We went to Hogle Zoo on Saturday, and Austin's friend Ryan and his family planned to meet us there. I wanted Austin to be able to hang out with Ryan, and I knew that even though it would be fun to stay with the group, Stockton was going to want to do his own thing, so I decided to just make it a Stockton day and let him go wherever he wanted, do whatever he wanted, and just follow him and facilitate his journey.
He loved it.
Here is what our day looked like:
|playing with the gift shop|
door for a good 25 minutes
|briefly seeing Natalie for a picture at the giant spider|
|pants-free down the hill|
|checking out the otters with only undies on (he'd rather have wet undies|
than no undies, so at least he doesn't take those off!)
|another exciting door to experiment with|
(awkward for me, since it was the men's restroom)
we spent fifteen minutes here until finally I
couldn't deal with another weird stare haha
|we meet again! snack break and forced Stockton rest - he was so sweaty! we coaxed him into his shirt again|
|this was half an hour after the snack break when we were ready to go -|
we buckled an unhappy Stockty into the stroller so we didn't have to chase him
on the way out
And then we went up the hill to Grammy Bee's and had sandwiches, MINT JULEP, and a lovely lounge on her back patio and in her 70s basement. I did our laundry (5 people go through a lot of clothes while traveling!) and the kids watched Up.
|reading with Grammy Bee : )|
We decided we shouldn't be done with our outing yet so we drove up the mountain to H Rock by Grammy Bee's house again to see the view of the city. We declared our group "Club Mimi" and listened to loud music with the windows open (including Shape of You, High School Musical, Shut Up and Dance, etc) and made up foundational principles for Club Mimi, including responsibility, Ed Sheeran, and Redvines. It was silly, fun, and totally what we all needed! I wish our whole family could have been there, but maybe next time : )