Los Angeles, California:  Everyone slept until a fairly reasonable hour… if you consider 7:15 a reasonable hour. I do not, but was up and had everyone fed and ready for the day in time to take Leo to Hebrew school. Then I was home long enough to get myself ready and pack a picnic lunch (grandchild-inspired) for our planned zoo trip.

We all fetched Leo after school and went directly to the zoo where we discovered we were not the only family with plans to visit the zoo today. So busy! Happily, we are members, so skipped the long entrance lines and quickly joined the crowds.

It is late as I write this blog. I am tired. I am going to post a lot of photos, with a few captions. I will assume most of My Readers will recognize a giraffe when they see one.

Grandpa forked-over $10 to rent a stroller. Thank goodness he did. Lucy didn’t always ride in the contraption, but having a stroller meant I didn’t always have to lug my giant kid-paraphilia-filled tote bag and the picnic (in the green bag) also had transport. It was 84° in Los Angeles today.

Meerkat

Bubbe, will you put me on Instagram? I did.

I’m crazy for this boy!

The fake smiling continues…

Finally it was time for a rest and our picnic. The kids wanted peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Dave and I haven’t eaten a PB&J in years. Wow, I forgot how sweet they are. No wonder kids love ’em. We also had apple juice (also sweet), strawberries (sweet!) and cookies. SWEET.

Now we know why kids are so sweet most of the time? Also… peanut butter and jelly with the bread crusts cut off are very messy to eat. Leo is in a no-crust stage at the moment. Lucy doesn’t care either way. She is such a good eater, though currently adverse to cucumbers.

We saw so many animals today, but I was not always able to photograph the creatures. They are often behind wire cages in the LA Zoo (sad face) and were not always viewable today due to great crowds.

One of the things (besides climbing on trees, rocks, ledges and curbs) our grandchildren love to do at the zoo is ride the carousel. It is one of the finest in America and only $3 for a long ride. An adult can ride free if accompanying (standing next to) a child under 42-inches. (We may be riding free with Lucy until she is in third grade. Three-and-a-half years old, and only 28 pounds.) We each rode once with Lucy. Leo? Leo is on his own now.

Bubba is hiding behind that unicorn

Lucy fell asleep in her car seat before we left the zoo parking lot! We had an early night. DT brought sushi home for dinner – our grandkids LOVE sushi and yellowtail sashimi and can eat their weight in edamame.

Then: Baths. Books. Bed.

Until my next update, I remain, your “joining them soon” correspondent.

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