Well, there are two bits of good news in the coming weeks. First, the new lion exhibit, which looks like it's going to be awesome, opens up in another month. I can't wait! Not just for the lions, mind you, but also to see the baboons again, in particular. The viewing for them is up-close and they're always so animated. The other bit of good news is that in the past year we came into a certificate for a free membership. So we won't have to pay for next year (starting next month), which is nice since I'm always debating renewing, given our busy schedule in the summer--travel, pool time, etc. Often I think that I'd like it next time we have a baby since it's a great, low-key place to take a walk and get out of the house. I also think it'll be a little easier to go more often when Jacob drops his nap because right now we're stuck going first thing in the morning. Usually it's too late in the afternoon to go once he wakes up from his nap (only took about three years, but it's so nice to have a good napper!). Anyway, the free membership means we don't have to make that decision this year!
The weather was pleasant Saturday morning and Craig had to work, so Jacob and I headed out for a morning visit. And for a change, he was 95% good. What a breath of fresh air to have a little boy that acted reasonably good for his age. Seriously, it makes all the difference. We also didn't take a stroller this time, so that was a big step, and fortunately it didn't backfire. It was a very busy morning there, much busier than when we usually go, but all in all it was a nice time. Here's a photo summary of our trip:
|Different bird I noticed in the aviary. I love that exhibit because the birds are so close and there are no cages or glass separating them. Someday that will come back to haunt me, I'm sure.|
|This meerkat was seriously posing for everyone...then running around in circles. Reminds me of someone else I know...|
|Given Jacob's obsession with his stuffed eagle, he had a renewed appreciation for the eagle exhibit. They are so stinkin' regal, aren't they?|
|We always love the otters and were lucky enough to see one swimming outside. This one struck a pose, too, but turns out it was pooping in the process. Ew.|
|Another happy face, this time climbing the log bench in front of the tiger exhibit. I was getting a little cranky about it because he wasn't supposed to be climbing it, but it was hard to keep telling him no when everyone else was climbing on it.|
|Always fun when the zoo adds animals, and this is a new one--a crane. So pretty with the red patch on its head!|
We came home for lunch and naptime (three hours--I spent at least half of it pulling weeds!), and then went outside for a bit. While we were out there I snapped this lovely picture of a tiny little violet in our yard. Just loved the brightness of it and wanted to share!
We ended the day at the Knighthawks game with Lori. She ended up not feeling well shortly after halftime, which made for an earlier night than planned. But truly, other than missing the end of a big win, it turned out well because it got Jacob in bed significantly earlier. I was hoping that would mean he'd be a more cooperative child again today, but no such luck. He woke up way early and it made for a rough day. Boo. But at least we got one good day. It gives me hope that we'll get more of those...someday.