Before Nina woke up, my friend Katie came and picked up Addie. She took her to Zodo’s Bowling and Beyond, where she joined Teddy and our cousin Lindsey. Nina woke up to her daddy’s voice, which is always a good thing J Todd decided to play hooky from SBJH for a little while longer and helped Nina with her IHOP breakfast. I just sat back and relished in the beauty of their love for each other. Todd has an impeccable sense of humor…well okay impeccable is probably not the correct adjective….more like wicked and very irreverent. With the kids he keeps it in check and they live for it…they love that their dad is funny!! Most of the time, I sit nervously, praying that he doesn’t say anything too outrageous that will offend half of the population. I honestly believe that he is as outrageous as he is at times just to torture me…to get me riled up. I am very predictable (although I fervently try to deny this!!) and 99% of the time get riled up! Anyhow, this morning, Todd was his impeccable funny daddy self and Nina loved it! The video below illustrates this mutual love affair the best!
It was so good to see my friend Eileen. I was so happy to see her in love. It had been a long journey to Dave but how sweet it was now! At 2pm Larisa arrived and we made our way to the SB Zoo. What transpired next was something best described as magical. We got to hang out with Pigloo the Penguin, pet her and learn all about her. We even had a poop-disaster, but thankfully Pigloo missed us all by mere millimeters J Of course, little did we know that this near miss would be Nina’s favorite part of the Zoo tour! Figures!
Once we got down the stairs, we had to be super quiet because we were suppose to pass the Gorilla's bedrooms. Apparently, the two gorillas (who are brothers) had a tough day with each other and consequently were in their "quiet" quarters. As we passed by, one of the brothers hollered a terrifying sound and shook his cage!! Let me tell you...those are some mighty creatures and we were all terrified! Once we got passed the gorillas and into the giraffe chamber, Nina turned to me and said, "Boy that was scary!" I love that girl...it was scary!! Awesomely scary!
Feeding the giraffes was incredible. They are beautiful, albeit awkward creatures. We were all so delighted to see how strong Nina was, how she did not succumb to fear, but got right in there just like Teddy and Adelae. It was breathtaking to watch. We finished our zoo tour with a private meeting with a red-tail hawk. He was a spectacular animal and I believe the adults were just as excited to learn about him as the kids :)
All in all, what started off as a terribly rocky day ended in an amazing adventure...but then again isn't that life?
We also want to send a special thank you to the Dreier family who made this most magical of days and the Zoo Party a reality for our Nina!!! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!