Monday, July 15, 2013

Z-O-O

Usually Sunday mornings are reserved for grocery shopping, but because we had gone on Saturday afternoon instead, we had the whole Sunday open to do something fun. We picked the zoo. It had been one whole year since our last trip...Will was only 5 months at that time! This time, my 20-month old boy walked everywhere and actually showed interest in some animals. He was especially fascinated by the farm animals, even though everything was sheep to him -- all the donkeys, llamas, goats. haha. He did recognize the cow, though, and petted one. A first for him. It was a hot day so not many animals were out, but since the National Zoo is free, we can always go back again soon.

A comparison: May 2011April 2012
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It's a tradition to get a picture of me and the kids at the front entrance.
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Anna wasn't smiling, but I really like this picture anyway!  
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The llama, the cow, and Will's behind.
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Nothing was more thrilling than this cooling zone.

Other happenings over the weekend:

We took the kids to a pet store and picked up 5 new goldfish for the tank. It was a super fun experience for Anna -- to carry the fishes home and now she sees them everyday.  
Got new fish!
My kids were not at all into the Udvar-Hazy Center, which houses airplanes, helicopters, and even a space shuttle.  Will's extent of appreciation was pointing and shouting "airplane!" over and over.  And I think Anna asked a couple of "what's that" questions?  I had heard that the museum has lots of open space - which is true! - and good for kids to run around. But my kids just weren't excited about it. Good thing parking was free after 4pm because I think we stayed, oh, maybe 20 minutes?
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18 comments:

  1. I am glad you had fun with the kids! Udvar-Hazy Center looks amazing, too bad the kids were not at all into it. Would've acted like a wide-eyed super excited kid had I been there.

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  2. This was a neat little weekend. Didn't seem like we did much, but it was fun to bring the kids out to see new things even if they were not jumping for joy the entire time. The only fallout is that I'm getting into my old aquarium hobby again. Now if only my substrate would hurry up and get delivered, then I can get my plants properly rooted and then I'll need to check the pH and CO2 levels and...

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    1. Yes, your new (re)found hobby is costing us a small fortune. Just hope the plants survive!

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  3. LOL@Father Time!

    I hope the fishes live as long as some of your previous ones!! (I remember them!)

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    1. You are officially my longest reader. :)

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  4. What a fun weekend! I love the front entrance photo tradition! It's great that they have those cooling stations. We've been wanting to go to the zoo but haven't had a free day that isn't raining or super hot. :P - Eva

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    1. I think October would be a great time to visit the zoo. When it is too hot out, it's hard to enjoy anything.

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  5. What a fun day! Beautiful zoo entrance with all those flowers, and that will be so fun to look back at all of your photos of the kids growing up over the years. My girls really want to get a pet goldfish, so I think we'll be making a visit to the pet shop sometime soon! Have a great day!

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    1. Ooooh, good luck with the pet goldfish. You will have to share pictures!

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  6. We love the DC zoo, have been there a couple of times with our kids. They love the panda and the elephants. Only thing we don't like about that zoo is the crazy hill it is on, makes it hard to climb back up at the end of our trip =) ~Zi

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    1. Agree! We actually parked at the back of the zoo and made the trip to the front entrance (uphill climb) in the beginning. Then we just slowly walked back.

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  7. Love the tradition to take a photo in front of the zoo each time you! Love it! And Will's butt photo is just tooooo cute. I can't wait to visit the zoo since all the remodeling is now done.

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    1. Hmmm...maybe in the future, we can arrange a meetup? That would be a lot of fun. :)

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    2. So much fun! Let you know how the rest of our summer pans out. Not sure if I will be too lazy to get out of the house or just clamoring to get out :)

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    3. Maybe in the fall? I know you will be busy this summer...you know, with the new baby and all. :) I am thinking of you today!

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  8. I always enjoy your comparison photos and seeing your little family grow. Hope you're all keeping cool over there. It has been unbearably humid in the city!

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    1. super hot over here too. i can imagine it is worse in the city with buildings and cars and traffic, though. luckily, there are so many spray parks there as well. go get soaked! :)

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    2. I'd totally run through the playground sprinklers if I wouldn't get odd looks afterwards. I need to borrow someone's child so I can get an in!

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