WINTER AT HENRY DOORLY ZOO

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

Last week we had a chance to visit Henry Doorly Zoo for the first time. We have been looking for different activities to try during the winter here in Omaha, NE and a few friends suggested the zoo! It sounded a little crazy to me given that most exhibits are outdoors, but the zoo is open year round and a lot of them were moved indoors. We packed up our blankets, gloves, hoodies and snacks and spent the day exploring in the snowy zoo!

henry doorly zoo

So, the zoo has 7 acres of indoor exhibits and this desert dome is the world largest indoor dessert where we learned about the Australian desserts, African desserts and the Sonoran dessert in North American.  It may not mean much you many of you, but Haddon is really into the Lion Guard and it was so cool to see animals that he has been learning about.  Alex and I really tried to give the kids some freedom in here and let them explore but it was so sweet to have them run back to us when something looked slightly dangerous.

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

Alex is so good with teaching our kids about our world, it makes my mama heart so happy.  He was totally geeking over this exhibit and would stop and pick the kids up so they wouldn’t miss a thing as well as explain to them what they were looking at.  Grace had a lot of questions about the smell and Haddon really wanted to play in the sand but they both got a kick out of the Kingdom of the night exhibit where they let you see the animals in their normal habitat. They also had caves and bats which were really cool.

henry doorly zoo

These golden lizards really gave us all a good scare.  Haddon was still unsure of whether he wanted to touch it or not and after a lot of convincing, Grace touched it’s tail 🙂

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

So to be completely honest with you this guy and all of his reptile friends really give me the creeps but for the sake of my kids I put on my big girl pants and teach the kids all about their slimy ways.  I’m hoping they fall for my poker face until they’re old enough to make their own decision about these guys.  For now, I’ll continue to pretend that they are super cool and not scary at all.

henry doorly zoo

After the desert dome we visited the chimp exhibit and really got a kick out of all the monkeys.  They were all very playful and there was even a baby Orangutan that stole the show.

henry doorly zoo

Haddon fell asleep on our way to the aquarium and if you look closely you may be able to see him under all of those blankets.  (Can you tell we’re Floridians?)

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

The aquarium was our favorite exhibit of the day.  We saw penguins, sharks, sea turtles, warm water fish, coral, eels, and of course Dori and Nemo.

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

Walking through the 70 foot shark tunnel was really impressive.  Grace couldn’t believe she was under water and seeing all of those fish and sharks just swim around you was really awesome.  Alex mentioned that they camp out under the tunnel and let you “sleep under the ocean” which is something we are really looking forward to doing with our kids.

This visit was so much fun and we barely skimmed the surface of what the zoo has to offer.  We are already planning our next visit and are really exited about visiting in the spring once all of the exhibits and rides are open.

henry doorly zoo

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MOVING DAY TIPS AND A VIDEO

moving day tips

This has been one of the most exciting weeks for our family.  Alex was transferred to Omaha, Nebraska for work and after much planning and anticipation moving day finally arrived.  If you have ever moved out of your home, I’m pretty sure you are aware of the immense task that is purging, cleaning, packing, lifting boxes and loading a truck. Thankfully, we had help from a moving company and although it was still very stressful, not having to do the heavy lifting made the process much more tolerable.

With the help of Alex’s mom and my mom, we were able to get all of the packing done in one day and loaded the truck on the second day.  They were both so monumental in helping with the kids and with the tidying up . I honestly don’t know how I am going to survive without their support in Nebraska.

This was definitely an experience that I will never forget and one that I hope to learn from and if you are contemplating a move in the future, here are three tips on

getting ready for moving day:

  1. Purge– about three weeks leading up to the BIG DAY, I wrote a checklist of all of the rooms and closets in the house.  Every day, I would tackle a room and/or closet and go through everything making three piles (keep, toss, donate)  I tackled purging one room at a time because of the amount of things we have accumulated and trying to sift through more than one room at a time would have made me physically sick.
  2. Send the kids off-  Alex’s mom really helped us in this area.  During packing day, there were three strangers in our home making their way through every room, nook and crany.  I was happy at how thorough they were, but having Haddon and Grace in the house would have made it difficult for them to get all of those boxes packed and in order.
  3. Label everything- Packing is tough, but unpacking is worse! Just thinking about having to be in our brand new house unpacking every single box in a two story (+basement) home gave me anxiety.  In order to keep things organized, I labeled every box with the items that were inside (ex. guest bedroom, grace’s toys).  This way when the movers arrive in NE I can direct them to the appropriate room and can start getting situated putting everything away.

There’s talk of moving again in the distant future and going through this experience is definitely going to prepare me for when we have to do it again.

Do you have any tips on moving? purging? organizing or acclimating to the cold weather?  I can certainly use the help!

Here’s a little video of our packing/ moving day and some pictures of the process.

MOVING DAY TIPS AND A VIDEOMOVING DAY TIPS AND A VIDEOMOVING DAY TIPS AND A VIDEOMOVING DAY TIPS AND A VIDEO
MOVING DAY TIPS AND A VIDEOMOVING DAY TIPS AND A VIDEOMOVING DAY TIPS AND A VIDEOMOVING DAY TIPS AND A VIDEOMOVING DAY TIPS AND A VIDEO

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