“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.”
Dr. Seuss

Friday, August 14, 2015

Giraffe Tongues!

Yes, Giraffe Tongues! I couldn't name it Going to the Zoo again...I really need to go back and count how many blog posts are named that over the life of this little blog. I can tell you right now there is more than one! Every time we went to the zoo growing up my mom would sing "Going to the zoo, zoo, how 'bout you, you!" I cannot go to the zoo without singing it...it is stuck. Anyway, I went with giraffe tongues because we saw A LOT of giraffe tongues today! 

With the older girls going back to school so early, I sat down with Trey and the younger girls and asked how they wanted to spend the last week of summer. The first thing Trey said was swimming! Of course, we have spent the last three summers living at the pool almost daily (although a little less this year with all of the rain!). We attempted this yesterday since we were feeling a little out of sorts with Aurianna and Livia gone, but our attempts were stomped out when I misplaced the keys. Three hours I spent looking for them, Tad came home and the first place he looked, he found them...UGHHH! We had a good laugh about it and a big WHEW because it would have cost a couple hundred bucks to get them replaced. Anyway, day 1...no pool, but an awesome scavenger hunt...and bonus, cleaned under the couch and couch cushions! 
Day 2 had to be pretty epic to make up for day 1 being so poopy, so we went with the second thing on Trey's list....the Zoo...which of course the little girls jumped up and down and all around for!  

 The first thing that we saw when we came in was the baby Tiger. We were sad to hear that the two other babies didn't make it. It would have been even better had three sibling been playing together! But man was this little guy cute! And BIG! He weighs 160 pounds! They had put a big refrigerator box in there with him and the helpers said that he was too scared to go near it for three days. Right before we got there, he had torn off a little piece and was playing with it!

 Next came the sting rays! We weren't expecting to do this today....I had forgotten that it was there, but when I mentioned it they ran to the exhibit! Trey was freaked out at first because of their stingers. Once he learned that they couldn't sting anymore, he decided to touch them. But before he could, Audrey didn't even hesitate and started touching them. Ainslee stayed hesitant the entire time, only touching the babies! There were five babies and the kids had fun touching them!

 We of course couldn't leave without feeding them! Ainslee was adamant that she would feed them the fish, until she saw the fish, and then she was adamant that she would NOT feed them! Trey took over and followed the directions to a T! Before he knew it he had all of the big sting rays surrounding his hand! They weren't very patient either...if he took too long getting the fish, they would come up on the side and splash us. Audrey got splashed right in the eye!

 While the girls and I were in the bathroom, Trey noticed some zoo keepers with flamingos...but they weren't in their enclosures, they were taking a walk around the zoo! He said that at first he thought that they were robots...LOL! The zoo keepers would clap their hands and the flamingos would follow them wherever they went!
 It was cooking hot! Thank heavens for the misters! Everyone else simply walked through it...not my kids, they were soaked! I couldn't blame them though...it really was hot!

 One of our favorite enclosures...the Lions! They have a plane where half is on the outside of the enclosure and half is on the inside by the lions! The kids are able to climb inside of the plane and feel like they are in the enclosure! The last time we were here, on of the lions climbed up on the wing of the plane right next to the window! It was amazing! The girls were feeling SILLY!
 We were first in line to go up and look at the giraffes! They wouldn't let us get close to them while they were eating their fiber...this guy was HUGE! It was really cool to see them this close!

 Then we were able to go and watch the Cheetah run! This was incredible! This is the cheetah that Jack Hanna takes on his TV shows! It was born at the zoo and trained along with his best friend a yellow lab! He chased a ball through the enclosure at full speed! It was amazing!!!
I have a video of the kids feeding the giraffe, but it says it is too big...going to figure it out and get it on here soon!
We were so excited to feed the giraffes! Ainslee didn't want to touch the tongue at all! She asked if she could throw the food at him! We were excited that the giraffe decided to smile for our picture though!

One last pic...we went into see the bats and monkeys not realizing that the cheetahs were also inside! This one was pacing back and forth like crazy! I am not sure what Audrey is doing here...but it totally looks like the cheetah is photo bombing the girls!

We had a blast today at the zoo. We missed the older girls, but they were having fun making new friends at school...so it was all good! Here's to another great zoo visit!!!

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