Monday, May 16, 2011

The Schwartz's vs Zoo Trip with Grandma and Grandpa

While my parents were in town we decided to go to the zoo.  Memphis has an amazing zoo and I've always enjoyed going there.  When we were growing up we had a zoo pass, so as soon as Sarah was born Chris and I knew that when the weather warmed up we'd get a zoo pass.  So yes, last spring and summer we'd push our 4 month old around the zoo even though she had no clue what was going on.  In the beginning she mostly watched people, but now that she's older she really enjoys looking at the animals.

My parents have not been to the zoo since Memphis got pandas which I think was way back in 2002.  Since then the zoo has added the Northwest passage with an awesome area to view the polar bears and sea lions and most recently added the Teton Trek with a big feature area for the grizzlies.  We really have a nice zoo.  The next updates are going to be a boardwalk near the Teton Trek and the hippos are finally getting a nice new home.  They've been in the same tiny swimming pool type enclosure since I was a kid.

Here's grandma and grandpa with Sarah at the top of the waterfall in the Teton Trek.

Sorry for the blurry picture.  The panda was pacing and it was hard to get it in the shot and Sarah looking at the camera at the same time.  So apparently I didn't let the auto focus do it's thing before pressing the shutter.  (Have I mentioned how much I really want a fancy digital SLR with a quick shutter speed?)

Even though our zoo has a bunch of fancy animals, Sarah's favorite areas are the bird house and the Once Upon a Farm exhibit.  Since my mom, like much of her generation, is terrified of birds (thanks Alfred Hitchcock) we skipped the bird house and headed over to the farm area.  
The donkey and chickens were Sarah's favorite this time.  But Sarah's buddy the roaming rooster wasn't out and about.  Last time we went he followed us around because Sarah kept dropping Kix.  This time instead it was grandma feeding Kix to the pygmy goats.  They were very sad to see us walk away.  

Since Sarah had not had a very good nap that day, or really the past 3 days before our trip to the zoo or 4 days after she passed out in the car on the way home.  It was about 6:30 when we got home and I seriously considered trying to carry her in and straight to bed, but luckily she woke up about 5 minutes before we got home.  So she had dinner and  tried out the rocking chair grandma and grandpa brought over for her before finally going to bed a little late at 7:30.  Well, we put her in bed at 7:30, but I'm pretty sure I heard her in there still playing with her toys in her crib at 8:15.  

Thanks for braving the flood waters and coming over for a visit!  We always enjoy it when grandma and grandpa come to town.


  1. I'd rate Memphis' zoo over Chattanooga and St. Louis's any day! I love the polar bears! We've not been this year yet, which is out of the ordinary. Excited for the race through the zoo; kinda! I'm way nervous!

  2. im sure you could exchange your birthday request for an ipad for a dslr. just say the words, iknow hubs would do it for you!