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Happy Birthday to little Evelyn! We decided to go to the zoo again this year for Evelyn’s Birthday, so she kind of got two days worth of Birthday. Monday we went to the zoo and Tuesday we had cake and presents.

The zoo was a complete hit for both kids. Evelyn was much more excited about it this year, but she did fall asleep in the stroller again. That was good though, since we spent about 7 hours there and she needed a nap in the middle.

Evelyn was our navigator. She works best when the map is upside down. 


The leopard was one of her favorites. She asked to go back and see it at the end.

The zoo here has a goat petting cage and this time of year they have lots of little baby goats. Ivan even found one with it’s umbilical cord still attached!

Evelyn had mixed feelings about the goats. She liked them and declared one or two of them “mine baby goat!” but anytime they got too close she got nervous. And nibbling Mommy’s and Daddy’s fingers was right out. One of them got my finger in it’s mouth and she made little panicky noises and yanked at my hand until I pulled it out saying “hurt you, hurt you” and then pulled my hand up to her mouth to kiss my fingers better.

Tuesday we had cake and presents. I let Evelyn pick some Haribo candies to put on the cake and she and Avery helped put them on.

It’s nothing fancy, but the kids loved it. Avery wants gummy bears on her Birthday cake.

We had macaroni and cheese and hot dogs for dinner. I wasn’t sure Ivan was going to survive Evelyn’s favorite foods, but he ate a small bowl and then scrounged for some leftovers.

Then singing and presents. Evelyn managed to blow out both her candles this year. Such a big girl! She was funny opening her presents. Of course, Avery had to help, and it took about two presents before Evelyn realized what was happening. After that, though, she was all focus!


Last night Ivan put Evelyn to bed and it took her a while to fall asleep. Just before she finally conked out we heard her little voice from her room singing “Happy Birthday to you!” I think it was a good day.


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The Zoo

We went to the zoo for Evelyn’s Birthday. It was the day before Evelyn’s Birthday and I think Avery got more out of it, but Evelyn is always happy to be out of the house, so it worked for her Birthday too. At first Evelyn was totally fascinated by everything:

But eventually she woke up and discovered that her hat was actually more interesting than anything the zoo had to offer (puff balls on the ends of strings, I mean can polar bears compete with that?). But, like I said, we were outside and I picked her up occasionally, so life was good in Evelyn world.

Avery, on the other hand, was pretty excited about the zoo. She kept saying “Can we go see another one animals?” We were a little surprised at what she liked and what she didn’t. Sea lions were a hit, polar bears not so much. She really liked the turtles in the pond, but the flamingos were a little ho hum. There’s no telling with two year olds. She definitely didn’t, however, like the horse. He was a little too close for comfort and even today she was still calling him the “bad horse.”

She did like the goats that you were allowed to go pet. Especially the baby ones, but she still didn’t want to get too close.

There were some really cute baby goats cuddling together behind a wall to keep the people out. They were teeny tiny and pretty adorable.

And finally, this toucan let us get really close. A toddler tried to pet him though and got snapped at, so I got close enough to get a picture but not much closer. He was flying around free in the building with birds and fish.

It was a good day and we kept assuring Avery that she would wear out before we ran out of animals. In the end we were wrong. Sort of. We saw the half of the zoo we didn’t get to last time we went and then a little more and when closing time came Avery was still going strong. She was a pretty good little walker.

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