‘National Zoo’ Posts(4)

The quick brown fox jumped over the good, but lazy Parker family.

still saving the kids’ farm

Thursday, 5 May 2011

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each time we go, i take pictures like it’s going to be our very last trip ever — so far, so good.

sparklet:

1y 6m 23d

out: national zoo

Sunday, 17 April 2011

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See Slideshow of the Photos on Flickr:
out: national zoo, washington, dc

sparklet:

1y 6m 5d

out: walter pierce, national zoo

Saturday, 19 March 2011

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See Slideshow of the Photos on Flickr:
out: walter pierce, national zoo

sparklet:

1y 5m 6d

pregnant:

-15w

save the kids’ farm at the national zoo

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

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it looks like Congress hates babies.

the national zoo is losing about half a million dollars in funding this year, and the Smithsonian is planning on shuttering sparklet’s beloved kids’ farm (and it’s sister attraction, the pizza park) to offset the short fall.

according to the washington city paper:

The Kids Farm costs $250,000 per year to operate with three staffmembers, and given that it hosts no endangered species and is not a part of the Zoo’s research activities, it was an easy thing to lose.

“The kids farm is very important to me personally,” said Zoo director Dennis Kelly. “But it is a change that we can affect relatively quickly and relatively safely for the animals.”

of course the cynic in me (who spent four years on Capitol Hill, and five in non-profit fundraising) is hoping that the image of the kids farm on the chopping block is just a lever of sorts…

while i’m sure there’s not a lot of corporate interests lining up to sponsor the anteater pavillion, but something tells me that the Zoo is hoping to parlay the impending public outcry to line up sponsors for both the farm (john deere, osh kosh, gerbers, organic valley) and the pizza park (pizza hut, papa john’s, domino’s).

in a recent interview, the head of the Zoo let slip that it would take “just a $5 million endowment” to save both the farm and the pizza park in perpetuity.

until then, i think we can expect a steady stream of photogenic baby sit-ins, bake sales, and fundraisers.

“i’ll be over here … by the crust.”

Thursday, 17 February 2011

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sparklet:

1y 4m 7d

found: big cheese

Sunday, 13 February 2011

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sparklet:

1y 4m 3d

el tigre en el zoológico

Friday, 22 October 2010

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See Slideshow of the Photos on Flickr:
el tigre en el zoológico, national zoo, washington, dc

sparklet:

1y 0m 9d

the pizza garden

Monday, 18 October 2010

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our nanny share nanny doesn’t speak english. the lady sparkler and i haven’t spoken Spanish since high school.

if that’s not a recipe for a laugh-track worth sit-com, i’m not sure what is.

about six weeks ago, our nanny started saying how much sparklet loves running around “the pixa” — “the pesca” we ask?

“no, the pixa” she she replies. “pixa! pixa!”

“oh, of course — the ‘pixa!'” we finally replied, without an ounce of comprehension. “boy, does she love that!”

over the next six weeks, we proceeded to ask every native Spanish speaker we’ve ever known what “pixa” meant en Español.

not a clue.

i Google translated about a dozen different spellings — pisca, pixa, pitsa, pesca, pixza.

nothing.

we finally decided that she meant either “pesca” which is Spanish for “fishing” or PISCA which is the Paranormal Investigation Society of Central Alabama.

we were pretty confused about where they could possibly go fishing in northwest D.C., much less the intricacies of travel to Central Alabama, so we gave up and called it a day.

fast forward to yesterday, when our beloved nanny share partners came to the zoo for sparklet’s birthday, and they said:

hey, have you guys been over to the pizza garden yet? it’s a giant pizza that the kids can climb all over. maria says that they really love it.

pizza. pixa. pizza = pixa.

(cue laugh track.)

See Slideshow of the Photos on Flickr:
the pizza garden, national zoo, washington, dc

sparklet:

1y 0m 5d

first birthday

Saturday, 16 October 2010

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thank you all so very much for coming — sparklet had a blast, and we couldn’t have picked a more perfect day for it. if you took any photos while you were there, please email/comment them along — while we got *some* good ones, i know we didn’t catch everything that was going on.

it was great seeing you all 🙂

sparklet:

1y 0m 3d

pregnant:

-37w

“i’m ready, y’all — when does everyone else get here?”

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

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i might be going out on a limb by saying this, but i think sparklet’s ready for tomorrow, and — more importantly — for Saturday.

sparklet:

0y 11m 30d