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Easter Gone Wild At The National Zoo

4/13/09
I took a little holiday from blogging to spend some much needed family time these past few days. Our Easter was a fun filled day at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. It's been a tradition to take my son to the zoo every spring. This year we decided to go on Easter Sunday, thinking that the crowds wouldn't be that bad, since the National Zoo's Easter celebration was on Monday.

We were wrong. I was surprised at how many families had the exact idea that we did! Even at 11:30 on a holiday, the National Zoo was packed with people; families of all kinds and all cultures and languages.

Can you imagine being in a Frogger game? It felt like that walking through the zoo. The usual "flow" of traffic is pedestrians sticking to the right for one direction and to the left for the other. But not there; there were people going both directions on both sides and traffic weaving in and out of the middle. There were mamas and daddies wielding strollers like swords, slicing through the crowds and nipping at people's heels. Made a person want to get a horn or a poking stick!


It was also difficult to go into the gift shop. There was a line at least an hour long at the register, lots of bodies squished into narrow spaces, and screaming babies. Needless to say, we did not buy anything in there.

We did have fun though! We found picnic tables and ate our lunch of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, cheetos, pretzel sticks, water, and brownies. Not your traditional Easter lunch, but yummy just the same! We got a very good view of the pandas from above their pen, which is unusual because every time we go, we end up getting frustrated with the crowds there so we don't even see the pandas. Z sat and ate his sandwich right by the wired bars and watched one of the pandas eat his bamboo.

On the way home, we went to Homestead Gardens to let my son Z pick out some flowers to grow in his garden in our yard. He picked out some pansies and even got some lettuce. Here are some photos of the finished product:

Z's bunny guards the lettuce:


Z picked out this bird to scare off critters:



Finally finished planting:


Z was really excited about having his own garden to tend to! After a lot of hard work weeding, digging, and planting, we played some basketball together in the yard and then I watched Z ride his bike while my hubby worked on dinner. My hubby is the best!

He made this delicious lasagna:


After a busy day, we watched some t.v. and then went to bed. It was a great way to spend celebrate Easter together!
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Rae Ann said...

Sounds like a great day! I wish we had a zoo close to where I live.

I'm following you from the MBC Under 100 Club. I'm looking forward to reading more!

Deb said...

That sounds like a really fun day. I love your Frogger comparison...that really made me laugh. It's nice that you have a husband that can cook such a yummy looking lasagne, too.

Momma Snail said...

I am following you from MBC (I am from the other Follow Me group, though). Your blog is so cute and fun!

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