Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My Favorite Kind of Day

It's pretty much a given that the first words Eric hears out of my mouth every morning are, "Do you have to go to work today?" I'm aware that yes, he has to work, because we need food and other trivial things like that. :) But there is always a small piece of me deep inside that is hoping I'll get a pleasant surprise and a "Why no, actually, I don't" in reply. It's a very rare occurrence, but it has happened, which is the reason that I continue to ask. Every day.

It just so happened that on Monday the clouds parted and I heard those wonderful words spoken. Eric took a surprise day off, and we had a fantastic family day. We know that our days are numbered before Reagan gets here and the weather is much cooler. We'll be homebound much more in about a month, and so any opportunity we are given to get out and have fun with the girls, we'll take. So we visited one of our favorite places in the St. Louis area - the zoo! We hadn't been in forever. Our summer was HOT, and being sticky and sweaty isn't my idea of a fun day outdoors.

Boy I am glad we went when we did. The weather was awesome...a degree warmer or cooler and it wouldn't have been the same. There was a light breeze blowing, hay bales and cornstalks lined the walkways, and it was just a perfect fall day. The girls were in great spirits, and Grace, oh my... she loved it most of all! I could have titled today's post, "The many faces of Gracie."

These pictures are blurry and horrible, but I had to share. :) Usually the behemoth hippos just sit in their underwater sanctuaries like giant boulders doing a whole lot of nothing. But on this particular day...and I can't believe I'm saying this...they were downright playful. They were swimming and spinning through the water as if they were weightless, and the girls got a real kick out of it.

Well, I think it actually freaked Gracie out at first. Haha. Just take a look at her face in the reflection of this picture (on the far left):

That would be a look of terror. She spent the whole day gasping and putting her hands over her mouth whenever the animals moved. I've never seen her so dramatic. :)

As many of you probably know, babies are a favorite for little girls. Baby anything. In our household, if something is small it's a "baby" something, and it is adored. Baby elephants are no exception. It was feeding time while we were passing through their exhibits, and all of the elephants big and small were very active. 

And this is what my children thought about that...

Grace is saying, "Come here you cute widdle baby elephant" in her own special Gracie way. :)

We were super excited to see the new sea lion exhibit for the very first time. And of course, we all loved it.

More amazed Grace faces, hehe....

And more faces later for the monkeys....

I'm telling you, her mind was blown. Grace has been to the zoo several times in her short little life, but I think this was the first trip that she really got it. I'm pretty sure she's a fan. 

The only thing more fascinating than babies in our house at the moment are behinds. Bottoms. Backsides. Check out Evelyn's delight over the ape statue's rear end.


Sometimes we're just a little bit goofy. And that's okay with me.

I don't think I can say it enough. We had a fabulous time. The only way we were able to get the girls motivated to leave that day was with the promise that they could get some ice cream with "lemanames" (m&m's) on the way home, which of course they got. There are many stories I could tell and more pictures I could share...but I'll be honest. It's late, and I'm pooped. :)  

Seems like everything is just a little better...just a bit more magical...when it's in the fall. Even our favorite spot to visit all year round. I'm very thankful that we were able to have this day together. The girls are still talking about it. I like to think that soon (or maybe even already) Evelyn will start experiencing things that she may remember for the rest of her life. I know I definitely remember a few things from when I was three. It's time to start making our memories count!

And now, I must pry myself off of this couch and go to bed. I'm going to regret these late nights when I have a newborn and I'm begging for sleep. :) I hope that everything I wrote makes sense. If not, I blame it on the exhausted preggo brain. And here is my abrupt ending:

The End.


sblind2 said...

Gracie's facial expressions are too cute!!

Cassie said...

awwwwww i just love these kind of posts from you!

and seriously props to eric on taking the surprise days off of work. that's so freaking sweet!!

Sara Phegley said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time!! Cute pics!!!!

Christine Pettijohn said...

Love this post and all of Gracie's faces. So cute! I hope we get to take the kids this year but the way our weekends fill up it does not look promising.

Heather said...

OMG...that picture of Gracie reaching for the elephants...I'm dying.

Katie said...

I love all the pictures :) We went to the zoo with Jake's family this summer and the new sea lion exhibit is definitely one of my faves :)


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