Zoo Day In Freaking February

It was 62 degrees today. 

February 5th. 

62 freaking degrees! 

I'll save my rant about how awesome and scary it is for another time (what's summer going to be like? Will we all burn to a crisp?) but we knew that even though we have sick kiddos, we needed to get out of the house today and hit up the zoo. Our membership expires in a couple months so I feel obligated to use it as much as possible. 

Now, you might think the animals would be useless in the winter time. On the contrary my dear friends! The only animals that seemed to have disappeared for a winter vacation were my favorites; the monkeys and the meerkats. No monkeys were present. None. And there was only 1 meerkat. It was sad. 

But the other animals were so easy to see that it made up for it! The lions were out and eating, which was fun. And we had to stop at the usual picture/play area pit stop and take a picture. 
And ride the carousel 
We tried to take a selfie but the lady yelled at me for being on the elephant with Kennedy. Apparently that's frowned upon. 
So we never got a redo. 

Kennedy was super pumped about the crocodiles. 
She's had this fetish with alligators lately. I have no idea where it's coming from. I also decided to be a lazy mom and NOT explain the difference between crocodiles and alligators because let's be honest, I have no idea what the differences are. She can learn that in school someday. 

In my 25 some odd years of attending the zoo I can count on one hand the number of times I've seen the wolves. Today we got an up-close encounter with them. They are such beautiful animals. 

Then came the best part! There's a section of our zoo called the Asian Highlands where naturally, you get to try and see Asian animals. I've always been a little anti-Asian-highlands (NOT anti-Asian, just to be clear) because it's up a steep hill and not shaded. So you waste a good chunk of your time using brute force to push the kids in the stroller up the hill, deplete precious energy trying to pretend that you're not panting and the hill didn't almost kill you off, just to catch an orange glimpse of a tiger tail swishing off in the distance as the tiger waits out the day in the one spot no one can possibly see it until all the gawking spectators go home. 

Today was an exception. I still had to shoulder the kids up the hill, I still had to pretend my breathing wasn't at all affected, but instead we got a show. The tiger was up, he was freshly fed, and in a mood. He played, drank water, roared a bunch for us (that was awesome!) and we got to get reeeaaallly close to him. 
I'm obsessed with that picture. Isn't it incredible for being taken on a cell phone?! I'm crediting the iPhone more than I am the person taking the photo, although she's pretty awesome, too ;). 

After way too much time was spent watching the big kitty, we got to see the grizzly bears play:
And then kennedy decided at that very moment she was done and had had enough. So we hit up Cafe Rio on our way home and called it a day. 

I've been little-miss-deep-thoughts lately. It's been a rough few weeks for me with my emotions. I don't want to get into the gory details but I've learned a lot about how to control how I feel and what makes me happy. Guys, this is probably pretty obvious, but my cute little family makes me so dang happy. I've tried so hard to take a step back from the things of the world and the distractions and focus on what makes me happy. Those sweet, spunky, difficult, adorable little girls are my sunshine. They are my reason for living and breathing and I am so grateful this week, more than ever, to be a mother. And Cory is pretty great, too. I couldn't ask for a better best friend. Ok... Sappy rant over.  

I'm so glad we got to go have some fun and enjoy the sun because now we are battling pink eye, colds, fevers, teething, and coughs. I guess cold and flu season is still in full swing even if it is 62 degrees. 

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