I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July Weekend! The weather in Cincinnati was amazing so it made the festivities way more enjoyable.
Cora, Celia, and I took advantage of having the 4th off work and we headed to Cincinnati Zoo. If you haven't noticed, we love the zoo. I love that the Cincinnati Zoo is small enough that you could cover everything in one trip for the non-pass owners, but pass owners can change up their route so it feels completely different each trip. This year I changed my pass so we would have unlimited train and carousel rides. Cora didn't really think much of the train ride, but I think she'll really like it after we ride it a couple times and she gets used to it.
They added a couple animals to the Africa exhibit so that area was definitely on our short list of things to see. Most of the new animals weren't used to their new habitat yet so we didn't get to see them despite checking multiple times. We'll see them in one of our future visits.
We finished with the Africa exhibit we walked in the direction of the manatee house. I haven't brought Cora there since I was on maternity leave, so it was something new for her. She was a little nervous near the tank, but really warmed up after a couple minutes of sitting around.
We went out to lunch and spent the rest of the afternoon napping. Ben made some steak, mashed potatoes and roasted veggies and we spent the rest of the holiday hanging around the apartment relaxing.
On the 5th, Cora and I went over to my parent's house for a block party. It was fun seeing a bunch of the neighbors I haven't seen in years and they loved meeting Cora. There was a pig roast, tons of food, and The Bluegrass Mafia performance. All of the kids loved the band and spent most of the night dancing around.
We had a great time visiting the beach during our trip and it was such a relief that Cora loves the beach since beach time is pretty much 50% of our vacations. I enjoyed watching my cousins and other kids playing on the beach and dreaming of future days when Cora will be running around playing in the ocean with her cousins and siblings. Sigh... perfect!