It’s been awhile since I have shared any photos of my adorable (at least I think so!) children. Well, a sunny (at last!) summer morning and the invitation of our lovely downstairs neighbors finally provided the perfect photo op: a day at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
We begin with an odd bird:
There’s one in every family.
Technically, this one is a swan, and he’s not so much a part of the flamingo family, but he was actually stationed to live there with them. There were some rather charming ducks in residence, as well.
Below, we have Sophia and James being marvelously curious. I mean, what provokes curiosity more than a bunch of strange looking animals? Bring on the questions! (Note to self: a trip to the zoo is really fantastic inspiration to get pumped for the start of a new school year.)
James’ favorite exhibit by far was the Humboldt penguins. Penguins are his favorite animal. He sleeps with no less than five—count ‘em five—stuffed ones in his crib, and one of them is nearly as big as he is! When you consider that my two children boast only about twenty-five stuffed animals total between them, that is a pretty big stash of penguins.
James calls them all his “penguies", and they are named accordingly from “Little Penguie” (the smallest) to “Giant Penguie" (the largest). His favorite book is Busy Penguins, which we read at least twice daily. He can, of course, recite the entire thing by heart without my assistance, but it only “counts” if Mama reads it in the reading chair in the nursery.
But, when he saw the penguins at the zoo, he was in such a state of joyous adoration that I thought my heart would burst right out of my chest for watching.
While James’ attention was rapt on his heart’s desire, Sophia was keeping us on track. She took the map right out of my bag, found the picture of the lions on it and said, “That’s where we need to be. Now, where are the penguins?”
And, if you were curious, that is my sweater that she is wearing, since she insisted that she would not need one. In her defense, it was very warm. It’s just a very shady zoo. (Thank you, Woodland Park landscapers!)
All in all, it was a marvelous day.
Just ask James.