I'd love to say it was a great day, but it wasn't. Within minutes of entering the zoo Alec was yelling and giving me attitude about the map, Evan was complaining he was hungry and Ian wanted a drink. After patiently explaining to Alec numerous times that he was reading the map wrong, stopping to get Evan two snacks, and reassuring Ian every few minutes that we had water to drink, I was starting to think I had made a mistake. I finally snapped and threatened to leave multiple times before they finally seemed to settle down and have some fun.
|The boys LOVED the giant anteater|
|This bird had his wings out the WHOLE time!|
|The moon bear! We finally saw the moon bear!|
|the lesser panda; Alec's favorite animal!|
|sad that we missed the tree kangaroo I was forced to take a picture of a picture|
|Alec found this goose sitting on a nest!|
|The turtles were sunning themselves and we saw tons of them today!|
We drove home listening to yet another Magic Treehouse book-- Midnight on the Moon and it was pretty silent. But, the afternoon at home was long and loud. They fought, threw toys, tackled each other, and destroyed one another's K'nex creations. There were tears, minor injuries, screaming, yelling and slamming doors (not by me-- the boys, I swear!). I was calm. I was apathetic at this point. I wanted desperately to lock myself in my own room and just let them destroy the house or each other as long as they left me alone and my headache would go away. I didn't; but boy I sure did want to! They were sent to their rooms, sent outside and talked to more times than I can count. I told them that they get this one pass, for today only but, if tomorrow starts out (or ends up) being like today, they will receive one job assignment after another. My whole house needs cleaning and I have a list of chores just waiting. Extra energy can and will get put to good use.
By dinnertime I was drained and thinking we never need to visit a zoo again; after all, who needs the zoo when you live with a bunch of animals?