5.13.2013

zoo day

Back around the middle of April, Mat and I woke up on a Friday morning, and we decided we wanted to take AWA to the zoo. It was absolutely PERFECT weather, and we really enjoyed a great day being together as a family.

We arrived at the zoo around 1:30 or so in the afternoon. It wasn't too crowded, but when we first pulled up, we saw lots of school buses, and we got a little nervous. Thankfully, most of the school groups were leaving as we entered the front gates. We didn't have to deal with any lines or peeking around people to see the animals.

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We saw the elephants first. Watts was pretty impressed with them (as impressed as a 17 month old can be with an elephant, I guess). We made sure we gave them a big "Roll Tide!"

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We saw giraffes and zebras, also. We just barely missed feeding time at the giraffe cages, but I'm not sure how AWA would have handled that, anyway.

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A big hit with the little girl was the warthogs. They had clear plastic viewers that were just her height so she could see in and watch them do their thing. She thought they were so funny!

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She wasn't too taken with the lions, but she loved this little jungle dog animal. He absolutely cracked her up! She waved and pointed at him like crazy!

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AWA wore her flamingo outfit (courtesy of Miss C from Tales of a Peanut (thanks again, Jenn!!)), so we had to have her picture made by all the flamingos. We didn't get her out of her stroller, because we were afraid if we did, we'd never get her back in-- the girl LOVES to walk by herself these days.

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At the Birmingham Zoo, they have a special Alabama section that houses some Alabama farm animals that you can pet. Mat and I both thought AWA would EAT THAT UP, but turns out, she wasn't a big fan of goats trying to eat her stroller or lick her all over. It was so funny to watch, though.

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We had such a fun time at the zoo. This was Watts' first zoo experience, and we loved it so much that I think we'll take her back some this summer if it's not too hot.

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I love that little girl so much. Mat and I are so blessed to be able to spend days with her doing fun things. We are thankful!