After completion of last week's NUHS exit exams, it was time for
some fun! This weekend my family and I went to the Brookfield Zoo.
Since I was a child, I have enjoyed going to the zoo. In addition
to seeing the animals, this weekend many companies, families, and
volunteers were decorating their sponsored Christmas trees.
Lining the walkway of the zoo were hundreds of Christmas trees.
While we were walking around, we had the opportunity to see Girl
Scouts and Boy Scouts hanging handmade ornaments on the trees. The
kids smiled with excitement as they hung their carefully crafted
I have included pictures of some of my favorite handmade
ornaments. Many of the decorations had a theme of recycling and
environmental awareness. Two of the pictured ornaments are a
decorated container and a decorated soda bottle. What creative
ideas! I'm excited for my family to make these, too!
We didn't stay until dark, but saw thousands of holiday lights
ready to be lit once the sun set. This is the season for Brookfield
Zoo lights. The zoo is normally a wonderful family environment, but
with the holiday spirit in the air, patrons were even more friendly
I felt fortunate to have this opportunity to relax and laugh. I
have learned through my scholastic journey that it is crucial to
stay focused on studying and schoolwork, but it is equally
important to take time to have fun and enjoy the journey.
My mom is a retired college professor. Growing up, I remember
her telling me at the start of each semester, she would tell her
students that they needed to study and keep up with the class work.
She would follow that with sharing they also needed to do at least
one fun thing a week to help them balance out all the hard work. I
have integrated that as one of my personal philosophies!