|Brodie Turns 4
March 5th & 6th, 2016
|We had one of the most beautiful
March days you could imagine one Saturday, which thankfully fell on the
day Brodie was to visit the Tulsa Zoo for his 4th birthday. I got to
join the trip and had a great time trying to keep up with him. We
then went back to Gore to spend another day at Keith & Desirae's.
We sadly missed his official party, but we got in a lot of good visiting
|These statues at the entrance captivated him for a while||Brodie using his camera I gave him for Christmas|
|Enjoying the fake elephants||Then getting up close and personal with a real elephant|
|Now we're VERY personal with the elephant, as he shows us his bottom||"Finally, an animal that's not locked in a cage so I can chase it!"|
|I think he was OK with the rattlesnake being behind glass||Sea horses are one of the coolest things. God is very imaginative.|
|The monkeys were playing on their little bridge||Speaking of imaginative creations, these Flamingos certainly qualify|
|Bad picture, but I wanted to capture the way their knees bend backward||The train was probably the highlight of the zoo for Brodie, he loves rides|
|Lovin' the train, but not the whistle||All aboard - woo hoo!|
|Here he really gets into driving the boat||He knows how this works from playing in PePaw's boat all the time|
|Brodie was thrilled with his front row seat...||Until the sea lion got a little too close for comfort|
|Brodie is as interested in watching people as penguins, just like his MeMaw||Driving the "honk honk"|
|Checking to see if he had run over me||Man on the move|
He needed a hug from Mom when the lion started roaring
|Rock climbing! This is what Uncle Eric did all day that Saturday.|
|Topping out the route||King of the mountain|
|I wanna do it again!||And again, and again...|
We arrived back in Gore in time for an epic water balloon fight with his Mom.
|He started very strong||On the attack|
|Here he comes again||He's not even touching the ground!|
Time to fill another set of balloons
|Moment of impact|
|Here he comes again||With great intensity|
|His Mom unleashes the big splash on him||He's just a bit wet, but he loved every minute of it|
|Now Uncle Eric has joined us. Here he keeps Brodie company
while he eats.
The next morning I heard Brodie ask, "Who will sit with me while I eat?"
|It's Brodie's birthday! Here he jumps up and down at his first look at his presents.||He got a real working dump truck from his Granny & Pa Bloomer|
|Eric, helping him get into one of his many gifts||Since he was a baby he's always had that snarl that he uses on special occasions|
|Getting serious about opening the gifts||Woo hoo - a Dinosaur Explorer! He loved it. Good job Mom and Dad.|
|The best way to play with new toys is to line them up.||Including army men. It was about an hour's work to set up
and about 4 minutes to knock them all down.
|Watching the 'growing animal capsules' with great interest||Nuzzling on Uncle Eric's beard a little as he started to get sleepy|
| The big reveal of PePaw & MeMaw's gift of a 4-wheeler
(or 4-layler in Brodie-speak.)
I'm told he said, "What do we have here? I will ride this when I grow up to be a young man."