Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Grandma Week 2012: Day 3, Hogle Zoo

Families are like fudge—mostly sweet with a few nuts.

Every summer my mom hosts a stay-cation for her grandkids. We love it and look forward to it every year. We divided it up this year into two parts. Day 1 and 2 were in June. We kicked off part two at the zoo, which is a perennial favorite for our family.
{l to r: Mantis, Lizard Boy, Mouse
Cap'n Underpants, Roly Poly
Miss Butterfly, Grasshopper, LadyBug}

Our little zoo has made some huge improvements in animal habitats over the last few years and we really enjoyed watching the animals, especially the newest exhibits this year; the polar bear habitat and the sea lion and seal habitat. It was pretty spectacular.

At lunch, we had an unexpected guest. This Tom Turkey wandered into the picnic area. That is LadyBug sitting in the chair, so you can see how close he got to us looking for food.

One of the things I like most about Grandma Week is watching the cousins play together. We assigned buddies at the zoo, pairing the smaller kids with the bigger ones. Grasshopper was Roly Poly's buddy and he made it his mission to make sure Roly Poly got to see all of the animals and didn't get lost. I love it!
{Grasshopper, Roly Poly, Miss Butterfly}

Quote of the day:
Lizard Boy, age 7
After nearly completing our circuit of the zoo . . .
Me: I don't think I've had a squeeze from you today.
Lizard Boy: I think that's because you didn't ask.


Shay said...

A trip to the zoo was such a big deal when I was a kid. You'd look forward to it from the time you were told you were going! It's so expensive to get into our zoo here we havent taken Little P yet.

Looks like your tribe had a blast!

Lane said...

What a fun day! Love the photos and the quote. Lane

Paulette said...

What great memories these kids are all going to have!