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!