The kids got an early release today from school and I decided to take advantage of it and the absolutely gorgeous weather, here in Phoenix, Arizona. It was windy and a little cooler than usual, but that means I was wearing my favorite jeans and a jersey sweatshirt. This is code for Happy Jenny.
Sam and I read an animal book every night and she always talks about wanting to feed the “Raffies”. I did some research and then remembered the Wildlife World Zoo. It’s about 40 minutes from my home and I had been once before with Emily’s Kindergarten class field trip. I was very pregnant with Sam, so I didn’t climb the tower to feed the giraffes.
It was amazing how close we got to the giraffes. The giraffes loved being fed and would let you touch their leathery tongues, but gently moved if you tried to touch their faces. They are truly magnificent animals. And on a side note, I loved how their house/enclosure had a tall, skinny “doggie door” cut out for them. The kids really got a kick out of that.
Please stop growing kids. I want you to stay like this forever. I think this will be my new screensaver.
Ben and Rebecca fed the birds some apples, but as you can see by her expression, Emily was sharing the dangers of bird feeding with Ben. Ben said, “I’ll take my chances, Emily. You need to chill out. Geez!” Emily looked over at me, rolled her eyes, and then winked. I wish I had the conversation video recorded.
And we couldn’t leave until we made our second trip to the playground area. That of course, was after we rode the Air Tram over the park and rode the “Choo Choo”. Here is a great picture to show you the typical fourth child. She went up things you should go down. And here she decided to slide on the divider between the 2 slides. I love how she dresses herself, stands up for herself, and loves to explore. She will be my future world traveler. And yes, I am going with her.
Rebecca – Air Tram & Feeding the Giraffes.
Ben – The 2 Boas that were constricting the rabbits. “It was awesome but disgusting, too!”
Emily – Seeing the baby porcupine, named Munchkin. There was nothing small about that porcupine.
Sam – Air Tram, playground, and the flamingos. Note: Flamingos represent many animals. She would pass the kangaroos, the ostriches, and the deer and say, “I love you Fa-mingos.” Awesome.
It was a great day. I was so excited to experience another item off my life list. And my favorite items always seem to include my family. I really like my kids. I am indeed blessed.
Blessings sweet friends – JennyTweet