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hello monday {santa barbara zoo}

April 16th | adventures, family, hello monday

It’s Monday and it’s our first day back to school after spring break. I’m sharing pictures from our trip to the Santa Barbara zoo a couple days ago, and of course some hellos for this week!Hello cockatoo. So nice to meet you.

Hello sunny day after three days of rain. I love the fresh feeling when the sun finally comes out!

Hello David who owned the zoo! He loved all the walking.

Hello big kid! Matthias transitioned from little kid to big kid in the last few months. Crazy!

Hello succulents all over the zoo. I really want to plant some on our front porch.

Hello awesome daddy. This guy is so good to our boys {and me too.}

Hello pink! Flamingos are such strange birds.

Hello enjoying lots of family time and wishing it didn’t have to end. School? Do the boys really need an education? Well, I guess they do.

Hello giraffes. I think they are my favorite.

Hello close encounter with a gorilla. This was one of our coolest experiences at the zoo.

Hello trying to shoot only on manual with my camera. It’s good to be stretched!

Hello back to school and feeling sleepy this morning.

Hello field trip for Matthias to see Beauty and the Beast {fun!}

Hello getting back into our routine and loving that feeling.

Hello mexican meatloaf and a quinoa dish for dinners this week.

Hello more pictures to edit and share from our spring break adventures.

Hello french press coffee–I’m off to make a pot.

Hello Monday, it’s going to be a great week! What are you saying hello to this week? Link up your own hello monday post or leave some hellos in the comments section!

44 Responses

  1. What a wonderful way to spend the weekend! Your boys look like they enjoyed it!

    Hello Monday!

  2. LOVD says:

    Good morning and Hello! For as much as I like a routine, spring break freedom is such a welcomed treat. But, back to the books – summer vacation is just around the corner, so no worries.

    I’m saying hello to my Gratitude Journal Monday – ahh!

  3. Happy Monday Lisa!!
    I sure wish that you were going to Snap!

    Aside from Snap!, here is what I’m saying hello to this week …


  4. Mary Beth says:

    We love the SB zoo! What a fabulous view of the gorilla! Lucky!
    I have a few hellos for this week:

  5. Hello Lisa! Love the picture of the family with David looking toward the camera!

  6. Kelly says:

    Oh, I LOVE the Santa Barbara zoo. We just went there a couple of weeks ago for the first time!!!

    Here is what I am saying hello to this week…

  7. Hello to you! Hello to giraffes being my favorite too! Hello to kids back in school and me praying about homeschooling next year. Hello to a new week with beautiful sunshine. Hello to a week of no tornados….hopefully!

  8. Here’s my Hello Monday :)

  9. Our family loves the zoo, too!
    And that last family picture of yours is priceless. :)

  10. Katrina says:

    Looks like so much fun! I miss having a zoo nearby.

    I’m saying hello to new kitchen walls –

  11. We love zoo trips. We’ve been to quite a few here in the Eastern part of the states.

  12. tiffany day says:

    Hello lovely Lisa!

    Hello to you all!!

    Have a great week!


  13. Mary says:

    I love the flamigos and the spring sunshine!

    I’m hoping for lots of sunshine here in Germany this week:

  14. emily says:

    Hello Lisa! We love the zoo! and those gorilla’s scare the crap out of me. and please share your mexican meatloaf recipe!

    I’ve linked up with you today (the first ever for me):

  15. Southern Gal says:

    I haven’t participated in a while. Your hellos look lovely.

    hello spring break! finally.
    hello time with the family.
    hello Wicked with friends!!
    hello mountains.
    hello beautiful sunny days.

  16. Your pictures are beautiful! Looks like you had a fabulous weekend!

    Linking up over at my blog: A preview of my brother’s engagement!

  17. Such beautiful pictures! Love this idea…it’s my first Hello Monday post…

  18. Kelly says:

    I love Matthias’ striped hoodie jacket! Very cute.

    Saying hello to some good books from the library, and reading them in the warm SoCal sunshine. We’re in for some great weather this week!

  19. Katie says:

    My first hello Monday post! Thanks for always being inspiring!

  20. Cali says:

    Hello a silly question – who makes your husband shoes in these zoo pictures? My husband needs a pair and I’m looking for something like those!

  21. Lisa says:

    Hello, Mexican Meatloaf? Oh, do share!

  22. claudia says:

    always something to greet with wonder in the day!
    love your posts! love WIWW, freshens my work wardrobe with just the right burst!

  23. claudia says:

    oops forgot this part, I’m new, forgive..

  24. Kelli says:

    I love close encounters with gorillas!

    This week I am saying hello to single-parenting while my husband takes his fifth graders to outdoor school near Mt. Rainier. Wish me luck! Hello to my niece turning 13. Hello to seeing my book club. Hello to one of my besties in “Cinderella” as the wicked step-mother! And hello to my grandpa turning 80!! Fun week!

  25. Heather S. says:

    Hello to taking a sunny day to wander Mass Street in Lawrence, KS with my girls! Family time + education = homeschooling. Totally awesome! The books are just about to be put away for the year!

  26. Jenn says:

    Hello any kind of zoo! I wish we lived closer to one for my animal kingdom’s best friend of a daughter!

  27. Julie Marie says:

    cute. i love the hello monday idea.. i just came over from rags to stiches… wanted to check ya out… i think i may just link up …fun fun!

  28. Amanda says:

    It looks like a fun visit!

    I’m saying hello over here:

  29. cindy says:

    hello lisa.
    hello 10 pm ~ better late than never :)

    here’s what i’m saying *hello* to this week:

    p.s. ~ your blog makes me *happy*

  30. Kelly says:

    I love the Santa Barbara Zoo. We just went a couple weeks ago for the first time…and want to go back SOON.

    Here is what I am saying hello to this week…

  31. Phyllis says:

    Hello cheerful encourager (you!). Lisa, I am new to your blog and love it. I’ve been reading back through older posts, and I just love your outlook on life. Thanks for sharing and God bless you and your sweet family. P.S. also love your jewelry!

  32. Anne says:

    Hello to a night with the girls for Bunco.
    Hello to the Brevard Zoo…which we have been planning to go to…but it was to much of a “zoo” (I just had to say that :) ) so we will wait until after all the spring breaks are over and everyone is working or at school…then we’ll go. It’s been awhile since I’ve been to ours……and your zoo pictures made me want to go even more.

  33. Maryanne says:

    That photo with the gorilla reminded me of a gorilla we have at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. He has escaped twice. Once they found him sitting at a bus stop. I guess it’s pretty frightening to encounter a gorilla on the streets of Boston, but for those of us who didn’t happen to be waiting for a bus that day, it’s also pretty funny.

  34. Loving all the family shots!! My girls got to spend time with their cousins over spring break too – and they had such a great time!!!

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