Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Aunt Annie is getting ready to move to New York so we decided that it would be great to spend the day with her at the Cleveland zoo. None of us had ever been there before so we were all excited to go. I packed up the kids and got to Lindy's by 9 (a small feat in itself as it is not easy to get 2 small children motivated that early). We took off to drive to Annie's place. We were driving along on the freeway at a good clip when all the sudden everything came to a screeching halt. Traffic crawled along at a snail's pace and we went 1 mile in 45 minutes. During this time, Luke decided that he was hungry so Lindy climbed in the back seat and fed him a bottle while we sat there. After that, he decided to get fussy and wanted out of his car seat which of course, we couldn't do. It was at this point I realized that Ella was being entirely too quiet. I turned around to see what she was doing and realized that she had taken a tube of lip gloss (raspberry glitter lip gloss to be specific) and had squeezed it all out of the tube into her hand and was proceeding to rub it on her arm and in her hair. Just what I needed at that point. UGH! I called Aron to see if he could figure out what was going on with the freeway. He looked online and saw that there was an overturned semi about 7-8 miles ahead of where we were and the highway patrol was routing three lanes of cars into one lane then taking them off the highway and routing them back on again. NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I decided "what the hell, I have an SUV, right? let's see what it can handle." So I took off baja-ing across the median and did a u-turn to go back south. We got out my trusty atlas and found an alternate route to get us around the accident. Crisis averted.
We got to Annie's a little later than expected and the kids were in no hurry to get back in the car so she was kind enough to feed us lunch. After lunch, we took off for the zoo. We walked around at the zoo and Ella particularly enjoyed the fish and giraffes. It rained on us a bit at the zoo so that's why Lindy's wearing a poncho and Ella's hair looks drenched in the one photo. After the zoo, we went back to Annie's place and had some tasty Chinese. Mmm...sesame chicken...