1. the kids and i pack a lunch and head to the zoo.
it was a nice change of scenery from our usual walks around the block or a trip to the nearby playground. the animals we saw were quite active, and since we have a zoo pass we didn't feel pressured to see everything in one day.
|the giraffes were close enough to touch.|
|the 3 in the back wouldn't stop bickering.|
we went through the dinosaur exhibit, which didn't turn out as fun as emma expected. those dinosaurs were big, and looked and sounded very life-like. after we handed our tickets, she had a change of heart about going through with the whole thing. but after calming her down from her hysterical crying (hello, i'm the mom with the screaming, inconsolable child), i convinced her to go through the whole thing. she didn't look at one single dinosaur, eyes firmly planted to the ground, while gibson seemed to enjoy the whole thing.
|hiding behind the tall grass...ready to pounce.|
|emma didn't even glance at these cute babies.|
to make up for emma's negative dino experience, we stopped by the poop on scoop exhibit on our way out. she liked that a lot and was quite fascinated with the massive size of the elephant poop. glad to know that poop makes her smile.
|doing her business...|
2. 3-4 mini grocery trips during the week turn into 1 big trip.
without a working car during the day, any grocery shopping we do is by foot (and i can only carry so much in one trip). it has been a great way to get exercise in for all of us, but it is nice not to have to take multiple trips to the grocery in a week's time. on the plus side, wednesday is produce pick-up day through our CSA program, and that same morning is the farmer's market just down the street from our house. i really love the accessibility we have to locally grown, fresh produce. i'm really going to miss those when winter comes.
|our city fresh wednesday pick-up.|
3. we actually get to go to playgroup.
it's been a while since we've made it to playgroup. at first it was a nap schedule thing, and lately it's been a car thing. so, it was definitely a treat to get out and hang with our friends.
|the squirrel and my nephew...ready for a showdown.|
|baby buddies - only 2 months apart.|
|captivated by a captive locust.|
there are some great perks to having an extra working car around, and a week with it seemed like a luxury. however, i will say that i would still choose to walk (or bike) to destinations whenever possible. although...this may not be as practical in the winter time. but still do-able.