Friday, May 9, 2008

The Zoo

Chilly Willy and his pal Neil

While my parents were on their annual “After-Tax-Season Trip” (My dad is a CPA), we stayed at their house with my brother William (who has Down Syndrome). We had quite the experience with him – he definitely has a unique personality! Most days were great, although he had a few moments of “William” behavior!

William at the lion drinking fountain

We took him to the zoo last Saturday. Can I just tell you how fun the zoo is!? I haven’t been in years, but even having been probably dozens of times, it’s still fun to see animals up close and to re-learn things about them that you’ve probably learned 100 times. He took awhile to warm up from being a bit cranky, but once he got going, there was nothing slowing him down. He had to see EVERY animal, and read EVERY word about them, their habitat, their eating habits, etc. All-in-all it was a very fun afternoon activity! He’s sometimes camera shy, so a few of the pictures were ones I surprised him in, and others you can tell, he wants to be the center of the attention! :)

William liked that the lemur was so close to the cage.

He's almost as tall and almost as wide as a gorilla!

Will's handle in high school was 'Giraffe' - he liked watching the baby eat.

Apparently the “Ghost of the Bayou” is not an albino, but an actual species of Alligator that is white.


He thought it was quite entertaining when two of the black bears were having a wrestling match. He thought they were fighting – it took us awhile to convince him they were just playing with each other.

(The video is having a hard time uploading - I'll add it later)

We are glad to be back at home now, but we did have an overall pleasant time with our “Chilly Willy.” Thanks bud, for making it fun!

11 comments:

Jennifer said...

That looks like so much fun. Cute William. Did your parents have fun on their trip? Did they bring you back anything cool? We need to go on the search for your fabric. Unless you want it to be a surprise. :)

Leah said...

Sounds like fun!

Bret and Laura Nicholson said...

Gotta love William! That picture of him next to the gorilla shadow made me laugh so hard. Besides his arms not being long enough, he is about the same size as that gorilla :).

Jennifer said...

Hey, where did your baby count down go. I don't see it?

Jennifer said...

Oh, p.s. lets see some cute pictures of your little bulg. ;)

Jennifer said...

Yes, they ate it all! I guess I don't see why they wouldn't but I think just a little piece inside of me was hopeing that it wasn't gone. I'll just have to make some more. :)

Ed & Lindsey said...

Everyone's going to the zoo these days! Glad you had a great time! We feel so left out. How about a visit to the San Francisco zoo?! Miss ya!

Jennifer said...

Sorry I leave so many comments. But where are your profile shots? Let's see the hot mama!

Jennifer said...

Dude! That was crazy. I just went back to my blog and you left a comment. Saweet! So I'm excited that you left the quilt in my hands. I would apriciate some color swatches or something if you don't mind. Just so I have options open. I'm not sure about lunch. I know I know, I miss you. I'm probably coming in sometime next week. I'll call you. :) Do you watch so you think you can dance?

Jennifer said...

Hey it's me again. I can help you with bumpers. That would be so much fun. So did you like the whitie tighty red head? I threw up a little bit in my mouth just thinking of it again. Blah!

Jennifer said...

So the two times that I was and am going to be in town, there's not really a time where I can meet you for lunch. Sniff sniff. Is it ok if we try again next week. Also, I'm proud of Phil. He rides his bike to the bus stop, takes the bus to SLC, get's on trax, from there rides his bike to 24 hour fittness in Sandy, then rides his bike to work. How cool is that? Anyway, I hope you can forgive me for this week. My mom still has both kittens but one is spoken for. The one that's on by blog is the one that isn't spoken for. They are so cute. They always hang out under those bushes. Maybe if you show Neil the picture then it will melt his heart. Tee hee. If you are wanted it that is. So how have you been. I feel like I haven't talked to you forever. I should probably just send you an email since this is turing into a long message that has nothing to do with the Zoo. My visiting teaching kits are doing awesome. Check my Hand Picked Daisy blog to see my June one's. I felt pround when I finished them. I think this my really turn out to be something big. I hope so. That would be so cool. Oh, also Amber is going to be on Good Things Utah tomorrow morning. You should record it and watch it. She's giving each of the ladies and charm thingy and I made the thing that's in the charm. Cool huh? I get to watch the shop tomorrow while she's there. Well, I hope your feeling well. Hope those green olives are holding up. Miss you guys. Need to go up the hill by our house and camp out. Love ya!