Monday, February 23, 2009


Lots of stress around the Starnes household lately. Our zoo membership expires in 5 days. To renew or not to renew? Risk losing money if we move sooner than expecting? But, wouldn't that be an easy pill to swallow.....finally get to move.....and we're out $85. I do hate to lose money, though.

My friend, Josie, suggested that as soon as I start renewing memberships and living life normally, our house will sell. I think I'm going to do it! And, besides, you know we'll have our money's worth by week 3. For real.

During the 3,426 visits to the Denver Zoo since moving here (slight exaggeration), I have never entered the Tropical Discovery building. No strollers allowed. And, limits like these rule my life right now.

So, if we're with Blake, he takes Carter in and I cruise with the toddlers. The sea lions are quite lively and just a quick walk nearby. During this visit, I ventured in and couldn't have been more impressed. It's a tropical rainforest man made indoors......amazing construction.....beautiful vegetation.....tons of reptiles and one of my favorites....the Komodo Dragons.

Lovely lizards, too. Just look at that beauty. (Not you, Kelly. Too much like an iguana.)

The crew.

The geese run the zoo, so we walk around them, rather than them moving for us.

Could it be? All 3 looking and smiling? If Jack's hair wasn't slicked down due to static and if Lainey didn't have a huge bruise on her forehead, it might just be a favorite. Still pretty darn cute, though.

Lainey's new eye-catching trick that she did several times during this zoo trip and once since then, is jumping off this enormous ledge. It must be 2.5 inches off the ground and the set up is pretty dramatic........we have to count down......lots of anticipation.......she jumps!......and giggles......and claps.......and there are no less than a dozen people at any time watching this little show of hers.

Busted. Runaway Laine.

Caught and secured in stroller.


Coco said...

$85 is totally worth your sanity. Or what sanity you have left. Go for it!!

The Jones Family said...

Completely agree with Coco!

I can't wait to see you all again... soon!

Moni said...

I love the zoo, any zoo. Definitely worth the money!

The Soladay Family said...

Love the pic of all 3! Who cares about the hair and bruise.....they're ALL similing AND looking at the camera! Precious!

Anonymous said...

I am so impressed that you can get TWO kids in a stroller. We have to bribe Lila and usually she's just good for the ride from the parking lot. The only reason I have the stroller with me is to push my coffee, coats and diaper bag around! Go for the membership!

Anonymous said...

I would love to have a little girl someday so that I can put her in striped tights...I just LOVE the striped tights and sweater dress look...and of course Mary Janes...

Malinda said...

It looks like you guys had the zoo all to yourselves. I didn't see one other person in any of your photos.

Go for the membership, maybe it will make your house sell.

starnes family said...

Most of these were taken when the zoo was about to close, but I purposely try to take pics without people in them, too.

Donna said...

We have a membership to the SD Zoo and when I read the membership detail it is 100% tax deductible. You should see if yours is (don't forget 2008 if it is). We love the zoo. I have heard that the St. Louis Zoo (near where you will soon live) is wonderful.