Sep 29, 2009

Weekend Wrap-Up

Saturday morning I went to a workshop and left Damon and Stella at home for some Daddy-daughter time. They had a blast, and Grandmere and Grandpa showed up while I was gone to join the party. Stella did not take a nap at all that day, playing non-stop until she finally crashed for good around 7:45. It was her 18 month birthday, so I guess she wanted to show us that she doesn't need baby stuff like naps anymore.

Sunday morning we went to church and afterwards Daddy headed to the spillway to kayak and Stella and I set off for the zoo. We wanted to meet the new baby orangutan. I decided to leave the stroller in the truck, thinking that my little independent woman would want to walk on her own. No dice. She had taken a nap on the way to the zoo and woke up super-clingy and unwilling to detach herself from my hip. This made for a very long afternoon at the zoo, and some interesting camera angles for the pictures. First up, we have Stella petting a rat. In the "Discovery Walk" portion of the zoo, Stella opted not to pet anything that was alive other than this rat.
She did get down long enough to rake up some dirt in the goat pen...
And pet a wooden pig...
and feed some dirt to this nice wooden cow...
She had a snack (or two) at the seal exhibit...(on my lap, of course)
Still munching....she had moved on from apples to cookies...
At Monkey Hill she fed the fake lion cubs "treats." Her mouth looks like that because she is simulating the sound of a cat eating a treat...
Another kitty and more sound effects...
Visiting the white Claude...
Stella's favorite stop was quite obviously the archaeological dig in the Mayan Jungle...feel the happy...
The last time we went to the zoo I had to hold Stella up while Jamie took a picture. This time she could reach on her own! (sob, sniffle)
On our way back from the zoo, we went to the Guillory's for playtime and a delicious pork roast that Stella ate about half of. Here she is preparing to "whee, slide!" with Sadie and Emma.
Poor Talia was left out of the big girl fun, but she won't be for long. This beautiful little lady is already walking all over the house by herself!
Emma and Sadie tried to share the joy of blankets and cuddling with Stella, but she unfortunately has not yet learned to enjoy these simple pleasures.
We had a great time with family and friends and can't wait to see what excitement our next weekend holds!

1 comment :

dara said...

yea....i saw the girls and talia walk last night when john called us on skype. i cant believe how big all of the girls are, including stella. I remember jsut taking your maternity pics the other day!!!