Saturday, June 15, 2013

Relaxing Day

I decided last night that Abby and I needed a fun, relaxing day after the stressful week we have had.  We got tickets from the front desk for the zoo, packed a lunch, and off we went!  It was a wonderful day!  The nice thing is that Abby doesn't have any expectations, so we don't have to see every single animal.  I hit the ones that I knew she would like, such as the elephants, giraffes, chimps, and lions, and we just took our time and strolled around.  It was good exercise for me, and Abby loved rolling in her stroller, watching the world go by!


Abby got a big kick out of this bird's nest...

...but hated the open-air one!  Go figure!

Although she hasn't told me, I think her favorite part was probably brushing and petting the goats.



Abby LOVES elephants.  Besides dogs, I think they're her favorite animal.  She would ride one if she could.


Caleb likes giraffes, so we took a few pictures for him.




The polar bear was RIGHT up against the glass...about as close as you're going to get to one.  It was SO cool!  Abby decided that this big guy was a little too close to her, but I did manage to get a picture before she ran back to me!


A few other animal sightings...




I just lover her little pose here!!

I even actually got a picture of both of us!  If you know me, you know that I don't get family pictures when we are out and about because I'm terrified that someone posing as an upstanding citizen is going to pretend to take the picture and then run off with my camera.  I decided that I really wanted a picture of both of us (even though I definitely did feel like the single, teenaged mother today...), so I stood around the elephant habitat for a ridiculous amount of time, waiting for the "right" person to come along.  My eyes settled on an elderly man, with his wife and slightly unsteady on his feet.  Surely I could outrun him if he tried any funny business, I reasoned.  The story has a happy ending, because the kind man simply took the picture, handed my camera back to my trembling hands, and went along his merry way.  Sheeeeewww!


After a fun day at the zoo, Abby fell asleep on the way home and stayed asleep for four hours!!  I'm now paying for that four hour nap, as it is 10:26 and she is still awake.  *sigh*

I'm thankful for fun, stress-free days like today.  I wish my boys could have been here, but it was nice to have some one-on-one time with the girl that didn't center around eating!









1 comment:

Raelyn said...

Julie....
What fun!! I love our zoo!! Oh, and by the way? You saw my two very favorite zoo animals. Lions and elephants!! ;)
You know what? I actually did ride an elephant as a little girl with my Mom!! Based on the picture, I think that I was terrified!! {Most likely!!} ;-D
I am glad that you were able to go!! ;)
--Raelyn