Our very first trip to the St. Louis Zoo in 2004.
An old friend and I decided to pack up our kids for some good ol’ frugal fun. Our children knew each other as babies, and rarely got to see eachother since our move. We met in my hometown and started the almost 3 hour drive to St. Louis. She had a set of almost 4 year old twins, and my two were almost 4, and 2 ½.
The St. Louis Zoo is free to get into, you just have to pay for parking if you arrive after 9am. We were trying to keep everything as frugal as we possibly could, so we ate lunch in the vehicle, packed up our wagons with snacks and drinks and made our way in.
Summer in Missouri is rather hot and humid, this day being no different. The kids were beginning to get hot and cranky, so we decided to take advantage of the Penguin exhibit. As you can imagine, it felt very good in there with temperatures around 45°. It soothed our souls.
After oogling at the penguins for quite some time, we decided it was time to take a break. We sat down in a nearby bench. Kait wanted to take a look at the Polar Bear, so I was holding her up to take a peek. Meanwhile, Nicholas (my oldest) decided that nature was calling. Instead of asking me to take him to the nearest bathroom, he found himself a tree, pulled his pants down to the ground and preceeded to relieve himself on the tree. If that was not enough to make me want to crawl under a rock….
The train came. And Nicholas loves trains. He waved and waved and yelled. Every.Single.Person. around could now see him.
Did I mention, that while all of this was going on, Kaitlyn (who was potty training) relieved herself all down my arm?!
Oh dear! At that very moment, I knew we were THAT family, and so did everyone else!
We made our way back to the Zoo right before school started this year. I am pleased to announce, there were no major THAT family moments this go around!
Except maybe kissing the snake!