5.13.2014

I'm Not A Mother

Last weekend was full but fun. I found myself wide awake on Monday morning when it was time to get up for work (surprisingly) only to find myself crashing hard by 12pm. It's a short week for me.  I will survive.
The Zoo Crew


MJ's mom and cousin are in town and they brought the kids.  The #1 ranked Zoo in the United States is in our backyard.  MJ has never been, which makes no sense especially since military gets in free.  I haven't been in a million years myself so it was a perfect group outing for Saturday.  We loaded ourselves into the rented mini van and spent the day walking miles and miles all over the world famous San Diego Zoo.  The place is huge.  Just when you think you saw all the animals you wanted to see you realize you missed out on the Kangaroo's and the Rhinoceros's.  These animals are so interesting to look at.  I could probably stare at the Gorilla's for hours.  I love the slow rhythmic way they move.  Not quite upright but also not quite downright as they use their front knuckles to get where they are going.  Their faces are so serious and their eyes so intelligent.  What are they are thinking about-besides why the F are all these people staring at us and what do they want?  Giraffe's have the cutest faces.  They are like a horse gone wrong but not because their long legs and neck transform them in their own unique and beautiful way.  The Rhinoceros walked in circles and the Kangaroo's just laid there.  I was really excited to see pouches but these didn't have them.  MJ has seen ones taller then him roaming around in the motherland of Australia so he probably was not too impressed but they were still cool to see. 

The San Diego zoo is exhausting.  The San Diego Zoo with little ones is REALLY exhausting.  That day alone totally validated our decision not to have any.  At one point the 1 year old and the 3 year old were wailing at the same time.  The little one was kind of cranky all day and the 3 year old hit his face on metal hand rails twice in a row after repeatedly being told not to run off. The weather was not too hot, not too cold; just  perfect for a long day outside.  We covered as much ground as we could but when the kids got too tired it was time to go.

I'm really proud of myself for resisting the urge to take a million animal pics that will only take up space on my hard drive and be really boring to look at later. 
Me and my two mom's (Mom in Law and Mom)
On Sunday we all went up to spend it at my Mom's.  My mom is still on crutches because she had foot surgery a few weeks ago and my Dad is out of town visiting his mom.   She really appreciated us being there and taking care of everything.  We kept it simple.  MJ grilled Hamburgers and Hot Dogs and we got sides from Fresh & Easy.

Both of the kids have the same name.  The bigger T came inside with two flowers from outside and said Happy Mother's day.  He tried to give one of them to me but I said I'm not a mother, and handed it to my mom in law.  I was the only female there that wasn't a mother.  Story of my life; but he didn't understand that.  Not five minutes later he came back inside with one for me and said Happy Mother's Day.  How sweet.  I guess he didn't want me to be left out.  You can't refuse such a sweet gesture so I laughed and took it.  We put them in our hair.

The little T is really sweet too.  He's just as squishy and cuddly as he can be. Kids definitely have their adorable moments but it's still nice to be able to send them home.

21 comments :

Disa Chantel said...

Love how you ended this post: "it's still nice to be able to send them home." My thoughts exactly! Do you guys plan on having kids in the future? I'm sure you'd make a great mom!

Susannah said...

What fun! I love visiting the zoo! :-)

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

I've always wanted to go to that zoo- glad you had fun!

Law_Fal said...

I haven't been to the zoo in soooo many years. Looks fun. I'm not a mother either and part of me felt kinda left out with all the social media shout outs etc but then I realized that it's not always flowers and candy so I calmed down lol and you're right about that send them home line. Very funny!!! Lol

cashanamusings said...

I am realizing you and my sister are in the same area and you have some things in common. Wow...Anyway, I have learned over the years when folks say Happy Mother's Day, to just say thank you it is so much easier than saying I don't have kids and having to explain why at my age... I like the line when you can send them home...too funny!

Karla FNW said...

Hehehe, yes to that last line! =) I haven't been to the zoo in ages!! What a fun time! You are so beautiful. And your Mom and Mother in law too! Such beautiful women! =)

A Life Less Traveled said...

I feel the same way after spending a day with my nephews. I love them to pieces but I'm glad I don't have my own kids.

Faith said...

Hahaha, that's why I love my niece and nephews so much ... because I can hand them off when they start acting up.

I went to the San Diego zoo years ago and loved it! Wish I knew you back then, lol.

Amanda @ MyLifeIGuess.com said...

There aren't any small kids in my family (but I will be getting 2 nieces when R and I get married!) so I'm jealous that you got to hang out with little kids - even if they are exhausting. I'm also jealous that you went to the San Diego zoo! I've always wanted to go - especially when I learned that they (apparently) treat the animals there really well.

Nylse Esahc said...

one of these days i will get to the san diego zoo. we knew about it before we moved here and 2 years ago we were in san diego but we ran out of energy for the zoo. Glad you had a wonderful mothers day even though you are not a biological mom.

Jenny said...

I have always wanted to go to the San Diego Zoo, well I've always wanted to go to California. Maybe one day. At least I am lucky that the Bronx Zoo is close to me and I think it is one of the largest and I go there at least once a year. The Central Park Zoo is also great. It isn't that big but it's cool seeing all the tall buildings surrounding the zoo. And I too, always wonder what the gorillas are thinking. lol. Probably "why are these people staring at me?"

Hallie Oceanside said...

How fun, I have not been to the zoo in forever! What a great time, and great pictures!

The Lady Okie said...

Oh my gosh I totally know what you mean about taking a million animal pics at the zoo. Seriously, what DO you do with them later? Nothing. That's what.

Pegster said...

I love the zoo a lot. The next time I am in San Diego, I really want to check it out. I am a mom and it is exhausting to take the kids out for any sort of adventure :). I do like the pic of you and your two moms

Vett Vandiver said...

you and your moms are gorgeous!!

hya21 said...

Kids do grow up, but of course you know this. Don't worry, I won't be one of those people who thinks that everybody has to do it just because I did.
I always say that people who don't have kids should take advantage of the fact that they don't have any, (to travel and all that good stuff), but your blog tells me that you are doing just that.

Whitney Cypert said...

Cece!! Long time no...read? Anyways...hi! : ) You look so pretty, as usual. I loved the San Diego Zoo, but you are definitely right...it is HUGE! And with kids? No thanks! I've only been onve but I remember it was exhausting and we didn't even see everything. Hope you are doing well!

Catherine Gacad said...

i love animals! i can spend all day at the zoo. haven't been to the san diego zoo since i was a kid.

jackie jade said...

yeah i'm always exhausted when i spend time with kids too! they can be cute but it's nice to get a break :)

Mrs. Pancakes said...

i haven't been to the zoo in a while...looks like a blast. and what a nice way to celebrate with your moms...too cute!!

Janna Renee said...

San Diego and the Zoo is definitely on my bucket list!

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