A Half Birthday Celebration

Yesterday my sweet baby girl celebrated her half birthday! As hard as it is to believe, it's true: Emerson is two and a half years old!  I'm working on a post all about her at this age, but in the meantime I wanted to share some pictures of our "celebration" yesterday. Last year when E turned 18 months, I took her to the zoo in Abu Dhabi. I thought it would be fun to continue the tradition this year.
Oh my! Look what a difference a year makes!

We are so lucky to have the amazing San Diego zoo so close by. We have a membership but I'm sad to say that we haven't used it in months! Luckily yesterday was the perfect day to go. The weather was amazing and there was hardly anybody there. We had such a fun time!

Our first stop was the porcupine exhibit. She still hasn't gotten over her porcupine obsession and insisted that we visit it first.

Emerson does love seeing the animals but I think she loves the gift shops, statues and other random stuff even more.

We spent quite a bit of time at the polar bear exhibit. She looked at the actual polar bears for about 5 seconds and then spent the rest of the time playing.

 They have little caves that the kids can crawl through. It was probably  her favorite part of the whole day.

Another big hit is the Sky Safari. It's basically  just an open air gondola. We rode it 4 times and she was just as giddy each time.

I also took her to a 4d movie. It was only about 15 minutes long so it was perfect.  The special effects were really fun but I have to admit that parts of it were a little scary for Emerson- especially when the dinosaurs roared right in our faces.

We finished off our day with a giant ice cream cone because that's what you do for half birthdays!
It was such a great day with my girl and I'm so glad we went! I hope we can make it at least one more time before Adelyn arrives.

Ashley @ Words About Waverly said...

Happy Half Bday to your sweet girl! We celebrate half-birthdays in our house, too. :)


ajs {of MN} said...

SO FUN!! I remember the post about her and the baby goats, SO CUTE!

Allison said...

Such a fun day. We love the SD zoo. I hope we can go one more time before we leave CA and when Dominick is a little bit older. :) I love E's little outfit, she has gotten so big.

Happy Half Birthday, sweet girl!

Paula Lynch said...

Happy 1/2 Birthday sweet girl. Mimi can't wait to go and see your porcupine. Precious pictures.

Mandy said...

I seriously almost cried when I saw her 18 month pic from last year next to her 2 1/2 yr pic from yesterday!! I just can't believe our girls are almost 3!!! It looks like she had the best day yesterday! Love her expressions! Happy half bday Eme!! We love you!!

~Dawn~ said...

Happy 2 1/2 Birthday, Emerson! What a fun day spent at the zoo - and ice-cream, too?? YAY!

The Howell's said...

San Diego zoo is the best!

Sarah said...

Aww! Too cute! Love the photos of her peeking up through the caves!

-Lauren said...

She is getting so big! I love her animal print pants-perfect for the zoo! Too cute :)

Mateya said...

It really is amazing how much they change in a year! She's such a big girl now!

Natalie said...

So hilarious that she loves porcupines!
Happy half birthday sweet girl!

Joanna said...

looks like a fun day! shes so adorable

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