"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Reptile Expo

So glad that Daddy was not working today and could bring the monkeys to see all the creepy crawlies in Manchester today!Not sure I could've stomached this so well...

When is he going to draw the line? "Come into my armpit you cute little hissing cockroach!"
Thank god this guy was contained in plastic wrap. I would never be the same if the kids held him. I feel ill just looking at it.Luckily they made it home sans reptiles and believe me, it was a close call. (I actually received a phone call from the adult monkey asking permission for an iguana. Really.)
Can you believe the power these two have over their Daddy?

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