Thursday, December 29, 2011

Family Memories/Traditions

A family memory/tradition that we have started with our children is going to the Cleveland Zoo's Snow Days. We go up the day after Christmas weather permitting to enjoy the cold weather animals, the crafts and cookies they have for the kids to make and the music. What's nice is they have heated trams that run so you don't have to walk in the cold all around the zoo. It was a nice day in the 40's so we just walked and got the exercise and fresh air.

The snake came right up to glass when Dennis put his hand up there like it was smelling it; it was really cool to watch. If you look you can see Dennis's reaction reflecting on the glass. I love taking my kids to the zoo and spending time with them. I also love when extended family gets to join us as well. This trip my in-laws, BIL and soon to be SIL came along.

Sweet Peas favorite animal at the zoo was the Monkeys she loved watching them play and they kept coming up to the window to see her as well. Pumpkins favorite animal was "Dorie" from Nemo he loves the fish and Bubba's favorite animal this trip was the snake that came up to the glass with him. We all have our favorites and I think that is what makes going to the zoo so enjoyable because we all want to see our favorite animals.

One thing that I made sure we didn't miss while at the zoo was seeing the new Grizzly Cubs. I love babies and baby animals they are so cute!! They were playing with each other and climbing in the trees it was so fun to watch them. After we were done with the outside exhibits we headed for the Rainforest Exhibit another favorite because it's always so nice and warm inside it. After we were all done with the zoo and everyone seemed to be starving we all headed off for a nice dinner together at Eat N Park on the way home. Once we were back to my In-Laws hubby and I played monopoly with my BIL and Soon to be SIL while the boys got their baths and ready to spend to the night at their Nana and Papas house so all in all a really great day that made some lasting memories.

Loved their smiles in this picture so I had to share it with all of you Bubba and his Daddy...


  1. My boys love the zoo! I bet you all had so much fun. Especially with all those smiles there :)

  2. What a great tradition! I'd love to go to the Milwaukee Zoo since I'm from WI. The weather gets super cold but they don't have heated trams.... that I know of. Maybe I will sugget it! :)
    Nice pics too!

    annae07 at aol dot com

  3. As the parent to now adult children I can't stress enough to you the importance of creating family traditions & memories. I love nothing more than sitting with my children while they talk about the traditions I created for them as children. I hope that with the arrival of each grandchild these traditions are passed down.