Today we packed up and left the house at 9:15am to arrive at the Jungle Zoo at exactly 9:20am...10 minutes before it opened. We took the kids last year when Ella was almost two and Harry was a few weeks old. I think Ella enjoyed it last year, but she was definitely more excited this time around. Almost three is the perfect age (so far) to bring her to the zoo.
Of course, we made a couple classic mistakes. Mistake number 1: Harry came with us which meant he missed his morning nap. We thought he might nap in the stroller, but we were very very wrong on that one. We also forgot his soother. If there was any chance of him napping in that stroller, the soother would have been the reason. Needless to say, he was slightly cranky by the end of the (two-hour) adventure. Mistake number 2: We brought too many snacks and gave them out too early. Ella is the queen of snacks. She could survive on no meals but snacks alone. When she's having her snack she will do nothing else...including look at zoo animals. We should have either brought no snacks (and risked a gigantic temper tantrum), or sat down in one spot while snacks were being consumed and then carried on our way. We will know this for next time.
Anyways, enough writing. There are about a bazillion pictures here, so I'll fill you in on the adventure with the ever-so-popular caption. Enjoy.
|Both children crying as we're waiting for the zoo to open...good start guys.|
|They've spotted the first animal!|
|Cute little Lemur|
|Ella decided she wanted to walk the rest of the way.|
|Ella was very excited about the large rock pile in this picture..if you look closely, you can see it. She also collected several small stones as we travelled through the zoo.|
|Running to see the Giraffes...while yelling 'come on guys, the Giraffes!'|
|Stopping to feed the Deer|
|Harry gets a turn too. Later Ella found a pellet of the Deer food on Harry's stroller and she put it in her mouth. One second later, she spit it out.|
|As soon as we reached the Giraffes, Ella was pretty scared of them. I don't think she realized how big they were going to be.|
|Oh look, here's one picture with me in it!|
|The Alpaca, Ella's favourite animal (last year). Luckily I managed to capture Ella picking her nose. She's all class.|
|Here's Harrison not sleeping|
|The Goats! We made it to the Goats!!|
|Harry and his baby Goat|
|Ella and her baby Goat...this is as close as she would get to him...or her.|
|Seriously, how adorable would these be in our backyard?!|
|More interested in her apple than the tiger in the background|
|Pot-bellied pigs - no that's not Ella's apple in the pen|
|Weird rabbit-like animal that Ella liked|
|Trying to keep Harry happy while he's still not sleeping|
|Ella and Daddy feeding the fishes.. Unfortunately, the water was too murky to see any fish.|
|Pulling out all the stops here - Harry is on his third snack. At least they were all healthy!|
Thanks for reading!