I forgot to post pictures from our trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights last Friday night. We went with four of my aunts and uncles, my brother and his girlfriend, and a couple of my cousins. (warning: this post is very Dear Diary this is what I did today-esque…)
The evening started with an awesome tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Museum (which is actually his home and studio) provided by my Uncle Mark who works there. About one minute into the tour, we realized Charlotte was not going to make it though the house without breaking something or driving us off the deep end toward insanity (I think it was the running in circles while screaming that tipped us off), so my Aunt Susan kindly offered to play with her outside in the snow instead. If you’ve never been to the FLW museum and are in the Oak Park, IL, area, GO. It’s a beautiful slice of Americana and the architecture and design elements are fascinating.
Afterward, we headed into the city to meet my brother, John, and his girlfriend, Geniece, so we could walk to the zoo from their apartment. It was a perfect night for walking around in the snow. The temperature was comfortable in the 30s and there was really no wind. We bundled Charlotte up extra tight with two pair of pants and a blanket, and she was happy as can be, too.
The Lincoln Park Zoo Lights are just exactly what you’d expect: A zoo with lots of Christmas lights. Pretty pretty.
The only live animals we actually saw were a smaller cat of some sort, and the monkeys and apes. Truthfully, Charlotte was not a fan. One monkey looked at her, and that was pretty scary, and the gorillas were just so big. Charlotte just turned her face away and asked us to back the stroller away from the glass. The next day, however, she did bring up the monkeys a lot, particularly the sweet mama and baby gorillas we saw sleeping together right up against the glass.
Before leaving, we rode the carousel. Now these animals didn’t scare Charlotte one bit. Charlotte rode the goat and enjoyed waving to her fan as whizzed by them again and again.
After the zoo we all had dinner at a delicious diner a few blocks away and then finally headed home at eleven! Charlotte did so well despite staying up so far past her bed time. The only clue that gave away how tired she was was how nicely she sat in her high chair throughout our entire meal. That, and she kept leaning over to hug me and say I love you, Mama. *heartinapuddle*
Whelp, that does it for today’s Dear Diary. Thanks for stopping in to snoop! 🙂