May 22, 2011

Are You My Mother?

For Mother's Day this year, we decided to invite my parents to visit Tanganyika Wildlife Park with us. Knowing they had an admission special in honor of Mother's Day, we made sure to arrive just before the park opened, and we are sure glad we did! The first hour or so of our visit was perfect, and by the time we left, there were more people there than I had ever seen before!

We decided to get up close & personal with the giraffes first, as we have observed that they get pretty sick of interacting after a while, and we hoped to catch them while they were still interested in engaging.

The girls loved feeding the giraffes. They are such beautiful animals!

I had to attempt the obligatory Mother's Day pictures with Mom & Nana before it was too late to catch my little ones in a willing mood. I came to the realization that Tink is mostly at that age where she is never in a willing mood. Ah, well...

We checked out the rhinos...

... the Colobus monkeys...

... and made our way into the Lorakeet Lair...

Sassy about freaked out when a bird landed on her head. She let out an ungodly scream and I was pretty much rattled from that point on through the rest of the day! HA!

She was stylin' with her shades. She insisted, before we left the house, that I remove the straps from her Gap shirt to make it strapless. Probably not the best idea ever. We were pulling up that darn shirt, and I am sure there are some indecent pictures in the mix somewhere!

We went in and checked out the kangaroos. I thought this picture was kind of cool because you can see right into her pouch. Up close, you could see a little pink-ish joey wriggling around inside, and we think there was an older one, too!

The girls fed some farm animals...

..and we headed to the rabbit/tortoise feeding area. This is probably the girls' favorite part of Tanganyika. They love to spend time in the pits and feed the animals.

I ♥, ♥, ♥ this picture of the girls!

The tortoises are so neat to look at. I have no idea how old these actually are, but they are such old souls!

After that, we fed some more farm animals, and headed over to the playground area to play and enjoy the picnic lunch Tyler packed for us all.

We finished up by checking out the penguins...

... and the albino alligator that we almost named {they had a naming contest last spring, and our name was chosen as a finalist. They ultimately chose Luna over Pearl {{our name}} but we did win 2 free admissions!}

The park was getting really crowded, and we decided not to wait in line to feed and visit the lemurs. On the way out, several Tanganyika employees were standing with animals, doing live chats. We saw several, and the girls just LOVED this little Sugar Glider. Don't you want to just take him home?

Tink napped at my parents house while my Dad and Sassy played in our backyard. I took Tyler shopping for new clothes for the cruise. We also did some grocery shopping, and my parents and the girls met us back at our house, where we grilled beer-can chickens and had a nice Mother's day dinner.

Now, all I have to do is think of a way to make Father's Day even better!

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