"Donuts?" asked Natalie
"No," I replied. (Bless her heart, she's just like me)
"Ice Cream?" she tried again.
"No, it's better than that." I said. "We're going to go somewhere."
I guess my kids are easy to please. If it involves shopping and food, they are happy. They are more like me than I could have ever imagined.
We made it all the way into DC, through the Pentagon City Mall, on and off the Metro, and down Connecticut Avenue to the big Zoo sign before I told them where we were:
They allowed me one photo opp before we headed full tilt inside...
As we meandered away from the Visitor's Center:
Me (reading sign): Oh, the cheetahs are that way.
Michaela Byrd: Cheetohs? I want Cheetohs!
Me: No...not Cheetohs. Cheet-ahs.
Michaela Byrd (looking around wildly): I want some Cheetohs!
(People passing by begin to laugh. I worry that they think I might feed my two year old chips on a regular basis)
It was an interesting day. We were more than a little disappointed that we didn't see a single panda bear, and the elephants were so far away that you needed binoculars to really see them. The last time T and I were in the zoo was back in college, and the pandas were all over the place. But the surprise was fun, and I couldn't leave this post without a few cute pictures.
We ended the day with a very late lunch in the Pentagon City Mall on the way home. T may or may not have also taken them to the candy store. I don't know of a better way to end a fun day like that....