Our day was perfect in so many ways. The Nashville Zoo was a breath of fresh air and offered so much more than I expected!
This was Mary Ella's face most of the day:
She loved the aquatics exhibit... And I loved this polka dotted sting ray. Have you ever seen one of these? I'd like to hang him on my wall.
They also have elephants...
Meerkats... (here she is with cousin Ashley)...
and an island of monkeys... which this monkey loved.
This little nugget didn't make a peep all day long. We could have left him on the kitchen table in his bouncy seat and he probably would've been fine all alone. He's such a good baby. But Vicki (his grandmother) didn't complain about getting to carry him in the sling. She was in heaven. I can't blame her. He's an angel.
They had a play area especially for toddlers with big mats. Mary Ella loved running as fast as she could then falling and getting right back up. I love her face here. Pure joy.
She took a little longer to get up after one particular wipeout... I think she must have realized how tired she was!
Her favorite exhibit by far was the petting zoo, of course. I'm not sure if it was the up close and personal contact with the baby goats or the freedom to run around or the dirt. Every chance she got, she'd just sit down and dig in the dirt and throw handfuls of dirt over her head. It was hilarious. And despite my tendencies to chase my child with Germ-X, I decided to let her have fun and be a kid, and that she did. She was filthy by the end of the day. I'm thinking we might get her a bag of mulch for Christmas this year.
All in all we had such an exciting time. We did a WHOLE lot of walking because the zoo is HUGE, so we're pretty wiped out. But what a great way to start the weekend.