spring break!

 This past week was Spring Break at my school, so we kept Ethan home from daycare and enjoyed some time together. Anthony and Ethan ventured downtown on Tuesday to ride the city bus, check out the Minneapolis Library and walk down Nicollet Ave. On Wednesday, Ethan and I went to Maple Grove's own French Bakery, "Chez Arnaud" and enjoyed a lovely breakfast of eclairs and coffee (juice for Ethan). Later in the week I found that my usual household errands and chores we so much more enjoyable without the chaotic rush of trying to get them done on a weeknight or worse yet, waste my weekend doing them! It was nice to just have that slow down in our days...it was much needed.
On Saturday and Sunday we let Ethan pick what he wanted to do and of course he picked the zoo. We decided to squeeze both the MN zoo and Como Zoo into our weekend and it sure was a nice weekend to do so. We even enjoyed our first picnic of the year on a blanket outside the Como Zoo. Enjoy the pictures from this weekend. 
 @ the mn zoo
  checking out the horses 
  watching the baby calf
  a grizzly encounter
  Ethan left this area hoooowling!
  a gibbon in the tropic trail
  lion @ como zoo
  "hey daddy look at that"

Today after Ethan's nap we decided to go outside and soak up a little more of our first "real" spring days. We walked to our neighborhood park and enjoyed watching Ethan move around the playground with ease. 
  racing mommy and daddy to the park
  I'm a big boy!
  "chase me mommy"
 pure joy.

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