Today, we braved the heat and attempted to go on a family outing. Since Gavin was born family time has been VERY limited and getting out of the house has pretty much come to a screeching halt. Jared has been running most of the errands and me and Mr Baby have been stuck in the house for nearly a month. In an attempt to get some exercise, family bonding and a little sun we headed to our local zoo. Our zoo is quite disappointing on the scale of awesomeness, but it’s nice to see some animals and the kids don’t know the difference…yet.
Most of the animals were actually up and moving around today….which is a rarity. We came at feeding time so got to see quite a few of them enjoying tasty meat bones and bananas. We were trying to figure out what kind of animal the meat bones came from. I’m pretty sure they had to have been a dinosaur cause they were pretty large in size. However, I don’t think the animals cared much since they acted starved and bored with it all. We also got to see the elephants get a bath and apparently it is common practice for the zookeeper to chuck bananas over the fence for the elephant to enjoy. I’m not sure why they didn’t just walk in the pin and place them on the ground but I’m no expert. There was something quite mesmerizing about the thud of the banana landing on the ground, the elephant slowly meandering to it (as more thuds happened all around him) and picking it up and eating it whole. It takes them forever to chew and swallow….my guess is because they are eating some pretty tough stem and peel in there. I didn’t have much time to think about it since it was raining bananas and Gavin was getting fussy. Perhaps, some day in my spare time I’ll actually look up the banana method….you can see it really perplexed me. Ha!
It is tradition to take a picture in front of this waterfall. I can’t say it’s particularly a beautiful waterfall or anything and I can’t remember when or why the tradition started but me and Jared don’t get very many pictures of ourselves so it will be good to show the grandkids some day when we are old and wrinkly!
The giraffes were all begging to be fed and probably thought we were a waste of time since I didn’t have change to buy food. However, they were gracious enough to pose so I could get a picture. The boys were petrified thinking they were going to stick out their abnormally long tongues and grab them during this photo impromptu. I told them it was “impossible” but was secretly hoping it would happen. Can you just imagine the photo? Bahaha.
It was Gavin’s first trip to the zoo and he was so thrilled he slept the whole time. At our last animal sighting he decided that riding around in the stroller was A LOT of hard work and needed to be fed. We took the opportunity to stop and stabilize everyone’s blood sugar and get a break from the heat.
My favorite moment of the whole day was seeing my two oldest hold hands and walk around. There is something about this picture that just melts my heart. There is nothing in the world like the bond between siblings and I’m just more and more thankful each day that they all have each other. I hope they never ever lose this friendship …. although I don’t expect them to be holding hands when they are 30. 🙂
We ended the afternoon adventures by going to Bass Pro. We have been a million times but it’s been a while and we desperately needed some air conditioning. Gavin did really great (he slept again) but was definitely adventured out by the time we got in the car. He screamed all the way home but was quite happy once we got him out of his car seat. Once he was changed and fed, momma and baby enjoyed a nice snuggle in our big bed. After a rough night last night a quick nap was definitely much needed. I’m hoping tonight will be less adventurous and full of more sleep. However, if it means I get to snuggle up to this cute face then I’m all in.