Yesterday, to make up for the fact that we didn’t really do anything for his birthday, we decided to give Toby a bit of a day out. So after church we went down to the Minnesota Zoo. There are a couple of zoos in town, the other one being Como Park Zoo but we don’t like it at all, it feels more like animal prison, the enclosures are so small for some of the animals it makes me feel uncomfortable just to look at them. The Minnesota Zoo seems much better – there’s actually a ton of space outside but seeing as it was so cold out we just went to the aquarium part and round the enclosed Tropics Trail.
We arrived just in time to see the dolphin show which was plenty of fun. Unfortunately while he enjoyed watching the dolphins swimming just under the surface of the water, Toby got a bit nervous when they leapt up in the air, probably a combinaion of not expecting it to happen, and the crowd’s reaction. He did, however, love watching the shark tank. The tropics trail was great too, he started to get really into it when we saw the little Asian Bear wandering around, although he seemed to get distracted by all the waterfalls. There was another aquarium, this time with colorful tropical fish which held our attention for ages. The coolest thing is that he’s just learned to say “wow” and he said it at pretty much every different animal. Apart from when he said “moo” to some fish. I think he also just enjoyed walking about – he gets really happy when Emma and I hold his hands and we stroll around.
Afterwards we hooked up with Paul and Claire and their kids for something to eat, so Toby got to admire Sam’s eating-with-spoon skills, which he is currently lacking. A spoon is just for percussion, right? Then a nice bath before bed, and the end of what I think would be about a perfect day for a little guy who is one year old.