It’s a week late, but here’s some pictures from our trip to the zoo last week. We went with Steph, Henry, Christy & baby Bella. It was that one day that got up to 80 (California/Arizona friends, stop laughing), and we really were reminded this is the only zoo (right?) in Oregon, because it was extremely crowded. But we had fun! I posted these pics on Facebook already, so you may have seen them.
Aren’t they super cute?! This was our friend the hippo. Great view!

Two curious boys checking things out.
I always wonder what compels the kids to instinctually put both palms on the glass. Also, I wonder whose job it is to clean the glass at the end of the day?

I always love the sea lions. They never disappoint!

Hello! Henry’s getting up close & personal with this alligator.

Sydney enjoyed most of the day from her shaded seat.

When you see this picture, you may think, “Aw! Cute kid on a tractor!” I think about the 20 minutes we spent circling this thing, waiting for other kids and parents to step down so Carson & Henry could sit on the seat, waiting “our turn,” stalling at the petting zoo, etc. Then, when I could see they were finally clearing, Carson’s totally lost it, having a Level 10 meltdown. Screaming, going boneless, kicking…you name it. It took me another 5 minutes to talk him down from the ledge, so to speak. Just as he was getting a grip, a huge group of preschoolers came running down the hill, bee-lining for this tractor, and beat us to it by seconds. They swarmed it like ants on a hill. Aaaaaaaand…we’re back to square one. FINALLY, as you can see, we ended up getting our turn.

Here’s Steph staring down the goat. He did not return her smile. But he didn’t spit or kick, so, you know, that’s good.

However, Mr. Goat was not easy on the nose, ifyaknowwhatimean. Can you tell by Sydney’s expression?

This is one of my favorite pics, because it looks like the boys are right next to this leopard. This was a great exhibit, with 3 little viewing windows. The leopard paced back and forth, walking quickly from one window to the other, and the boys ran along, following him. Exciting stuff!

Meltdowns aside, it was a really fun day, even with the crowds. It was great to be outside and be warm! We got our workouts pushing strollers up lots of hills. I’m sure we’ll be back soon!


On a side note, here is a group shot from this last weekend with the 5 couples. For anyone interested. Good times!