Monday, October 7, 2013

A Huge Announcement!

Roses are red

Violets are blue

I'm going to be a BIG brother

Because Mommy and Daddy are expecting baby number 2!

Due April 2014!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Our Annual Family Zoo Trip!

So you know when you have a really fun family day and you're super excited to (in my case) blog about it or post your pictures to Facebook for all your friends and family to see? Well that was definitely me a week and a day ago when we went took C to the zoo. So of course it's taken me some time to actually sit down and write about it. I still have a post about homemade play dough I have yet to put up! I'm such a procrastinator. Which also explains why I have two loads of diapers to stuff and put away. Anyway, let me get back to the point here.

On the September 22nd, we took C to the zoo. It's crazy to think that this was his second year going. He was just 4 months old when we took him last year and now he's just about 2 years old! My husband and I went back in 2010 before I was pregnant and skipped going in 2011 because I was just too pregnant to really care about going. I was also working a full time job and only wanted to sleep in and lay around on the weekends. Who can blame a pregnant woman for wanting that?!
When we took C at 4 months, he wasn't really interested much because he was so young. For us though, it was a nice family trip that we planned to make an annual event. Last year he seemed to be interested in the monkeys because they were making funny noises. This year was completely different in so many ways. First we experienced a melt down when we were waiting for the train. (He has his mother's patience, I'm afraid.)
Once we got on the train he had somewhat of a sour face for the majority of the ride. He did enjoy the ride though, he loves trains and he got to see some of the animals a little more up close. We even managed to get a family photo thanks to the guy who sat in front of us.
We used our stroller when we had to walk between exhibits. I took my Ergo carrier in case we needed it for anything, but he's way to heavy for either of us to carry the entire time we're there. He liked it better this way though because it was easy to let him out of the stroller when we went got to an exhibit.
He even got a chance to play at a little park area they had and he loved it. I will say that using the Ergo would have been less of a hassle because it was a really busy day. However, it was nice having the extra space in the stroller for our water containers and snack we brought from home. This was a great way to save some money while we were there.

The first area we saw was the aquarium where all the different fish, sharks, penguins, polar bear, walrus and other animals were. C loved the penguins, especially because there were bubbles in there. We're not quite sure why they had bubbles blowing. Maybe it was some sort of entertainment for the penguins. C loved watching them swim around and play. We looked at the sharks and polar bear for a while, but C didn't seem all that interested in them. He did like watching the fish swim around.
Next we saw some flamingos which C didn't really care for too much. 

We then went into an area where they had birds. You could feed the birds from a stick with bird seed, but you had to pay for it. We weren't really interested in paying for bird seed, so we just looked at them. Then someone came up to me with one of their extra sticks and said C could have it. That was extremely nice of them and C loved feeding the birds! Eventually he became uninterested so I finished feeding the birds with the rest of the bird seed. It was pretty fun and I got a couple of neat photos.
We then went through the area with giraffes, rhinos, cheetahs, lions and the bear. 
Giraffes are my favorite animal at the zoo, so this was my favorite exhibit! Unfortunately we were too late to feed the giraffes. 
After that we saw the monkeys. C loved watching the monkey swing from tree to tree. This was his second favorite exhibit in the zoo. He had the biggest smile and even laughed at the monkey. This was rather fun because our nickname for C is actually Monkey! After the monkeys we saw the tiger. 
This was C's absolute favorite exhibit in the entire zoo! He was fascinated by the tiger and smiled so big. He kept making a tiger sound too. It was the most adorable thing ever. The way the tiger exhibit is set up, it has a huge glass area where you could watch the tiger. Anytime the tiger walked away from C, he would scoot in front of the other people watching so he could see the tiger.
He was that fascinated by it. We didn't want to pull him away, but we would have been there all day if we didn't.
At the end of our visit we went to the souvenir shop to pick C up a little something. He got an adorable shirt and a cute little car that has a tiger on it. It was the perfect end to a perfect day. Unfortunately the desert exhibit was closed, which we were looking forward to. The reason it was closed was because they're adding an orangutan exhibit right next to it. We can't wait to see this next year! We also missed the butterfly area because it closes an hour before the zoo.

If I had known that, we probably would have gone there first. This is actually the second year we missed that part. We'll definitely make it there next year!

What are some family activities or trips you and your children enjoy?