Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Missing the boy...

I didn't end up doing a post on the fact that my nephew was missing. By the time I was about to, he was brought home, THANK GOODNESS. Long story short, my sister's step son was wrongly taken by his biological mom. She's been on drugs, and we believe he was NOT safe with her. He was missing for just over 2 weeks...a long 2 weeks. 2 weeks full of tears and constant prayer that Jackson was safe. It was scary. Especially for April and Darrin. We had already planned a trip to see them in Price, the weekend of July 16th, but changed to stay in Sandy, because that was where April and Darrin had been staying and trying to find Jackson. My mom, Maddie, Kai and I went. Even though the circumstances were NOT happy. We did end up having a good time trying to brighten April and Darrin's days. I think they liked having Kai around to take their minds on a short vacation from all the terrible things. We ended up going to the zoo on saturday. I was impressed. I had heard crappy things about Hogle Zoo, but it ended up being really fun. Kai was SO good the whole time, and LOVED it.

Had to get some shots at the room, since it WAS Kai's first hotel stay! ;)





Now....holy zoo picture overload, Batman!



He'd call the Peacock a "chicken"


NO, MADDIE!!

And pay no attention to what THESE monkeys may be doing below....




Checking out the elephants!
This big fake elephant sprays water from his trunk. Scared Kai....


Don't mind him, he's in awe...





Kai was really checking this guy out (T-Rex)...Then it growled...Kai jumped, and ran and cried! And my mom was laughing so hard she was crying....only cause it scared her too. :P


LOVED the Giraffes. So did Kai...



I'm sure Kai will try that someday...tongue in the nose hole!
This next one looks like he's got a hat on! ;)


BIG HAT
Across the way was "This is the Place" Park.
This camals got floppy humps....Its ok camel....you're not alone....


The massiveness of this guy is a little scary.
At first, before the carousel was going Kai was DONE, but then he was fine again when he saw how fun it was (it was his first ride on one!)





Wish this sloth wasn't sleeping so much! I wanted to see him!


Kai liked this "Sand Cat"...I think the cat liked Kai...juicy snack...
Had more tickets, so Kai had to ride again with Grandma

Kai's getting sleepy! Thanks so much to Darrin, April, and my mom, who helped so much with Kai.

And he's out.....missed the train ride, dang it!!


Kind of a crappy picture, but I love  Kai's expression when Maddie has the giraffe mask on!
It was a great day!!

Playing after the zoo...and feeding chips to Midge the dog...




Kai was so worn out that he passed out before we even got on the train, and slept through the train ride! (bummer because he loves trains)
The trip up was really fun, and it was nice to have an actual "Vacation". Now I just need one with Rob.

8 comments:

Teachinfourth said...

Glad he's home safe and sound.

It looks like everyone had quite the fun time, too...

Cami and Shelby said...

I want to take Rylee to the Zoo SOOOOO bad! Looked like fun!

Catherine Grace Life Photography said...

So,so glad things turned out good! Looks like a fun time at the zoo!

Kris said...

Had soooo much fun! I wish we had a zoo here!....I hope everyone had fun that day....and i wished that we had lil Jackson to enjoy it with Kai!

Megan said...

Glad everything is okay and you were able to have a fun time while you were up here. The pictures of Kai are hilarious - that kid is a crack up.

Rachel said...

Glad your nephew is safe! And looks like you guys ended up having a great time!

Hillary said...

Scary! I thought that only happened in books and made-for-tv movies. Glad for the safe return.

Also, the zoo has improved significantly since I last went. I remember there being about four animals and they all had something wrong with them. It was like, "don't yell at this hippo. He has arthritis and can't turn around." Or, "the giraffe has recently undergone some back surgery and cannot be seen at this time, please proceed to the lizard sanctuary."

Danielle said...

Hillary! LOL!! that's what I was expecting at the zoo!!