On Saturday we went to the Austin Zoo! We have never taken Em before. I had some reservations about the Austin Zoo because I know it's not a "traditional zoo" - it's more of a sanctuary for rescued animals. They have a lions, and tigers, and bears (oh, my!), monkeys, and a lot of smaller animals - deer, goats, llamas, kangaroos, birds, reptiles, turtles, pigs, and a bunch of wolf/dog hybrids. There's no big animals like elephants or giraffes, though. We still had a good time! I'm not sure Em really understood that these were animals. She liked the monkeys because they moved around and made a lot of noise. I don't know why, but she stood there and yelled at the bear. "Move," maybe? It was hilarious. The zoo was bigger than I expected and not too crowded. It was a hot day, but there was plenty of shade. I know there was a train you could take that shows some behind-the-scenes, but it was time for Em's nap so we headed home. I think it was a perfect first trip to the zoo to keep things fairly quick and simple. I'd recommend it for younger kids, but I think older kids might not be too impressed.
And no trip to Texas would be complete without an outing to Chuys. Our sweet girl even made waiting for our table fun. It was a beautiful night and we sat on the patio and Punkito ate a huge meal. It was a perfect night.
And then it was Mother's Day! My sweet husband and dad really made it feel special. I got some beautiful roses and funny cards and they cooked me a delicious meal of steak and salad with peach cobbler for dessert. I feel totally spoiled and loved. I am so grateful to be a mom (more on that tomorrow :)).
|We went on a long walk around Town Lake and had lunch at Whole Foods downtown. It was a little warm and sticky, but we had fun anyway.|
|Totally cracks me up, especially Hans' card in the middle.|