Wednesday, June 22, 2011

father's day, a day at the woodland park zoo.

what a great day to be a dad, even better when your f. wife drags you to the zoo-one of your least favorite places on the planet. mom fail, or secret win? i just couldn't pass up the opportunity for us to frolic amongst some fun animals with the pawlaks and grubers. so when amanda invited us a few days earlier i didn't even hesitate to accept.
with rain in bothell we were a little worried about the day but bundled up and set out nonetheless. as soon as we drove into seattle it was perfect-overcast, but dry and warm; perfect zoo weather. thank god for buy-one-get-one in free tickets, can you believe what the zoo costs these days? if we had been full paying customers with all kids in tow just to start the day out would have cost us around $80, that equals nuts. ok, rant over.
we played in the zoomazium while we waited for our friends; stella loved it, it was our first time in there-she had fun touching different animal pelts and furs, climbing in rock tunnels with daddy, and sliding down the super fast twisty slide that sent her spinning around on her way down.
there weren't many animals out to see but ellie and stella were perfectly behaved and soaked up every bit even trying to learn all the animal sounds the dads were spatting at them. dads are so weird, huh?
at some point while on the hunt for hippos we came across one of the few gorgeous peacocks that wander our zoo-it was amazing, i honestly don't think i have ever seen one with it's feathers out and so big. poor things was super frightened and why i would assume was feathers erect like that, even shaking it's feathers and making a rattling sound in the process. kids were running up behind it and pulling its feather-ugh, and no parents were doing a darn thing; some people these days. i managed to get some amazing shots (if i do say so myself) while dodging giant kids heads and the occasional stroller. then i almost lost my _____ when someone asked amanda's mom is she caught a glimpse of the peacock and she replied 'just between peoples legs'. see, me equals thirteen year old boy i guess...total mind meets gutter.
it was neat having amanda's dad there, he is a photographer (who happened to take my senior photos, remind me to show you those someday!) and he totally taught me a few new things; like about my histogram for avoiding over exposure and what aperture is the sharpest and best to be 'everyday' shooting with on my lens-it has already changed my shots by leaps and bounds. who new shooting in only f/1.8 was not the best idea for most shots, haha oops.
the girls loved the petting zoo, well really we should call it the pet a goat zoo where ellie pet the goat till it just wouldn't have it anymore, scott grabbed her just in time as the goat started stomping its foot (ok, i know goats don't have 'feet') and ran off. i guess her turn was over?
we headed out much before the rest of the group; just in time for stella to pass out from such a full day of fun. i think i even stole a quick cat nap in the car on the way home. when we got home it was a delicious dinner of bbq premarinated flank steak, stuffed jalapenos, garlic mashed potatoes, and the best part...beer. all of this was followed up by a movie and a massage for tim-all in all i think it was a father's day done right. i am hoping he takes my offer for a tattoo as his gift when we are in pdx in a few weeks, he was talking about maybe getting stella's name on his chest. swoon.
 i love this shot i accidentally got of stel crawling through this fake pnw log thing.
 this face kills me dead, every time.
 sweatshirt copier, hmmph.
this tree was just begging screaming for a face, no?

11 comments:

melissa rohr said...

The peacock photos are amazing, I want one!!  HA!  I can't believe yall are still in sweaters and jeans, lucky.  It's already 100 degrees here and its only June!  I need a summer home in the PNW!!

melissa rohr said...

father's day looked pretty successful!

melissa rohr said...

thanks!
psh, we'll take some of your warm weather! we have barely made it over 70 and that was only like twice...so lame!

melissa rohr said...

i would have to agree :)

melissa rohr said...

so many great shots! 
it looks like it was such a fun day. : )
i cannot wait to take tatum to the zoo next summer!

melissa rohr said...

thanks- i looove our zoo, tim doesn't so he usually doesn't tag along so thins was an extra special trip :)

melissa rohr said...

Awesome! Love it! Just voted again on my computer! =)

melissa rohr said...

That peacock is gorgeous! I would be so angry to see kids messing with it :(

And that last picture of the tree is hilarious! Kinda looks like he has some teeth.

melissa rohr said...

there was a HUGE group gathered around it and you could tell he/she just wanted to get by so bad:( i was secretly hoping a zoo person would come up and shoo people away. it was cool to see though!

melissa rohr said...

thanks!!

melissa rohr said...

Ugh, I look so short and chunky next to you! Sheesh!
But, we had a blast! Thanks for dragging Tim out and coming with us!
I seriously died laughing when you brought up the part about seeing the peacock "between people's legs"......I still don't think my mom understood why we were laughing :)