My husband, our little monkeys and I just got back from a short vacation to our hometown. Between ministry, seminary and parenthood, we’ve been going at too fast of a pace for too long, and it was time for us to stop for a few days to rest and refocus. So, we packed our bags and headed to Michigan for the week.
A Wild Adventure
One of the best parts of our little getaway was our trip to the zoo! We brought along three nieces and a nephew, and had so much fun together. Now, I’m no photographer, so please excuse the lack of quality in the iPhone pics below. But these were some of the highlights! Our zoo has an awesome “Wild Africa” area where you can feed the giraffes. The boys were a little intimidated, so their cousins had fun showing them how it’s done.
One of the lowlights of the day, and I’m sure many of you parents can relate, was the required trip through the gift shop upon exiting the zoo. We had established up front that we would not be able to buy anything, as we’d already spent a fortune on the zoo itself. Finances and budgets are a tough thing for a 2 and 3 year old to understand, and although we stuck to our guns, our boys left the zoo a little grumpy.
As I drove home, thinking about all of the overpriced stuffed animals, hats and toys that we’d just seen, I wanted to kick myself for not planning ahead. And I don’t mean that I should’ve saved more money for the zoo gift shop; I mean, I should’ve made my boys something! How fun would it have been to get to the end of the zoo, and pull from our backpacks an adorable zebra hat or lemur stuffed animal to present to the boys to celebrate our day together? Seriously, I wanted to kick myself for not thinking of it earlier!
Wildly Fun Zoo Animal Patterns
So, I’ve put together a roundup of 7 Wildly Fun Zoo Animal Patterns so that you don’t make the same mistake I did. And you can be sure I’ll be using this list for inspiration the next time we take a trip to the zoo!
1. Teddy Bear | Kungen Och Majkis (translation required)
2. Tiger Hat | Repeat Crafter Me
3. Koala Hat | Jenny and Teddy
4. Meimei the Baby Elephant | Look At What I Made
5. Zebra Hat | Repeat Crafter Me
6. Lemur | Ami Loves Gurumi
7. Fox Hat | The Stitchin’ Mommy
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