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You guys all remember how much I love zoos? Specifically, how much I love taking the girls to the Oregon Zoo? Well, the St. Louis Zoo kicks the Oregon Zoo’s ass. In so many ways!

3First of all, it’s gigantic. The Oregon Zoo is 64 acres.  The St. Louis Zoo is 89 acres. We only saw a fraction of it. A fraction of a fraction of it.

4Caden is so much better at waiting than the girls. If the stroller pauses for a second they are straining against their restraints, ready to get out and run around. He sits patiently.

5Another cool thing is that the St. Louis Zoo is free to get into. They charge for special exhibits and going on the train and the children’s zoo, but the main part of the zoo is free. Because of naps, we only got to be there for about 2 hours and April and I have already started talking about us going back when the kids are 4 or 5 and no longer napping and we can spend all day at the zoo.

6Ken and I had to grab food as soon as we got there because we hadn’t had breakfast yet. And I had barely had any coffee. We met April and Andrew at their house and then followed them to the zoo. I figured it was a 30 minute drive to their house, we would pass a coffee shop on the way there. Not. A. Single. One! This is why I can’t live out of the Northwest. Living in Portland has turned me into the biggest coffee/wine/beer snob. It’s ruined me for the rest of the country. Like on our honeymoon in the Bahamas, when the only coffee I could get was instant and the only beer was Bud Lite or Busch. *shudder*. It killed the beauty of the Bahamas for me just a little bit. Where was I? Oh, so we grabbed something to eat real quick and were compelled harassed into sharing our french fries with the junior set.


8And that, my friends, is a giant anteater. Without a doubt, that is the coolest thing I have ever seen. Isn’t nature so awesome? That something that funky looking exists?

9And his pal, the capybara, which is the largest rodent in the world. It’s a rodent the size of my mom’s labrador. This spawned an entire conversation about how people who live in other parts of the world are so much tougher than Americans because they have inordinately huge rodents, insects, flying things. Cause seriously, if you put someone from Australia in a room with a hissing cockroach, they would probably just kill the thing or shrug it off, no big deal. You put me in a room with a hissing cockroach and I will be clawing my fingernails off trying to get as far away from it as possible.

10Daddies and babies. Melts my heart.

11Okay, so the really cool thing about this tank (that I don’t have a picture of) is off in the corner, right next to the freaking glass, were 4 hippos, piled on top of each other, taking a nap. It was beyond cool. But do the H’s care about the hippos? Nope. They just want to sit and stare at the fish. It took me three tries to lure them away from the fish so we could go see the rest of the zoo. Not that I really blame them. I had lofty ambitions of being marine biologist when I was little. Until I realized that there was more to the job than playing with dolphins all day.

12Ken brought this up, but the coolest thing about this zoo is that visitor cannot see the cages. All you see is the habitat. It makes me believe the animals are actually happy in captivity. Don’t pop my bubble. Just take your pointy stick of reality and keep on walking.


Not even bright sunlight will make them keep their sunglasses on.

The rest of these pictures were taken in the children’s zoo which had interactive center, a petting zoo, a playground, and a splash pad.


15She was so hot and tired, but she was such a trouper. And she did have fun, I just happened to catch her in an in-between moment.







There was a cow next to the donkeys and Hazel and I spent a very long time discussing the difference between the two. Basically, “hee haw” and “moo”.


See the two girls standing in the back of the picture? That was the landing zone for a slide tunnel. There were two entrances, but one was blocked off and the otter exhibit was closed. April was telling me that, apparently, the blocked off slide goes through the otter exhibit. Like under the freaking water! Can you imagine? That is going on my bucket list!


24Aaaaand then they were done.

And this happened before we had barely made it out of the parking space.


969246_569263286436_1268881008_nI don’t know what you’re talking about. Of course, I didn’t cave and buy the girls new stuffed animals in the zoo gift shop. Not after talking about how we need to downsize and kids don’t actually need that many toys. I wouldn’t be a total hypocrite like that.

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We went to the zoo again a couple of weekends ago. I bought the family membership so now I can indulge my zoo obsessed heart whenever I want! I mean, uh… now we can treat the girls to the zoo whenever they want. Right.


We went right when the zoo opened on a Sunday morning. Definitely the time to go to the zoo. Way fewer people, more of the animals are out and about, if it hadn’t been raining it would have been perfect.


IMG_2602Somehow, the fish ended up being completely fascinating.

IMG_2604And the goats. Haley is so blurry because she was freaking out with excitement over the goats in the barnyard section of the zoo. We also got to take our new stroller for a test ride. It’s totally useless in the ran because the shades don’t shade shit, but it’s the width of a standard wheelchair so I can fit places that my behemoth of a jogging stroller can’t fit. So good for crowded places and getting through the door at Starbucks (which makes this stroller worth it’s weight in gold!), but not so great on walks or in the rain.

IMG_2610She’s small, but mighty! 🙂

IMG_2613We were looking for the polar bear, but got really excited about spotting the red ball in it’s habitat. Because ball is Haley’s favorite word. Hazel’s favorite is cracker… if anyone was wondering.




I did flaunt sleep schedules for this trip. The girls normally go down for a nap around 10, but we got to the zoo at 9 and didn’t leave until 12.


They both did really well and were happy and not too fussy (the elephant ears probably saved us in giving them enough of a sugar high to get past the cranky/overtired stage). But then at the end, Hazel crashed.


She’s in there somewhere.


And all four of us definitely got soaked, though Hazel less so since she had a daddy umbrella.

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Have I ever mentioned how badly I have have been wanting to take the girls to the zoo? Like, since I first got pregnant I have harassed  pestered enthused Ken to death talking about when the girls will be old enough to go to the zoo. I have been obsessed.

A mom from my twin group was coming up to Portland for spring break with her family and we have been talking about meeting each other and our twins for months and it was all really just a thinly veiled excuse to go to the zoo! (sorry, Julie.)


So the zoo during spring break is packed! The parking lot at the zoo is pretty tiny and it is shared between the zoo, the children’s museum, and the forestry center. When it gets too packed then you have to drive to a different parking lot and take a shuttle to get to the zoo. It’s ridiculous! Ken and I ended up parking at a nearby park and walking across the park to get to the zoo. I guess in a world where karma can get you this isn’t the best idea, but we did it anyways. We ended up having time to kill at the zoo entrance because Julie’s family and my mom had to deal with the shuttle, but the girls didn’t seem to care.


They could have watched this stupid duck in the mountain goat enclosure the entire day. Who cares about the rest of the animal kingdom. Ducks rule!

But then everyone else showed up and Julie and I finally got to meet each other! My twin group is pretty unique (I think) in that it’s all online. We have a Facebook group page that’s private, but there’s about 60 of us and we’re scattered all over the county and some in Canada, and all of our twins were born within 2ish months of each other. It’s a great support system and I love it, but since we are all from all over the place very few of us have actually met. Meeting Julie was like reuniting with a dear friend, not like meeting a new one. I also jokingly (kinda not really who am I kidding?) refer to her sons as my future sons-in-law. 🙂  We quickly camped out on the lawn in front of amphitheater for lunch and then went to go see the new baby elephant, Lily.



The mama elephant, I think her name is Rose, had only just gotten pregnant with Lily the November before the girls were born and she was born in February, I think. Can you imagine?!?! So glad I am not an elephant.




This was the coolest thing that happened at the zoo.

DSC_0087So cool! Also a little scary that there was only some glass separating my children from one of the worlds fastest predators.


But still pretty neat, even if the cheetahs were pacing back and forth like a starving person in front of bakery display window.


She’s still not walking, but she’s so cute and she crawls really fast and sways her head back and forth and shouts “da-do, da-do!” as loud as she can.

DSC_0098Gramma brought cheese crackers (fatty fat ass crackers) to the zoo. The girls were obsessed. Especially Hazel. Every time she saw that red lid she started shouting “cracka cracka!” until she got one. It’s the same when she sees the bag of pretzel sticks.


I love this picture. I love the absolute delight in Hazel’s smile and the absolute disapproval on Haley’s face. I imagine this will happen a lot as the grow up and get excited about different things.


Overall, I was really happy with the trip to the zoo. I’m seriously contemplating getting a family membership which would pay for itself if we only went once a month and I would love to go every weekend. Seriously. We only saw maybe a quarter of the zoo between moving strollers through the crowds, lunch, and needing to leave for naps. And as the weather gets nicer it would be great to have some place outdoorsy to go.

And yes, I did totally cave into the “first trip to the zoo” craziness and make Ken stop in the gift shop on the way out. I bought Hazel a stuffed otter and Haley a stuffed hippo. They are adorable and Hazel fell asleep cuddling hers on the way home.

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