Saturday, June 25, 2011

Imagine the Zoo For the First Time

While my mom was here we decided to venture out to the zoo which is about an hour and a half away from us.  The zoo is really lush and beautiful and has a great variety of animals but, everything is really spread out so it is a TON of walking and it was 96 degrees with nearly 100% humidity the day we went.  Hot doesn't really even describe how warm it was but, you can tell by looking at Daisy's flushed face in the pictures that it was super duper hot.  In case you are wondering, she is wearing pants because she falls periodically and the pants help save her knees from the concrete but, boy did I feel bad that she wasn't in nice airy shorts after we got there! The other bummer was that we got there later in the day, around 2:30 and the zoo closes at 5 so a lot of the animals were not even out anymore....The bears for example...Daisy's favorite animal right now.  They had all gone in their caves or dens for the day.  Daisy didn't know any different.  As long as she could see an animal moving, she was in Heaven!  She especially loved the sea lions, the birds, the turtles, the ducks and the statue of the big bear.  She is obsessed with bears right now.  She says "beah, beah, beah" in an excited voice and points at the laptop in our house for me to put on youtube videos of bears!!  The bears on the wall kept Daisy's interest for a LONG time.  She loved touching the nose and trying to reach the eyes.  She really thought it was real! She is a riot!!

I loved going to the zoo and realized that I have probably not been to a zoo in over 10 years or more.  Daisy enjoyed the experience a lot more than I expected her to at her age.  She is SO into animals right now and I think this live experience actually increased her fascination with animals.  Now she brings me only her animal books to read at home and wants me to make the sounds for every animal.  So awesome!  I think next year when she is a tad older I will buy a year long pass and go a lot!  What a great way to pass time and have fun at the same time!! 

{Oh, and I need to add before I forget that Daisy has been cutting 4 incisors for the past month.  She has had the usual low grade fevers, endless drool, brutal face and mouth rubbing, horribly short naps and is the usual teething fussy.  It could be worse but, it is definitely a bit more challenging than usual.  She has the top points in on both the top two incisors.  You can see the teething face in the pictures below.  We've been giving her tylenol for longer relief and oragel for short term relief when it seems like she is going crazy from the pain.  When these are all completely in she will have 16 teeth! Kinda ready to be done with these long, teething spells....been going through this since she was 4 months old.}  Oye!
















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12 comments:

  1. Love the pictures, Casey! And I love the wonder on her face -- so sweet -- and so neat that you captured it. :)

    your post is motivating me to drive the hour to go to the zoo. And, lol, with a family my size we just buy the yearly membership as it's only $5 more expensive than paying for everyone to get in for one day. :)

    Blessings on you Saturday!

    Rachel

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  2. What an awesome day! Love these photos. Gosh your mom is beautiful. Great photos. Hope Daisy feels better. Carsyns top teeth are finally coming through. It has been rough for him.

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  3. What fun pics! I'm cracking up at poor Daisy in pants. Princess #1 learned to walk in the winter, and I remember being HORRIFIED at her legs the first time I put her in shorts, lol.

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  4. We went to the zoo last year in July I think and made a decision never to go back during the summer. Were a lot of the animals sleeping too? Nonetheless, looks like a great time. Your mom looks like she could be your older sister.

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  5. I often think about how much fun it will be to have a little human being around with all these new experiences. Seeing the zoo for the first time, going to Disney, riding rides, traveling- so much fun!

    And reading your blog sort of gives me a sneak peak at what our life will look like in 2 years.

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  6. I love the zoo. We have 3 within 30 miles of me, and I feel really fortunate. Although, Bennett doesn't seem too interested in the animals at all. He needs to take some pointers from Daisy. Ha ha. And wow, 96 degrees?? Eeek, that's hot!!

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  7. hang in there with the teething mama! i feel ya, and yay for the zoo! looks like you guys had a great time!!!!!

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  8. Precious!!! And your mom is so lovely:)...I see where you get it!

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  9. LOVE the pics! What kind of camera do you use! They are always so crisp!

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  10. What a fun time- even if the weather was uncomfortable. It will always be a nice memory that you mom was able to be there for a "first" for Daisy. That is so important for both Daisy & your mom.

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  11. She looks like she is having a blast at the zoo! I'll never forget taking my oldest to the aquarium at 18 mo. old and how much she enjoyed it..she was completely fascinated. How quickly little ones begin to enjoy things that we enjoy ;)

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  12. These are great shots. Such a fun time!

    :)

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