It was so fun. Andrew was so excited for the train to come. He kept watching and waiting...
No, Andrew, we're not looking for an airplane! Ha! He looks a little confused!
We boarded at a little old fashioned train station, it was so neat.
The train was about 40 minutes late, so luckily we had things to occupy him! Once in a while another train would come blasting through and we watched it from the doorway, but it was really close and pretty cool!
Finally it was time to head out to the track and see the train come in! Andrew wanted to carry something like the rest of us so he took his DVD player! Ha!
Andrew started to get sleepy so laid down on Papa's knee!
Getting sleepy watching his movie...
He just didn't want to give it up! He was having so much fun. The other nice thing about the train...you can sprawl out and recline your seat and put your feet up! There is lots of room and it is pretty comfy.
We made it to the hotel I think around midnight. My mom and Jim had actually driven to Omaha earlier that day to drop off a car so we'd have one at the train station in Omaha. Yes, then they actually drove back to Des Moines so they could ride the train with us. They're cool like that. When they were there earlier they booked us a hotel room and I think the lady was confused when my mom told them they'd be coming into Omaha that night on the train! Ha!
In the morning we had a delicious continental breakfast and went for a quick dip in the pool before heading to the zoo.
I know this zoo like the back of my hand. Or so I thought! They are always adding new things, and I have taken a couple years off and wow I was even more impressed with how much they have added!
I had to test out the beauty of my new camera with this shot. Ahhhh, I love that blurred background! It just makes me happy!
Of course we had to ride another train! A smaller one this time! Ha. Andrew loved it. It took us around the whole zoo. We decided not to get off and ride the whole way around.
Something new they added was the sky coaster. This was especially neat because we got to see animals that we didn't have a good view of on the ground, like the giraffes and the rhinos because they were hiding. But we saw them perfectly from up here. We even saw a baby giraffe. Adorable.
This is my other favorite part of the zoo. Watching the penguins swim. I could stay here for hours and watch them. Andrew could have, too! He loved it! They are so cute how they stand and waddle over to the edge and you know they are going to jump in. Then they glide so fast through the water and pop back out on the rocks!
We stayed and watched them for a long time. Andrew was just fascinated!
I love the aquarium. The sharks and stingrays swim right over your heads. It is pretty awesome.
After spending a lot of time in the nice and cool aquarium, we headed over to the funniest part of the zoo!
Gorilla Valley. I was trying to get a picture of Andrew with the gorillas because they matched his shirt, but he would not stand and look at me and smile. Would not take his eyes off the gorillas. He thought they were pretty cool.
He was very interested in these gorilla skeletons. I wonder if we have a future scientist here! He could not get over it!
I had to laugh at this picture because Andrew and the gorilla in the background are posing the same way! Ha!
This was so sweet. He loves the movie "Tarzan" and the part where the Mama gorilla and Tarzan put their hands together just like this. During that part he always comes up to me to have me put my hand up to his. It is so sweet. He did this right away when he saw this hand.
Wow, he's almost 3 ft tall!
Andrew acting like a monkey! What a silly boy. In the background you can see the baby gorilla on its mama's arm. It was too precious for words. We sat and watched it for a long time. Andrew could have watched it all day, even though it was sleeping! He always feels right at home around monkeys! Ha!
This was Andrew's souvenir from the trip. He's been acting like a tiger, walking around the house on all fours, hissing at me! Ha! I pretend like I'm scared of him and it just makes him giggle and do it more. He is so fun, I just love his age and how much more he is playing and interacting with us. He'll talk our ears off now and is hardly ever quiet!
We had a very fun mini vacation. Andrew has had a lot of "firsts" this summer, and we've enjoyed watching his excitement. I love making memories as a family.
And just because this is my new favorite picture of him... I had to post it again... he was wearing his conductor hat he got at the train station.