Summer is beginning to ebb away but you wouldn’t know it because of the temps around here. But in an effort to check every last thing off of our summer bucket list we finally took a trip to the Detroit Zoo with Grandma and the Aunties.
Every summer when we were kids my sister and I used to go to Girl Scout day camp at the Detroit Zoo. Some years my Mom was even our camp leader. It was an awesome place to go and it seemed so incredibly large and magical and perfect to a young kid. The Zoo is one of the Detroit traditions that I couldn’t wait to share with my girls.
Some things have changed, but the feeling is still the same. For Cedella, the zoo is one great big amazingly cool place.
We started our day by taking the little train to the back of the zoo. I think this is my absolute favorite picture of me and my girls. I love how they’re looking at each other. Yay for sisters!
We all remember how scary we thought the tunnel was when we were kids. But they’ve put lights up. So NOT scary anymore.
And then we had to consult The Map. Maybe this is the one thing Monk has taken from her limited run-ins with Dora. (*Thankfully she’s not a big fan of Dora cause she thinks that Swiper’s scary and prefers Wallace & Grommit, so proud of my BBC loving baby). Or maybe this is just another trait she’s gotten from her Mama (since I’m the map-reader/navigator of the family).
Either way, she wouldn’t put the damn thing down. And kept saying “Ok guys, we have to check the map”. She’s quite the Explorer.
And the little Boogie got in on the action too. Hamming it up for the camera with her Te Te.
One of the funniest moments? Grandma forgot her hat. So she had to borrow Ella’s. Guess it’s pretty clear where my daughter gets her little mini head from. Sure didn’t get it from her Mom or Dad.
Oh yea, and did I mention, there were animals there?
Like really really close up and personal.
Some were taking their naps when we visited. This gorilla gave us quite a view…
Even though the polar bears were sleeping, the statue was not.
And the ostriches and flamingos were very active.
Grandma and Izzie took a break at the Reptile House. Apparently neither of them care for scaly creatures.
We attempted a family pic by the Rackham Fountain. But this was the best shot. Pretty realistic moment, no?
And we took a couple of baby snuggle breaks. Cause these cheeks deserve snuggle breaks.
When she wasn’t reading her map, Cedella was busy pouting or chasing after her Aunties. Or doing both simultaneously.
Me and Izzie and our Marley wrap ended up putting on a show for the whole zoo. Every time I wrapped her or unwrapped her it seemed we had an audience. And everywhere we walked people stared either in complete confusion or wanted to know all about it. I love public displays of Babywearing!! And I really love that my baby can see what I see in complete comfort.
And when she’s ready she just closes her eyes and has a comfy spot to nap in. Her sleeping face? It makes me swoon.
I was fully prepared to be in the penguin house for ages but Cedella just wasn’t digging it. Instead, she liked the bird house. When she saw the parrots and macaws like in Rio, she went bananas.
And just when I thought everything from my childhood had been erased, there it was, right at the end of the bird house. The chain link curtain. Tracey and I remembered it so vividly. Doing exactly what Ella did when she saw it. It may have been the highlight of her day.
We had such a fun day. It’s always fun being with all the Sims ladies. So fun that both girls passed out within seconds of being in their car seats.
Keeping traditions. Making memories. Giving these girls an incredible childhood. And loving every second of it.
How’d you celebrate the end of summer?