Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Checkbox for Zoo

This weekend was supposed to be the weekend that I checked off all those boxes on the "To Do" list. The tornado that hit my closet, the playroom that we have yet to clear, the grocery store shopping that needs to be done, the labels that need to be ironed into Liam's new shirts, the mounds of laundry that continues to pile... you get it. The never ending list.

I did not check any of the boxes this weekend. And maybe it is just me avoiding the issue again and procrastinating on things that I really don't want to tackle. But, when asked about family memories I do not want my answer to include "I went to the grocery store." And what really is the harm in a messy closet? I prefer to make memories at the zoo! We took the opportunity to make the most of the incredible weather in Houston and we joined the Kerr family at the zoo.
First stop was the elephants. There was the sweetest little baby and mother.
Then it was off to the new section of the zoo... the African Safari. If you have not been to this part of the zoo, you are missing out. They have done an amazing renovation job. There was a camp site setup.
And bongo drums to bang on!
Liam's favorite were the chimpanzees. He giggles everytime you make the monkey sound "ooh ohh... ahh ahh." I heard that they were all ex-actors and they must have been due to their personalities. Several were carrying around blankets...
One monkey took an interest in Liam and they played and touched hands through the glass much to Liam's delight!
We made a pit stop for lunch with the giraffes. They were close enough to reach out and touch. Magnificent creatures. I wonder if Liam put together my love for giraffes and his nursery with our lunch dates? I was told that you can feed them leaves out of your hand... next time we are for sure doing that!
We saw a few BEVOs and gave them a big Aggie Whoop!
And of course we hit up the cats. The lion was sleeping, but Noah gave out a big roar for the tiger!
And then I caught a sweet daddy memory when Liam squeezed his face and pulled in a kiss.
We dared to enter the Children's petting zoo after feeling like the most incompetent mother in the world last visit. I will have you know goat keeper that I did not let Liam's feet touch, we washed thoroughly and there was not a face plant on the concrete! We made it out without a scratch!
Noah showed Liam how to brush the goat like a pro!
and he even pointed out the turtle for Liam. Noah is going to teach him so many things!
At this point, I know what you are thinking...nap time? Liam took pretty much a 20 minute stroller nap on the way to the Choo Choo - that is it! And you would think both boys would have melted at this point, but they were so happy! Maybe it had to do a little with mom's obsession with cotton candy (and the zoo has some of the best around!)
 The train ride was the perfect end to a perfect day. We love spending time with the Kerr family and it is so much fun to watch Noah call out all the animals. I look forward to many more beautiful zoo days (thanks to the best birthday gift ever from Caroline!) Thanks so much for your amazing friendship and for spending your Valentine's weekend with us. I had a blast! I think the best part was the extra sleep the next morning after wearing the boys completely out... Same time tomorrow?


  1. Love the picture of daddy and Liam! So precious!

  2. What a sweet post Kate! Wonderful photos...especially love the one of Bill and Liam...what a special day!xoxoxo