Monday, August 24, 2009

To the zoo and back

Yesterday was multiples day at the Southwick Zoo and because we love a discount, Rich and I decided to bring the girls for a day trip. The girls' admission was free because they are under three years old and Rich and I received 50% off. Because it was multiples day, I expected the place to be crawling with twins and triplets and that I sight like this

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wouldn't be that big of a deal. Well, we received two direct comments regarding the choo choo wagon before we even made it out of the parking lot and I'm sure there was some whispering going on as well. And right after we entered the zoo, some little boy yelled, "Look at the triplets!" I wanted to yell back, "Look at the little boy." We only saw one other set of triplets during our visit. There were many twins but not as many I expected and we did see a few other choo choo wagons.

I wasn't able to take as many pictures as I would have liked because we started out like this

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but quickly moved to this

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and this

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and this.

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I'm admitting that traipsing through a zoo with three little ones on foot is extremely difficult and tiresome. But Rich and I did it. The choo choo wagon was great for hauling all of our stuff around. One somewhat funny story involves Anna and a turkey. I'm not a 'feed the animals' type of person and the girls are still a bit afraid of animals so we watched the petting zoo area from outside the fence. As we were walking away, Anna took off ahead of us although she was supposed to be holding an adult's hand. I was catching up to her when all of a sudden this turkey appeared in front of her. Anna jumped. The story that the girls are telling now is that a wild turkey got Anna's bum bum.

We eventually reached a playground within the zoo and the girls went CRAZY.

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I was pushing Anna in the swing

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and keeping an eye on Em while Rich brought Allie over to the big girl slide. Well, as I'm watching Em, I realize that Allie is up on top of the slide thing by herself.

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I stayed calm and she came down the slide without incident.

Did you notice how the girls are dressed differently? I brought those three dresses into the family room and told Rich to let the girls pick which one they wanted to wear while I was taking a shower. I did regret that decision while we were on the playground and they were running in three different directions.

The girls had such a great time even without their nap and although Rich and I were physically exhausted, it was well worth it.

6 comments:

GAMZu said...

Looks fun AND exhausting! Glad you enjoyed.

The girls are old enough at 2 1/2 to go up on those structures on their own, aren't they?

marciesteeves said...

Looks like you had a great time!

We were at the Southwick Zoo for a birthday party just the previous weekend. Next time you go, we should plan a playdate!

CJ said...

I can't buy the cho cho wagon from Step 2 anymore. Not fair! I want one for my twins! Any ideas where I can get one?

monica said...

The zoo is always a fun place to be and to discover! Looks like you guys had a great time and yay on the multiple day that is cool!

Sarah said...

GAMZu - Well, the girls aren't 2&1/2 quite yet and I was nervous about the openings for the monkey bars. If that top ramp had been completely closed in, I would have been more comfortable.

Marcie - most definitely!

CJ - check craigslist - I hear they pop up here and there. I bet they'll go back into production next year.

Monica - Thanks!

BuckeyeBundle said...

OMG, this made me laugh out loud : Look at the triplets!" I wanted to yell back, "Look at the little boy." because I have actually yelled back to people at the zoo and recently at a county fair: Look girls, only one baby/girl/boy/insert object here" when people have yelled "look at the triplets or look kids, 3 girls"

I just figure, that if they are going to point and stare and state the obvious, then I can do the same. Probably not the nicest approach, but it's kind of my new fun game instead of getting peeved. :) Always love your posts and pics. Your girls just look like they always have so much fun!

Marie/WinteBuckeye from MM's