Wednesday Ray took a vacation day so that we could spend the day as a family. The few days we get to spend together we try to make the best of! It turned out to be a beautiful day so we truly lucked out! We started at the penguins and Elli loved them and the tiny fountain next to them. Then we let Elli lead the way! We didn't see a ton of animals out since it was so warm but we did see quite a few! It was super busy with a lot of campers and families - going in the summer is crazy!
We got a great look at the bears since they were doing lots of swimming but they were a very popular stop! Most of the animals outside like the moose, mountain goats and tigers were hiding in the shade somewhere. We saw a glimpse of the tiger and the sloth bear. The gorillas were enjoying nap time when we came by and one of them was sleeping with their mouth open and tongue hanging out - pretty funny! Last time we went to the zoo Elli was scared of all the statues so it was fun to get cute photos of her this time around! She was being a goof with the gorillas and giving me funny poses!
Trying to reach the penguins
We packed a lunch and sat out in the field with tons of other families. So much better and cheaper than eating there! I tried to snap a few photos (I couldn't fit Madi in) of our little family on our blanket enjoying our lunch together in the sun! It was so precious, Elli even grabbed my hand at one point just to hold it - that's when I felt the need to get a photo!
This photo was taken right before Elli fell and hit her side on the metal of the stroller and already has a huge bruise on her side!
Elli jumped when the hippo talked - it was so loud!
Isn't she just beautiful??
Using her foot to help hold her bottle.
Do these stripes make my butt look big?
It was such a wonderful day as a family and so very much needed! We are already looking forward to our next zoo trip together! We even ended the day with some delish BurgerMaster on the way home! :)