Sunday, April 13, 2008

Zoo Adventure

Yesterday, the temperature actually hit, like, nearly 70 degrees – it’s the first real taste of spring weather we’ve had in SLC, and I absolutely took advantage of the warmth.

Whit, Cade, and I decided to visit Utah’s Hogle Zoo, as Cade is absolutely in love with “annimoes.” We took lots of pics, and here are some of the highlights:

Here we are with the "Ghost of the Bayou," who is this genetic freak mutant gator that's not albino technically, just missing pigment in his skin cells. He seemed really depressed though, and that was kind of a bummer.

Here's Whit and Wee Man with the cute little penguins in the background. All three of us were absolutely fascinated with them, and probably stayed and watched them for a good twenty minutes. There were zookeepers trying to catch a little baby penguin in the water who kept eluding their traps for capture - it was quite a fun sight! Aside from the fact Cade kept calling them ducks, it was so fun! I actually thought penguins were like giant. Who knew they were so small?

Here we are with some squashed-faced monkeys (that's actually their scientific name, I swear) who wouldn't really pose for the camera. Cade loved the monkeys - but he couldn't get it in his head that they weren't some sort of warped cat. The other zoo patrons got a kick out of Cade calling everything he saw either cats or horsies! We're working on his animal vocabulary. ;)

The mountain lions were PISSSSSED yesterday. They were really agitated with this jerk and his son who were totally trying to get them angry. He and his fellow mountain lion comrade were literally jumping at the fence, trying to attack them. It was really cool, actually. I thought this was a terrific shot of Cade and Whit with the mountain lion very close behind them.

Okay, I love this shot! We totally match, though I swear we didn't plan it! We were in the Asian Rainforest exhibit thingy, and these ridiculous hats were for sale. We of course didn't purchase them; we only used them for a kodak moment! Don't we look like we could be sisters? (Or lesbian lovers, ha ha.)


Before we left, we let Cade play in the park there. Please ignore the fact that Whit's wearing socks with her clearly no-sock-wearing shoes! (Her feet were cold, poor thing!) I was supposed to crop it out, but well...sorry Whit! ;)

So the day was grand, as you can tell. We spent the evening at my sister Brooke's house playing Loaded Questions, which is one of the greatest board games ever invented. It got funny and dirty, and you know me - those two things are my specialty! ;)

The only down-side to the day was my momentary sickness in the evening. I was driving Whit to her car, and totally thought I was going to ralph. But after putting my head between my legs and spitting up a storm, the moment passed. Weird, huh? I mean, I have a stomach of steel, and it takes a loooot for this girl to toss her cookies. ...I may have just been nervous for the Relief Society lesson I had to give today, but if I do say so myself, it went smokin'!

Okay, that's all for today. Hope you all had a lovely evening. I'm going to go catch up on all of your blogs now. :)

15 comments:

Jamie :) said...

Yay! I was just looking through your blog when you totally post a new one! I don't know if I have ever been the FIRST to comment on one of your blog posts, so I would like to take this opportunity--as said first commentor (or is it commentator?)--to say HOW FUN! I'm glad that the zoo was great! It looks like you had a wonderful time. You are a such a fun looking mom with cade. He is a handsome man-child. And, whoever Whit is, I'm sure she is a great person too! :)

aLana said...

i'm bummed i spent my day at the u while you got to hit up the local zoo, but i'm stokkkkked for tuesday night! hooray for rr and what if! way to rock your lesson today! :)

jana bananas said...

Very cute pictures! I really want Whit's pants, so Whit, if you're reading this, hook me up! (You know, tell me where I can get such kickass jeans.)

aLana said...

nordy's and wide leg's the way to go! those are the ones from BP, right? loves it. bom chicka wah wah!

heather said...

You all look like you're having the best time there......I so wish I could come out and visit some time. Would love to spend a weekend catching up. Maybe this summer? Will you guys be around? Being a teacher, I get summer's off (unless, of course, I decide to get a PT job for some little extra income...but I'm not sure yet)so I could maybe take a road trip out there...actually, flying might be less expensive, considering gas prices up here in WA! Well, I'm glad you had such an excellent spring day there in UT....it was gorgeous here as well, but today...rain as usual. Take care and say hey to Cade and Brandon for me!

heather said...

You all look like you're having the best time there......I so wish I could come out and visit some time. Would love to spend a weekend catching up. Maybe this summer? Will you guys be around? Being a teacher, I get summer's off (unless, of course, I decide to get a PT job for some little extra income...but I'm not sure yet)so I could maybe take a road trip out there...actually, flying might be less expensive, considering gas prices up here in WA! Well, I'm glad you had such an excellent spring day there in UT....it was gorgeous here as well, but today...rain as usual. Take care and say hey to Cade and Brandon for me!

heather said...

Okay, so how do I delete that second one???????? My bad.

it's me, t said...

can i just say that i'm freaking jealous. sorry the albino aligator was a bust. depressed animals are even worse than depressed humans. so sad.

can i just make a comment that it's so freaking hot right now at 12:30am my time right now that i'm pulling a nudie... picture that bitches!

Anonymous said...

Those penguins are humboldt penguins, they are one of the smallest kind of penguin. Emperor penguins (the big ones that can be up to 4 feet tall) are only in one zoo in CA because it takes a lot of funding to make a huge ice room for them to live in!

eMiLy said...

oh my I was so at the zoo the same day... bummer we didn't run into each other....Though I believe everyone and there dog was there that day it was crazy!

Brittney said...

Oh I love the zoo! The penguins are by far my favorite. Looks like it was a fun day.

Emily said...

Hey, it looks like you guys had an awesome time! The pictures are so cute. I can't wait until it gets to 70 degrees... right now 50 feels like a heat wave! :)

KC Elaine said...

looks like fun! I love horsies and kitties!

Tanya said...

Oh this post was too cute. I would have loved to have seen the mountain lions pissed off at that guy and his son. It was a beautiful day though wasn't it?

Although I must admit that I am NOT looking forward to summer heat.

aLana said...

who is the annon penguin connoisseur? random! but that's cool... umm you haven't posted in almost 48 hours and i'm officially requesting a new post! haha i'm excited to see you tonight! hells yeah!