Friday afternoon, after the tire explosion, we headed over to Nk’s house to pick up the girls. It was directly after 3 p.m. when Monster got home and settled. We were out of Nk’s house by 5:30 p.m. and at Sou*per Salad! a half hour later. We ate, and dealt with an awful woman who insulted us as lesbians and as parents. That was all kinds of drama.
After we got home we bathed the girls and then got them settled to make Kung Fu Panda rice crispie treats (big hit, I might add, albiet very messy) and eventually got to watch Tinkerbell. Such a cute movie.
Bathing Baby B, notice the sweet potato gunk all over her face. Yeah, she just ate. Hence the huge gut.
So, Saturday we woke up early, at 6 a.m. to feed Baby B. She gave us 2 more hours of sleep and woke up starving at 8:48 a.m. (I know this because I set the alarm for 8:45 a.m. and she woke up exactly 3 minutes later). We fed her rice cereal with diced apples mixed in. She proceeded to die from sheer joy as she gummed the chunks of apples.
After we’d gotten the kids properly bundled we drove for what felt like forever to the Austin Zoo. Monster napped, Big B played her DS and Baby B fussed and cried and entertained herself alternately for 45 minutes.
Wow, I haven’t been to the zoo in ages. It was amazing. It was SO cold with the windchill factor and the trees everywhere. But the kids were so good, real troopers. They were alternately cranky, whiney or impatient quite rarely, which made the whole experience wonderful.
Monster made a wonderful lunch for us, he chopped onions for the sandwhices and everything. Not pictured are the tiny kosher dills, fruit snacks, rice kris*pie treats and gigantic water bottles. Oh, and some baby food for the baby.
Cuttin' some onions for our delicious sandwiches
But the zoo was wonderful, aside from the chilly weather and an occasionally fussy baby. We saw turtles, lemurs, a jaguar, cougars, monkeys of all kinds, a sheep, goats, a llama with funky teeth, lots of reptiles, tons of birds, random chickens and peacocks, pigs, lions, tigers and a bear, oh my! The monkeys broke my heart, some of them were giving me big sweet eyes and eeking softly like they wanted me to take them home with me. There were two who were in the rehab cages and they had no tails and mottled fur. Poor little ones.
Sad monkey all curled up alone.
Incredibly heart breaking.
The kids willingly posed for a picture in the trees while I fed Baby B, who was ravenous, of course.
Cute picture of the kiddos.Baby B lost her binkie once and that was traumatizing. She was starting to get very testy and we were stressing something fierce as everyone frantically retraced our steps, we had both kids on binkie watch, they scrambled over rocks and through brush to find that thing. Eventually we found the damn thing, by the jaguar habitat, and all was okay after a serious scrub down by the bathrooms.How Baby B looked during the whole trip, bundled up tightly in as much warmth as possible. After what felt like an eternity of searching, we wound up at the souvenirs, where much joy was had by all parties in picking out THINGS TO BUY. Nothing brings more joy to the heart of exhausted, freezing children than spending money. No.thing.Monster wearing a dog puppet hat. Cutie.
Big B posing with the infamous giant gorilla.
My handsom Fil wearing her adorable hat that has a shark on top and turns into a puppet.
Baby B was quite fussy for the rest of the night, refusing to go down when we told her to, listening to no reasoning and instead insisting on playing with her new toy. She didn’t nap well at the zoo, not until we got out of the wind into the gift shop where she promptly zonked out for the rest of the trip home. Once things finally settled down and we had dinner and everyone got bathed (except for us, of course) she finally got relaxed enough to go to sleep.
Baby B lovin' on her new giraffe.
Baby B fast asleep with a very empty baba.
In all this mess, the kids had two cheapie presents that they fell in love with. These things that when you put them in the water, they grow 400x their original size. They grew alarmingly over the short time the girls were here, and after they left Monster’s pirate continued to grow. We’re not sure of the state of Big B’s pretty pink unicorn.
Big B with her growing unicorn and Monster's pirate.
Finally, I leave you with a video of utter cuteness that is bound to make your heart explode.
Yeah, I dressed her in a rainbow onesie to wear to the zoo. She totally hammed it up for the video. Heehee.