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We Bought a Zoo!

Central Florida Zoo

Ok, so we didn’t actually buy the whole stinkin’ zoo.  But we had so much fun that saying “we went to the zoo!” just doesn’t have the same ring.  Last week, the fam headed down to Florida to celebrate Christmas, hang with grandparents and, of course, attend Jessica’s fab wedding.  The only problem is that Jake is definitely at the point of wanting to run, not walk, around for hours on end.  Knowing we needed to wear the little guy out we decided to go to the Central Florida Zoo.  It’s only about 20 minutes from my Mom’s house and while it doesn’t get nearly the same play as all of the other Orlando attractions, it meant that he would have a little more room to roam without me having panic attacks among throngs of tourists.  A win-win.

Central Florida Zoo

Central Florida Zoo

This alligator may be a common site in Florida, but up close is still pretty cool.

Central Florida Zoo

Central Florida Zoo

Jake as a “Big Cat!”

Central Florida Zoo

This camel was so friendly I think if allowed, he would have offered us a ride. I am also loving that random guy’s expression.  Zoo guy is not impressed, ha!

Central Florida Zoo

Central Florida Zoo

An ostrich is getting a little too friendly for my taste.

Central Florida Zoo

I absolutely adore this photo of Jake and my Mom.  Nothing like fresh air and lots of space to make this smile happen.

Central Florida Zoo

Did I mention this zoo also had a pint sized train?  Us grown-ups managed to squeeze ourselves in, but clearly Jake was the one enthralled!  And don’t worry, once we got moving I was seated firmly next to him.

Central Florida Zoo

Central Florida Zoo

So, that was our post holiday family day.  Did you guys do anything random over the holidays?  Did anyone just need to get those crazy relatives out of the house?


  • slamdunk

    What fun–the train shots are fantastic. There is a similar train at a local park here, but it is definitely seasonal. It would be called the polar express if it ran now.

    January 4, 2013 at 9:34 am Reply
  • The BonBon Rose Girls

    Too funny! Although a snowy train ride does sound pretty cool…

    January 4, 2013 at 9:51 am Reply
  • Dancing Branflake

    You have some awesome genes! Your son is adorable and your mom is stunning!

    January 4, 2013 at 11:53 am Reply
  • Betty Manousos

    what fun!!!

    love all of your shots especially the ones of your little man!

    big hugs and all the best in 2013!

    January 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm Reply
  • Krysten

    I love going to the zoo, it’s always so fun.

    January 4, 2013 at 3:37 pm Reply
    • The BonBon Rose Girls

      Me too! I think we’re going to take the dude and lil’ lady bean this weekend in fact! 🙂

      January 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm Reply
  • sara@domesticallychallenged

    what a great zoo! We don’t get those animals up north here! Love the shot of him going across the bridge!

    January 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm Reply
  • val

    Looks like an amazing zoo. Happy New Year!

    January 4, 2013 at 10:39 pm Reply
  • Tami

    Awh how cute! I miss going to the zoo with my kids!

    January 7, 2013 at 7:35 am Reply

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