In spite of the fact that today was cloudy, gray, gross, and chilly, it was still my first day of summer, and I was determined to enjoy it. This morning, I packed up the girls and met Andrea and Hannah at the zoo. We had a great time roaming around looking at all the animals and even got a chance to take in the dolphin show. I had a hard time keeping Bryn from diving into the shark pool and from leaping into the bear's area (she kept begging, "Mommy, Bryn down with bear!"), which I guess is indicative of her enjoying herself. Because of these escapist tendencies, though, we actually broke down over the weekend and did something we always swore that we would never do as parents: we bought Bryn a leash. You know, one of those harnesses that keeps your kids from running away in crowded areas. Hers is actually really cute. It looks like a little dog backpack (it even has a pocket to hold stuff), and the parent just holds on to the "tail" strap. Bryn calls it her "doggy bag" and every time I let go, she begs me "Mommy hold Brynie tail!" She thinks it's a toy. So I may be THAT mother who drags her kid around on a leash, but at least Bryn seems to enjoy it. Anyway, this picture is of me, Hannah, and Bryn looking at the flamingos. Hannah is eating fruit snacks, which is why she's making kind of a funny face. You can see Bryn in her dog backpack and me dutifully holding the tail.
We were home just long enough to take naps, then it was off to Ryan and Kathy's house for dinner. We had this amazingly yummy chicken and rice dish and then treated ourselves to some Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Bryn sorted through a huge box of Legos from Ryan's childhood and Shay amused everyone with her cuteness. Somehow Kathy and I managed to defeat the boys in a close came of Euchre, in spite of the fact that I wasn't entirely sure what I was doing. After arriving home, bathing the girls, and putting Bryn to bed, Ben settled Shay in her high chair and fed her another delectable meal of sweet peas. She ate half the jar and would have happily kept going if we hadn't cut her off. Here you see her trick of giving herself a bottle. Doesn't she look tiny in that big chair???