Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Zoo Trip

In July I decided to take Grace to the zoo in Tyler since she'd never been. I figured that at 18 months old she'd really enjoy seeing the different animals. Unfortunately, the day we went happened to be one of the hottest of the summer. It was 105 degrees with 90% humidity, which gave us a heat index of 112 degrees. Luckily it's not a very big zoo so we were able to see most of the animals before early signs of heat stroke began setting in (I'm not kidding about that. As we were walking around the Africa exhibits I started getting goosebumps all over my body and began shivering uncontrollably. I guess that's a sign of heat stroke. That's when I decided it was time to visit the gift shop, which is air conditioned). The heat didn't seem to bother Grace at all. She had a great time and I look forward to taking her back... maybe this fall or in the spring.

Grace loves fish. I love the way she tries to pronounce the word "fish"

Here she's pointing out the zebra's

I know her face doesn't show it, but she really was enjoying herself. There was a little boy behind me who was crying and for some reason Grace gets really uncomfortable when she sees other children crying.
So there you have it. Grace's first trip to the zoo. Hopefully there will be many more trips to come, and many different zoos to visit. I'm already looking forward to taking her to the Fort Worth Zoo someday. I hear it's marvelous.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Independence Day

We stayed home this year for the 4th of July. On the 3rd our air conditioner broke, so we had a very hot holiday. The night of the 3rd we met our friends the Potters in Longview to watch the fireworks

Grace spent the evening playing with her friend Katherine

The day of the 4th we decided to drive over to Dallas for a pool party at our friend's parents' house.

Grace had a great time swimming and lounging.

By the time we got home that night Justin had figured out what was wrong with the air conditioner, and luckily he was able to fix it. By the time we went to bed it was a cool 78 degrees in the house (a whole 12 degrees cooler than it was the previous night!)

Grace's Faces

I snapped the following pictures one right after another

*Stay tuned for more posts soon. I finally got all my pictures downloaded*