Where The Wild Things Party

And the party keeps on going! After all the hustle and bustle of a smashing good first birthday for Little Miss we were not in the mood to laze around the house surrounded by the leftovers of said party (and this mama was in no mood to get to cleaning just yet). So what to do to hide from the mess celebrate a first birthday some more? Why go to the zoo of course!!

We had not been in a while (sad when we leave just down the way from it) and the lure of new baby animals had us bundled up and out the door.

Birthday Zoo 001Got to love that little face!! I know this picture is over exposed but just look at that face, it’s so cute I could spend all day kissin’ and squishin’ those cheeks. Heck, some days I do! And just for clarification I am talking about Little Miss’ face not the hubsters.

Our first order of business was checking out one of Little Miss’ favorite animals: the elephants. And just our luck there is now a new baby elephant at our zoo (the second one in recent history at our zoo!)

Birthday Zoo 002Little Miss could have spent all day looking and watching that baby elephant. She used to make the noise for an elephant when asked “What do elephants say?” but lately every creature out there makes a noise like her Samwise according to her. Which is totally fine with me cause her meow is the cutest meow on the block.

With the weather being somewhat nippy and due to our late start, we knew we would not see everything at the zoo on this particular visit. It was all about the new animals and the babies, with a few pit stops along the way like these guys, who would have been invited to our Polka-dot Afro Circus if they were house broken:

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And this guy, who Padawan kept asking me to get a picture of, and most definitely would not be invited into my house EVER. Birthday Zoo 004

Those two little pit stops led to this new flock on the block:

Birthday Zoo 005Our zoo now has flamingos! Woohoo, although their red eyes kind of creep me a out a bit. After seeing them I found the documentary about flamingos on Netflix that I thought I would watch to prescreen for the Padawan. I am so happy that I did cause it was more intense than I thought it would be! It made me cringe at parts so I could not imagine what it would be like for my kiddos. On a happier note and completely random note this mama then discovered Doctor Who (one word: addicted!)

I know, I know back to the zoo and cute kid pictures like this one:

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And how about this one:

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Agh, she is too adorable for words! So on to more pictures then!! How about some of Little Miss’ other favorite animals: BIG Sams.

Birthday Zoo 008She sure does love kitties and crawling around the house meowing like a kitty. I think she will be the next big cat trainer cause she already has her Sam pretty well trained. She meows and pats the floor next to her and he comes a runnin’. Her favorite book right now is a book on cats and you can always make her smile by singing “Soft Kitty” (soft kitty, warm kitty little ball of fur. happy kitty, sleepy kitty purr purr purr).  Ya, we are defintately cat people.

So on her official first birthday Little Miss spent it with wild things other than her brother for a change. And I slowly got adjusted to answering “how old is she” with the appropriate response of “one.” It was a good day spent with my favorite people in the whole universe and I didn’t have to clean my house which was just icing on the cake. I will leave you with one of favorite pictures of the day, which really reflects our every day life; she loves her big brother and always has to keep an eye on him. Never mind the bear walking around in the enclosure right in front of her, she has to see what he is doing.

Birthday Zoo 009My two favorite little wild things, oh how I love them. So there it is the end of our birthday celebrations which leaves us only 4 months to rest and recoup before the next two birthdays in the family: the hubsters and our own jungle cat Mr. Samwise Gamgee. We are not the only ones that celebrate their cat’s birthday are we?

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Lions, Tigers, and Bears

Oh my! Sorry I couldn’t help myself with that post title it just sort of happened since we got to spend time with family at our local zoo it felt natural so I went with it.

It was Little Miss’ first time, but I think it was more enjoyable for us than for her. Although she did seem to enjoy her naps while riding around in her ergo baby carrier. I don”t know how I survived without one with Padawan, they are AWESOME! I mean, what more could a breastfeeding momma ask for, it is super comfy not at all awkward like the the Bjorn I had with Padawan and it is super easy to feed the Little Miss while walking so no having to find a place to sit down and then entertain a big brother who wants to see as much as possible in as short as time as possible; I swear he tries to set a world record for fastest sight seeing trips.

Three generations of weird boys.

Not sure what the Padawan was attempting to portray, he said something about being a fish. Grandpa was being his usual self and tried to pull a fake salmon out of the water feature. 

Hmmm, Polar bears and penguins don’t mix. Apparently they have never offered them beer cause the ones I know always get along as long as there is beer around. Just have to remember to hide the duct tape before hand though. 

This cute little guy was holding up the signs, you know the ones that nobody seems to read and then tells their kids the wrong names for the animals lol.

And just to prove that there are animals at the zoo here are some of our favorite animals of the day:



Yes, it seems as though all the animals shared Little Miss’ idea of a good day includes a good nap.

Since she spent most of the trip in this state we had to get a picture of the elephant since Little Miss’ favorite toy is currently a fuzzy pink elephant that she loves to kiss on.

She did wake up for a bit though to be her usual chipper and happy self. Gosh, she looks huge for being only 4 months!

We will leave you all with a mystery, a mystery as to what kind of animal is this and who gave it a slushy?