On Thursday we headed to Providence, Rhode Island for an overnight trip. Our plan was to go to the Roger Williams Zoo on Friday if the weather was good.
We stayed at a Hilton in downtown and the kids got to play in the pool. Isn't Ella's bikini adorable?
We had a great dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and then settled down early for the night. When you put your kids in bed by 8pm and you are in one room, that means the whole family goes to bed at the same time!
The next day we headed to the zoo--we were lucky, the weather held out and was sunny for our entire visit.
I am such a kid about going to the zoo--I really love it and am probably more excited than my kids are.
Some of the highlights of the visit were that we got to see the elephants being bathed--they laid down and had their backs scrubbed and really seemed to enjoy it!
There was also an indoor butterfly exhibit that was just amazing.
The butterflies were literally all around us--they would fly right past Ella's little nose. It was a great exhibit for her to see.
We had a great time and will definitely go back. And thanks to a short break in the weather, we were able to have a lovely, rain-free visit! (The minute we left the parking lot, the downpour began).
Of course, before we left Rhode Island, we stopped for a Del's Lemonade and clam fritters. It was a great mini-vacation!