Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I can't believe we've lived here for a year and a half now without getting over to the National Zoo. Well, no more! After Soren's music class at the rec center this morning, we hopped on the metro and made our way into the city.
It may have been a mistake to mention the T-R-A-I-N and the Z-O-O to the lad before we went to his music class. He doesn't seem to be super into it anyway, but with the promise of even more awesome adventures on the horizon, he was declaring himself "Done!" and "Ready to go home!" by about halfway through the class. Sigh. I get the feeling the instructor won't be super sad about the fact that we'll miss the next two classes on account of our vacation.
(He was singing some of the songs from the class, to himself, unprompted, later in the afternoon, so I am sure he's enjoying it at least on some level.)
So after class was over we headed for the zoo. When asked about which animals he wanted to see, Soren answered, "A zebra, a goose, and an ostrich." Hehe. He enjoyed riding the train with his friend A, and the two were reasonably well behaved on our journey. Once at the zoo itself though (which is pretty cool, and FREE), he wasn't super stoked about the animals. He did seem a little bit interested by the gorillas and the pandas, but he mostly just wanted to run around. I think he might have enjoyed the experience more without the stroller, but I also wasn't in the mood to continually chase after him, and he's gotten to the age where the little backpack/leash thing is just plain undignified. Anyhow. It was a pretty good outing, all things considered, and I'd happily go back there again at some point. Preferably with Tom in tow.
And what of the lass? She napped in the pouch, off & on. She spent lots of time smiling at people on the train. I don't know that she was all that interested in the sights at the zoo, but she's incredibly good-natured about being dragged hither and yon. We really lucked out in the mellow babies department.
The excursion took up most of our day. I'm pretty tired. Hope to sleep well tonight. :)