I think there are regulations about the number of people in hotel rooms.
(Christine???) I am SO bad at names! NEVER been to the zoo????? What? I can say there was a long period of time I didn't go, but now I have a family membership. It's nice to be able to zip on over if I have a free couple of hours. Kids love animals, and now baby S. is getting really interested in them so it's nice to be able to go. Since it's close by and we have a membership, we don't feel obligated to go through the whole thing every time. We can just go to the big animals, or the children's area, or hang out with the meerkats or watch the leafcutter ants for a while and then go home. We went last weekend and baby S. saw the giraffes and started screeching with glee. And the tortoises were mating and making these really loud sounds that could be heard all the way over to the chimp area. My sister will never go with us, though, and neither will my dad, because they both have really strong feelings about caged animals.
I'm having a bad day. So is baby S. I have spent the past two hours trying to get him to nap. He was crying pretty much the whole time, interspersed with shrieks, and I was bent over his crib, patting him and rocking him and singing to him the whole time, except for brief forays out to the living room to give the twins more lunch and to remind them to be quiet. S. almost fell asleep a number of times, and each time was awakened, either by a twin bursting into the room (GRRRR!) chasing a wayward ball or by a coughing fit (he's sick) or by sheer contrariness. I came out and scolded the twins for being noisy and told them to sit on the couch and be quiet. In the end, after two hours of crying by S. and culminating in crying by me, I finally picked him up and brought him out to the living room. No nap for him, and I have no idea when or how I'm going to get all the chores done that I can usually only do during his naptime.
DD saw me crying and came over and gave me a big sloppy kiss and a hug and told me she hoped I would feel better. She is so sweet. But man, I feel like crap, and my back is killing me from leaning over the crib for two hours, and I know I'm going to do the same thing this evening, and I'm predicting more crying because of the no nap and being sick.