We decided to kick off AC's 2nd birthday celebration by taking her to the zoo for the very first time. As most of you know, she is an animal-lover. I just knew she would love the zoo. And she is old enough now to actually understand what she is seeing (which is why I haven't taken her sooner). Nina, Papa, AC, and I left home early Thursday morning in hopes of beating the heat. After a few minutes and miles down the Expressway, we were ready to take it all in.
Strapped in her stroller and ready to go.
Her very first carousel ride. I wish I had taped this experience. She was screaming and clapping with joy. It was the highlight of the week, I think.
It still makes me smile just thinking about it.
Next we made our way to the Children's Zoo section. There was a petting zoo which she absolutely loved. Be able to get up close and personal to real animals, are you kidding me?
She was loving it.
We took lots of water breaks. Needless to say, we weren't able to beat the heat (or the mosquitoes). We were all sweaty, itchy messes by the time it was all over.
After the petting the goats at the Children's Zoo, she wanted to pet every animal we saw. Especially the gigantic elephants. This was as close as she got to petting an elephant. I think she was satisfied with this little guy!
Before leaving we stopped at the gift shop where AC picked out this little giraffe, or 'baby raffe' as she calls it. We also tried to get a quick picture together.
It was a great day at the zoo! Daddy and I will definitely be taking her back! We might just try the aquarium next time. At least it has air conditioning!