A Trip to the Zoo!

One last item on our summer to-do list was to visit the zoo!  Turns out, September is the perfect month for such an excursion.  The sun wasn't too hot, there weren't any crowds, and all the animals were visible.  We had so much fun!

I loaded the kids into the car first thing Thursday morning to make the two hour trek to Boise where we met my mom for a picnic lunch at the park just outside the zoo.  (Boise, by the way, is a beautiful city!)  Then we were off for an afternoon of discovery and exploration.  The highlight of our day, hands-down, was feeding the giraffe.  Both Jed and Levi were given lettuce pieces to reeeeach up towards the giraffe's long purple tongue.  It was exhilarating for Jed.  And very scary for Levi.  What a special memory!

^^I hope Jed remembers this.^^
^^My mom adores these two little boys.  She gets a kick out of all the cute and innocent things they say and do.  Awesome Grandma right there.  Jed and Levi love her so much!^^
^^The boys got to play in a "prairie dog tunnel"^^
^^You might not be able to tell, but Jed is interacting with a prairie dog through the glass--hand to tiny paw.  It was so cute!^^
^^There were a bunch of very real looking dinosaurs on display throughout the park that moved and growled.  Jed was enamored.  Also, what do you do when you have just a single stroller but both boys' feet are feeling tired?  Double up, of course, and hold on!^^

Naturally, we stayed the night there at my mom's house.  Jed and Levi would have been very disappointed if we didn't!  As would my half brothers, Michael and Ryan.  We attended Michael's cross country meet, cheered Ryan on at his soccer game, and played at the park the next morning.  It's always so nice to get together.  I love watching my boys reciprocate the unconditional love they feel from family.  It's the sweetest feeling. 


  1. We did the giraffe feeding at the zoo in Sacramento. Trenton loved it, but Charlotte refused to feed the giraffe because "his tongue is the wrong color!". The kids have off of school later this week, and I'm hoping to take them to check out the little zoo here.

  2. I love when you can do giraffe feedings! And the prairie dog tunnel is awesome. So cute that they were communing in the bubble!!

  3. I'm a bit jealous you only have to take a 2 hour trip to visit mom! I can't wait to see you guys! As always, I wish we lived closer. Giraffes are always the best part of any zoo! That last picture of Levi is stinking cute!

  4. What a great day! And I'm totally jealous of getting to feed the giraffe!

  5. What adorable pictures. It sounds like the zoo is a wonderful September excursion. So glad you had a chance to spend time with your mom too!


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