Zippity “Zoo” Da

Living down wind from a zoo has some benefits (and none of the disadvantages), especially when you have a membership to take advantage of the downwinded-ness. This summer that membership paid off with multiple trips to the zoo with friends and family alike. Instead of making a post about each and every single visit, we thought we would be kind and combine all the visits together into one post.

And why not start off the post with some pictures of the cutest creature around?

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Ya, Little Miss pretty much takes the cake when it comes to cuteness. On one of our trips to the zoo we kidnapped invited a grandma and papa along for the adventure.  Unlike her brother, Little Miss has lived most of her life away from her grandparents. Padawan was pretty lucky to have spent most of his early years at one of three grandparents’ house getting spoiled (he of course is still spoiled rotten by them whenever he sees them). But Little Miss still takes a while to warm up to them every once in a while, not that that stops her from soaking up some spoiling loving from her papa.

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And just to prove this cuteness happened at aforementioned, downwinded  (or would it be up winded since we are downwind?) zoo cue animal photo now:

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And Padawan is always happy when papa and grandma come along cause that means he gets to use their smaller camera to take pictures, which mostly ends up being of his baby sister.

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And asking me to take pictures of him being crazy. I have no idea whose kid this is, please let us know if you know where he belongs. Just kidding, he is ours and we claim him (most of the time).

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There were animals to see of course, we are at the zoo remember?

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In all the times we have been to our zoo we were never lucky enough to see these guys awake, until one time this summer:

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It was crazy seeing them walking around! You could actually hear their quills clacking against each other as they walked. Since the time we saw them awake, they have been asleep and/or hiding every single time. At least Little Miss and Padawan (and mama too) got to experience these crazy creatures we call porcupines. Little Miss may not have been as impressed with them as much as I was.  Guess it takes a lot to impress a 16 month old these days.

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One of the other times we rounded up our crew to go to the zoo we also brought along our neighbors kiddos, who Padawan spent most of the summer playing with outside and having movie/dinner nights with (sad to say they moved away before the end of the summer and Padawan misses them like crazy!) The hubster thought it was crazy that it looked like we had 5 kids, something that he says he does not want in real life.

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After looking at that crazy bunch I think I will have to agree with the hubster, 5 is too much crazy for this mama (though I wouldn’t mind one more).

The kids had way too much posing at all the different areas, I didn’t even have to coax them. Well, ok maybe I had to coax them a little bit and threw in a bribe of an elephant ear or two.  But the crazy, that’s all their doing. Crazy is one thing you don’t have to coax out of kids when you put a camera in front of them.

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Little Miss had to show her crazy a couple times too.

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Just look at those teeth! She is finally getting them all in which makes this mama happy since it is a downright pain to go through the horrors that is teething with nothing to show for it.

And here is one more obligatory animal shot since you know we are at the zoo (again).

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That otter had the right idea. It was surprisingly hot this summer which made for nice days to go out and walk the zoo but man did it make you envious of the animals who just laid about in a nice cool pool.

So there it is our zoo adventures of the summer nicely condensed into one neat and tidy post. We sure enjoy being this close to our zoo (I think this is the third blog post about a trip there but whose counting). Is there a place your family frequents during the summer? Is it a water park (man I wish we had one of those) or a museum (my kiddos are too loud for one)?

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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?

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?