The point is, I'm busier now than one week ago, when I was gainfully employed. I've been spray painting wicker baskets (don't ask), potting succulents on the patio (I'm still going to show you the patio before/after photos, cross my heart), displacing every piece of furniture in Jordan's room trying to make room for another child (proving to be slightly impossible), Goodwilling the crap out of this apartment, making real food from real scratch, and trying to slip in some quality play time with Jordan. I'm finding out that stay-at-home moms work their bums off - not that I didn't think so before! but now I know firsthand.
As you may know, my first day of actual maternity leave was Jordan's2nd birthday. Therefore my first stay-at-home mothering enterprise was a birthday trip to the zoo. I brought my mom, two sisters and a cousin as backup because you just never know how dangerous an outing can be with a 2 year old right? Well Jordan pulled a Disneyland and was totally unimpressed with the all of the wonderment of exotic animals.
Ok well first we had birthday doughnuts at my sister's apartment. We cared about that part
"I only require the chocolate frosting of the doughnut thanks. The rest is stuff and nonsense."
So now that the important task has been accomplished, it was time to don her could-care-less face.
oh, not only giraffes but baby giraffes too?
yeah, ok mom.
is that gorilla sunbathing?
I don't care
an Asian elephant you say?
yeah mom, but I see you everyday
Jordan showed most enthusiasm by far in this animal that basically just looked like a cat with fox ears. It probably weighed 8 pounds and you could probably find it on a local hiking trail around here. (Alright it's probably actually some rare species and I'm projecting my bitterness onto its unimpressive stature.)
We also may have forced Jordan to pose with her kind:
it's funny because she looks like a monkey
On the upside, she discovered a new activity that sucked all of her time, devotion and enthusiasm:
pushing her own stroller
These were my favorites, but my sister had to ruin it for me:
Jessie: "it's cute when they swim, but I kind of like to watch them walk around."
Audrey: "oh, because you can relate?"
(that's a shot at my waddling. in case that wasn't clear.)
We followed up our zoo foray with The Spot Burger in Carpinteria, which is only the.best. burger in the land. And the.best. shakes in the land.
and the.best. ketchup in the land.
And then all of that boredom caused this on the way home:
So. Happy 2nd birthday to thee, Jordan. I'm so glad I could oblige with something truly special and memorable.