ducks in our front yard! They were just sitting there and weren't afraid of us. My dad thinks they probably have eggs in the bushes.

Can't you just feel the excitement?!

This little guy was so cute! They had just brought him out and he looked so gleeful!

In the prairie dog hole

While my mom walked Karrots around the Australia area I sat and nursed Rusty. A lady came up with the exact same stroller as us and asked to sit and nurse her baby next to me. It turns out she was there with her mom, who got them a year pass, and other daughter. Her kids were around the same age as ours. How fun is that?! We kinda hung out together talking, nursing and changing diapers.

Anatolian Festival

This past Saturday we took the kids and my mom to the Anatolian Festival they were having at the Orange County Fair Grounds.

It was very educational. We have a cousin who is from Turkey so it was neat to get a glimpse into her heritage. A couple things that stood out due to our cousin was the prayer beads and the saying, "Mardin is the 7,000-year-old legendary province of seven religion, seven languages and seven cultures."

As you'll see in the Smilebox, the entrance was full of information. The walls were all written on like text books and there were gates to different eras, with princesses and princes standing guard in accurate garb.

The majority of the people there were Turkish and among them most women wore scarves on their heads and were covered head to toe. I ended up purchasing one of the scarves and some special soap which is supposedly their secret to great hair.

According to Today's Zaman, one of the world's oldest military marching bands, the Mehter Takimi, marched through the festival area every three hours. (Which we got a video of.) Equipment was shipped from Turkey in 17 containers and took 35 days to arrive and set up around $2 million.

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