2010: Year of the Zoo

by Mollie

Today we had a wonderful time spending New Year’s Day at the Santa Barbara Zoo!   It will likely be the first of many trips this year, since we bought the family membership pass.  I’m sure it will be a great investment, because Natalie LOVED it!  She used her extra-high-pitched “excited voice” the whole time, that’s how we can tell. 🙂

It was a beautiful day in Santa Barbara, as usual. We got there right when it opened and there were only about 10 cars in the parking lot– NICE!

The flamingos were an unexpected favorite for Natalie.  Why did she have to love the smelliest exhibit?

She was pretty excited to see elephants, too.  We watched a little video about them on the zoo website the night before so she was totally prepped.

We stopped for a snack… Ben is so cute!

Andy and Natalie rode the train while I hung out with the napper.  Ben had a great time then took a nap when he got tired.  Yes, he really is the most agreeable kid ever.

The birds are always a favorite for me.  I have always thought that being a zookeeper would be an awesome job.  I have no interest in pets at this point in my life, but I’ve always loved animals and working with them.

This was a fun way to spend New Year’s morning, and we are looking forward to more visits this year!

6 Responses to “2010: Year of the Zoo”

  1. Bethany says:

    I miss the Santa Barbara Zoo! It must be so much fun to take your kids to the same zoo you went to growing up. Isn’t it just overflowing with memories? 🙂 Happy New Year!

  2. marisa says:

    i LOVE love LoVE the santa barbara zoo!!! all time favorite! i miss the crooked-necked giraffe. he was my favorite…but my next favorite is the flamingos-way to go, natalie! 🙂 as usual, your family is TOO cute!

  3. Sarah says:

    Mollie- We have the zoo pass too! Ethan loves going! We should go together some morning!

  4. Sonia says:

    I love Ben!!!

  5. Jennifer says:

    What a great way to spend New Years Day! Natalie and Ben are adorable as always. I love Ben’s little hat! So cute!

  6. Mom says:

    I can’t wait to go to the zoo with you!
    And Ben’s hat is the cutest! I can just imagine Nata’s excited voice, it’s energizing!

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