The girls and I went to the Woodland Park Zoo today. I had promised Iris last night that if it was nice out today we would go, and lo and behold, it was gorgeous out this morning. Apparently every other family in the area felt the same way because there were tons of people there, which I though was odd for it being a Monday. I love our zoo. It is so insanely big that you can literally go ten times and see completely different things each time. This time we opted to check out some less popular exhibits and it was fantastic! We saw red pandas, cranes, weird Japanese goat-type thingies and all sorts of birds. For the first time ever we went in the butterfly exhibit and in to the petting area, where apparently all you can pet are goats and one sheep. Eloise was so excited to be that close to the goats I thought she was going to hyperventilate. It was so much fun, as well, because Eloise did a ton of walking. She toddled all over and was tremendously proud of herself. I was, too. I can't believe what a big girl she is turning in to! Even Iris did a great job being calm and gentle while at the zoo. We had such an excellent visit, maybe we'll go back later in the week?
On the way to the zoo Iris kept asking if we were going to see Stephanie, James and Ruby at the zoo. The last time we were at a zoo was when we went to the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison and met the three of them there. She also kept asking if we could go back to the petting zoo where we saw Jen, Alison and Ian when we were in Michigan. Sigh. Three year olds don't necessarily understand the concept that those places are thousands of miles away.
I would have taken some pictures, but carrying a backpack carrier, pushing a stroller and wrangling a 3 year old and a 1 year old doesn't exactly leave any free hands. I chuckled at myself several times at how silly I must have looked wearing an empty backpack and pushing an empty stroller while the girls ran around.