My Aunt J won tickets to the Houston Zoo this spring. She thought that she would take the kids to go see all the animals at some point this summer, but it just didn't work out. So she decided to give her four tickets to us. We have wanted to take Emmy back to the Houston Zoo for a while, so it was perfect.
When I told Mom about the tickets, one of her coworkers gave her another four tickets that she had won. We now had eight tickets, so we could invite friends for our free trip to the zoo!
So in the end our group consisted of: Bradley, Emmy, myself, Mom, Dad, Britt, Donald Ray, Susan, and Jackson! We left El Campo mid-afternoon, so we could beat the crowds and the heat.
Before we made it into the zoo, Dad wanted to take the kids for a ride on the train. Brad and I decided to stay behind with our stroller, so we walked over to a scenic part of the park and waited for them to come around the bend.
Emmy loved the train! Everytime she heard it throughout the day, she would ask to go ride the "choo choo" again.
Once we got into the zoo, we of course had to get our drink and snack situation figured out.
We also took time to take a couple of group pictures.
We didn't plan out a specific route because it was already too late in the day to see any of the baths, feedings, or trainer talks. We just walked around and stopped when we got to something we wanted to look at.
When we got to the edge of Africa, we saw the carousel. I had forgotten that it was there, and we knew the kids (big and little) would enjoy it. My mom didn't care to ride, so we made her the photographer of the ride.
Emmy had so much fun.
Once we had finished riding the carousel, we were pretty much done with the zoo. It was the perfect zoo trip. It wasn't too crowded, the heat wasn't extreme, and there was plenty of room for the kids to run and play. Thanks Aunt J for the tickets!!
We also went to Shoguns afterwards. Dinner was excellent.
It was really just a lovely day with amazing people. :)