Monday we were all home and decided to hang out at home in the morning and then head out for lunch and a trip to the zoo once it started to warm up in the afternoon.
We hit up our favorite pizza place and had fun munching on their pretzels and playing cards while we waited for the pizza.
If you have a Mellow Mushroom close by you HAVE to try out the garlic Parmesan pretzels next time you go.
We got to the zoo a little after 1:00 and the kids were so excited to explore!
This was GG's first time at the zoo (or first time that we can remember... so if she's been before she was a baby) and she was so animated and enthusiastic about each exhibit.
I told you she was excited :) hahaha
There's my crew! ;)
We stopped and saw the lions and warthogs and then it was time to feed the giraffes. We bought our giraffe biscuits and made our way in. This is where Griffin's skepticism set in...
She talked a big game, but when she saw the tongue she was out.
Luke took over and dove right in - props to him because the tongue on that thing was seriously crazy.
Dave had to help GG out and she was so proud of herself.
The past times we've been the gorillas have been far off in the enclosure, but this time they were up really close. The kids loved watching them and Luke was blown away by their hands.
Did y'all know that Griffin could DO IT MYSELF?!?! Because everyone at the zoo that day found out in case they didn't :) #missindependent
There are bronze statues all around the zoo, and when Griffin saw that this chimpanzee was holding a baby chimp she LOST HER MIND. There were oooohs and aaaaahs and kisses and forehead stroking and then more kisses.
(sidenote - check out Luke shaking the chimpanzees hand in the background)
One last hug.
Luke loves a map :)
And we picked a great day to visit because there was a big Lego exhibit on display. There were about a dozen displays and they were amazing!
Excited about the anteater behind him :)
We ended the trip on a great note by hopping on the last carousel ride of the day.
Griffin's pre-carousel face was priceless!
She had so much fun riding and did NOT want to get off :)
PLEASE ONE MORE TIME, DADDY!!! PLEASE! ONE MORE TIME!
(It should be noted that she has great manners even while throwing a fit - hahaha)
Mason on the way home pretty much summed up the day ;)
And here's a short little video :) I'm making a point to take more videos of the kids (Lord knows I take enough pics - hahaha), but it's always so fun to look back on old home movies and I want to make sure they have some to look back on. I have a feeling that they'll all include at least a slo-mo video or two as my boys are obsessed :) Too bad I didn't think to take any videos until about 30 minutes before we left. OOOPS!
It's a rarity that we have an entire day together as a family without a single interruption or commitment and we absolutely made the most of our day together.
Happy Wednesday, Friends!