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Santa Barbara Zoo March 4, 2014

Filed under: Santa Barbara,Zoo — Kelocity @ 8:32 pm
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On Presidents’ Day, Irving and I both had the day off and we wanted to get out of LA and do something fun as a family. We tossed around a few ideas and decided on the Santa Barbara Zoo. Rumor has it that it’s smaller and easier to maneuver than the LA Zoo we have right down the street. And we were definitely impressed.

It gets a two toddler-approved thumbs up!



It was busy, but at times, we had entire exhibits to ourselves. Adele had so much fun. She was taking in everything!


Hi Mr. Turtle!IMG_4408

She loved the Elephants (pronounced ‘el-fint’) She was completely mesmerized watching them eat. 




Sometimes, as a mom, I try to simplify things for Adele so that she’ll understand them. For example, when we got to this exhibit, I said “Adele, look at the Monkey! Hi Monkey!” And in response she said “Gorilla!” (pronounced ‘Go-ril-ra’). Um, how did she know this was a Gorilla and not a monkey? Then I felt dumb for assuming she wouldn’t know the difference! Irving and I were both impressed. And ever since, she’s OBSESSED with gorillas. We even have a gorilla book at home that has become a new favorite.

We ‘splurged’ on the train ride. It takes you around the zoo and shows you some of the exhibits from other angles. We had to wait in line for 15 minutes or so, but Adele did great. This is her ‘say cheese’ face. (A smile on demand! I love it!)



On the train! She’s concentrating very hard.IMG_4433

I think she was looking at a bird in a tree in this picture. Girl’s got good eyes!IMG_4436



Hi baby giraffes!! (pronounced ‘baby giff-aff’)

You can see the train we rode in the background! So cute!


We had a blast at the zoo. We hope to visit again soon!


St. Louis: Forest Park September 10, 2013

Filed under: animals,St. Louis,Travel — Kelocity @ 8:15 am
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One of our ‘must sees’ on our St. Louis to-do list was to visit all the attractions in Forest Park. The park became famous in 1904 after hosting both the Summer Olympics AND the 1904 World’s Fair (aka: The Louisiana Purchase Exposition).

Most of the World’s Fair buildings no longer exist anymore (it would have been too expensive to build them for long-term use). But you can still feel the history there.
This pavilion was built decades after the World’s Fair, but it commemorates the big event. That 1904 exposition was the first time the world had seen an ice cream cone, hamburgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, Dr. Pepper, peanut butter and iced tea. <—all my favorite things!


Look! A map of the Louisiana Purchase!
More history! We were in nerd heaven!

Also in the park is the Saint Louis Art Museum.
Oh, hey Mr. Saint Louis!

We only had a little bit of time, so we grabbed a map at the front desk and set off to find all the important pieces. We got to see some Van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock and Matisse.


I also saw this piece again. I think this is my 3rd time seeing this one (unless there are multiple versions of it?) It’s by El Anatsui. I like it, it’s made out of liquor bottle tops.

After our quick jaunt around the museum, we hopped back in the car to drive over to the Jewel Box. It’s an art deco greenhouse in the park.





And the last thing we did in the park was visit the Zoo! It’s free, why not! It was really hot and we were getting hungry, so we only did a quick loop around. It was a really great zoo, someday, i’ll have to go back with Adele!


Forest Park gets an A+ in my book. It’s bigger than Central Park and so beautiful and clean!


North Carolina Zoo!! November 22, 2009

Filed under: Friends,Uncategorized — Kelocity @ 2:56 pm
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I went to North Carolina this weekend to visit my friend Erika and her husband Timmy. It was so great seeing them and their family. Even though I only see Erika once or twice a year, it’s always like no time at all has passed when we’re together. She just cracks me up. Thanks for a great weekend!!

I was only there for 48 hours, so we made the most of our time there. It was an awesome balance of conversation,exploring and enjoying the east coast fall weather. 

On Saturday, we went to the North Carolina Zoo!



Polar Bear! (I love his reflection in the water!
Bald Eagle. It was actually pretty cool to see one this close. I felt so American!

The Sea Otters…. so sleepy!
How awesome is this fall scenery?

I’ve waited my whole life to see a Venus Flytrap!!!!


These Orange Pine Needles remind me of building forts at home!

A Polar Bear? Poor Guy. He was totally out of place here. I kinda felt bad. He looked so sad and lonely. And for the record, mud is NOT the same as snow. He needs a bath!


Long lost friends! Together at last!

A Lion!

Gorilla… an ANGRY gorilla!

Where are the Elephants?

There they are!


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