Ever since Benjamin was born, we've spent most of our time at home or in the general area known as Not Too Far from Home. :) But as he got a little older and I felt a little more confident in how to meet his needs even if we're not at home, both Jeff and I began to feel the itch to get out, get away, and do something with our family. A three- or four-day vacation would be nice; but in lieu of that, a day trip on a Sunday afternoon after our morning church service sufficed. :)
We chose to head south a little ways to visit the Virginia Safari Park. Remembering that it had been a few years since we had been there, we knew that for our younger children, it would practically be a brand-new experience; and even for our older ones, it would be fresh enough to be a delight.
And so it was. :)
The unique thing about this zoo-type experience is that you can get so close to the animals, who happen to be smart enough to realize that the people in the cars driving through their land often bring food with them. And so of course, the animals come close, which is very fun but sometimes a little startling. Until you've been in that situation, you don't know how unnerving it can be to stare into the eyeball of a massive bison right outside the window (that you've quickly rolled up because you got scared) ;-) of your vehicle...or to have the big, strong-looking horns of a water buffalo just inches from you...or to feel the tug of a llama as you try to feed him from the bucket of grain you're holding, but he grabs hold of the side of it and rips it away from your hands no matter how tightly you've told yourself to hang on. It's quite an experience! :)
I mentioned yesterday, the spider monkeys were my favorite animals to watch. :)
And now that this blog post is finished, we'll be able to remember, in years to come, that when Benjamin was seven weeks old, we ventured forth on a Sunday afternoon--to enjoy time together as a family, to learn more about and appreciate God's incredible creation, and to make a joyful memory.
Mission accomplished. :)