Monday, August 29, 2011

1 daughter + 3 giraffes = FUN!

Our daughter Ali came home this weekend - special treat! So we kept busy doing all of her favorite Wichita things.

Shortly after she arrived, a trip to our favorite neighborhood Mexi-restaurant, El Paisa. Ali rarely goes anywhere without her camera, so she snapped a photo of Alan and I savoring our favorite sauces!  We regularly finish a whole bottle of salsa with each meal there...part of the experience! Que rico!

Alison is 28 years old, but we decided a trip to the Zoo would be fun!  Wichita has a fabulous zoo, and this weekend happened to be the 40th anniversary and FREE admission day. It was a mob...or should I say..."it was a zoo!" We weren't sure which was more entertaining...the zoo animals, or the people!  It was also HOT and humid and the jungle felt like...the jungle!

We stood in line for a turn feeding the giraffes - a new experience for all of us.  What a hoot!  We climbed onto a platform at the appropriate giraffe height, then fed them tree clippings that the staff provided. These long-necked guys (girls?) were super friendly and have super-talented grayish tongues. If you weren't fast enough with the leaves, they reached right out and grabbed them. We had so much fun, it was definitely worth the warm wait.

I managed to get a smile out of the tiger. Alan and Ali even dragged me into the Herpetarium (it was cool in there), which I have successfully avoided for many years, since my experiences as a school field trip sponsor. I managed to avert my eyes as I glided past the snakes and creepy things. So far, no bad dreams.

At the end of the morning, we were so hot, we felt like snoozing, just like this intelligent guy.

After the lunch, we took Ali's dog for a swim in our neighbor's pool. I'm not sure Henry was included when they extended the invitation, but he joined us in the fun. He was a little tentative about the water - his first swim - but he did an excellent doggie paddle from person to person. And with his recent summer haircut, he was the first one dry!

Fun, family, friends, food - what a great weekend!

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  1. I love going to the zoo....and that pool looks mighty inviting...I can't wait for fall to get here..glad you were able to spend some time with your daughter..

    Hugs, Shar

  2. I concur about averting your eyes in the Herpetarium, I remember the dreams from my zoo visit as a little girl. Your pictures make me want to pay a visit to the Cleveland Zoo - We have a new elephant exhibit and some cute Koala Bears.

  3. how are never too old for the zoo.....
    we took our triplet grandsons this summer & the giraffes were our favorite as well!!!

  4. I can't believe the Wichita Zoo is 40. I remember when it opened. I can't be that old!

  5. Love family outings. I treasure the time I spend with my family. My favorite zoo animal is the polar bear that dives in and out of cold water. He looks as if he is having a great time.

    Thanks for the great family pictures!

  6. Thanks for sharing your weekend...It looks like a lot of fun...Glad you got time to spend with your daughter!!

  7. It looks like a lovely visit. Even the dog enjoyed himself, lol. Glad you had a great time!! And I LOVE the pics. They look great!

  8. Love it! Ha - my favorite is Henry glaring at us in the pool. :) Thanks for a great weekend!