Saturday, October 16, 2010

MN Zoo

Today we took advantage of the beautiful fall weather and spent the day at the MN Zoo. Since we had no previous plans for the day, we asked the kids at breakfast this morning what they thought we should do and it was Allie's suggestion to head out to the zoo.
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I haven't been to the MN Zoo with the kids since this past spring and it has been quite some time since Ben has been there with us. So, we were all pleasantly surprised at all the changes/updates to the different exhibits that are either done or underway.
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This also marked the first time we were able to do the entire zoo minus a stroller and diaper bag (and yes, I do realize that it also probably marks the last time we will do the zoo minus the stroller and diaper bag for quite some time!). Although we brought the kids' wagon for the longer walks through the outside portion of the zoo, Allie and Zach did most of the walking through the inside portions all on their own. Let it be known that Zach was not all that entirely happy about the walking portion of the zoo and spent a fair amount of time on Ben's shoulders. Zach proclaimed his favorite animal to be the lions...which at first puzzled us because there actually aren't any lions (seriously, don't ask...I'm still trying to come to terms with the fact that we have a state zoo that does not have lions or giraffes). Anyway, we think that he was either referring to the tigers or the leopards we saw.
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Allie's favorite part was seeing the baby dolphin who was born this past summer. Although she is not yet on exhibit, we were able to see her swimming with her mom and grandma in the dolphin arena.
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After seeing all the animals and spending time playing at the outdoor playground...
it was time for some afternoon treats. And, since it was in the glorious 60's today, both kids requested ice cream.

Just for the record, Allie ate that entire pink ice cream cone all by herself.

I'm fairly certain most all of Zach's blue ice cream cone ended up on his face. Well, at least the parts that Daddy didn't help eat.
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We all had a great time and three of the four of us fell fast asleep on the ride home. And now, we are finishing our fun family day with another suggestion of Allie's: family movie night with the new Tinkerbelle movie.
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And, for those of you wondering, the massive amount of walking I did today only resulted in extreme fatigue, tons of annoying contractions, and swollen hands and ankles the likes that have not yet been seen this pregnancy. Apparently, Olivia is perfectly content right where she is for the time being. :)

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