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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Too many photos of giraffes?

To say Aspen is occasionally timid would be an understatement. It's more like, sometimes she's so terrified of something that you can't help but laugh at her. When she's not looking, of course.

As a belated-birthday celebration, Kev took a random day off last week so we could go to the zoo together. It actually worked to our advantage to go so late because Fall pricing had kicked in and we went for a lot cheaper than I planned.

The polar bear exhibit is amazing- especially since the zoo happens to have such a playful and energetic bear. He continually dove and did flips and spins in the water. And we caught him at lunch so we watched him swim after fish in his tank.

Something else I didn't plan on was deciding that giraffes are my NEW FAVORITE ANIMAL. Holy cow! They're so cute!
The baby was born September 23rd so s/he is still tiny and spent our whole visit curled up on the floor while mama drank and drank and drank and drank.

The last time I went to the zoo was for ZooLights, and that doesn't really count. So I was really glad we had a perfectly cool day to walk around for hours and see the animals out and about. After the monkeys, Aspen totally loosened up and stopped clinging to Kev in fear. She started walking on her own, and saying cute things like, "NO LUNCH! LET'S SEE THE ANIMALS!"

Honestly, I could have just been walking around the grocery store and felt happy. I love spending real time with my family instead of hanging on to small moments here and there (like having Aspen call Kev on the phone before bedtime instead of getting a real proper "goodnight"). It was refreshing to have Kev hold Aspen's hand while exploring, and to have Kev push the stroller and clean her face after eating. Getting a break from those tasks helps me appreciate parenthood more.

But I guess our zoo visit concludes the birthday festivities for Kev until next year. Now Aspen will have to wait FOREVER to sing a legit "Happy Birthday" to someone again.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad Kevin was finally able to take a day off! We always love the zoo too!


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