A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was,
the sort of house I lived in,
or the kind of car I drove…
but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.
Today I'm returning to my Moments Noticed series which I launched back in April and then promptly abandoned. In this series I'll be pairing some of my best photographs with my favorite quotes. This honey bee on a lavendar flower was taken in one of our Canberra gardens. I love that you can even see the pollen baskets on the bee's hind legs.
Last month we spent a really fun evening at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. My sister-in-law is a nurse at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital so she was able to get all of us passes for a special evening event catering to kids with ongoing health issues. The zoo pulled out all the stops and offered free carousel rides, gave out free ice cream and cotton candy and brought out all of the interactive animal exhibits. So awesome!
Ari loved the carousel and rode several times.
Up close and personal with a barred owl.
We adore the Australian Adventure and so it was one of our first stops.
Inside the homestead we enjoyed wandering through the rooms stocked with Australian staples but also find it a bit funny that things as ordinary as Arnott's Biscuits, Keen mustard and other common staples are part of a tourist exhibit!
A kookaburra comes out to visit. While we were admiring the kingfisher, a sulphur crested cockatoo was screeching in the background and I was instantly transported to a Canberra woodland at dusk and had to think for a moment to remember where I really was!
The boys got to feed nectar to rainbow lorikeets.
Moving on from the land Down Under, the kids had the unique opportunity to feed lettuce leaves to the giraffes.
After saying farewell to our dear Joan in NY, we were pleased to have Ross visit us in Cleveland so that we could take him under our collective wings and prop him up with some much needed love and support.
It's always very special to hear the older generation share family stories while the youger ones get into mischief and create the stories that they will go on to share with the next generation.
Some photos from our time with Ross and extended family.
Penny, Lynne, Leah, Dave, Jan, Keith, Carl and Ross
Edward and Riker give Papa Ross squeezes.
Edward shares a silly secret.
Sophia getting cuter every day.
Riker and Ari at a family cookout.
Teagan paints Riker's face as Gecko from PJ Masks.
Back in May we received a visit from one of our oldest and dearest Aussie friends, Chris. This was his second time visiting us in the US and since we were the first stop on his itinerary, we let him sleep in and had a very relaxed few days together.
We had heard that there was a bald eagle nesting in the Metropark just a couple miles from our house, so we decided to head off for a walk one day to see if we could catch a glimpse.
Ari on the towpath trail.
A Canada goose with chicks in the canal.
The boys love when Chris visits! Extra attention!
Spring wildflowers in bloom.
We did spot the bald eagle and the three chicks but even with our super zoom lens it was hard to get a good shot.
Tired boy gets a lift.
Chris and Riker
Stopping to splash in the river.
Ari takes a break and flashes one of his reserved smiles.
Thanks for swinging past Cleveland Chris! Always great to see you!
Speaking of guests, we're on track for annual visits from Australian friends. Who's next?