I know this is probably wishful thinking but a mama's gotta have hope.
We took him to the zoo last year for the first time and he loved it, we had a great time so I started looking into a membership. Turns out they aren't too bad in price when you add in the parking fees and the fact that Grant is over the age of 2 which means we have to pay a whopping $10 admissions for him.
Which I personally think is a little crazy but whatever.
Naturally I figured if we would be going to the zoo Grant would need a zoo shirt (and since it's Kids Clothing Week I figured it's the perfect time to finish one). I always go through the gift shops and see all these cute things I want to buy, you know as if Grant cares if he has a shirt that says zoo on it, but never want to pay the money for them. Let's face it, most of the stuff they will never play with or only wear a short while. And what kind of crafty Mama would I be if I didn't at least attempt to make him a shirt myself.
Since I have a new obsession with freezer paper stenciling I thought the zoo shirt was a great excuse to feed into that obsession. I googled zoo animal silhouette and decided on a rhino. Mainly because it seemed boyish, don't ask me why, it just did.
I printed the image in the size I wanted, traced it onto freezer paper, cut it out with an exacto knife, ironed and painted it onto the shirt. Here was the end result:
I look at some blogs and they have the cutest pictures with their kids posing so nicely in the clothes they lovingly made. It took me 10 minutes to get the picture you see above. He kept turning to the side and turning his back to me. Then wanted to look through all the pictures on my camera.
And it wouldn't be complete without throwing himself on the floor at least once, shouting "NO", when asked to show me his new shirt.
I thought "Wild Child" was the perfect wording for the shirt.
I debated for awhile on whether or not to put the Columbus Zoo and the year on the back. Why do I debate over such things? In the end I decided if I were to buy one at the zoo gift shop it would have the year on it so mine should too.
No trip to the zoo would be complete without a water bottle. Last year we had a regular old sippy cup but I have found I can actually get Grant to drink water if it's in a water bottle, he loves them. I bought these at Hobby Lobby 40% off for $1.74.
(please excuse the wrong turned picture, I can't for the life of me get it to upload in the right direction)
I used my Cricut and vinyl from Expressions Vinyl to decorate the outside with polka dots and their names. I had to make one for my neice as well, since she will be with us on at least one trip to the zoo.
I'm in love with these bottles, they are too cute, and Grant carries his all over the house.