photo by Smilin' Down Photography

Friday, June 25, 2010

Zoo Fun

This morning Sadie and I went to the Phoenix Zoo. We had a lot of fun spending the morning together. We started out by looking at the giraffes. It’s really amazing how big they are when you see them in person. Sadie was not too interested in the giraffes; she was too busy watching the people who were watching the giraffes. We went down the trail and walked by the zebras (including the baby zebras) and stopped at the flamingo exhibit. It was early in the morning so the flamingos were eating breakfast. Sadie enjoyed watching them. They were on her level so I think she could really see them. There were also some ducks eating the flamingo’s food and Sadie really like to see them. We then wondered around and looked at several different animals.
We skipped the monkey exhibit, in this exhibit you actually walk into the monkey’s habitat. That sounded a little scary to me and I really did not want to take Sadie in to the exhibit by myself. Maybe next time. We were able to see one tiny monkey from outside of the exhibit. He was cute. Sadie really was not interested in the monkeys or really any of the animals. That is until we saw a little jackrabbit. This little jackrabbit was not in an exhibit. He was eating grass just passed the monkey exhibit. Sadie loved this little animal. We watched him for a few minutes and I got a few pictures. Then he jumped away and we were able to see his cute little cotton tail!

We continued looking at animals- well I looked at animals and Sadie watched the people. Then we stopped at the Leapin’ Lagoon. Which is a splash pad. This was Sadie’s first time at a splash pad. At first she wasn’t sure what to do, but she watched the other kids and soon she was running all over to get the water. She would try to grab the water and as it went down she would follow it and then stick her finger in the hole. She was so silly.

Once she tired of that, we changed clothes and we rode the carousel. Another first for Sadie. I will say that it is much more fun to ride a carousel then to hold onto a child while standing on a carousel. I actually felt a little dizzy. But Sadie liked it. She rode a zebra and I realized that it is just about impossible to get a picture while on the carousel. But I did get a few good ones.

We ended the day by walking through the Arizona Trail. We saw different amphibians and reptiles. We also saw a Coati, which resembled a raccoon. And was very playful.

Unfortunately we didn’t see all of the animals. Sadie was getting tired and we had to cut our visit short…although we were there a little over two hours! I was surprised that there were not very many people there, and at times it seemed like we were the only ones there. We also were very lucky because even though it was hot, the sun was covered by the clouds most of the time we were there. So it really was not too bad.

I am thinking about getting a membership. I would love to be able to take Sadie on a regular basis. We just had so much fun together.
Sadie took a 40 minute nap on the way home and then took no more naps the rest of the day…until about 4:30 when she was riding home from the grocery store with Keith. He got her out of the car and laid her down…

That is the sign of a fabulous day!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Today was a great day!

Sadie painted on her Daddy's Father's Day card and Keith loved it. We had a low key day because Sadie was not feeling well. Sadie took 2 long naps today. In between the naps-we ran out to Costco. After the 2nd nap, we went to my parent’s house for an early dinner. My Grandparents came over for dinner too and we all had a great time.

It's amazing that in one week, Sadie will be 17 months old! We have a busy week ahead of us. We will be having a play date with Claire, enjoying time with Sadie’s grandparents and great grandparents, and then going to the Zoo on Friday.

Going on a walk with Grandpa.

Giving a high five. She is so smart!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sadie has been without her paci since May 11. It was actually much easier than we expected it would be. The first night she fussed a little, but fell asleep and slept all night like usual. The next night was a little tougher, but again she fell asleep in no time and slept all night. Other than that she has done fine at night without it.
She is a smarty however, she remembers that her grandma and grandpa used to keep a spare paci on a little end table at their house. At first she looked for it a lot when she would go over there. But over the past few weeks she has been looking less and less.

I just can’t believe how quickly she is growing up. She is officially a toddler now… no bottles, no paci…what’s next…no diapers! Maybe over Christmas break we will tackle that next milestone. No rush, we will just watch for Sadie to show us she is ready.

Last photo with paci!

June began in an exciting way. Sadie’s Nana and cousin Avery came to visit us. We had a lot of fun hanging out and enjoying each other’s company. We all went to ASU for a college tour, which was actually a lot of fun. I was surprised at how beautiful ASU’s campus was. Avery also got to go fishing and attended a Diamondbacks game with my dad. The Diamondbacks were playing the Braves and the D-backs actually won! It was a nice visit Keith and I were both off, so we really spent a lot of time together.


I am so excited for the upcoming weeks as this is my last week working full time for the summer. I will work two days next week and then I will be off until the last week in July. I just cannot wait to spend the next few weeks being a stay at home Mommy with Sadie.