Friday, May 2, 2014

Zoo Hooky

Parent-approved hooky is the best kind of hooky. Right?!

That's what I keep telling myself, at least. Nathan was marked absent earlier this week when we took advantage of the spring temperatures and Jonathan's day off for fun at the Little Rock Zoo. We wanted to go before summer because it's just more enjoyable without the feeling of roasting skin. Nathan is holding steady to his straight As, so I went along with his Nana's big idea. Also, the last time our bunch went to the zoo, the Bauer Boys looked like this:

{be still, my heart!}

It was time for a return visit, don't you think? Owen was only two months old in the above picture, so this trip was an eye-opener for him. We began our two-hour drive early with the intention of catching the tiger cubs before they were put up for the day. It rained the entire drive and was freezing cold when we pulled into the parking lot. I was skeptical that the grey skies would produce a gorgeous spring day, but Mother Nature thankfully proved me wrong. There happened to be one kid-sized jacket and one mama-sized jacket hiding under the debris in my car, and one quick trip to the zoo store later, a second kid jacket was procured. Please don't tell Nathan it's obvious both jackets are Owen-sized. He was warm, he was hanging with penguins, and he was happy. Don't harsh his mellow:

After giggling at the monkeys, elephants, and lions, the clouds parted to let the sun shine. The day turned perfect and we had a great time. We broke for lunch at one point, but I think we spent a total of five hours exploring, laughing, and learning. I told Nathan he had to read as many plaques as he could and come away with three new facts. {This totally makes up for a missed school day.} Check out some of the wild friends we made while searching for knowledge:

For those who were wondering {and I know you were}, we did get to see the baby tigers. I didn't get good pictures of them because I had more fun watching them without the camera to my face. At one point we stood by their exhibit and watched them drive their mother insane. The four cubs pounced her without warning, gnawing on her neck and jumping from behind trees until she ran away. When the pursuit was relentless and she was obviously over it, she let them know. I can relate. While the animals were cute and fun to watch, I got a few shots of my cubs, as well:

{Shout out to the nocturnal critters I briefly blinded to get this picture. Sorry.}

After we made all possible rounds, from the petting zoo to the small carnivores to the great apes, we navigated the city to find the workplace of my MIL and SIL. We visited while they paraded my adorable bunch from office to office and then wrapped up a fantastic Tuesday with a big family dinner. It was a late night when we got home, and waking up the next morning was a little rough, but it was worth it. Sometimes {albeit, rarely} a little hooky is a good thing.

Have an awesome weekend, friends! Get your faces in the sunshine and your toes in the grass.

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Jamie said...

These pictures are great! I have a feeling your son learned a lot more at that zoo for a day than he did in one day in the classroom. Do you mind if I add this to my Arkansas tourism roundup blog post?

Jessica Bauer said...

Thanks, Jamie! And absolutely not, go right ahead. Thank you for sharing!

Grace Grits and Gardening said...

Family Zoo outings are the best! Cute pictures.