Saturday morning, I started thinking about taking Fitz to Boo at the Zoo at the Birmingham Zoo. I've heard about it before, but we have never been, and I wasn't sure if it would actually be scary, or what the deal was. After soliciting opinions on FB, I decided to try it out. Daddy was not feeling it, but said he would go if we wanted to go. I could tell he really didn't want to go, so I texted Denise to see if she and Mary Eloise might be up for an adventure, and what do you know? They were!
Aunt Heddy gave us great advice of bringing a wagon to pull the kids in, and I'm so glad she did! Look how cute they are:
Boo at the Zoo is from 5-10, so we planned to meet there at about 5:30. I got there a little early (as I'm prone to do), and went ahead and got in line, so when Denise and ME got there, they could just join us in line. There were more people there than I have EVER seen at a zoo! I was immediately glad I didn't try to talk John into coming with us because he is NOT all about crowds.
There was a nice zoo worker outside with a microphone, trying unsuccessfully to direct everyone to which line they should be in. The lady in front of me became irate at something the girl said, and started cussing the worker out?!? At the zoo. In front of all the children. Seriously? I gave the worker a sympathetic look because she was trying SO hard to accommodate the angry lady, and she asked me, "I'm not going to be able to make her happy, am I?" I said, "No, just quit trying," and kind of laughed with her. She told me to just go on in without a ticket and tell them I was with her (the worker), so I did, and we got in free! It really does pay to be nice!
Anyway, one of the first things we saw, was a photo cutout of Alabama and Auburn. Fitz has never understood the point of these things, but when he saw ME do it, he wanted to climb those little stairs back there, too. Once he was up there, I called his name and he thought it was funny to peek out that hole at me...success!
We rode the "scarousel" twice, which both of the kids loved. I, on the other hand, almost threw up, because what makes it a scarousel is that it goes backwards and has black lights. I get motion sick riding in the car, so it was not my favorite thing, but the kids had fun, so it was ok, ha!
Most of the animals are not out for Boo at the Zoo (which was a little disappointing to me), but the petting zoo in the barn was open, and Fitz had fun looking at the goats. I told him to come pet a sheep which was right near the fence, and he promptly reached in and touched its butt. Ew. Then ME followed suit and had her a feel, too. Gross!
We put them up in this big chair, stupidly thinking they might sit and pose for a picture, but they both got so excited and started dancing, instead?!? I'm not sure what they thought it was, but they liked it!
We wanted to ride the train, but the line was crazy long, so we settled for trick-or-treating through the hay maze instead, and then rode the scarousel one more time before we left.
Mr. Independent would not allow me to hold on to him while he was riding, and politely declined my advice to hold on to the pole instead, and chose to just sit and ride. Look at his little hand steadying himself since he was too stubborn to listen to his mama. (I know, Mom, he gets it honest!)
I love these two crazy kids so much, and I'm so glad we can go and do fun stuff with someone Fitz's age! Our goal is to one day have them look at the camera at the same time and maybe even smile for us, but until then, plan on pics like these, ha!
P.S. Yes, most children wear costumes to Boo at the Zoo, but our two little cuties CHOSE not to wear costumes. More on that later this week!