{P,H,F,R} Zoo Edition

We sometimes – or often – get to working so hard around here that I forget to take a break and have fun with the children! The zoo is one of our favorite places, but we don’t get up there as often as we’d like.  This week, though, we’d been having a hard week and needed some refreshment desperately, so off we went!


The zoo was dead on the day we went! Everything just felt so… sleepy, so even though the temperatures were mild, which usually translates to more active animals, there was just nothing going on.  And our favorite Ape House was closed.  We did, however, get to see this newborn pigmy hippo testing the waters for the very first time.  And there were keepers making sure he stayed safe, so we got to ask questions.  And, photography-wise, I like the reflections in the water, so, pretty. 🙂


IMG_5669 IMG_5666Would you believe this is the children’s favorite habitat?  The geese and ducks, for crying out loud!  They always surreptitiously save the crusts from their lunches, only to whip them out as I blithely meander by, because, these are just geese!  I think we end up standing here for a good twenty minutes.  Every time.



They had all sorts of these little photo displays set up, in anticipation of their big Halloween party.  What do you think: pretty tough looking soldiers, no?  I think they mean business.



This little man was the source of the angst which drove us to the zoo in the first place.  He’s just two, and potty training, and under some stress himself, since he’s two, potty training, and abandoned by all the people who profess to love him (in his little mind).  We haven’t had him here since he was a baby, and he just wanted his mama, or his nana, or anyone, really.  He was clingy, and whiny, and he wet his pants a lot.  A lot a lot.  I did a lot of laundry those two weeks.  And if I, the mother of eight children, think I was doing a lot of laundry, it must have been a lot of laundry!

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8 Comment

  1. Beckie R. says:

    Is that Meggie? I love the hair!!!! What an excellent cut for her face! Beautiful!

    The kids just mentioned to me that we needed a zoo day. We’ll get over there tomorrow I suspect!

    Glad you took a break!


    1. That’s Meggie! She looks so beautiful, doesn’t she?

      Have fun at the zoo! Y’all have a nice one, too. 🙂

    2. Beckie R. says:

      Now that I’m looking back through pics over the past months, I can see where her hair is short, but I just thought it was a ponytail keeping it away from her face! Congrats to her for taking that brave step! Remember, Meg, it’s just hair! It’ll grow back eventually 🙂

    3. Beckie R. says:

      Well, and now that I take a closer look, I can’t be sure…..How recent is it?

    4. She got her hair cut in mid-Sept. 🙂

  2. You blog automatically goes to my e-mail so I always see them (and love them).
    I too LOVE Meggie’s haircut. It is perfect for her beautiful face.
    Love you all and miss you all

  3. Oh how I wish we had a zoo nearby! What a lovely day!

  4. Stephanie says:

    Yes love her haircut!

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