It was so different this time with the kids walking/running (all but Seth, still - he's still not ready to brave the hard ground more than a couple of steps!). My mom said, "We'd take them out of the stroller and they'd go in five different directions!" :) Thankfully we had both grandparents and Uncle Kenneth and Aunt Courtney. It was essential to have that 1-on-1 ratio!
Will loved the tunnel in the mole rat part of the zoo. He kept crawling through it on his own, screaming the whole way. It really reverberated! The scream would gradually fade from one end of the tunnel while it increased in volume from the other end. Uncle Kenneth went through with the kids. They loved it!
Marcie is still in love with the mole rats, but Gracie was equally interested, as was Seth. It's so cute to hear their little voices talking about the mole rats and see their little fingers pointing!
The funnest part was definitely visiting the goats in the petting zoo. First off, Seth kept calling them "doggies." Gracie patted them with such force she broke up a large group that was quietly resting in the sun. (As I said to my mom, I know how the poor goats feel.) One goat gently nudged Grace off her feet to avoid being cornered - it was truly amazing how gentle those goats were! Will laughed and squealed and petted them, but his favorite was running through the large, deep puddle of goat urine. Yuck. Marcie and David were obsessed with the salt lick, especially the smaller pieces. They carried them around for a little while. Surprisingly, they did not try to actually lick them! Thankfully the kids didn't try to eat the droppings either. Still, when we walked in the door at home we could smell the barnyard on those kids! Straight into the bath they went. :)
|Front to back: Will, David, Seth, Marcie and Gracie with the giraffes. |
The kids saw the stroller out on the porch today, and Will and Grace started saying "bye-bye!" and climbing into it.
|Marcie, David, Gracie, Seth and Will with elephants in the far background, left. We saw some closer up. Seth was especially entranced. I don't think he called them doggies, though!|