Monday, April 26, 2010

The Zoo...our 1st family fieldtrip!

It took a weekend of planning, a day of packing & lots of double checking things but we finally went out as a family to the zoo. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day or better company. Adrienne, Jack, & Lizzie met us up there. Honestly, I don't know if we would have enjoyed it quite as much w/o them there. I think this should be an annual event (hint, hint, wink, wink...A).

What we weren't planning for was 10 gazillion schools to also come. I thought for sure that they wouldn't come out on a Monday & right before state testing. Do-oh. I was way off. WAY.OFF.

But, that didn't stop us from getting to see all the big, beautiful animals. Not at all. It started w/ the seals. They were the coolest! Then we went on to the giraffes, elephants, tigers, bears, & lions. The kids were absolutely FASCINATED by the creatures. They knew the animals b/c we have been discussing them & watching videos before bed.

Of all the moments, & I'm telling you there were A.LOT. of moments, the best was when Ian saw the elephant. His face, priceless. He wouldn't stop making his elephant sound. Not for a long time. He may not be able to say elephant but he sure can tell us all about it!

I'm not going to bore you w/ all the animal pics, except for one. This was our trip.

Daddy getting tickets. A special thanks to Miss Jane for giving us 2 adult passes for free entrance!

Daddy w/ the kids & the seals right behind them.

The crew! Adrienne & Jack were fantastic when it came to dealing w/ our kids & jumped right in to help.

The 1 animal shot I am going to share w/ you. Isn't he gorgeous!?!

Our monkey backpack/harnesses really came in handy & gave the kids an opportunity to walk around.

Our 1 & only family pic. I love it! Hook 'em Horns!

Our kids actually sat still long enough to get some group shots. Isn't Miss Lizzie a doll? She was so well behaved. We were completely impressed & had a blast w/ our friends.

We ended the day eating, our 1st time ever to eat out w/ the kids. No high chairs, nu-thin. The kids did pretty darn well!

PS ~ The only thing forgotten was me putting on deodorant. How embarrassing! Thank God I didn't stink, haha!


Tonya said...

Aww, look at the 4 of them! So sweet! Lizzie is getting so big! Great pics, Astrid, thanks for sharing!

Texas Gal said...

Jack was saying it would be fun to do this every year -- he had a BALL! As quiet as he was, he said he really, really liked you guys and thought your kiddos were super. We must pick a less hot day next time -- fat girls don't like heat! hahaa (or maybe I can just get rid of the fat?? But I've been saying that for years... ) We really had a lot of fun and are so happy to have been included in the plans for your big day. Looking forward to our next visit -- even if it is a quick playdate, even. I know Lizzie will be stoked when I show her the pics tomorrow. Love y'all -- had a BLAST!

Nichole said...

Looks like you had a blast! Aiden makes the elephant noise too, instead of saying elephant! :)

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Anonymous said...

Why does that person care so deeply about the fact that some children use pacifiers? Why is this person so concerned about your ability to understand what your child says with a pacifier in her mouth? Why is this person concerned about your dental bills? Why is this person concerned that you have them on "leashes"? Seriously. There are so many real things in this life to be concerned about.... There is nothing unusual about a pacifier. Last time I checked it was legal in all 50 states. So is sucking your thumb. Please Paci Hater, give us a break. We know you are very very very upset about these little girls and their pacifier use. The thing is we all just don't care.
Trudy 2+twins

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Katy L. said...

I wish we could've been there, too! It looks like you all had such a great time and I bet the kids loved it! I think you guys should make that an annual thing! It'd be a great idea!

As for your paci stalker...what a coward. If you're going to judge, at least have the balls to put your name. Hiding behind that "anonymous" moniker makes you a HUGE coward...and a baby. Maybe we should stick a paci in YOUR mouth!! I like that idea! Hey an extra paci for that coward who likes to stalk you??

txsjewels said...

wow love the new header on the blog! too cute. looks like the sweeties had a great time at the zoo.. and daddy too! and if you gotta forget your deoderant, might as well be at the zoo... plenty of weird smells there to mask yourself!

love the pics,
auntie jewels

MDtripmom said...

Good for you for getting out! It looks like the trip to the zoo was a great success. One day, when I'm not hugely pregnant, we're going to try it. It's so nice to just have a day with family and friends every once in awhile, regardless of where you go or what you do!