*Warning: this post is way picture heavy and long, but so worth it!*
This is the story of the most awesomely epic day in all of parent and toddler land.
We've been planning to go to the Zoo for the members preview of Sting Ray Bay for weeks now. Our good friends Stephen & Libba and their two boys Gus and Leo were to join us (they're members too). We've been planning a zoo outing for a year now and never seem to get around to it. So we set the date: March 2nd; be there or be square. Then the weather gods played a nasty little trick and sent bitter cold and snow to Memphis on Saturday. Fan.Tas.Tic. Gus was so excited that we decided to brave it anyway. We figured we'd have lunch after and then call it a day.
We arrived a the zoo Saturday morning and made our way over to Sting Ray Bay. All three of the kids had a great time and were so fascinated by the stingrays. It took Evie a minute to warm up to the idea, but she quickly got on board. The tent around the "bay" was kept at a balmy 70 degrees so we were able to take our coats off and really get into it!
After petting the stingrays we headed to the Cat House Cafe for lunch and figured we'd head on home after. The kids were in such a great mood that we decided to let them play on the playground instead (even in the freezing cold). Armed with coats, hats and scarves (and coffees for the mommies) we took on the play ground.
The playground was such a (very cold) blast, and the kids were still having so much fun and showing no signs of being cranky. So, we decided what the heck, we're already close to downtown let's take the kids over to the Fire Museum of Memphis and play on the fire trucks. Great idea! It was indoors and warm and they had a blast.
After that we thought, well heck everyone is still in a great mood -- lets go see the Peabody Ducks. The kids had a great time there too; although, there was some misunderstanding about why they couldn't pet the ducks like they could the stingrays.
The ducks were awesome but now it was dinnertime. What better way to cap off a great day than to catch a ride on one of Memphis' historical trolleys over to the Spaghetti Warehouse for supper? After good food and a few grown up beverages for the mommies and daddies we were all ready to call it a night and caught the trolley back to the parking garage.
The whole trip from the restaurant Libba and I just kept raving about what a fun day it had been. How great the kids had been (with very little napping I might add) and how we couldn't wait to do it again. It seems like we can never get all of our kids healthy at the same time so when they all were we just went for it. It was a magical day and we've decided that the magic came from just going with the flow. No pressure on us or the kids to have a perfect fun filled day, just taking the next step as it came. It felt like a vacation, in our own town. It was so much fun.
We can't wait to go adventuring in our own backyard again -- no pressure, no plans and just letting the day lead the way. We've decided to try to "tour our town" more often, hit the touristy spots and really experience what it has to offer. I'd like to challenge y'all to do the same. Be the tourist for a day, go see, do and explore.
If you do and post about it (or have in the past) leave me a link in comments! Who knows maybe I"ll make this a monthly link up!