Yesterday, Mike went to a Clay Pigeon Shoot with some men from our church. They spent the afternoon talking, eating and shooting. He had a good time. You may remember he blogged about his experience last year in this post.
The weather was beautiful, so Emily and I went to the zoo (shocking, I know!). It was about 80 with no humidity and a nice breeze. I was sure that the zoo would be packed, but that wasn't the case. Seems that most people were at the Kentucky State Fair this weekend. That made getting in and out of the buildings so much easier! We were able to take our time and really enjoy the exhibits. Emily even took an interest in some of the animals this time around. It is hard for her to see most of them from her stroller. And picking her up isn't really a good option because she doesn't hold her head up very well. With smaller crowds I could wheel her stroller right up to some exhibits and watch as she took them in. She was fascinated by the penguins, some really cool fish, the fruit bats and the giraffe.
While we were at the giraffe exhibit, we could hear a lioness roaring. It was really cool! Normally the cats are asleep, but yesterday all of the cats were out and a little more active than usual. Of course, I enjoyed taking my time watching the elephants. I may have mentioned once or twice (or 40 times) that I love elephants. Well the keepers were hosing them down while they played in their swimming pool. It was fun to watch Scotty, the 2 year old baby, dive into the water and play with the adult elephants. Here he is climbing on the back of one of the adults, trying to get the keeper to squirt him with the hose:
Since the crowds were smaller than usual, I thought it would be fun to try a few new things. I took Emily to the playground. I thought we might give the "baby swings" a try. She doesn't have good head control, but I wasn't sure how high up the swing would come on her back. Well, she didn't quite get the concept of putting her legs through the holes, so instead she sat with her knees to her chest. Plus she is so tall that the swing didn't come up very high at all. So she spent about 30 seconds in the swing and I took her out. We had to give a shot! After that, I held onto her and slid her down one of the small slides. She wasn't terribly impressed.
Before leaving the zoo, I decided to take Emily on the Carousel. Another first for her! We didn't sit on one of the animals, but on one of the little bench seats. This one was decorated like a sleigh that was being pulled by a turtle. Once we started moving, she was looking all around at the lights and all the colorful animals. I think she really enjoyed it. Definitely something we will have to do again when we go to the zoo. All in all, we had a great day enjoying some mama-daughter time.
I mentioned in a recent post that Emily was getting a molar. Well, it seems that she is working on 4 at once. Her poor gums are bright red and swollen. On the bottom left, you can see about 3/4 of the top of that molar. The top left is still just puffy and red. The top right is just starting to come through - you can see the white edge along the gums. And the bottom right is huge and puffy. For the molars, she gets these clumps of skin on her gums that sort of look like blisters. The skin eventually falls off when the tooth breaks through. This has caused bleeding on a number of occasions. Not fun! This picture sums up Emily's thought about getting molars (Mike and I agree wholeheartedly):
In other news, Mike's book business is going really well. This past week was his best week yet. His biggest struggle is finding places to buy the books, but he does love the hunt for bargains. My work is super slow right now. That can be frustrating, especially when working from home - I could think of a ton of other things to keep me busy! I am thankful to have a job, but I do not like to be bored.