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Before the holidays kicked off, Ducky and the gang went on a family vacation to the Lake District in Northern England.  They went on several boat rides, hiked lots of trails, and even rode some old fashioned choo-choo trains. Each had their own favorite moment.

Ducky’s favorite part was when we got caught in a “lamb jam” (traffic jam caused by grazing sheep), when driving on old country roads. They got several good laughs as humans tried to shoo the sheep off the road.

Pembleton’s favorite part was hiking around Lake Derwentwater. He cataloged different plants and animals he spotted along the hike in his science journal.

Ted’s favorite part was the bird show at Muncaster Castle. He liked seeing the hawks soaring in the sky and swooping over the crowd.

Blizzard’s favorite part was eating lots and lots of sticky toffee pudding! It is his favorite dessert in all of England, especially when topped with ice cream.

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Hello from the Lake District!

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Sorry it took us so long to update.The humans won’t quit traveling. All they do is work, work, work, and travel, travel, travel! We are finally back and ready for more ADVENTURES!

"I hope I'm not over the limit!"

“I hope I’m not over the limit!”

Ducky and friends have been doing quite a bit of traveling lately. Their lastest adventure was Italia! They visited Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terra, and ROMA! While in Rome, Ducky got into some trouble at the Vatican after he made a minor improvement to some of their artwork.

"Much better!"

“Much better!”

Original piece: Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo (http://www.vatican.va/various/cappelle/sistina_vr/)

Additions: Timothy Mann

We are sorry we were gone so long, but we had some adventuring to do! The Dad, also known as one of our favorite humans (second to The Mom) had to go to Germany for work, which means one thing- FAMILY VACATION!

We cruised the Rhine River, explored castles in St. Goar and Nuremburg, went to the top of a mountain in the Austrian Alps (where Ducky sang “The hills are alive…”), and we ran around Munich. Our favorite part, besides all the cake and prezels we ate, was seeing the night’s watchman in Rothenburg o.d.t. and conquering the fortress in Wurzburg. We had so many fun adventures on this trip!

We hope you are having some of your own adventures this summer as well! See you Wednesday!

Guten Tag!

Guten Tag!

Pit Stop.

The desert was hot and everyone including Cornelius wanted to get to the destination on the map as quickly as possible. Ducky tried to encourage Cornelius to speed up by repeatedly smacking the camel’s hindquarters with a stick and yelling “Giddy Up!” This approach, however, did not have its intended effect because, after a couple of minutes, Cornelius found a shady spot and sat down refusing to go further.

“Well, it’s probably about time we all took a short rest anyway”, said Pembleton as he unharnessed the supplies that Ducky had packed. “Maybe we can have some lunch.” Pembleton was trying to sound positive because he knew everyone was cranky after being in the sun for so long. When as he unpacked the “supplies ” he couldn’t help but be annoyed. “Ducky! Where is the water and the food?”

“Oh, I, uh, forgot to pack water, but I’m pretty sure I packed food,” said Ducky.

“What are you talking about?” said Pembleton as he laid out the stuff from their pack. “I see a few mushy french fries, two sticky butterscotch candies, a rusty fork, an old blanket, a cracked bottle, UNO cards, and a very stinky boot. Ducky! Why did you pack ONE stinky boot? We don’t even wear SHOES! What are we supposed to do with this junk!?!?”

“I was rushing. I just started grabbing stuff. Plus, you have to admit, UNO is a good family game,” Ducky said sheepishly.

“We got an idea,” Ted and Blizzard said in unison. “It looks like there is a well behind Ducky and an old bucket with some rope,” explained Ted. “If Pembleton is able to fix this bottle, maybe we can use it to store water for the rest of our trip,” Blizzard added.

“Good thinking little guys,” Pembleton said, “but I’m not sure how to fix the bottle.” Pembleton thought about it for a minute, then noticed Ducky was chomping on some gum. He forced Ducky to hand over the used gum and molded it over the crack. He then used some of the cloth from the old blanket to cover the gum to keep their hands from getting sticky. “I think that will have to do until we get to our final destination.”

After everyone had enough to drink and their bottle was filled, Pembleton made Ducky apologize to Cornelius. After some coxing, Cornelius forgave Ducky and they were on their way, again.

To be continued…

"What?!? One stinky boot?" - Pembleton

“What?!? One stinky boot?” – Pembleton

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 1

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 2

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 3

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 4

Ducky and the gang recently went on a Mediterranean Cruise off the coast of Haifa, Israel. They took Pembleton’s new boat, the “USS DtPb,” for a short cruise around Haifa bay.

There was a slight breeze and the sun kept them nice and warm. The weather was perfect for a day out at sea.

Ted and Blizzard had heard that a pod of dolphins often liked to play nearby. They hoped they would be able to see them and maybe even see them do a trick or two.

Ducky was excited, when Pembleton told him the water would be calm today, with the occasional wave. It was perfect for some tubing or water skiing. Shortly after leaving the harbor, Ducky asked, “Is it time to get out my water skis?”

To be continued…

"Full Steam Ahead!"

“Full Steam Ahead!”

Late last night Ted and Blizzard woke up Ducky and Pembleton. They couldn’t sleep because they were hearing scary noises coming from the kitchen. Ducky and Pembleton gave Ted and Blizzard a drink of water and told them that the noise was probably just their imagination. They told Ted and Blizzard to try to go back to sleep.

While Ducky was trying to go back to bed, he suddenly became aware of strange crunching noises in the kitchen. Pembleton heard the noise too. Ted and Blizzard were too scared to move, so it was up to Ducky and Pembleton to find out what was going on.

They turned on the light in the kitchen and opened the cabinets. Right under the kitchen sink, they were surprised to find Rumplestiltskin.

“Whoa! How did you get all the way to Israel?”, Ducky asked. Rumplestiltskin explained that all “mice” know about a transatlantic sewer pipe that they can use to travel around the world. Rumplestiltskin had missed Ducky in Texas and caught a whiff of his scent and followed his nose right to Ducky’s new home in Israel.

Pembleton was a little annoyed that Rumplestiltskin came without even warning them, but Ducky was so happy to see his old friend that Pembleton tolerated the visit.

Do you have any more jelly?

Do you have any more jelly?

Even though Ducky has been having lots of fun and trying lots of new things, he has been having a hard time since moving to Israel. He hasn’t made many new friends yet. So it was really hard for him today, because today is Ducky’s birthday.

All day Ducky kept telling Pembleton about how he wished his friends were here to celebrate his birthday and that his birthday just wouldn’t be the same without his friends. Ducky was so sad to think that no one here even knew it was his birthday.

Just when Ducky thought he was going to cry, Pembleton told Ducky that he needed him to go down to the bakery to pick up some bread for dinner. When Ducky stepped inside the bakery, a group of familiar faces shouted, “SURPRISE!”. It was Ducky’s friends. Amanda Panda, Penelope Penguin, Edgar Elephant, and even the Lambs were there. Ted and Blizzard sang and danced. There were presents, a giant orange cake, and a sign that said “Happy Birthday Ducky”.

Ducky’s got to wear his sheriffs outfit and everyone sang him Happy Birthday. It was Ducky’s best birthday ever.

SURPISE!

SURPRISE!

Did you know you can ski in Israel? When Pembleton found out Mt. Hermon had snow and a ski resort, he couldn’t wait to take Ted and Blizzard on their first skiing adventure. Who would have known it would be in Israel?

Even though it was Ted and Blizzard’s first time skiing, they caught on very quickly. Pembleton instructed them on some basic techniques: to go forward keep your skis straight like french fries, to slow down and stop wedge your skis like a slice of pizza and to turn move your hips slightly in the direction you want to go. By the end of the end of the day, the little guys had skiing the bunny slope mastered. Ducky on the other hand, had some problems.

Baby Animals

“How do I stop?”-Ducky
“Pizza! Pizza!”- Ted & Blizzard

Ducky has been enjoying the food in Israel. He has been trying new things every day, but Pembleton has been a little less adventurous. Today, Pembleton bumped into Ducky during lunchtime. Ducky was holding a huge stuff sandwich with little balls, cabbage, tomatoes, and onions inside.

“What’s that Ducky? It looks tasty.”

“Yumm, Yumm, It’s falafel! Do you want some?”

“Umm, I don’t know, what’s falafel?”

“Fried goodness. It’s made of chickpeas that are mashed, seasoned and fried. Then it is stuffed into a yummy pita with hummas and veggies.”

“What’s hummas?”

“Stop asking questions, just eat!” Ducky shouted as he passed Pembleton his enormous sandwich.

After taking a small bite, Pembleton, took another, and another. “Wow, that’s pretty tasty. I like it.”

“Good, now get your own!”

Eating Falafel

“Ducky, what’s that? It looks tasty.”

Ducky and Pembleton have been very busy lately. After staying in New York for almost one month, it was time for them to complete the final stage of their move.

They packed up their clothes and toys into Pembleton’s plane and headed east. They flew over the Atlantic Ocean, the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum of Rome, Athens, and finally to Haifa, Israel.

It was a long trip. When they arrived, Ducky and Ted went to get some felafel for lunch, while Pembleton and Blizzard decided to have a salad with cucumbers and tomato.

So far, Ducky and the gang are enjoying their new home. The weather is nice and the food is great, but they are looking forward to meeting new friends and having many more exciting adventures.

(Sorry for the lack of posting, we are trying to be better! 2013 has been crazy so far. We should be settled in about a week!)

Shalom! We made it!

Shalom! We made it!

Ducky and the gang finished their East coast road trip yesterday as they drove through Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and finally to New York! This was their least favorite part of the trip. They were tired and grumpy. While Pembleton, Blizzard and Ted were comfortable with the the cold temperature, Ducky was not! But now that they are in New York and have had some rest, they are ready for more adventures!

Over the holidays we have been very busy! Ducky and the gang have seen parts of the United States they have only read about or seen on T.V. It has been a very exciting adventure for them. After spending some time in Florida, they traveled up the east coast visiting Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. They spent their New Years celebrating in our nations capitol Washington DC!

Ducky and the gang would like to wish everyone HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2012 was a totally wicked year,

but 2013 is going to be even more AWESOME!

Yesterday Ducky, Pembleton, and the Little guys had their first visit to Disney World! They had so much fun. First they went to the Magic Kingdom where they went on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, the Jungle River Trek, Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, the Tea Cup ride and so much more. Their favorite part was the Christmas Parade! The floats even smelled like Christmas!

They also went all around the world in Epcot; enjoying sights and sounds from China, Morocco, Norway, and so many others. They even got to stop by Animal Kingdom to see the Tree of Life and ride Expedition  Everest. Then they finished at the Magic Kingdom where they saw Celebrate the Season, Celebrate the Magic, the Electric Street Parade and finally their night ended with fireworks!

One more day til Christmas!

*More pictures to come… unfortunately the internet at the hotel is S-L-O-W!

“We made it! We made it!” Ducky shouted as we rolled into our hotel parking lot. The family finally made it to Disneyworld. Before we got to Orlando we had to drive through Alabama, cross the Florida state line and drive several hours to Orlando. Here are some pictures from the trip yesterday.

Stay tuned for more pictures from our road trip!

For the last 3 months Ducky, Pembleton and the Humans have been planing to move. Before they get to their final destination, they are doing an East Coast Tour! First stop Disney! Day one of the trip, they made it out of Texas,  through Louisiana, and stopped in Mississippi. Tonight they will be in Orlando dreaming of Mickey and Friends.

Highlights from Day 1!

Stay tuned for pictures from Day 2!

To quote Ducky, “Today was TOTALLY WICKEDDDD!!!!” The whole family went to the Houston Zoo to visit the animals. Pembleton is a volunteer, which means we get to see all the behind the scene stuff! We got to paint with the elephants, swing in the monkey cages, help the rhinos with their mud bath, and give the bears a back scratch. Everyone was having so much fun, until we got to the lion exhibit.

As Pembleton came out with the lions’ snacks, he was horrified to see Ducky saddling up Jonathan, the male lion, to ride! Before Pembleton could do anything, Ducky hopped on and shouted “Tally Ho.” After bucking around for a few minutes and feeling rather sick, Ducky was ready to get down. However, he had no idea how and Jonathan was looking rather angry. Pembleton knew one way to calm down the giant cat. He reached in to his bucket of snacks and tossed over a PB&J. While the cat was distracted, Pembleton used a net to snag Ducky and move him to safety.  Pembleton was very angry at Ducky for breaking the rules (Pembleton hates when people or animals break the rules).

After “the incident” Ducky was no longer invited behind the scenes. Pouting, Ducky went for a swim around Duck Lake and forgot all his troubles. It truly was a “TOTALLY WICKED” day!

Ducky takes Jonathan, the Lion, for a Ride

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This summer, Pembleton brought Ducky and the Lil’ Guys on an expedition to the arctic ocean to conduct research with his new submarine. One day Ducky and Ted were bored and went scuba diving. During their exploration, they found a sunken pirate ship! The ship was old and falling apart. Ducky had to be extra careful. While exploring, he heard a noise. A baby beluga, which was trapped in the wreckage and missing his mama.  Ducky and Ted helped navigate the beluga out of the ship wreck.  But the beluga didn’t know where his mama was, but knew his underwater address. 221 B Poseidon St.  Ducky didn’t know where Poseidon St was, but used Pembleton’s underwater GPS. It wasn’t long before baby and mama were reunited. All thanks to Ducky and Ted. When it was time to go, the baby offered Ted a ride and Ducky gave the baby a kiss. It was a great day!

Ducky and Ted say goodbye to the Baby Beluga.

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After the last hurricane,  Ducky, Pembleton and the Lil’ Guys headed over to Louisiana to help the animals rebuild their homes. While there, Ted and Blizzard (the Lil’ Guys) found a gator stuck in some fishing lines! He was really scared, so the Lil Guys and Ducky helped keep him calm, while Pembleton cut him free. Suddenly, the gator went into a death roll and some how Ducky and Ted ended up in his MOUTH! Luckily, Ducky’s handy umbrella kept the gator’s jaws wedged open. Ted easily escaped, but it took Pembleton 6 hours to calm the gator down and safely rescue both Ducky and his umbrella.

GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!

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Yesterday was a busy day for Pembleton, me, and the little guys! When we woke up we heard the news of the new baby Panda being born at the National Zoo. We loaded up Pembleton’s jet. I made sure to pack snacks and juicy cups. Ted and Blizzard had the baby gift (a fuzzy blanket) and we were on our way. Unfortunately Pembleton did not let me fly. He never does, says  I need my pilots license first, which is RIDICULOUS! Why do I need a pilot license? I’m Emperor!

We are happy to report baby panda and mama are well. We can’t wait to see more pictures on our favorite website http://www.zooborns.com And guess what?!?! On our way home we stopped for ICE CREAM!! Oh Yeah! (Dance, dance!)

Until next time- Ducky and Ted (D.t.)

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