We packed up and picked up Ms. Rebecca and started the long car ride to the zoo. We parked in a garage that the website called "two blocks away." Yeah, so DC blocks are nothing like NYC blocks and I'm pretty sure we walked the equivalent of 8-10 blocks... Uphill...
When we finally got there, Big E was very excited to see the fancy trash cans and C was pointing out maintenance buildings. Oh boy!
Once we started seeing the animals it was a lot of fun. The kids got to see their very first cheetah, pandas, elephants, gorillas, bison, zebras, and more. By the end of the visit, I asked them what they liked the best. Big E said "The stinky zebra butt!" (Potty humor comes early with boys, I guess!) But in his defense, we mostly just saw the rear ends of the animals. And C liked the pandas and elephants.
I was so thankful that Rebecca came with us. There is no way I could have navigated the zoo with all three kids, and I probably wouldn't have attempted it. (Though we did see a mom there with at least four kids under five years old all on her own. I wanted to stop her, shake her hand, and give her a medal!)
My camera battery died literally three pictures into our visit, so most of the pics were taken by Rebecca.