It Was a Zoo Out There

Last time Jen was here visiting, she and Maggie took Austin and Lilly to the zoo. From that day on, Jen has been telling me that I absolutely MUST go to the zoo with Lilliana Marie Eve. She takes after our side of the family. She loves her some zoo.

Bill and I are members of two zoos – the Denver Zoo and the Phoenix Zoo. Both of my memberships are well used. I’ve been taking Kaiya and Mylee to the zoo since they were both very little. I haven’t had the chance to take Cole yet, because, well, Volkswagen Bug. No room for three in the back seat. Somehow I’m determined to make it happen this summer when we are back in Denver. The last time I Face Timed with Kaiya, she told me she is learning about animals at school. At that point she had learned about pandas and tigers.

“Tell me something about tigers,” I said.

“Hmmm,” she said. “Well, their paws are very padded so that they can sneak up on the animals they eat,” she finally declared.

Well, there you go. It will be fun to take her to the zoo and have her tell me about the animals. I assure you, I will learn a lot.

Yesterday, Jen’s final day for this visit, we went to the zoo. Bec joined us, and we had a grand time. Austin scored big as he got permission to play hooky from school. Well, preschool. I don’t think he will have to face a truant officer.

Jen is right about Lilly. She can hardly stand still as she sees the animals. As for Austin, he considered it more of a rolling snack cart as Maggie pulled him in the wagon and he ate pretzels and fruit snacks and goldfish crackers and drank red Gatorade until his lips turned red. He could be persuaded to get out of the cart for particularly interesting animals like orangutans, but it wasn’t until the carousel that he really perked up.

Lilly wanted to ride a giraffe on the carousel and Austin wanted to ride a shark. As it turned out, Lilly rode a leopard and Austin rode an alligator, but it was all good. And like a good daughter, Lilly waved at her mommy every single time her leopard passed by. I’m pretty sure she’s going to be a beauty pageant contestant. Or the pope.

It was a splendid day that ended with homemade pancakes for lunch. What could be better?

Here are some photos of our day….

Lilly and Austin can't take their eyes off one of the animals.

Lilly and Austin can’t take their eyes off one of the animals.

And here's what caught their eye -- a vulcher is standing as still as a statue with its wings spread wide...

And here’s what caught their eye — a vulcher is standing as still as a statue with its wings spread wide…

Lilly and Aunt Bec check out the African savannah.

Lilly and Aunt Bec check out the African savannah.

We had us some carousel!

We had us some carousel!

4 thoughts on “It Was a Zoo Out There

  1. Looks like a lot of fun! Good idea about getting passes. We don’t have a great zoo but we have a really nice aquarium.

    On Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 7:57 AM, Nanas Whimsies wrote:

    > kzmclain posted: “Last time Jen was here visiting, she and Maggie took > Austin and Lilly to the zoo. From that day on, Jen has been telling me that > I absolutely MUST go to the zoo with Lilliana Marie Eve. She takes after > our side of the family. She loves her some zoo. Bi” >

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