I went to the zoo week before last and it was my first "field trip" by myself with both girls. We've been to the store many times, the library several times, out to eat and the strawberry patch (although, my grandparents met us there, so that doesn't really count), but this was a big thing for us. I packed a lunch for us and we left just after Meredith ate breakfast. Since we didn't get there right when they opened, we had to park in the parking lot across the street, but that wasn't too bad. I think we picked a pretty good day to go. It was a 60% chance of rain and there was state testing in the elementary schools, so it wasn't too terribly crowded. There were still quite a lot of school trips there, but not nearly as many as when we went 2 years ago.
We got to see this cute baby elephant. In another picture I have, he was trying to eat the wire. I love how close you can actually get to them now. I think this used to be the giraffe area a couple of years ago because I don't remember ever getting this close to the elephants.
After lunch we were able to continue looking at animals. This is the kind of animal Mackenzie likes - totally fake!
She liked the lions and said it was like The Lion King. Yes, Mackenzie, it sure is.
As we were walking to our car it started to sprinkle and by the time we got on the road, it was full down pour. We left just in time! Overall, we had a great time. It was tiring, but it was fun. I still stand by my post a couple of years ago, when I said I've had my "zoo fix" for the next year or two. I've had a couple of friends tell me they took their kids every week in the spring. We will not be that family. It's just not my cup of tea. I like looking at the animals and the girls (well, Mackenzie) like looking at the animals, but we don't just LOVE looking at the animals. Not enough to warrant driving 45 minutes to the zoo and back. I'm pretty sure it will be another 2 years before I take the girls again.