Sunday marked six years (or 2,190 days) as a threesome. It was a weekend packed full of things we knew Ella would adore. And as one friend pointed out, this anniversary is an especially great milestone because we have been together longer than we waited to be together. [Our journey to Ella was over 5 years...in case you forgot!]
We felt like this on Saturday morning and although this was taken at the end of our adventure, it just goes to show you how cool it was.
Ella got to be a zookeeper. Our friends brought their little pip Dottie along for the ride and she was a stellar zookeeper as well.
Red pandas were first up. Coral the zookeeper filled us in on so much stuff about these three little fuzz balls.
Ella was so blown away by the first stop we could have walked out of there and she still would have been floating. We started our duties at 9am - a full hour before the zoo opens to the public. That was super cool as well.
Next up cheetahs. Our zoo has three new one-year old firecrackers. We were told to expect hissing and growling. The boys did not disappoint. But we got to feed them raw meat with tongs (through the fence).
This one really had his eyes on Dottie...
Ella is captivated by Baru the saltwater crocodile. He freaks us out because he is as big as our house. He also freaks us out because, you know, that mouth.
She didn't really skip a beat when she saw that his breakfast was two dead rats.
And here he is just after snatching his first rat. The sun was so bright and at the worst position for me to get good photos so I put the camera away and just watched in amazement.
So we're on sensory overload at this point. Then our friends take us through some more back gates until we smell that smell...no mistaking elephants are near. Renee and Lucas are brilliant. Before Saturday, I never fully appreciated how da*n smart they are. They did fun tricks for snacks, just like kids :)
Just when we thought the whirlwind was over, we hoofed it over to the house that holds those with hoofs. Sweet Michelle, the pig of a giraffe was an excellent playmate. We all had fun feeding her lettuce. Did I mention she was a pig?
Aubry got some really nice love, too.
And what did we do on Sunday after that? Bought ourselves three movie tickets and a big, blue slushy and plopped down at the theater to see Kung F* Panda Three. Big fun! Pandas!