I knew from his teacher's mass emails what the plans were, and the parents were just car pooling up from the school and meeting the buses at the zoo. I could do that.
So I did.
Curly was totally surprised when I stepped up behind him and took his hand, but his huge smile was worth all the trouble! The mom chaperone for his group was totally fine with me just taking him, so we headed off on our own.
This was the first time I had really seen the Savannah exhibit, and it was fun to see the giraffes and zebras in a more natural habitat. Curly was tired and as you can see; he enjoyed the sleeping exhibits the best. Just kidding...
We hung out and wandered around and he pulled my phone out every 5 minutes to see if it was lunchtime yet. I told him we would eat at 11:30 and he was super annoyed that I was talking to Bossy on the phone when the clock rolled over to 11:30.
He wanted to go back to the pavilion and eat lunch at a table, so we hiked back up there and found the perfect spot. We had a chance to talk and laugh and share Tootsie Rolls. (Not really, he ate most of them himself!)
We rode the train and wandered through the gift shop, just enjoying being together. At 1:20, I turned him back over to his teacher and made the long drive home by myself... after I bought a year-long zoo pass. I need more time like this with my kids, before they grow up too fast.