Ryan went back to work yesterday, so life is returning to somewhat of a normal routine. The break was SO good for all of us, though. We're now sold on the idea of "stay-cations" - so relaxing and refreshing and great for family time!
Hadassah did wake up with a stomach bug today, so it's been a day of snuggles and a lot of sleep on her part, which let me finally sort through these pictures. It's so hard seeing her sick though, not wanting to play or eat, though thankfully she has kept drinking. She couldn't keep her eyes open even after a 4 hour nap, so it was early to bed...
But, back to the zoo. We first went as a family on Thursday, the Chinese New Year's day. Due to everyone staying up 'til Midnight due to fireworks, there was hardly anyone out when we left at 7:15 AM. So weird in CHINA to see almost NO ONE around! But it was all the better for us! The day was beautiful, the air was clear, the sky was blue, and we were a family.
And we were such a happy family, though Hadassah's "why are you taking a picture?" face doesn't quite reflect that. ;) Ryan and I felt like children as we sometimes skipped for the sheer joy of being out on such a beautiful day, showing our daughter the wonders of creation. Such a blessing!
Hadassah is not one to pose for pictures anymore, always trying to squirm away when she sees the camera!
The next visit, on Saturday, couldn't have been more different. We told our neighbors how nice the zoo was, and they wanted to come with us, so we made plans. It was raining lightly, but we went anyway... You hardly have a break like this after all!
It got progressively colder, was overcast, and drizzling most of the time. We felt so bad that this was their first introduction to the Shanghai zoo, which had been so beautiful a few days prior! But, they said later their son kept talking about the animals they saw, so I think it was still worth it. :)
All-in-all, the Shanghai zoo is a great place for families. The paths wind a lot and it's hard to find the animals sometimes, but we definitely will be back. Just hoping it's on another beautiful day like the first time!