Our Visit To The Zoo

This trip to the NC Zoo in Asheboro was a couple of weeks ago (7/25/09). We went with Scott’s cousin Phillip and his family.  Of course, I took LOTS of photos, but I’ll just share a few here:

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Hubby Scott and little Kerry.
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1st animal we got to see.
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I love this shot of Mother and baby!! 🙂
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This lion sure is enjoying “something.” (Glad that something wasn’t my leg!) =-)
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I love this shot of the bear. It was an extremely hot day…I love the way he’s just hangin’ round in the water.
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Love this shot of the polar bear too and the very blue water.
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Otter taking a rest from swimming. See how sleek he looks.
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Daddy holding Kerry up for a better look. 🙂
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There was a statue of an elephant that the kids wanted to get up on for photos. Here’s Kerry, Sarah, Rebecca, and Christopher. (Rebecca and Christopher are Phillip and Gloria’s kids…Phillip is Scott’s cousin from the beach.) The kids had such a great time getting together!
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(These last shots were taken w/ Sarah’s little digital camera…we took turns.)
Rebecca…ain’t she cute?! 🙂
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Here, the kids were starting to look rather tired.
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Here’s a tip…take pics of people at the VERY beginning. Ya know…BEFORE they’ve walked around all day in a 100 degree weather!! =-)
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Scott just thinks he’s SOOOO funny!
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Museum Trip

Today (on Sarah’s b-day) the kids and I went on a museum trip w/ my sister-in-law Lisa & my two nieces, Heather and Rachel. We went to the NC Museum of History and the NC Museum of  Natural Sciences. It was a great day, and it wore the kids out! (always a plus!! 🙂 )

Sarah and I took turns taking these pics w/ her little digital camera. Hope some of them turned out alright! 🙂 :

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Sarah, Kerry, and Rachel w/ statue of a Native American woman.

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An African American Soldier:

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Pirate Blackbeard:

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Pirate Treasure:

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Kerry steering the play pirate ship.

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The only photo we got from the science museum…

N.C. Home Schools

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See the following report from WRAL.Com:

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N.C. Reports Record Number of Home Schools

Posted: Aug. 1 5:52 p.m.

More students are opting to attend home schools, according to a state report released Wednesday.

Statewide, a total of 36,068 home schools operated in 2006-07 – an increase of about 7.1 percent over the previous year and the highest number on record – according to the N.C. Division of Non-Public Education.

Home schools are located in all 100 counties in the state, and 67.3 percent of the home schools classify themselves as religious schools, according to the report.

The counties with the highest number of home schools included Wake (3,250), Mecklenburg (2,776) and Buncombe (1,506). Counties with the least number of home schools were Hyde (31), Alleghany (29) and Tyrrell (18).

For more detailed statistical information, visit the N.C. Division of Non-Public Education Web site at www.ncdnpe.org and click on Home School Statistics. Home school statistics are available back to the 1985-86 school year and trace the rate of new school growth as well as the operational longevity of home schools.

North Carolina officially legalized the concept of home instruction, in modern times, starting with the 1985-86 school year. Home school enrollment now constitutes about 4 percent of the state’s compulsory attendance age students (ages 7 through 16).

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WRAL News