Silas and I would like to give a shout-out to Uncle Billy and Aunt Jenny for giving Silas a spectacular first birthday present: a one-year membership to the Oklahoma City Zoo! What a creative gift, one that I never would have thought to ask for, but it has been perfect and fun. The pass allows two adults to get in free, and Silas gets in for free because he is under two years. It's really great because the free adult can be either me or BJ, but can include a guest. Hence, today for instance, my friend Jamie and her baby girl Emily came with Silas and me, and we all got free admission. Sweet!
Needless to say, the last few weeks have found Silas and me zoo-ing it up! (Yes, "zoo" can be used in verb-tense. In my world.) We've gone with Cyndi and Elizabeth, Laurie and Miles, Grammy, Pop, and BJ, and today, like I said, Jamie and Emily. Silas is still a bit young to fully engage in the experience with the animals, but he certainly does observe, particularly when the animals are right in his little face. Look at how close this black bear came!
Silas is also an active participant in petting the numerous goats in the children's zoo area. A year with Tex has fostered not a bone of fear in this little boy when it comes to animals that are bigger than him. He doesn't even seem to mind when he gets baaaaa-d at in the face by a silly goat, which has happened on a couple of occasions.
So thanks, Billy and Jenny! We are having a blast with your gift!