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Best $80 Spent!

I made a very wise purchase yesterday morning. I bought a 2010 membership to the zoo! I took the boys to the zoo a couple of times last year and they had fun. The most recent time we went was early last fall when my parents were in town and they really had fun then (of course Pop Pop bought us all tickets to ride the little train, so the boys thought that was super cool).

This week I started thinking about the zoo again (especially yesterday after I posted that picture of us in t-shirts at the zoo in February 2009) and realized it would be extremely convenient to have a membership to the zoo this year. After all, the zoo is only about 15 minutes away, the boys are getting to the point where they’d rather walk than ride in their Choo Choo (which is fine by me – hauling 100 pounds around behind me is no longer fun!) and our favorite petting zoo type place is going to start charging for out-or-towners (us) this year.

So yesterday morning at about 10 I looked outside and saw the sun shining. I looked on weather.com and saw a projected high of 45. I looked at my kids, slowly going crazy in the living room and then I had an idea.

“Do you boys want to go to the zoo?”

A chorus of “yeahs!” came back at me, along with some jumping up and down. We all quickly used the bathroom, put on socks, shoes and coats and headed out the door. We pulled in to the parking lot and I turned and asked the boys if they’d like to ride in the Choo Choo or walk like big boys. They all excitedly chose walk, which I was fine as long as they obeyed me and didn’t collapse on the ground in a tantrum when I said it was time to leave. I told them that and they all nodded.

Can I just tell you what an enjoyable experience yesterday was? They all held hands through the parking lot like I asked. They all sat in big chairs while I bought our zoo membership (which I paid $80 for and includes a guest with me each time and unlimited train, tram and carousel rides!). They all stayed with me when we were walking around. When I said it was time to leave one building and head to the only other indoor exhibit in the zoo they all willingly agreed. And there were ZERO tantrums!

We practically had the place to ourselves, which was great! We only stayed for about 90 minutes, but considering we have a membership now and can go whenever I wasn’t worried about the waste of money like I would have been last year.

 
This monkey hanging on the glass made Chase pretty nervous!
Not Tyler though! He wanted to sit and chat with him.
 
  
  
L-R: Jackson, Chase & Tyler
 
  
  
 
This little monkey was extremely playful! He kept running back and forth along the glass and batting at the boys’ faces. They thought it was hilarious!
 
  
  
I let them all “drive” one of these mechanical cars for the first time. Jackson went first and was a little concerned when it started to move!
 
Tyler
 
Chase
After their nice long naps, the boys woke up asking to go back to the zoo. Yup, the best $80 I could have spent right now!

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