Wednesday, April 14, 2010

351 First Zoo Trip of the Year

When Katie didn't get to play at the "big park" on Easter she asked to go to the zoo the next day. We checked her out a little early from school and headed off. Our membership had expired, so we had to renew. (by the way, Memphis Zoo has raised their family membership $20 to $99. It is still an absolute STEAL!!) So, we tossed the kids in the wagon and took off. This was our first attempt at Connor in the wagon. He was excited about it, and Katie loves not having to walk everywhere (she's lazy .... shhhhh). Connor lasted about five minutes in the wagon. He got out at the lions and never wanted to get back in. Also, I took a ton of photos and I am trying not to bore you with all of them. You are welcome. The zoo landscape is really starting to come to life. Truly some gorgeous areas, and without kids screaming there are some very serene spaces.I am pretty sure they were breaking rules here .... I apologize.The railing is not just a suggestion kids ... they really do expect you to stay on the outside of it. Connor was not convinced of that truth. But, I couldn't snap a pic since I was desperately trying to pull him back.And this is how Connor used the wagon for most of the visit. He would scream at us if we tried to help .... HYAH! Pack Mule!In the Once Upon a Farm area you HAVE to take a pic in the gopher holes ... I think we signed something on the way in.And there is that darn penny machine!! Sheer genius the person that came up with this concept. For two quarters and a penny you get a .... SQUISHED PENNY! Watch out ... that Buddha looks hungry!It was about this time that we realized that Katie only wanted to go to the zoo for a Hawaiian Ice ... guess what they have stopped having at the zoo? AND of course it as a conspiracy on our part that caused Katie not to get what she wanted. The pouting was LEGENDARY!! They had ICEE's ... and they had ICE CREAM, but nothing was satisfactory to Katie. You know, until we got an ICEE for Connor and then she had to make him share. Lucky for her, Connor is a sweetheart and will give her almost anything.I guess he thought that Daddy needed a little help :)DUCK BUTT ... It never gets old. I laugh everytime they go bottoms up. I know, I am a big child.Daddy took them in and Daddy took them out .... Thank goodness we brought the wagon!!