Monday, July 31, 2006

Another busy weekend

Another busy weekend has flown by with only the memory of a giraffe penis to show for it. Summer is so much fun with outdoor activities, but some weekends I feel like it is nonstop!

Saturday we had a fairly early birthday party, after a checkup for Logan. His ears and lungs are clear- yippee!! He got is 6 month shots, nearly 5 months late. Poor kid. He didn't cry for the first one, and made barely a peep for the 2nd one. What a brave soul. He has been tired the last couple days, but that could be due to our whirlwind schedule. The birthday party in the park was nice, but a little hectic. The kids wanted to run around, but there wasn't a playground, so it was an effort to keep them entertained and contained. Hayden was excited to sing Happy Birthday and get a cupcake, which he of course didn't eat. He and Logan were subsisting on Goldfish crackers with juice for Hayden. In the afternoon they napped and we did housework and errands. The typical Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, Hayden and I took an impromptu trip to the zoo. Although the heat wave had broken, it was still damn hot there. Before we had even arrived at any animal enclosures we were drenched in sweat. Hayden likes to stand on the stroller to see each animal. This is fine, but it is hard to get him to sit back down to move on. He loves any of the aquatics and seems fascinated by water. Each new habitat brought the request to go swimming. Any animal that did not have water as part of the habitat gave Hayden great concern. He would ask again and again where the water is and why he couldn't see it.

Nature being what it is, the animals were doing all kinds of things not acceptable in polite human society. The alligator actually could have been a prop. It didn't move at all, likely due to the heat. Hayden wanted to know where its Daddy was. The just prompted me to want to ask the alligator "Who's your Daddy?" The lion apparently desperately needed to lick its private parts, much to the delight and disgust of the teenage boys watching at the time. He then rolled over, belly up, to take a nap in the shade. He looked like a very happy kitty. The ibex needed to pee, and pee, and pee. This was literally a continuous stream for at least two minutes. Since this is something Hayden can relate to, I finally had his attention. He called the zebras horsies and wouldn't believe otherwise. We found out that Duiker means "diver" in Afrikaans, and that those little antelope are adorable. The animals that got the most attention however were the giraffes. I had forgotten that there was a baby giraffe, but really gave it little attention. Two of the giraffes were mating...graphically....right next to where the people stand to watch them. There were a lot of people watching the show, so Hayden and I were trying to peer through the crowd. Well, that just brought us eye level to the giraffe's...ahem...junk. Each time the male would try another technique or make another attempt, the crowd would cheer him on. The ladies in front of us kept saying how disgusting it was, but they weren't moving for nothing. Like Fillip says, it's like a bad car wreck. You don't want to see, but you can't help but watch.

Later in the day we had a bbq/pool party to go to. We had a good time, despite two napless boys. They love the pool and there were chips and unlimited juice. That's all Hayden needs. Logan is a friendly little guy who would like to keep up, but a walk in the stroller with Daddy bested him. At 6pm he lost the fight and fell sound asleep. Fillip parked him in the middle of the yard, amid all the chaos, where he slept for nearly an hour. We were concerned that he wouldn't go to bed at a reasonable hour, but both boys went down just fine.

It was a good weekend, but I would sure like to fulfill Hayden's request to go back on vacation!

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