We started off the weekend of my favorite holiday by taking our Henry on a little pre-birthday trip to the Denver Zoo. Rick took the day off and the weather was perfect, so we hung around with the furry and feathered friends. The trip was really great.
First thing when we walked into the zoo, we stopped a the monitor lizard. Well, this scaly guy saw Henry peeking through his window and got up off his branch, moseyed across his cage, and swam down into the water near the window, right in front of Henry. I could tell this was going to be a good day.
We decided that we’d visit the monkeys (of course). On the way to monkey cage, we saw the elephants snacking in their pen… check out what this great girl was doing to get her snacks:
This elephant blew the leaves around the moat into a pile by the wall with her trunk. Then after they were in a nice pile, she reached waaay down with her trunk to pick them up. She stuck her back foot out for balance!
Henry was also excited to see the mountian goats and big horn sheep that were along the way (click for best view):
A fun side note: on Halloween, the zoo keepers give all of the animals pumpkins in their pens. The hyenas we chowing down on a great big one, and the gorilla’s pumpkin was demolished before we ever saw it. Even the bears and elephants and all the different deer and buffaloes had pumpkins!
When we finally arrived at the monkey’s Henry was pretty excited to see them all running and playing.
Here are a few more of my favorite pics of the day:
On the way out we saw this bird…
Then it was Boo-time – time for trick-or-treating!
Henry was a monkey, of course, and he had a great time knocking on the neighbor’s doors once he figured out that they were all giving him candy!
Saturday was the big day – Henry turned TWO! We celebrated witha monkey themed birthday party. Here are a few of the pics we got:
First off – the monkey cake I made with my mom. It matched the invitations (and Henry’s shirt!). It was banana with chocolate butter cream frosting.
Next a few of Henry’s favorite gifts: a cool toy saw, a “laptop,” and a buffalo shirt… who says kids don’t like getting clothes???
This biggest hits of the day: a new tricycle from Grandpa & Grandma K and all of the stuffed monkeys!