Saturday, July 11, 2015

Memphis Zoo and Temple

Our assigned temple is the Memphis, Tennessee Temple 3 hours north of us. This past month our branch was assigned to clean the temple. We decided to make a day of it and give both Chris and I a chance to go serve in the temple. We had brought our temple clothes to UT and WA and had hoped to be able to take advantage of the shorter drives and free babysitting to go do a temple session together but alas... it did not work out.  We woke up early (watching The Great Race on the way there) and got me to the 10:30 session. Chris watched the kids run around in the building next door, then took them to Target to look for school shoes, and a backpack for Gwen. Then we did the switch and Chris went in for the 1:00 session and I took the kids to the Memphis Zoo! We bought a year membership since our whole family going twice would more than pay for it. We had plenty of time since Chris was going to stay after the session to clean the temple. We had a really fun time. I love taking my kids places...they [generally] act so much better out in public then they do at home. Well except for Freddy. He didn't get his nap so he was a little more fragile then normal. We saw tigers..


and lots lots more animals - penguins, giraffes, elephants, bears, komodo dragons, exotic birds, etc. But IT. WAS. SO. HOT. Mainly we tried to walk from shady place to indoor place to cool-off places (fans and misters). They had two fountains that kids could swim in. Most of the parents had brought swimsuits for the kids to play in. Next time, I'll do the same. But who needs swim suits when its 100 degrees out? 

Yeah, um, Freddy tried to copy the kids walking on their hands in the pond right after I took this picture and face-planted in the water for a good 3 seconds until I managed to save him. WHEW! He spluttered for a bit and looked up into my eyes quite seriously while he took some deep breaths but other than that seemed to hardly notice the near-death experience. He wanted to go right back to the water. That boy. 

By 5:00 the zoo was closed and Chris was done and had someone drop him off at Costco to get started on the shopping. By the time we got to him he had most of the shopping done. Then it was off to Taco Bell before starting the 3 hour drive home. It was a long day, but so good to be in the Temple. I love that place. 

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