Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Postcard from Germany: Jack and Mom Visit the Zoo

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We went to a petting zoo in the woods yesterday.

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We fed a goat.

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And some deer.

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It was fun. And hot. It’s 90 degrees here! And my parents, like most people in Europe, don’t have AC. I’ve been drinking a lot if wine to stay cool.

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  • becboo84

    BecBoo84 June 29, 2012, 2:02 pm

    Ohmygoodness… it’s hot here, too. It’s currently 99 degrees and hit 100 for a few hours yesterday, but I can’t imagine not having AC. Hope you and that sweet little baby stay cool!

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    kerrycontrary June 29, 2012, 2:13 pm

    I love how with the deer he’s like “Ohhhh my god, what’s going on….mom?!?”

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  • LadyinPurpleNotRed

    LadyinPurpleNotRed June 29, 2012, 2:34 pm

    Wendy you look great and Jackson looks so adorable!!! Did he enjoy the visit to the zoo?

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    • Dear Wendy

      Wendy June 29, 2012, 3:14 pm

      He loved it!

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      • bittergaymark

        bittergaymark June 30, 2012, 12:52 am

        My nephew is animal obsessed! He’s mad about both the zoo and his cats and dog!! 🙂

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  • littlebit

    littlebit June 29, 2012, 3:18 pm

    He didn’t cry with the deer being all close to him? He’s braver than me haha! I was always scared the animals would nibble at my fingers whenever I gave them food 😀 and he’s getting bigger! Time sure flies…

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    • Dear Wendy

      Wendy June 29, 2012, 3:39 pm

      He is fearless abou everything!

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      • bittergaymark

        bittergaymark June 30, 2012, 5:49 am

        I think all kids start out fearless… Sometimes alarmingly so! 😉 I just mean that they aren’t even afraid of the obvious things….

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      • JK

        JK June 30, 2012, 9:08 am

        I can tell you that´s not true. 🙂
        My 4 y.o has always been a real scaredy cat, she even climbed down the one step I have in my house for the 1st time when she was about 2 (and that was holding on to the arch above it). And just now she´s started climbing on chairs and things, something the 1 year old is already doing!
        FWIW, I prefer them being a bit scared, fearless is exhausting!

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      • Skyblossom

        Skyblossom July 1, 2012, 9:19 am

        My son was fearless and it is totally exhausting but my daughter was scared of things and clingy. She was born cautious.

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      • JK

        JK July 1, 2012, 11:49 am

        In what order were they born? Amongst my friends I´ve noticed that all the 2nd born (all girls) are really fearless, while the 1st are a lot more cautious.
        I actually wonder if it has something to do with us parents generally being a lot more relaxed with the 2nd…

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    jlyfsh June 29, 2012, 3:21 pm

    jackson is such a cutie! i hope the wine is making up for no ac! it got up to 102 here on the coast today and central sc is up to 108. without the heat index added. i miss the fall!

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    • Lili

      Lili June 29, 2012, 3:24 pm

      Come to Seattle! Its fall like weather here with temps in the low 60s and clouds. It might rain this afternoon as well.

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        jlyfsh June 29, 2012, 3:34 pm

        that is very tempting! i would love to be able wear a scarf today! and not die of heat exhaustion, haha.

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        Solitaryflame June 30, 2012, 12:04 pm

        I’m in Seattle today! 🙂 we drove over from Spokane to take my kiddo to the airport.

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  • Lili

    Lili June 29, 2012, 3:25 pm

    Woah! There is like a edit countdown timer. this is cool. I can also request deletion.

    THANKS WENDY!

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    Addie Pray June 29, 2012, 3:43 pm

    This is me trying out this new edit feature …. And wondering if everybody but me knew Wendy was going to Germany? I feel left out. I like to stay abreast of Wendy’s comings and goings. I also like the word “abreast.”

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      Addie Pray June 29, 2012, 3:45 pm

      I also like calling men “boobs.” “You’re such a boob.”

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        Addie Pray June 29, 2012, 3:46 pm

        Whoa, this is freaky – I have like THREE edit timers going. I wonder if they’ll start to flash when I have 10 seconds left or something. And maybe there will be a little time bomb that goes off. I will sit here and wait and watch … 58 minutes and 52 seconds and counting….

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        Addie Pray June 29, 2012, 3:47 pm

        6 really when you consider they are showing up double. Well, 8 now with this comment. This is super fun. (I need some more work to do at work.)

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        lets_be_honest June 29, 2012, 3:53 pm

        I think you smell lovely AP.

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        lets_be_honest June 29, 2012, 3:55 pm

        Cool, it works!

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        Addie Pray June 29, 2012, 4:02 pm

        My office smells like Chipotle.

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        Auntie Allie July 1, 2012, 4:41 am

        Addie Pray, you’re awesome and leave the best comments!

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    • Dear Wendy

      Wendy June 29, 2012, 3:46 pm

      Do you guys see one edit tab and one more options tab? I see two of each, but I’m wondering if that’s bc I’m the admin.

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        Addie Pray June 29, 2012, 3:47 pm

        I see two of each. Only one countdown, but two rows of “Click to Edit Request Deletion”

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        lets_be_honest June 29, 2012, 3:49 pm

        I feel like a bomb is going to explode now.

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        Addie Pray June 29, 2012, 3:50 pm

        With all my commenting, I’m going to have hundreds of bombs explode.

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        lets_be_honest June 29, 2012, 3:48 pm

        Aren’t you supposed to be drinking and schnitzeling while Jack’s with mom and dad?

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        Addie Pray June 29, 2012, 3:49 pm

        No, because she has to mother this site too. We are her other child.

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      • Dear Wendy

        Wendy June 29, 2012, 3:51 pm

        Oh, I did that already. It’s almost 10 here. Jack went to sleep a half hour ago. Now everyone is drinking and internetting.

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        lets_be_honest June 29, 2012, 3:55 pm

        Oh right, time changes when you leave NY. My poor brother wishes I could remember that!

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        rachel June 29, 2012, 3:57 pm

        Oh, you’re one of THOSE people aren’t you. My mom is on the east coast, and for some reason whenever she calls me it’ll be at 8:30 in the morning…which is 6:30 here. Like I would even want to talk if it were 8:30!

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        lets_be_honest June 29, 2012, 4:06 pm

        I am. I confess. Maybe its something about thinking the world revolves around me? I’m kidding.
        I will never, ever remember though. I do it with clients too! Its awful. My brother’s a 3 hour difference, but he works bizarre hours so its not too bad. My boss however, did not appreciate it or, oddly, think it was cute and endearing.

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        lets_be_honest June 29, 2012, 4:08 pm

        I’m also shocked every time he says he’s eating dinner, and I’m like WHOA brother, its too late for dinner! And he’s like you’re an idiot. Please stop being an idiot. I will never remind you about the time difference again. Or something like that.

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        bethany June 29, 2012, 3:52 pm

        I’m only seeeing one…

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        bethany June 29, 2012, 3:52 pm

        Totaly lied. THere’s 2

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  • Dear Wendy

    Wendy June 29, 2012, 3:55 pm

    It seems busy looking, right? What do we feel about this?

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      rachel June 29, 2012, 3:59 pm

      Hmm. I think it’s weird that there are 2 sets, but otherwise it’s not too intrusive.

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      Addie Pray June 29, 2012, 4:01 pm

      I think it seems too busy looking. And do we really want people to edit their comments an hour later? What if they say something that sparks controversy and then they go back and edit it to save their ass? That’s what I fear. And re: typos, who cares. Does anyone care about typos and mispelled words and bad grammar? If you do, YOUR a boob.

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      • Dear Wendy

        Wendy June 29, 2012, 4:14 pm

        Fuck it. Too busy looking,

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        lets_be_honest June 29, 2012, 4:16 pm

        Oh, I see you have already feared my immaturity. Smartypants.

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        iwannatalktosampson June 30, 2012, 3:33 pm

        Everyone on this site is so good at this like grammer and spelling and I don’t even know what a noun is. So I always feel like I have to apologize when I misspell stuff. But that’s only if I notice.

        Can we all make a pact that we are okay with typos? Because I want to quit apologizing for it – and just love myself the way I am. Which is illiterate.

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        iwannatalktosampson June 30, 2012, 3:33 pm

        Ha – at *things* like grammer. See – I’m a mess. Is it grammar?

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      lets_be_honest June 29, 2012, 4:16 pm

      I like that you can easily skm the page and see where your comments are. Its not bothering me, although I am very tempted to show my maturity level, say something nasty, wait for a nasty reply and then edit mine to be nice so everyone thinks the other guys a big bully.

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    Clare June 29, 2012, 4:03 pm

    I love Jackson’s gingham shirt!

    I’m spending the summer in Spain and it is ridiculously hot here too. My apartment doesn’t have AC so I’ve been sitting very still in front of a fan… drinking sangria!

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      Addie Pray June 29, 2012, 4:07 pm

      It’s Clare Bear the Non-Intern! (I’m working on your nickname, so (clare) bear with me. Ha!)

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        lets_be_honest June 29, 2012, 4:11 pm

        Haha, I thought Lili pants was a lame nickname. Clare the non-intern? Jeez. I’ll give you a lot of credit for the bear with me!

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        Addie Pray June 29, 2012, 5:26 pm

        Hey, I never claimed to be clever or have writing skills. I was a fucking math major. How I ended up in a career that requires me to write shit is beyond me.

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        rachel July 1, 2012, 2:23 pm

        Ick. I’m a scientist, and I have to write all.the.freaking.time. No one tells you that when you go into science.

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        Clare June 29, 2012, 4:11 pm

        I once got an email from a co-worker that said “bare with me.” No thanks!

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        lets_be_honest June 29, 2012, 4:17 pm

        Well don’t I feel dumb for not being totally sure which it was. Thanks ClareBARE!

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        Clare June 29, 2012, 4:20 pm

        Ugh, that nickname is way worse!

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        Clare June 29, 2012, 4:15 pm

        If I had a dollar for every time someone called me Clare Bear, I would have at least $75. And that’s not counting family members.

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        Addie Pray June 29, 2012, 5:25 pm

        Haha, when I read this I thought it said “I would ahve at least 75 cents.” Which means you’ve only been called Clare Bear 3/4 of 1 time.

        So, do all Clares go through life getting called Clare Bear? And here I thought I was being cute.

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        cd_dubs June 30, 2012, 12:58 pm

        I get called Clairebear a lot, but I like it ^_^

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        painted_lady July 1, 2012, 1:51 pm

        It’s sort of like girls named Kelly getting called Kelly-belly or girls named Anna getting Anna-banana. Every person I know with those names hears that a lot. My first name ends in an -ay sound, and I get a lot of “Hey/okay, _____. Oh, that rhymed!”

        My response is usually “Yup. And that’s totally the first time I’ve heard that.” It actually doesn’t bother me at all, it just cracks me up that people think they’re discovering fire.

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  • Fabelle

    Fabelle June 29, 2012, 4:22 pm

    Ahh Wendy, you look great! And Jackson is adorable, as always. That looks super fun, I love deer!! They are so cute.

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  • JK

    JK June 29, 2012, 7:13 pm

    Gorgeous photos!
    Wendy, you make me feel like a bad mummy. Last weekend we went to a petting zoo for the 1st time with both girls, and I forgot the camera. 🙁 Granted it was a spur of the moment type thing.
    The 1 y.o. loved the deer as well, after we´d moved on she kept running back to keep petting it. Unlike the 4 year old, who stood as far away from it as possible.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Wendy June 30, 2012, 4:14 am

      I didn’t bring a camera either. My dad took these pics.
      And you’re hardly a bad mom if you’re taking your girls on spontaneous petting zoo excursions!

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      • JK

        JK June 30, 2012, 9:06 am

        Aw, thanks for making me feel better. 🙂

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  • Cara

    Cara June 30, 2012, 9:28 am

    I want to go to the petting zoo, but I fear I´m too old for it.

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    • JK

      JK June 30, 2012, 9:34 am

      Are there no kids you can get to go along with you (nephew/niece, friends kids, etc)? That´s what I used to do when I wanted to see kids movies 🙂

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        Painted_lady June 30, 2012, 11:10 am

        Oh, that’s how you do it! I’m always just the fully grown woman acting like a five year old.

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  • iwannatalktosampson

    iwannatalktosampson June 30, 2012, 3:36 pm

    I know we’ve discussed this before – but you look AMAZING. You are one of those people that can not wear make up and look great. I’m jealous. And skinny!

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