Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Animal Kingdom

Last Tuesday Jace and I visited the zoo with our friends Lynsey and Ethan. Between this and our dinosaur adventure ... it was the perfect way to start our summer vacation. It had been awhile since I had been to the zoo. It has changed a lot! They enlarged many of the habitats for the animals. In doing so -- there are by far fewer animals than there used to be. It was fun to see the new, revamped zoo -- but I can't help but miss the hippo and lion (I don't remember seeing the lion!). To end our trip -- Jace and I spent some time on a polar bear ... on the carousel of course :) Apparently Jace's big brown eyes were WIDE open.
A few things I learned ... 1) the zoo is much more fun when you go with small people. I plan on bring Jace back again when he is old enough to recognize the different animals -- and to enjoy it more. AND 2) it takes SO much more time to do things when you have a baby. We had to stop once so Jace could eat ... then within 30 minutes we had to stop for Ethan to eat. I am not complaining though -- it was super fun!

Their elephant, Christie is pregnant! The "little" (350 lb) bundle of joy will grace the hogle zoo in August. We happened to be in the right place at the right time and were able to see the elephant show. It is amazing how an animal that is SO big can be trained. A new addition to the zoo is their snow leopard. Last time Joe and I were there we looked and looked for one -- there wasn't even any snow leopard plush toys in the gift shop. I was VERY excited to see one at the zoo. Since the snow leopard is my school's mascot -- I couldn't help but buying a few souvenirs to display in my classroom!


Bryce & Cortney Alvord said...

I love the zoo! You're such a cute mom and your little boy with cherish these moments :) I love it!

Lynsey said...

It was so much fun! I'm glad that I got to share my membership with you. We'll have to do it a few more times this summer. It does take a lot longer with babies, but it makes the outing last longer :)

The Butler Clan said...

gotta love the zoo!!

Mom and Dad said...

The cutest little animal at the zoo you brought home with you!! That Kid is precious. Fun to visit this weekend.
Am glad you are doing these things that you both (all 3) enjoy. That's what makes memories, whether he's "old enough" or not! All times are fun!!!

Sarah Elizabeth said...

Glad you are enjoying catching the sights with the little man...he just keeps getting cuter and cuter! I need to see him again, very soon!