Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Monkeying Around

A couple of weekends ago we found ourselves with some extra time on our hands* which seems to NEVER happen when you have an infant. So we decided to check out the Franklin Park Zoo which isn't too far away from where we live.

Neither my husband nor I had ever been despite having lived even closer at one point in our lives, so we were quasi-excited to check it out.

It was a nice day, so we had to wait in line to buy tickets:

There were peacocks wandering around all over the place:

Little G and dad check out the baby ducks:

And wave "hi" to another peacock:

Then we found a big kitty prancing about in his cage. The kitty came super close, but mom wasn't ready with the camera:

Little G doesn't discriminate...he likes the rabbits too:

Daddy took this picture of us watching the ostrich and the zebra - note to self: always put the camera back on 'auto' when handing it over to my husband:

We found another fun kitty to watch, but he was more interested in the shade than us:

We spotted some antelope:

And these llamas were pretty cool. The signs explained that they were starting to shed their fur in preparation for the warm summer:

After checking out the non-anteaters, we went inside to visit the monkeys. My husband LOVES monkeys. Me...not so much.

This gorilla was taking a drink:

...And was about to walk away...

...When she noticed us...
...and came right over!

Little G was getting grumpy, so we headed to see some other animals:

Daddy proclaimed that the warthog was indeed an ugly animal. Poor warthog:

When we went outside we found this peacock with his plume fully out! I've never seen that before:

We figured out he was trying to show his colors to the blue tarp in the construction zone...silly peacock:

By this time, Little G was asleep...so we checked out a red kangaroo:

And a family of giraffes:

And we spied yet another peacock:

And then we headed home.

We had a great time at the zoo...I wish little G had been in better spirits (the teething thing really has him mopey) but I think he will really love being able to go often since we live so close.
When was the last time you went to a zoo and where did you go?


  1. Ooh, let us know next time, we have a membership so we can all get in free (and then I can measure tables ;)).

  2. Although super bright, that first picture of you and G is really cute :)

  3. Hi! I just had to ask- is that the uppababy vista stroller?? I just bought one, and I would love to know what you think of it (I am due in a few weeks so I haven't actually used it yet)! G seems to be enjoying it!
    Also, I really enjoy your blog- keep up the good work!

  4. Hi Hilary - that IS the 2009 UppaBaby Vista. I wrote a bunch about it here: http://www.otherpiecesofme.com/2009/01/our-first-big-baby-pruchase.html

    The 2010 edition is even better...the seat can be all the way upright and the seat back is a couple inches longer (our long baby is already so tall that his head hits the mesh at the top of the stroller.)

    I remember one day when Garrison was really little and I was thinking to myself how great it was that I had used the stroller in so many configurations that day...I used it with the car seat when he was asleep, I had him in the stroller seat facing in at one point when were were grocery shopping and I had him facing out while we went for a long walk. I remember that day realizing how great it was to have such a versatile stroller and even if I just used it that day, it had been worth the money. Sorry - didn't mean to wax too poetic...but figured you would appreciate hearing that.

  5. I definitely appreciate hearing all the good things about the stroller and reading your previous post! Wow- you got quite the deal on it-- I am very impressed. I am still waiting for my baby to come (4 days late at this point..) and I can't wait to use the uppababy! Thanks so much for your response.