What a delightfully emotive lass. All these faces in such a short period of time. She was playing with some flowers and a butterfly for just a short period of time. Who knows what was going through her head.
And then their is the best part, interaction. Watching the little kids running around chasing butterflies was almost magical. Wait, let's just be sappy, it was totally magical. I think my favorite parts were Brooke catching this one, having a huge one land on Matt, Ashley finally warming up, oh and the complete disregard for rules. When you walk in, the nice volunteer old man explained no climbing on the rocks, especially to the kids. He even leaned down and talked at their level (Brooke goes "I know" *sigh*). Then wouldn't you know it, this pregnant lady climbs up, over the rocks, into the exhibit, on some plants, and grabs a butterfly. So many problems. I mean, we weren't supposed to grab, and how can you set an example for the kids with such people around. Brooke and Ashley played by the rules the whole time. They were awesome.
Also, a butterfly landed on my shoe. Like 5 times. It was really weird.
I took a day off of work to go to the zoo with the nieces. It was the best idea ever.
My niece Brooke really enjoyed taking pictures as well. She probably took more pictures than myself in the end. I did a little slide show before my brother picked up to leave, and she kept saying "I took that". At first, we thought she meant she took one like that. Eventually her braggadocio got so bad we had to correct her, which made her super embarrassed. Maybe we should have let her think they were her photos.
Many of the animals were just laying about, as it was quite warm. I get the general impression they are not terribly happy there. But, then I remember I'm not a big hippy, and just think its cool to have such a great resource to teach kids about animals. And a place to learn about them beyond TV.
Overall, the zoo is an awesome place for kids. You would not loose out by taking them.
Eventually the kids wear out, and then its time to go home. If I were to give a piece of advice, don't worry about seeing everything. Really enjoy the moments where the kids are staring into the exhibit. That, "it's time to go" business has no place in the park.
I was very fortunate to have my nieces from Colorado in town. My brother came along with them, perhaps not as fortunate, by ok I guess. Oh, and Erica, bonus.
Then Matt got us a ride on a sailboat. It was a blast. Brooke went all the way to front of the boat! It reminded me so much of how much I used to love standing at the bow pulpit going up and down with the waves.
The super awesome cockpit view. Hooray for happy family time.
Getting a little scary up there! Better come back, dry off and head in.