Last week Cora was on spring break from preschool. We didn’t want to not do anything fun with her being on break so we planned a day at the zoo! Our zoo gives a free day on Mondays for those from the county and we just happen to live in the same county as the zoo so we took advantage of a free trip! We got there soon after the zoo opened, which was good because it filled up fast! When we pulled into the zoo and were in the parking lot Cora says, “I didn’t know the zoo would be so awesome!” The weather was BEAUTIFUL, the kids were great and well, it was just such a nice time. We saw animals, although not all of them were out and active. I guess some of the animals are still in winter mode. When we finally made it to the tiger and saw he was sleeping in his “cave” (and only saw his hind FEET and end of tail) Cora says, “He’s not very exciting either, Daddy.” No, no he’s not. 🙂 We stayed for a couple hours, then went and got lunch and made it home for naps. We then finished the day with ice cream for supper! It was a great day!
My mom has been wanting to take us to the zoo all summer, then that lead to fall, and it’s almost winter, and we finally went! You know, life just happens sometimes and things you want to happen don’t. In any case, we all went to the zoo yesterday! It’s a good zoo, on a smaller scale and perfect for small kids. We almost didn’t go because “they” were calling for rain, but we took a gamble and went. I’m so glad we did! The weather was warm (especially for October!), it was cloudy, which I actually think was good. The animals were out and active, and the kids were good and had a lot of fun! Plus, it was great to spend some time with my mom! We had a great time, and it was fun making more memories with and for the kids!
Ben turned one last week, as you know, and we didn’t want to have the day pass without doing anything. So, we decided to go to the zoo as a family! It was HOT, which means the animals weren’t really interested in being seen, but we still managed to see some elephants, flamingoes (which Cora informed us she doesn’t like), the head of a lion (he was so tucked into the shade we only saw the top of his mane!), some monkeys, giraffes, rhinos (and I learned these are my husband’s favorite! Who knew?), as well as various birds. We also went to the rainforest at the zoo and saw all sorts of other things! We had a good time, sweated a ton, drank a bunch of water, were slathered in sun screen and came home hot and sticky! Ah, memories! I had 2 cupcakes left from Ben’s party so I stuck a candle in one for him and gave the other to Cora, and they had a mini party. I hope he feels well-celebrated–as though he really has a clue, right? He had his one-year appointment last week on Friday. He continues to grow and is now 30 in long and 24 lbs., 11 oz! Can’t believe we now have a 3 yr old and a 1 yr old!
Yep! We went to the zoo while visiting Sherry and family. We were able to see all the “inside” animals–fish, reptiles, monkeys, lions, birds and various other such creatures. It obviously wasn’t a long trip, but it got us all out of the house, gave the kids an opportunity to run around (it appeared we were the only ones there) and allowed for the older kids to be excellent tour guides to Cora, Ben and I! Here are some of my favorite photos of both kids and animals!
We have had a new family coming to our church since May-ish. They have 3 little girls and another baby due in October. The girls are Cora’s age, the twins (R and A) being 3 and their sister (G) is 2. We have enjoyed having them in the church and our kids get along really well, which is great! Anyway, Lynde, the girl’s mom, wanted to go to the zoo before it got too cold and before her baby came so on Monday we loaded up all 5 kids and went to the zoo. Monday is a free entrance day for those of us who live in the same county as the zoo, so that was helpful! This summer our zoo was lucky to have an elephant exhibit. I know the girls had fun, not sure if they really noticed the animals, but we were sure to show them the African favorites–lions, elephants and giraffes! We got there right when the zoo opened, walked around to see a fraction of the animals, took a train ride through “Australia,” and then ate lunch. We left after lunch as all 5 kids were getting tired and, quite frankly, so were we! 🙂 Ben rode around in the stroller and I also brought our wagon for Cora and G. However, none of the girls wanted to ride in the wagon and it became a source of arguing and fighting over who would get to pull it around. Oh well. If I hadn’t taken it they would have complained about being too tired to walk! 🙂 Kids, gotta love ’em! 🙂