The zoo was a nearly perfect day, minus the fact that we forgot our water in the car as temps reached a sweaty 80-plus degrees and Allison had a meltdown of epic proportions. But, on the bright side, Jerry learned there are other attractions in Pittsburgh besides Heinz field.
Because of the heat, most of the animals were resting lethargically
in the shade. But the bear, one of Alli's favorite stuffed animals,
was busy in the water, batting at a tire fountain. She was so thrilled,
she tried launching herself out of my arms and over the fence.
I had to explain that this particular bear might not be as snugly
as the one she uses as a pillow in her crib. And it would eat a bunny.
Val's girls posed so nicely for this picture. Jerry took about 15 to get
just one of Alli even somewhat looking in the direction of the camera.
When I scroll through them quickly, it looks like she has termites in her pants.
The aquarium was my favorite part. I didn't take many other photos
because, at this point, Allison was very hands-on. But she did love
watching the penguins dive and swim, shrieking every time one passed.
After dumping water all over herself, an outfit change,
sloshing blue snowcone all over herself, falling and
skinning her knees and screaming in her stroller, she
finally gave in to what she desperately needed -- sleep.
She woke up just in time to see the meerkats, which had a tunnel
that kids could crawl through to get a closer look. She got about
this far and then stood guard so no one else could go in or out.
You know, because she's thoughtful like that.