Last week was the end of “summer school” for Cormac’s preschool. That means it’s now me and both boys all day every day, which means getting out of the house at least once a day or risk Cormac climbing the walls and hanging from the ceiling like the wild monkey he is.
Luckily we’re fortunate to live in such a kid-friendly area in a beautiful city, so there’s no shortage of things to do. Plus, Teddy is really good-natured and not particularly fussy, which makes me feel more confident dragging both kids around town. With the zoo being less than 2 miles from our house, and Cormac being an animal-loving toddler, of course we’ve got a membership. It’s a really easy way to kill a morning, which we did on Tuesday.
Cormac’s favorite animal remains the giraffes. Last year he even fed them on his birthday! But this week we made stops to see the lion cubs. When I told Cormac we were going to see the baby lions, he kept repeating “baby brother lions!” at the top of his lungs.
All the animals were hanging out in the shade on this hot morning, including this big gorilla.
We also checked out the new tiger and sloth bear exhibits, and Cormac got the shock of his life when the sloth bear walked right up to him at the glass. Five seconds after I took the photo Cormac was running in the other direction freaking out.
We also checked out the flamingo exhibit because Cormac’s favorite color seems to be pink, so he likes any opportunity to point out pink things.
And we always end every zoo trip with a quick stop at the farm area so Cormac can play on the tractor. I get the feeling sometimes he might have preferred that we stay in Indiana to raise him on a farm or something.
We’re having like the hottest summer ever here in Seattle. (Seriously, where are my 60 degree temps and overcast skies?!), so to cool off for a bit, we also hit up the North Acres splash park this week.
Poor Teddy was stuck hanging out with me on the blanket. It’s crazy to think next summer they’ll be running around together.
This morning, we hung out at Alki Beach for a couple hours. Those who know me know that I’m loathe to drive, especially more than 5 miles from my house, but I had to stop by my work in West Seattle anyway, so I figured we might as well make a morning of it.
Sometimes I really have to stop any mental complaining I’m doing and just acknowledge how grateful I am for all the beautiful things in my life. I think I’ve still got some bittersweetness leftover from losing Alfie, gaining Teddy and just life in general, but this morning, everything just seemed peaceful and perfect.