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Today was a pretty fun day for all of my siblings... they got to go trick-or-treating at the zoo!
My parents got annual passes for the local zoo, so we are able to go whenever we want. When we went to the zoo last time, that was our first big family outing since moving to Florida. Today, we went back because the zoo was holding a "Boo Bash" for kids. We figured it would be fun to get out for the day, and it wouldn't cost us anything extra so it was perfect!
My three youngest siblings dressed up in their Halloween costumes, which really thrilled all of them. My mom wouldn't tell them where we were going, only that they got to dress up for the surprise. The excitement levels built as the anticipation brought out squeals and giggles from the twins and lots of questions from my brother. But still, my mom wouldn't say a word about our plans. We all filed into the car and took off for our secret destination, and it wasn't until we got to the road that the zoo was on that the kids realized where we were going; they remembered the road from our last zoo visit. They were excited enough when they realized that we were going to see the animals again... when we told them that they were trick-or-treating there too? Wow, I'm surprised our eardrums didn't all burst from the high pitched screams that filled the car!
It was really nice the way the zoo set it up. The kids got to go around to different tents that were spaced throughout the zoo near animal attractions. At each tent, there would be a different treat for the kids, like coloring pages, stickers, or little toys. Of course, we also got to see some of the animals as well. We made it a point to visit a section of the zoo that we weren't able to hit last time, so we were able to see some different animals. The baby alligators were a big hit with the twins (and I thought that they were adorable as well).
I even met a local author who was at the zoo to read his children's book to the crowd. I spoke with him a bit and told him about my small business for personalized children's books, as well as the novel that I'm working on. He gave me his business card and told me that if I wanted to look into self-publishing, he would be happy to answer any questions I have because he knows how hard it can be to break into the writing business. I thought that his offer was very generous... if I could only find an illustrator to work with, I would self-publish children's books while I'm working on my novel!
The trip to the zoo was a nice way to spend the day. We're looking forward to seeing what other special events they hold throughout the year!
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.