We didn't want to get lots of toys for Alexander's first birthday. Between the four children we have more toys than the local play group and how much stuff does a one year old really need? We gave him a few nice gifts, but we decided that we wanted to give him a wonderful experience rather than loads of things he doesn't need . Since Lily also celebrated her birthday in May we decided that a joint birthday visit to the zoo would be a wonderful way to celebrate the birthdays of our May babies. We waited until my parents were visiting so that both sets of grandparents could join us for our zoo day. We haven't been to the zoo since Emma was a tiny baby, so the Podlings were incredibly excited.
We had a wonderful day at Twycross Zoo in Warwickshire. Alexander loves animals and gets excited when we pass the horses in the field on the way to school, so you can imagine his excitement on his first visit to the zoo. I carried him a lot of the way around so that he could have a good view and he was happily pointing at each animal and saying his generic word for animal (I can't even begin to write it down. It is a sort of guttural noise that sounds rather like he is speaking Klingon. He always makes exactly the same sound whenever he sees an animal though, so it is intentional rather random noise.)
We were all tired by the end of the day, but we had an absolutely wonderful time and it was lovely to be able to share it with all the grandparents. It gives me so much pleasure to see my Podlings having such a lovely time. I love these special family days.
Lily pushing her Nanny in the wheelchair
This is a Kirk's Dik-Dik, but I just called it the fairy deer. It was tiny and unbelievably adorable.
Stopping for tea and biscuits (we never go anywhere without the Thermos!)
Lily loved the flamingos
Mark's favourite, the meerkat.