Yeah, we couldn't stand it.
We went to the zoo again this weekend!
After Brian was gone so much last fall, we feel like we have to make up for lost time I guess. And the zoo for Nora is the Happiest Place On Earth.
I don't think she could believe her luck this morning when she woke up to find Daddy at home (she went to bed last night without seeing him), AND the house was looking like extra clothes, blankets, the stroller and a picnic lunch were about to be loaded into the car.
I mean sure, we woke up to freezing fog, and even in the drive out of town (we live just an hour out of Portland) we figured we'd be heading for OMSI or the Children's museum near the zoo.
But instead, the clouds parted, the sun was out, and with Brian driving, I stuck my fingers outside the windows of the car and pronounced it warm enough to drop everything and go to the zoo.
Well, it turned out to be a pretty chilly day, but fortunately the Oregon Zoo is prepared for that, with lots of indoor exhibits for us to see things and warm up fingers and toes.
We got to see the elephants of course. And at one point Nora started making Zebra noises at the Hippopotomus exhibit, and we realized "She realizes what's next!"
She loves to run around as much as she wants, and of course gets to that point where she doesn't want to do ANYTHING except run around!
We DID at least FINALLY get her to wear her hat -- pretty much without fail.
We went inside at the Africafe' to warm up at one point, and Brian and I got an extra cup of coffee in.
And Brian's pretty much decided he'd like to blow his entire salary on feeding the Lorikeets at Lorikeet Landing (where you can buy little paper cups with nectar for the birds, and they come to your hand and drink out of them).
She can now mimic the sounds of pretty much any animal that makes noise, from chimpanzees, wolves, bears, snakes, lions, and of course, elephants, just to name a few.
Finally, it was time to head home.
It was pretty cold out there, so both Nora and I fell asleep in the car on the way home, leaving Brian to drive.