August 14, 2006

Weekend Wild Animal Adventure

As you are all painfully aware by now, it's Monday. This has two rather startling implications. First, it's the beginning of the work week and the office is calling. Second, it's time for me to recap the weekend because that's pretty much what I do on Mondays. And this weekend? Was our Wild Animal Adventure. Cue that old Wild Kingdom music.



There are, of course, more photos on Flickr.

It was a jam-packed weekend, the most adventurous part of which was our visit to a local animal part and petting zoo This place has been around forever. Both Beth and I were expecting something a little on the - shall we say - ghetto side. You know, spider monkeys with crackpipes, porcupines turning tricks, rooster-run meth labs, geese pimping out ducks. What we found, however, was pretty cool. Mia was a little timid but she warmed up and, on the whole, enjoyed herself. There are, however, some macaws, I'm sure she'd be happy if she never saw again. Pretty but loud.

The rest of the weekend was fairly standard-issue. I recaulked the kitchen (which sounds kinda dirty but isn't), we hit the playground and introduced Mia to the baby swings (she loved them) and we did a lot of walking!

So, there you have it - our weekend in a nutshell. Now, do any of you have any magical powers to make molars come in quickly and painlessly? Because last night? Not so much fun. Yawn.

Posted by Chris at August 14, 2006 07:02 AM
Comments

Baby oragel may be of some help.

Posted by: Wicked H at August 14, 2006 07:45 AM

Those are some pretty ladies you are squiring around these days Chris!

Posted by: Maribeth at August 14, 2006 08:03 AM

While I don't have the magic-molar fix, all I can say is that they will come in eventually. You may feel like it takes forever, though.

Gawd, I miss that age. Of course, I just dropped Elizabeth off at her first day of Pre-K a little while ago. I'm feeling old.

Posted by: amber at August 14, 2006 08:05 AM

The zoo here is fantastic and our kids, even though they're not little anymore, still love wandering around out there. Wish I had the magic fix for molars. Alas...

Posted by: wordgirl at August 14, 2006 08:13 AM

YAY for visiting a zoo on a beautiful weekend! :)

Posted by: Zandria at August 14, 2006 09:50 AM

Cute. And goats too.

Now that you're finished recaulking your kitchen, would you drop over and do mine? It's needy.

Posted by: ann adams at August 14, 2006 10:15 AM

Just make sure Mia has plenty of things to chew on during the day to help the molars break through quicker. HMMM...I'm wondering if whiskey would help. OH...I mean for you not her! :P

Posted by: MrsJoseGoldbloom at August 14, 2006 10:32 AM

Frozen bagels helped my boys, something to naw on that was cold.

Posted by: Steff at August 14, 2006 10:42 AM

Nope, sorry. If I knew the magic molar cure, I would definitely share. It was awful and lasted FORever, and the late start didn't help her understand why she was hurting.

None of the topical stuff worked for us, but baby ibuprofen seemed to take the edge off a little.

Posted by: Kate the Shrew at August 14, 2006 11:14 AM

It's so sad when a porcupine goes bad and has to start turning tricks...I'm so glad it wasn't that kind of petting zoo.

Good luck with the molars. Surely they have to be almost in by now, right?

Posted by: bad penguin at August 14, 2006 11:24 AM

Awesome pictures (as if that's something new)...

Posted by: RSM at August 14, 2006 11:35 AM

booze.

it won't make them come in faster, but it might make the time pass more pleasantly.

Posted by: jodi at August 14, 2006 12:32 PM

I yawned all the to work this AFTERNOON. You'd think that not having to be at work until noon would totally rid me of this whole tired thing but that's not the case. Then I realized, after I got to my desk, that two glasses of wine and a bottle of beer and staying up until 2am don't help with that tired thing either. Heh.

Your child is adorable!

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at August 14, 2006 12:36 PM

Hay..we caulked our kitchen this weekend too! Seriously. We had been walking around all week talking about *cocking* the counter.. hah.. Yes, we are like 12. :O)

Posted by: jen at August 14, 2006 12:42 PM

rooster-run meth labs?
priceless.

Posted by: Pammer at August 14, 2006 12:49 PM

You were thinking of the Heavy Petting Zoo. Those meth-roosters are very territorial.

Is that a baby backpack Mia is in, or is she just sitting in Beth's regular back pack?

Posted by: Annie at August 14, 2006 01:10 PM

I'm with you on the *Yawn* bit....The monkey woke up uncharacteristically early, throwing me right off the entire day so far. I'm wrecked....Love the pics! Mia is just getting cuter and prettier by the day! ;)

Posted by: haley-o at August 14, 2006 01:35 PM

I haven't been to any sort of zoo in eons. We have a fairly impressive wildlife park here...I really ought to check it out. If I remember correctly, there's wolves and bison and grizzly bears and all sorts of cool stuff. Not so much for the petting, though.

Posted by: Heather at August 14, 2006 01:58 PM

I love petting zoos! Sometimes they make me sad, though. We're just starting our teething adventure and I'm scared. Very scared.

Posted by: Much More Than A Mom at August 14, 2006 02:28 PM

I'd love to share pearls of wisdom from my 2 whole years of being a parent, but I still have absolutely none on the subject of teething. Actually, one, come to think of it. Kyra seemed to enjoy biting tiny ice cubes. I already had an ice cube try that made tiny semi circles (they were probaby the size of the tip her thumb, so no choking risk), so I just popped those in her mouth when she seemed to be in a lot of pain. We also used pedialyte popsicles, which were good for us because we were also worried about her hydration as she, too, went on a nursing strike. Just know like all the other challenges, you'll get through it and it will be over soon.

Posted by: kim at August 14, 2006 02:49 PM

Hugs on the teething.
Great pictures, as always. But you need to start passing the camera to someone else so you can all be in the pic together sometime. ;)

Posted by: Traci at August 14, 2006 03:39 PM

Cute pictures. Did you get attacked and eaten by a wild goat? No, huh? Maybe that was just us. I can't stand petting zoo's. But kids sure do love them.

Posted by: Melissa at August 14, 2006 03:50 PM

Looks like you had a great weekend! Great pictures, as always. We need to get a back carrier like that. Mia really seems to enjoy sitting in it!

Posted by: Nadine at August 14, 2006 04:13 PM

POOF! Did it work?

No? Damn. I'm still trying to figure out what my special power is. I'm determined that it will NOT just be the ability to decipher who farted in the room based on the smell.

Posted by: Tink at August 14, 2006 05:48 PM

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the photos!

Posted by: Lisa B at August 14, 2006 06:00 PM

Looks like you all had a great time!! No advice for teeth cutting...Kira's getting her second one at the moment which seems to be kicking her ass worse than the first one! :(

Posted by: e at August 14, 2006 06:28 PM

All of your pictures of Mia show her as such a happy baby - have you taken any of this screaming I hear so much about? Because, frankly, I'm having a hard time believing that precious little Mia is capable of such things. I'm just saying.

Posted by: Beth in StL at August 14, 2006 06:46 PM

She's not wearing the sunglasses ...

Posted by: Bill L at August 14, 2006 09:07 PM

I love the zoo! I'm so jealous!!

No tips on the molars but I think Jodi's onto something. :)

Posted by: jill at August 14, 2006 11:11 PM

looks fun and sunny! we spent the weekend running from the rain... literally at one point it "chased" us down the street. what the heck? florida is weird.

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