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09 September 2007 @ 04:52 pm
Zoo pics and sunny Washington  
Hey everyone!

*waves from sunny and beautiful Western Washington*

Seriously, the weather has been beautiful lately! Sunny and slightly breezy. Songs are written about days like these. I love early Fall in the Pacific Northwest mountains!!! :)

Joe and I went on a motorcycle ride yesterday because it was so perfect. I think he's getting old though. Our top speed at one time was only 145 mph.

Yep. Old age is setting in.

Oh! And Joe is bringing home a little dirt bike for Rowan now. She's been strapping on Griffon's armor and running around with it so oh yeah...she's ready.

We just got back from the zoo today. You really have to take advantage of days like today up here (firehead30 knows what I'm talking about). So we packed up four of the five kids and went to a small zoo up in our area.



I just love the zoo's lion cubs. Innit he cute?

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And here's my cub, Donovan. He's cuter. :)

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And another one of my cubs, Rowan:

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And here are my cubs trying to ride a bronze wallaby:


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The kids got to feed some alpacas and llamas. We kept having Donovan feed the animals until he was comfortable with it:

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I will be responding to fb on the last chapter of Justin's Baby today. I seriously have been rather busy.

Hope all is well with the flist and that you're having as beautiful weather as we are! :)
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shadownycshadownyc on September 10th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
That really does look like a very beautiful and special day.

Rowan and Donovan are absolutely ADORABLE!!!
Maria: Justin smilingslave_o_spike on September 10th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
God, it sooo was! It was wonderful!!! The whole weekend was great. God, I love this kind of weather!

Thank you. They are pretty adorable! :)
firehead30firehead30 on September 10th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
maria maria...
Maria....IT IS SO FREAKING BEAUTIFUL TODAY. I have sat on my front deck, gone for a very long walk, and just had wonderful thoughts!

How utterly fantabulous you took advantage of such a wonderful day. It is extremely windy here today, but all very good.


Joe and I went on a motorcycle ride yesterday because it was so perfect. I think he's getting old though. Our top speed at one time was only 145 mph. Holy shit Darlin....that is, well, freaking fast. I don't think I have taken the Passat over 92 and that was when I was playing tag a BMW. I realized I was like WAY too umm ripe, mature, um dignified to play tag and let my foot off the gas...holy shit 145. Was it fun??? :-)

Your cubs are delightfully adorable as always!

I am grilling tonight and we are having a picnic on the deck...that is if the wind doesn't blow us away :-)

Always so good to see your posts.

Maria: Justin smilingslave_o_spike on September 10th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
Re: maria maria...
It's not so much with the wind yet - just a little breezy so far but IT IS SO FREAKING BEAUTIFUL TODAY!!!!! We've been grilling a lot too lately and eat outside. I love summer and early fall for that reason (when it's not frikin raining, that is).

Oh fuck yeah it was fun! I love going fast on that thing. We used to go at about 170-180. See? Getting old. Then again, his FJ1200 (which we were on yesterday) doesn't go as fast as his YZF1100 (which he rides by himself and sits in the garage most of the time since he's not allowed to go so fast).

Thank you. They are cuties. :)

Have a great dinner out on the deck and ENJOY THIS WEATHER!!!!
critic75critic75 on September 10th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
So happy to hear from you and to know you are well and having fun playing with Joe and enjoying the day at the zoo with your cubs.
Does beautiful day mean that it wasn't raining? No, that's Oregon I'm thinking of. I wouldn't be able to do 145 mph without a change of underwear, but I'm sure it would be exciting, to say the least.
Maria: B/J ILUslave_o_spike on September 10th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
LOL! Change of underwear!

145 feels like your head wants to disengage from your helmet.

180 feels like your head wants to disengage from your body!

No rain here. Actually when people talk about constant rain, they're usually talking about Western Washington - yep. *nods head sadly* Then again, that's why it's so friggin green here. The Pacific Northwest as a whole gets more rain than anybody else, but it's here, next to the Puget Sound where we're the most wet. And we live in the mountains, so when it rains, it especially heavy here.

It was such a great weekend. Just fun with the family. :)
trishwish: Brian and Gustrishwish on September 10th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
Great pics! Thanks for sharing! :)

HUGS
Trish
Maria: B/J cha cha chaslave_o_spike on September 10th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
*hugs you back*

Thank you! :)

(Days like this really make me happy.)
my2cats: brian with sunglassesmy2cats on September 10th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
145 mph...ah I live for speed,lol

I grew up in Germany...speed is the name of the game there,lol

It looks like you had a perfect day.Your cups are cuties and adorable!
Maria: Bad Mommyslave_o_spike on September 10th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
Germany? Oh yeah! And they know how to ride fast there!

Thank you! They are so cute. Too bad they'll grow up into teenagers eventually. LOL!
Create Your Reality: mood hellocourt1429 on September 10th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
Great photos! Your babies are beautiful. I guess I've been old my entire life, then, because I never, ever want to *really* go that fast on anything. except I kinda do. must be thrilling but scary
Maria: Chicken Little dancingslave_o_spike on September 10th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
It is quite scary...which of course, makes it quite thrilling. I love the sensation because it almost feels like you're flying.

But then, I've always been a crazy shit. :)

Thank you!!! Like I've said before, they're cute and sweet NOW, and then they grow into teenagers and become something quite horrific all on their own. *winces*
zortranazortrana on September 10th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
Awwww, all the cubs are cute, but yours are especially. How nice that you had such a lovely day!
145 on a motorcycle. Yikes! You are wild woman. I like that.

It's downright cool here for some reason. And some of my windows are stuck open...
Maria: Justin Uhmslave_o_spike on September 10th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
I'm not exactly sure where you live but I feel for you. Believe me. It was actually cold here at the end of August.

Cold!!!

Thank you - they're my heart for sure.

And yes, I am wild.

And probably stupid...
singlewoman: B/J kiss by paddiessinglewoman on September 10th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
Sounds as though you had a wonderful day, and your cubs are very cute! At least they didn't try to feed the lion cub, :).

Can't imagine going 145 on a motorcycle, they scare the pants off me! But as long as you enjoyed it, you go girl!
Maria: B/J ILUslave_o_spike on September 10th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
Thank you! And no, they didn't try to feed the lions. I made sure to let them know that. :)

I love bikes (sport bikes - not Harleys - yuck) and it is rather thrilling.

I just feel like I'll be one of those hypocrites when the girls and Griffon start riding on the road.

'Now, don't go too fast' and all that. *winces*
girloftheburbs: Lip Bitegirloftheburbs on September 10th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
What cute kids you have, Maria! Looks like you all had fun with the animals... :) The weather here is great too, now that the heatwave is gone. :P
Maria: Justin smilingslave_o_spike on September 10th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
Thank you!!! We did have fun. I especially loved the part when Donovan became more comfortable with feeding the animals.

And that's exactly it! Sunny days are great, but when it's too hot, it's hard to go out and enjoy the sun when you feel like you're cooking. It was in the 70's today but the sun was out, so it was perfect! I do hate talking about the weather because that's what you resort to when you can't think of anything to talk about (which is never for me - LOL) but I couldn't help it on days like today and yesterday. :)
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Chaos..panic..disorder...my work here is done.: Cami's Momjillapet on September 10th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
I'm still pushing for a betrothal between at least one of my kids and yours...

Could you imagine what gorgeous little slashers they would have? Umm...it 20-30 years, that is...
Maria: Golem and Spongebobslave_o_spike on September 10th, 2007 05:52 am (UTC)
They would be, wouldn't they? I don't think Rowan would be a candidate. But there is still Donovan and Griffon.

LOL!
Bluemchenkaffeebluemchenkaffee on September 10th, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
Your children are so beautiful!!
It sounds like you had a wonderful day.
Here it's raining again (the whole summer was rainy in fact) but that doesn't really matter because I have to go to work now.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Susanne
Maria: B/J ILUslave_o_spike on September 10th, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
Thank you Susanne! It was wonderful and now it's over. *sigh*

I already have a million things to do when I get up tomorrow morning. *heavy sigh*

The rain has its purpose but it's so nice when it goes away for awhile so you can enjoy the day, like today. :)

Have a good day at work!
His Minniemaxmygothangel on September 10th, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
your kids are very cute!
Maria: Danny Equus Mad but Beautifulslave_o_spike on September 12th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
Thank you! *hugs you*
My Flame Burns Bright: Gus - Angelicsuch_a_steph on September 10th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)
Funny thing that... we had one of those wonderful sunny days here too, and I really wished I didn't have to spend it indoors at work.

LOVE the pics of the kids at the zoo (obviously I was going to like that sort of thing).
Maria: Bad Mommyslave_o_spike on September 12th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
I know. That sucks when it happens. :(

Thank you. Tis my way of sometimes showing I'm a completely normal person.

If a mom of 5 (well 6) could be considered a completely normal person...
Jude: winter chickflashfly on September 16th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
Your cubs are certainly the cutest of all. :)
Maria: Justin smilingslave_o_spike on September 16th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thank you! :)