Yes, today was all about Carter! Her trip to the Omaha Zoo, to do what she wants to do! We started the day off right: she slept in until nearly 8am! And got a tasty Pop-Tart for breakfast! Then we hit the road for the zoo. Once there, our first stop was the desert dome, which was actually cooler than the heat outside! Next, we visited family at the monkey house, and then moved on to the carousel and petting zoo. Everyone was getting tired, so we stopped for water and chocolate ice cream! We walked to the Lied Jungle, which, again, was cooler than the outside hot-and-humid-yucky-weather. Don’t ask Carter about the jungle, or the tapir – she was out cold! She woke up just as we were finishing up the exhibit, so she did get to enjoy the aquarium. She loved the penguins and the underwater tunnel!
Afterwards, we checked into the Best Western, which we are officially boycotting! They were across the street from Boys Town (translation bar = lock your car!), there was no pool, and (wait for it!) the room’s AC didn’t work! We finally called the front desk to have them repair it, but it still sucked … or, more appropriately, didn’t suck! I will be writing a letter! But we did visit a little Mexican restaurant that we’d enjoyed on our first zoo trip. Carter ate 3/4 of her own little taco, and realized she may be left handed – or at least colors with her left hand!
All in all, her first vacation was a blast! It was hot, but completely worth it to see her enjoyment!
Pretty in Pink! Note: we had to tie the hat on to keep it on!
Daddy, Carter and the Cactus in the Desert Dome
Mommy and Carter outside the Night Eyes exhibit. Despite the pouty look, she was interested in the animals!
Crazy Carter, Ostrich Tamer Extraordinaire! Daddy and Carter ride the carousel
Carter and Mommy try to pet the goats. … maybe it’s too hot for goat petting …
I SCREAMED! WHERE THE H*LL IS MY ICE CREAM?!?
Oh, sweet, cold, chocolately goodness!
ALL BETTER! Ice cream really fixes anything!
Proof that Carter has visited the Lied Jungle. Apparently ice cream is also a sedative!
Mommy and Carter checking out the “Nemo fish,” or Pacific Ocean fish, of the aquarium
The Fam: packing up and calling it quits on zoo trip ’06
(No, Carter is not picking her nose … at least, I don’t think she is!)
Carter displaying her left handed-ness while coloring at the restaurant! Thanks a lot, Grandpa Duane, Uncle Brian and Uncle Corey