Posted By jayna on June 14, 2012
Yesterday morning, after a restful night where MJ tossed and turned and fidgeted in our bed until 3am and Tater filled in the gap between then and 6am, I loaded all three kids in the the husband’s tiny car and headed towards the big city. We’d been talking for weeks about making a day trip up to DC to take them to the National Zoo and this week just happened to be the perfect time. Aside from reminding me exactly how much I loathe the city (1 wrong turn and we were stuck in traffic for over an hour), the trip went great. There were no fights, no whining in the car, no tantrums over food or sharing the stroller. And, best of all, we got to visit with a long time online friend and her son that were also in town. It was a wonderful day.
MJ fell in love with our new little friend. After holding his hand for a bit, she then spent the rest of the day and most of the ride home talking about him. Girlfriend is going to be trouble when she gets into school. I asked her if she’ll be holding a lot of other boys’ hands in school and her answer was an emphatic yes.
Tater was especially impressed with the birds. Perhaps it’s because he can screech just as loud as they can. We spent a long time around the flamingos and he was desperately trying to get away from me and crawl in the cage.They probably looked as though their feathers would be especially fun to pluck out.
As usual, we couldn’t find any of the real, live pandas and the elephants weren’t out enjoying their expansive yard (I keep hoping to see them playing in the pond each time we’re there), but the lions put on a good show. Their roars could be heard all across the park and they were leaping and bounding when we rolled past at dinner time.
And, as the grand finale, we were lucky enough to witness the peacocks getting a little frisky. Miss E was terribly concerned that the daddy peacock was squashing the mommy peacock and that just wasn’t very nice. She also was annoyed over the way the daddies get to have all the pretty feathers. That was terribly unfair. He did put on a good show for us though, before turning his attention to the Mrs.
Thankfully, we all had a ROARING good time! (I couldn’t help myself. Forgive my punning. She was actually roaring at me in this picture.)