Monday, February 16, 2009

Parker's trip to the MN Zoo

So today, after being up from 6:30-11:00am, Parker & I decided that we both needed to get out of the apartment for a bit and do something fun! We met my friend Michelle and her daugher Bella at the zoo. It was sooo much fun for all of us! Here are some pics from the afternoon! (This was Parker's first time at the zoo!!!)

One of the kids' favorite parts was Dolphin Bay where they could stand on this ledge, press their hands and faces against the glass and watch the dolphins, fish, sharks and other sea creatures swim by. There were several different tanks so they loved exploring each of them! Another exhibit featured sea creatures such as starfish, coral and other exciting ocean wonders; they were actually able to stick their hands in the water for this one! About every 2 minutes, water would come pouring out of a rock to create foam and splashes for the kids. Bella would jump up and down and squeal with glee; Parker would sort of back away from the water and stare first at me then at the water! You could tell he was curious and not so sure about :)

Because it was so cold, we didn't go around the outside exhibits, but we had a fun time viewing the "MN trail" as well as the "Tropics."

It was cute watching Bella & Parker together; Bella would run up to Parker and try to give him hugs and kisses. Parker would open his mouth wide and say "aaahhh" like he was trying to give her one back! Then Bella would pat him before running off again; so presh! While they were watching the dolphins exhibit, Bella would scoot over to Parker and wrap her arms around him! She is such a sweet little girl! Michelle & I had so much fun observing their reactions and playtime at the zoo!!!

Today was a lot more crowded than usual because there was no school in MN for President's Day, so every parent and their child within a 250 mile radius had come to play for the day! One of the zoo workers told us that last year on this weekend they had 19,000 people come between Saturday, Sunday and Monday. This year, they expected even more due to new exhibits and such!

I'm so thankful we were able to go! It was just the prescription that Parker & I needed for the day! :)

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