Summer Fun

Last week was a bit slow, craft-wise. Leia and I made "snow" (baking soda and hair conditioner)
that was mold-able and cold to the touch. 
She had a blast playing in it with her horses and "Brave" figurines.
We also tried magic sidewalk squirt paint, made with water, food coloring, cornstarch and baking soda.
The girls weren't crazy about this one, probably because I made the paint too thin and it poured out of the squirt bottles too quickly. 
They liked making a mess - 
on the driveway and their feet -
and they liked cleaning it up 
(those $1 sponges were a GREAT investment.)
But the "surprise" spray bottles of vinegar that were supposed to make the paint bubble?

Total bust. No bubbles, no reaction at all. Bummer.
We hit the Santa Barbara Zoo on the perfect day - cool, cloudy and not crowded.
A lot of the animals were out where the kids could see them, including the female lions who had just finished a "roar-off" when we got to their enclosure. 
Even though we do the same things every time we go, the zoo never gets old. 
 Leanne is still too short, but she loves trying to see out of this sign.

We were in the first car on the first train of the day, 
feed Michael the Giraffe, 
(he's going to be a daddy again very soon)

slid down the grassy hill over and over and over  . . . 
Leanne has gotten much braver, and more coordinated at staying on the cardboard slide. 
Given a choice, both girls would spend their entire day on this hill. 
They like the animals, but sledding? That tops everything.