A very good day was had on our son’s 6th birthday. Since my DH was working all day, I decided it would be nice to give both boys a day off from homeschooling, and spoil our little guy as much as I could possibly manage (after all, birthdays only come once a year). My MIL (his grandmother, “Nana”) agreed to go along and share this special day with us, so his first treat of the day was to go out to lunch wherever he wanted. Lucky for us, he chose Ruby Tuesday (love their salad bar) over McDonald’s or Chik-Fil-A!
After we stuffed ourselves, we headed for the Salisbury Zoo; both my MIL and I readily equipped to take lots of zoo pictures with our Nikons. Unfortunately, we must’ve been at the restaurant too long, because we weren’t there 15 minutes before we heard them announce they would be closing soon. This was definitely the shortest zoo visit we’ve ever taken, but we did manage to get a few good shots of some zoo residents.
We saw a flamingo sitting on a nest, but we’re not sure if it’s actually a flamingo nest or not, because this area is teeming with Canada geese who make mounded ground nests very similar to that which the flamingo was sitting on. As we walked on, there were beautiful pink and red azaleas in bloom, and the three resident river otters started running to and fro, quite anxious for their supper once they saw one of the zookeepers on the way with it. And one of the last animals we saw during our brief visit was the coatimundi, who I’ve never been able to get a decent shot of, but this time I was lucky. I do believe they were high up on the branch because they were on the lookout for that dinner-delivering zookeeper!
Corey was very anxious to get to his favorite playground, Ben’s Red Swings (the link to that site is a little outdated, but it tells about how the playground came to be), so we went there for the last part of his special birthday outing. When we got there, we noticed they had put up two of these crazy funhouse mirrors, so we couldn’t resist a little goofing off first. (The mirrors are outside at a public playground, so they were filthy with smudges, but we HAD to take some pictures!) Once we finished our birthday silliness, Corey ran straight past all the slides, the rope bridge, climbing wall and everything else to get to the tire swing, which happened to be void of any children at all, amazingly.
Finally, it was time to go home and get ready for a little birthday gathering. Because we were out all day having fun, I didn’t have time to bake a cake, but we did stop on the way home and let him choose which birthday cake he wanted for his party, and he chose chocolate with chocolate icing (like mommy, like son!)… YUMMY! I don’t know why, but I get so excited and feel so proud when he makes the same choices I would have made… 🙂
Neither did I get to do any decorating, but since some guests would be coming over, my DH and I both cleaned the house like Speedy Gonazales in a whirlwind! After our small gathering was assembled, Corey blew out the six candles on his birthday cake as we watched and took pictures and video. We ate cake and ice cream, then he opened his gifts and we all had a wonderful time. He was overjoyed when he opened his last gift: a Hot Wheels Dune Devil RC. This particular dune buggy is the coolest RC I’ve seen in a long while, and he loves it. I must admit that I was skeptical of the quality and the box’s self-proclaimed awesome list of features, but suffice it to say that I’m impressed. I give it two thumbs up!