Hi guys! How is your week going so far? I hope all is well! I know I’ve been a little silent on the blog and social media this week but that’s only because I’m trying my best to unplug a bit and immerse myself in family fun! Is it just me or do you guys also find it WAY easier to share little updates on social media when you’re alone or at home? I honestly think that’s a GOOD thing and really like completely forgetting about my phone and not being so connected. I feel like I could write a blog post all about this one day but until then I’ll just share a recap of our Wednesday since I toted my real camera along on our adventures and managed to snap a few pics to share!
A Visit to the Jacksonville Zoo
Our plans yesterday took me, my mom, dad and Chase to the Jacksonville Zoo first thing in the morning! A glimpse at the forecast told us we should arrive early if we wanted to beat the heat of the day and avoid afternoon thunderstorms so we arrived right when it opened at 9 a.m.
Even though it was already more than 80 degrees and the humidity was hoppin’ when we arrived, we didn’t get too sweaty until the last hour or so of our visit thanks to all of the shade around the zoo. I was so impressed with the cleanliness and landscaping of the zoo and definitely appreciated the added sun protection the tall trees provided as we walked around to look at all of the beautiful animals.
The layout of the Jacksonville Zoo included several different loops that made it easy to navigate and see animals of different continents without feeling lost. We began with the Africa loop and had fun pointing out the cheetahs, elephants, giraffes and rhinos to Chase!
He was really into checking everything out and made a bazillion animal noises all day long. My mom, dad and I also loved looking at the animals and agreed that the apes and monkeys were a highlight thanks to the playful and extremely energetic babies that had everyone captivated and laughing.
At one point a baby bonobo monkey was goofing off on a nearby rope net and his mother pulled him down as if to say “Knock it off.” A dad next to us looked at his kids and said, “See, that mom was telling her baby to stop doing something just like Mom and Dad tell you!” Apparently saying “no” on repeat is something that parents of all species do all day long!
We spent lots of time looking at everything from jaguars and tigers to otters and bears before it was time to board the train for a big loop around the outside of the zoo.
The train was a highlight for our locomotive-lovin’ toddler, that’s for sure!
We took the train on the full loop of the zoo back to the front entrance before we figured it was time to head home and put Chase down for a nap. He did amazingly well for such a hot activity that kept him engaged for more than three hours but crashed hard after a quick lunch back at my parents’ place.
I used Chase’s naptime to catch up on some blog stuff (and begin typing up this post!) and before we knew it he was up again! After a quick snack, my mom, Chase and I headed out to run a Father’s Day-related errand and popped into the grocery store for some dinnertime essentials as well. Once we made it home, I had to put together a quick spread for some photos for The Laughing Cow (I regularly contribute photos for their social pages) and my mini food photoshoot doubled as appetizers for our family which was an added bonus!
My sister joined us for dinner after work which was such a treat! Leslie’s birthday is at the end of June and since I won’t see her on her big day, I wrapped some presents for her to open last night as part of a mini pre-birthday celebration while I am in town.
I gave her a new mug and a pair of earrings from a local Charlotte-area boutique, a new notebook/journal and a mini backpack from lululemon that she seemed to love! She unwrapped her gifts and we ate tacos, fruit salad and cookies together before Leslie headed home and we made our way to bed around 10 p.m.
Today is my last full day in Florida with my family and I’m determined to enjoy as much time as possible at the pool and on the beach with everyone! I’ll see you guys tomorrow morning with my usual Things I’m Loving Friday blog post but until then I hope you have a great Thursday!