Friday, October 8, 2010

Hand in Hand we walked at the Zoo

I held the most tender, sweetest hand yesterday and it made my heart swell with pride. He only extended out his "silly band hand".

Gray's wish was to spend his 5th Birthday at Lincoln Park Zoo, in Chicago. I switched my day off so I could go with. I am so thankful for a flexible job that will allow me to spend time with my family. Be prepared for lots of fun pictures from our day. Gray was the sweetest boy and he was our tour guide. He knew exactly which animals and what order he wanted to see them in.
The Giraffe's were outside eating.
Gray and Ivy were looking for Nemo.
Gray was looking for Mr. Crocodile, who is usually lying on a rock.
Steph & Ivy amazed at Mr. Hippo.
Meerkats are my all time favorite little guys to watch.
I could stand all day watching "Lee" the polar bear swim in this sky blue water. I love the reflection of the tree on him. He always puts on a great show for us.Gray had a permanent smile All day long.
Gray enjoyed his Birthday lunch. Cheeseburger and fries. He later made friends with a squirrel
by sharing his fries.
Gray and Ivy in a log looking in at the chimps. Gray was pretending to be a tree frog the whole time he was playing in and on the log.
I think this is such a precious picture. Gray was taking a little rest.
Little miss Ivy "Lulu" enjoyed her freedom, running around, doing her own thing.
Gray climbing on Mr. Ape at the end of our playtime at the zoo.
After the zoo, we were home just in time for Noah and Carter as they got off the school bus. We loaded up and headed to Designer Desserts
for Gray's special Birthday Cupcake. We each picked out our favorite's from the case of many different kinds. It was a very hard decision. I chose a delicious Coconut Cream cupcake.

Gray chose a chocolate/raspberry cupcake. He just sat and starred at it for the longest time.
He ended up finishing his brother's cupcake and taking his home. I don't think he wanted to mess it up. This was an ending to a perfect, wish fulfilled 5th Birthday. He didn't need to blow out a candle cause he already got his wish. What a Fun Day! And during the course of the day, Gray would say in a soft voice "Mimi, I love you".


Sharon - Mom Generations said...

Such a WONDERFUL, BLESSED, AWESOME birthday! What memories were made and captured in your beautiful photos! Gray has the most lovely and expressive eyes... a true little charmer! I'm so happy you had this special, special day with your BIRTHDAY BOY! xo!

Bacardi Mama said...

This sure looks like the perfect birthday for Gray. I'm so glad you got to be included. It must be nice to have such a cooperative boss to let you switch your days like that. Glad you had fun!

Adventures In Babywearing said...

He loves you so much.


chrissy said...

This sounds and looks like the most perfect way for Gray to celebrate his Birthday!! So happy you made it happen!!

Jen @ One Moms World said...

What a perfect and fun day to celebrate the life of a newly 5 year old! Fun memories you all created.

Happy Birthday Gray!

JackeeG4glamorous said...

When I turn Um, 53, can you take ME to the zoo and buy me a wonderful cupcake? What a glorious day for Gray!