Well, we made it across the state and back with four bambinos in the trusty minivan. Many adventures were had and I'm going to break it up into three parts so you don't unsubscribe from my blog when your computer freezes. I took a lot of pictures.
We arrived one day before all the other wedding guests so we could experience the Boise Zoo and toodle around with no schedule.
First up, the rose gardens.
Some people enjoyed them more than others.
This one, not so much.
We made a chain to see if we could hug one of the huge trees. Greenpeace would have been pleased.
And we recreated the chain so the boys could see how big it really was.
Then it was off to the Zoo! On the way we encountered a flock of geese, just standing there begging to be chased.
So we chased!
Then it was time to see some animals.
That's as close as we came to seeing a giraffe. You can only see them from 10-11 a.m. What's up with that? Moody giraffes.
But we did find plenty of other
hideous interesting creatures. Like this condor.
Before this trip Brecken had never even seen a house cat (seriously, my brother's cat freaked him out), so the huge birds really wowed him. He kept saying "See, see! Whoa."
We banged our chests like gorillas.
Rode a lion.
Sat on a baby tiger.
And tried not to get eaten by the mother.
It was pretty exciting.
There were giant tortoises.
And freakishly large baby birds.
Oh, look, there's a mom with FOUR boys! She belongs at the zoo.
Then on the way out I pulled a move from Aunt Joan's play book and let everyone pick something from the gift shop. Some of my best memories are picking stuff at the gift shop.
Most of them opted for these tubes filled with colored sugar.
Rowan picked a blue stuffed monkey, so Daddy shared his candy with him.
Then fueled with sugar, we raced back to the car.
Until mom got sidetracked by this ginormo statue of Abe Lincoln and told them to pose.
Which they were happy to do.
Because, as Haydn pointed out, Abraham Lincoln was a really great guy.
Although when he's that big, it's a little freaky.
Stay tuned, more to come.