We picked up burgers at Hodads which was incredibly busy and the girls played in the sand for a couple of hours. When Star got fussy, I walked back to the house with her and put her down for a nap and Bart stayed and let the big girls keep playing, much to their delight.
That afternoon, while Star snoozed, the big girls and I walked a few blocks to the tiny little library branch and we played with Legos and read books for a while. I also got a library card to add to my growing collection (I wasn’t planning on it, but I had to print out our tickets for the zoo the next day, which meant I had to get a card, which meant we had to walk BACK to the house, grab my license, and then walk back to the library).
The highlight was the baby giraffe which had been born only a few days earlier and looked so tiny next to his gigantic parents (although he was as tall as I am!). The rhino was also incredibly impressive and I loved seeing the panda and the polar bear too.
We’d known the weather was forecasted to be bad, so we were all appropriately dressed and stayed nice and warm.
Eventually, everyone was getting tired of walking and ready for some lunch, so we said goodbye to the animals, packed everyone up in the car and headed back to Arizona.
It was a quick trip, but the perfect way to kick off two weeks of vacation and spend some time as a family.
(Of course, we’d already committed to going to California to see Merrick and Philip and their boys for New Year’s and that ended up being a lot of driving in two weeks but. . . we all survived).