Jesse and I both grew up going to the Santa Barbara Zoo, so we were excited to share it with Kayleigh. The way that she loves animals and giggles every time she sees one told us it was time to take our 8 month old. It was so much fun to get to share some of God's amazing creation with her!
One of the things I was looking most forward to about this zoo trip was getting a picture of Kayleigh sitting on one of these beautiful old giraffes. There are tons of photos of my siblings and me climbing all over them in the 90s. I was confused when I couldn't find them at the zoo, and then saddened when I realized that they weren't on the path anymore; they had been relocated to a gated off area on a quiet lawn overlooking the ocean. I understand why--how many lawsuits had they been subject to over the past 20 years for having "dangerous" structures like this for kids to fall and hurt themselves on? But still, seeing that they were no longer within touching distance--that I had participated in something that was no longer allowed-- made me feel old. And sad. But I'm glad that I still got to show the giraffes to Kayleigh and get a few pictures with her. They are dear to my heart.
After a while, it was time to let our little wild thing free for some floor time
Look at that face! Her daddy can always make her squeal with delight :)
We clap for Kayleigh every time she stands up by herself, so now she claps for herself, too. It's my new favorite thing :)
Can you tell that the ocean is behind us? Seriously, how beautiful is this zoo?!?
All tangled up :)