We recently decided that instead of buying lots of presents for our girls for their birthdays (they get plenty from the rest of our family :), we wanted to make memories by doing something special with them. Nina and Papa have been wanting to take the girls to the NC Ashboro zoo for a while now, so we thought Karis' 4th birthday was the perfect excuse to make the trip!
We had beautiful weather for our adventure, but it was unbelievably hot! This picture of Karlie was taken when we first got to the zoo, as we rode the zebra bus to "Africa." We were hot and sweaty before we even started, but no one seemed to mind :)Karis is the one who usually wants to come inside when it gets hot, but at the zoo she didn't even seem to notice. She was so excited that she just danced around the entire day, never even accepting a ride in the stroller!
Abbi Grace was a trooper as well. This was the first time she had ever been in the stroller and she seemed to really like it. Not a single fuss from her all day!
The first animals we saw were the giraffes and ostriches and the girls were simply amazed...
Abbi still all smiles...
The girls were super excited to see baby monkeys!
And Karlie enjoyed climbing on the monkey statue...
We brought a water spray bottle to cool ourselves off with, and once Karlie figured out how to use it, she had a lot of fun! (Of course, minutes later she threw the spray bottle to the rhino and then wanted us to go get it :)
Abbi got out of the stroller to see the elephants
She didn't sleep much and was pretty tired
But just as sweet as always :)
The puffin birds were amazing -- they pretty much few under the water! And we were very appreciative that we could view them in a dark, air conditioned room :)
The polar bear was super playful and entertaining
And the girls enjoyed the playground
What a fun, exciting, and exhausting day!!