Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Our first visit to the zoo

Jeff took the day off today to spend some "family time" with us before he has to leave for the weekend. We decided to take the boys to the zoo and get a zoo friends membership while we were there. On the way to the zoo the boys went right to sleep since it was their normal nap time. Of course, as soon as the car stopped they were wide awake. We got them out and put them in the stroller, applied lots of Blue Lizard sunscreen, put on our Baby Banz and we were off! We had no idea how long the boys would be able to handle the zoo, but it really didn't matter since we got a membership and can go anytime. After only about 15 minutes Ashton was NOT having the stroller! He is going through a major gross motor stage, and that combined with his ever increasing sense of independence, makes him hate to be confined to a stroller, wagon, lap, etc. We took turns carrying him and pushing the stroller. Ayden was relaxed and chillin' in his banz. (What a change from a few months ago!) We got to see the chimps, elephants, tortoise, turtles and penguins up really close. Many of the other animals where too far away for the boys to be able to see them. After about an hour and a half Ashton was more than ready for a real nap. Lately the boys have both been taking two 2 hour naps each day! This is GREAT when we are at home, but proves to be a little inconvenient on days like today. We made our way back to the car and Ashton was out before we even left the parking lot! We stopped at Braum's on our way home since we heard they had some new ice cream flavors. We LOVE Braum's, and being an ice cream-a-holic is in my genes so checking out this new ice cream was a given! There were sooo many good choices it was hard to select just one! I finally decided on dulce de leche cheesecake! (I plan to try it after finishing this blog!) Then we went home and ate lunch and put the boys down for a good nap. This afternoon we got out a splash pad and hooked up the sprinkler to introduce the boys to "outdoor water play". The water from the hose was pretty cold so we doubted how well it would go over, but went ahead with our plan. Ayden was timid at first, but decided it was okay to touch with his hands, and he loved watching the water spraying up from the holes. Ashton was not so adventurous today. Near the end he finally relaxed a little, but he was still not excited about it.

I am so excited about the warmer weather and the boys being able to participate in and enjoy more activities! I plan to fill the coming days with even more exciting things. Now is the time to rack my brain for all those activities I use to do with my pre-K kids and adapt them for the boys!


  1. How fun! We also have a zoo membership, it's great. During the summer months they open up early for members (9am, I think)...a great way to get out before the summer mid-day heat. We should totally meet there one day soon!

  2. Sounds like you had a great time! We also have a zoo membership, we sure would be a sight to see if we all went to the zoo together:)