On Sunday afternoon we took Lydia to the zoo where there was a special Christmas event for children. We met up beforehand with my brother-in-law, sister-in-law, Lydia's two cousins, and Lydia's great aunt. We are all really enjoying living near family. It's special to see how much Lydia loves her extended family... particularly her uncles. Every uncle is known simply as "Uncle," and whenever we see an uncle, Lydia can't stop talking about it for days afterwards...
We started off in a party room with lots of snacks and cookies. Lydia was VERY into the cookies and hot chocolate. I'm embarrassed to say that I let her eat 3 incredibly large cookies. She also liked snuggling up with her Uncle Daniel.
Lydia and her cousins were not fans of Santa Claus...
The kids wouldn't go near him!
Lydia and her cousin engaged in a not-so-covert operation to steal presents from under the tree.
After the kids were sufficiently sugared-up, we bundled up to tour the zoo and look at the lights.
We saw a walrus, polar bear, penguins, flamingoes and even a real reindeer!
We ended at the shark tank... where John actually touched the sharks!
Special thanks to Aunt Myrta for the lovely photos!