How about you you you... Does anyone else remember that song? Those really are the only words I can remember so that's all that I've been singing... over and over and over again! Well, we took a trip to the Houston Zoo today (yes, TODAY -- can anyone believe that we're so caught up that we're giving an update of what we're currently up to?!) and had such a fun time! We weren't sure whether or not Graham would like it or not but he enjoyed just about all of the animals he could spot. Most of them were pretty close but some were too far away and too still for us to be able to show him. The other challenge was trying to explain that most of the animals had names other than "kitty," "dog," and "bird." He finally remembered monkey, cow, and fish but it took a little bit of prodding. The animals don't tend to always look like the animals in the books we read and don't always make the same noises that we try to get him to imitate (I don't have much of a skill for imitating animals like elephants, for example). Nonetheless, we had some great family time as we explored the zoo together!
Into the entrance! Nat looks mad in this picture but he's not, I promise!
Seals... Graham wanted to go into the "pool."
Nat and Graham watching all of the fun birds!
One of the highlights of the zoo is the farm and petting zoo that they have in the children's section. We all loved it, but Nat and Graham especially did! Here they are with one of the cows.
Goats are one of Nat's favorite animals ever. He didn't want to leave them!
The tigers were kind of hard to see. They were sleeping in the back of their habitat.
So we got up close and personal with the tiger cutout!
Wild dogs... I know that there's a more specific name for them but this is all I can remember.
Big longhorn cattle! We thought these might be Texas natives, but I think the sign said they were from Asia?
A BIG turtle!
Then we were off to the monkey/ape area. They were so very loud which made it quite the experience! These guys were leaping all around their area but came together for a second for some love!
This one was swinging all around and making the most noise. He sounded like he was blowing into a jug for part of the time and yapping for the rest!
The orangutans (not sure how to spell that) were quite entertaining. This one was doing somersaults for us, swinging back and forth, and flipping upside down!
Here we are in front of the giraffes!
This giraffe came almost to the very edge - he was so tall and wanted the leaves of the tree that were shading us!
Last stop: elephants.
We saw many many more animals than this but these were some of the favorites. All of us were super tired by the time our trip was over, but Graham beat us all. He was asleep within five minutes - the time it took for us to get somewhere for lunch! We can't wait to go back!