Sunday, June 10, 2012

Not So Much with the Animals

For my birthday today (31, OMG I'm old), I requested a trip to the zoo. The stage was set for a perfect outing - perfect weather? Check. Me, Hubs, and my parents all available? Check. Sunscreen and snacks? Check. Now, I'm not going to tell you the outing wasn't perfect, because it essentially was. We had a great time. Except...Sweets and the animals? Well, it went something like this:

"Sweetie, look! Look at the elephant!"
"All done!"
"But, look at him eating his hay!"
"Bye bye elephant!"
"Do you want to see the tiger?"

Slightly less climactic than the scene that played out in my head (that scene involved us leaving the zoo and Sweets chattering on about lions and tigers and bears, oh my. Perhaps clutching a stuffed lemur we had purchased at the gift shop). As far as we could tell, his favorite parts of the zoo experience were twofold:

1. Eating snacks in his stroller.
2. Seeing the John Deere gator that the employees tool around in.

Nevertheless, we did manage to capture some memories on camera!

This playing of the wooden alligator drum lasted all of 30 seconds before the John Deere gator drove by and that was the end of that.

I make a convincing butterfly, no?

Lazy lions.

I love elephants so much. Seeing this one getting a cool bath was the highlight of the trip for me. I could not for the life of me convince my son of the same!

We snapped a photo in front of this safari background because if we got too close to any actual living, breathing animals there was lots of protesting on Sweets' part ;)

He did seem to like the tortoises. And no, I didn't let him run around at the zoo barefoot. There was an attempt to get him to play in the little water area for kids that didn't go over well.

With PaPa and GaGa.

Later in the afternoon we Facetimed with my brother and sister-in-law and when asked what animals he saw at the zoo, Sweets told them "froggies, turtles and snakes." Is he a boy or what?! I love it!


  1. LOLOL @ the favorite list having the gator on it! your list is EXACTLY why i plan on taking blaine to my uncle's dairy farm waaay more often than the zoo this summer. [he milks over 600 cows daily and owns about 30 giant tractors]. last summer we went to the zoo about 3 times and the dairy farm once; you can imagine the winner.

    loved your pics!!

  2. Wow, it's a shame we don't live in the same state because I think Sweets and Blaine would be BFF! ;)

    They should really come up with a tractor amusement park or something for tractor-obsessed little ones!