Sunday, May 26, 2013

Texas Trip Part 3: Animals & More Animals

This is a continuation of our vacation series :) 

Tuesday, May 7th The Natural Bridge Wildlife Reserve 

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This place was described as "An African Safari, Texas Style" you drive through the reserve in your car and some of the animals walk up to your window and actually eat out of your hand. 

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You drive 5mph through the park and you are not allowed to get out of your car. 

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If you get there early enough (which we did) the animals are still pretty hungry and come right up to your car fairly easily. 

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Mommer and Papa braved the park in their convertible :) 

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Titus was not a big fan of the animals, and cried for most of the park, but the other kids seemed to really enjoy it. 

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The ostriches are a little crazy and more than just a little aggressive, but probably the most fun. 

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I mean, seriously, look this guy in the eye, and tell me you're not afraid!! 

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After we drove through the park we went to the children's petting zoo area, which was basically a goat pen, but the kids loved feeding all the goats. 

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I, on the other hand, had bruises on my toes from the chunky goats stepping all over me. 

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Alexa proved that a real princess can fit in with all types of animals, whether it be crazy older brothers or a pen full of goats!! 

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And Audrey? Oh my goodness, that girl is right at home with any type of animal. No fear at all. 

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There was a cute baby goat all the kids were going crazy about. 

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After leaving the goat pen, Treyton found a tree he could climb and was pretty proud of himself as this was the highest he's ever gotten before. 

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I love this picture of the fathers and their sons.

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That afternoon after we got home (it was pretty hot this day) we jumped in the pool again. 

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Alexa had not wanted to go down the slide on Sunday, but this day she did. 

She didn't like it. 

Water went up her nose. 

Wednesday May 7th

Wednesay we planned a family afternoon with our entire extended family, but we had the morning open so we decided to visit the San Antonio Zoo. 

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First stop was the train. 

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Audrey LOVES trains right now, every time she sees one she starts screaming "choo choo, train, train!!" so we really wanted to get her on a little train while we were on vacation. 

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The train ride was, okay, it didn't go through the zoo at all so we didn't get to see any animals that way, but the ride itself was fun. And Audrey liked it - mission accomplished. 

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We were able to spend this morning with the Deich family which was a lot of fun. 

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One of Treyton's highlights was learning about the monkeys. 
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And then they all got to act like monkeys :) 
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We really enjoy zoos and seeing the animals, but there are always favorites - Hippos always seem to be high on Tim and I's list, there is something so unique about them. 
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Treyton loves birds - he always wants to touch them :) So going through the aviary section (is that what that's called? Either way, you know what i mean) was exciting for him.  
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Audrey thought she liked birds, too, until one pecked her little toes :) 
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We love seeing animals and I love that our kids asks lots of questions anytime we visit a zoo, aquarium or wildlife area. They learn a lot, as do Tim and I. 

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