What a whirlwind of year we have had! From Logan surprising us six weeks earlier than his expected due date, to becoming new parents and the excitement, craziness, and overwhelming love that comes with the roles, plus to top it all off, our cross-country move — I’d say 2015 was more than we could have imagined and then some. Each year I have more and more to be thankful for and this one was no different, especially with the expected spring arrival of our baby girl!
We kicked off the last day of 2015 with the Phoenix Zoo’s “Noon Year’s Eve” extravaganza — there were snow mounds for the kids to play in, and even one for tots five and under. Logan didn’t seem too keen on the snow, though. I think it probably had something to do with how cold it felt, plus he’s still too young to understand the concept of packing snowballs and playing in the stuff for the fun of it. To him, it was just cold and wet — deeming it uninteresting, ha.
He did love all the animals, though, and I think it’s safe to say that the giraffes were his favorite! Maybe because he was able to get a very close-up experience. Well, that and the fact that one of his favorite toys is a blue giraffe named Gerry. After a morning of visiting the giraffes, lions, elephants, monkeys, and flamingos, we headed back to the lake for a noon cider toast. Talk about perfect timing, Logan was ready for a n-a-p after all that excitement, so we left right after.
One of the things I’m having fun discovering about Phoenix is the number of family-friendly activities and events available, but not only that — I’m also loving how easily accessible and affordable everything is. The “Noon Year’s Eve” event was included in the general admission price of a zoo ticket, but I think the most cost effective approach is to get the membership. Basic membership details:
General admission in comparison:
Tots 2 and under are free for both general admission and the membership. If you plan to go to the zoo more than twice a year with the whole family, the membership definitely pays for itself!
To help us stay on track with our family and personal goals, I found this great 3×4 foot calendar that’s now hanging on the wall in our kitchen. It’s just the thing for keeping track of Myles’ work travel, our workout schedules, and activities!
What are your goals for 2016 and what are some of the ways you plan on seeing them accomplished?