The Memphis Zoo

Tuesday, May 24 –

While on our trip to Tennessee, we took a day trip to Memphis to visit the zoo. We were impressed with the size and style of the zoo and the exhibits. It was so special to be with Marian and Alan as they saw many new animals in person for the first time.

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I think we all agreed that Alan’s favorite animal was the elephant. Marian says she likes these wolves the most. Atlanta has been reading to her out of the Little House on the Prairie books and she’s keen on wolves right now. (In solidarity with little Laura Ingals and her special fears) After the zoo, we were very hot and tired so we found a place downtown to get something cool and refreshing.

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When I say downtown, I mean downtown. It was the famous Beale Street that so many jazz and blues music stars made famous (including Elvis). Live music was already blaring out of several interesting looking establishments, but we stayed away from the clubs and finally found our intended destination, an old department store called, A. Schwabs, that had been operating since 1876. It had an old-fashioned soda fountain, lots of souvenirs and gifts, and other interesting things. They were just moving out a lot of ladders and lights and cameras as we arrived hot and tired. Apparently, they had just shot some kind of movie or TV show there that day. They told us that the store was open EXCEPT for the soda fountain due to the filming. I think they must have noticed all our faces falling in unison, because they quickly changed their minds and opened it all back up for us. Thank you, A. Schwabs!

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If you’re wondering if the kids liked their treats, watch this video:

Hidden Animals

Can you find the hidden creature(s) in these photographs?


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Did you find them all?



*RARE PHOTO* Panda Kills Deer

Wednesday, November 26 –

Tonight Nathan and Carolina were hunting and Carolina killed this 8-point. It’s her first deer! Way to go, Carolina!

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Stockton’s Deer

Monday, November 17 –

Nathan and Stockton went hunting together tonight. Stockton shot this nice 8-point buck.

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Tucking In the Turkeys

Monday, September 29 –

I snapped these pictures one evening of Aspen getting her lavender turkeys ready for bed. They’re all very tame and seem very fond of her.

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Bitty Boomer


Saturday, September 6 –

Laredo and Cim brought Stockton another Mountain Boomer. This one is very young and small but seems to be naturally unafraid of Stockton.

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Aspen found what has got to be the tiniest horny toad ever.




Horny Toads: Worn Horns and Stubby


Tuesday, July 15, 2014 –

Stockton caught this big guy. He seems pretty old and worn. He let him go after we snapped these pictures.


He’s caught this one before, but came across him again. He calls him stubby.


Surprise Visit to the Zoo


Saturday, July 5, 2014

We had to go to Abilene to meet up with my cousin and his wife and give back their daughter, Samantha, who’s been visiting Aspen for a couple of weeks. Since it was Stockton’s birthday we wanted to surprise him and Carolina with a trip to the Abilene zoo. We had to leave the house around 5:30 in order to be at the zoo by 9 a.m. when it opened. We wanted to beat the heat a little bit, and we were meeting my cousin for lunch. I think everyone had a good time. Stockton especially liked the reptile house. That was no surprise to anyone.

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The craziest thing we saw today was some carp that live in the lake by the park. They have an area where you can purchase a handful of fish food to feed them. The carp were there waiting. It was very strange looking.


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Now for the difficult part….decisions at the gift shop.


Aspen and Samantha were sad to part, but George and Nancy were glad to get her back.



The Bullfrog


Thursday, July 3, 2014-

Stockton has been keeping and feeding this female frog that he caught down at the river about a month ago. With this morning’s nice rain (1.5 inches), he agreed to let her go. He wasn’t real happy about it. Doesn’t she have an interesting pattern? He got on the internet and studied up on how to tell the sexes apart. The male has yellow on his throat and ear holes larger than his eyes.


Here’s how she looked the day he caught her. I guess they change their camo color depending on their surroundings.


Baby Jack Rabbit


Sunday, June 15, 2014

This afternoon Nathan was plowing and caught this little rabbit. Aspen and Carolina had fits over it, of course.