This morning, the kiddos & I took it easy. After lunch, I suddenly had a *wild* idea to go to the zoo this afternoon. Sure...it was a bit on the cold side, BUT there was no wind -- which makes things bearable! When I asked the kids about whether or not they wanted to go to the zoo (about 10 minutes before leaving), I received an emphatic "Yes" from both kiddos!
Because it was cold AND there's snow on the ground (albeit a small amount), both Luke & Kate wore snow boots. Awesome. I LOVE it when kids wear snow boots when they don't *necessarily* need them! That's truly an awesome part of parenting young children!
We actually went into the "American Farm" barn today -- something we definitely do not do each visit...We visited the barn knowing that the animals would most likely be inside and that we, in turn, would be inside where it was slightly warmer!
We then headed toward the Penguins and then into the "Amphibian & Reptile" building (again, a warm place)....
One of the tortoises, Missy, was born around 1950 -- making her roughly as old as my mom (aka Grandma Andover). Luke asked the zookeeper who was cleaning the tortoise area which tortoise was Missy. The zookeeper explained to us that Missy was the tortoise with the slanted shell (can be seen in this next pic). Luke then had me text this pic to my mom so she would indeed know which tortoise was her age. I did oblige Luke with his request. I'm sure my mom's life was drastically changed -- Ha!
This next pic I took simply because I find Kate to be pretty cute in her boots -- with her short legs & all!
Somewhere in the "North American" section of the zoo, Kate tripped & fell. After the tears subsided, Kate insisted on only wearing one mitten so she could keep her two "comfort fingers" in her mouth (as demonstrated in this sibling pic).
Luke really likes it when the Tigers are up close....
I was just telling a friend this evening that I LOVE how close Luke & Kate currently are as siblings! I pray that is always the case well into adulthood!
All of the main African animals (elephant, rhinos, hippos, and giraffes) were inside -- which, if you're at the zoo on a cold day, the African building is the warmest). SO, we spent some time inside with those stinky animals since we were all 3 getting a bit chilled!
Lastly, we quickly walked through the Australian & South American sections of the zoo -- which are a bit on the skimpy side this time of year since many of those birds & animals have to be moved inside for the winter. BUT, we always enjoy the thrill of hunting for the wallaby. And today, we saw two of them up close. SCORE (at least in Luke's world)!