We went to the zoo a few weeks ago with Barry’s cousin Cheyenne and her family. It was delightfully fun and by the time we were in the car on the way home, Maggie was asleep before we left the parking lot. Being at the zoo sometimes makes me feel sad for the animals, but this time I really noticed how much Maggie enjoyed everything. We got to see the zookeepers give the elephants a bath and the highlight for Maggie was seeing a penguin “help” the zookeeper power wash the penguin exhibit.
We’ve been meaning to spend some time with Cheyenne, Rod and Allie for a very long time, it was nice that it finally happened. I’m sure that we’ll be getting together for more adventures sooner than later.
Before Maggie was born, my aunt hosted a baby shower in honor of Maggie. The women in my family were asked to bring a gift that had special meaning to who they were. The gifts that I/Maggie received were some of the most sentimental and important ones to this day. One of the gifts that Grandmother Miller, Barry’s paternal grandmother, gave was a set of blocks that were for children 2 years and up. We stored them in the closet and have brought them out from time to time, but now the time has come for Maggie to really get into them. They’ve taken up permanent residence in her toy area and she hauls them out on a regular basis. I love two things about these blocks: 1. That they came from her great grandmother 2. That they have a suitcase that makes them nice and tidy to put away.
One of the gifts that we got Maggie for her birthday was an umbrella. I weren’t really sure how much she would like it, but the child loves her umbrella and any time that it is raining she suggests that we take it outside and prance around with it. She doesn’t really like for anyone else to hold it – because obviously the pink and orange polka dot umbrella is made for her.