One of the things I look forward to every summer is spending time with my friends here. We met up with the Gartlys yesterday (Unfortunately, Kevin had to work). I met the Gartlys over 10 years ago, when Kevin became our church's first English ministries pastor. They've been at the Vietnamese Alliance Church ever since and now have 4 kids. We went to the Valley Zoo with Christine, their kids, Sarah, Josh, Jennifer, Benjamin, and Christine's niece, Chanel. Jennifer and Grace are about the same age, and Benjamin and Jeremy are about the same age. Naturally, they gravitated towards each other. We worked our way through as much of the zoo as we could, but Jeremy didn't last. Let's just say that it became obvious when it was time for us to leave. We did get to see animals such as lemurs, a snow leopard, Siberian tiger, llamas, snakes, an Asian elephant, and a bactrian camel. We were able to enjoy lunch under a tree, and heard the zookeeper talk about Lucy the elephant. The last stop was the petting zoo, where the kids got to pet chickens, roosters, sheep, and goats.