We stayed at a hotel downtown with the boys so we could be close to the zoo and avoid driving in traffic the next morning. Most Houston area schools were on spring break that week too, so it was very crowded! We enjoyed the zoo train first thing and visited many of the animal exhibits. The most talked about exhibit was definitely the elephants. We saw them taking a bath and also saw a mother and her calf. The fact that the mother used the restroom while we were there was sadly the most exciting, memorable part of the zoo experience. Also, while we were there Caleb shocked us by agreeing to ride the carousel! He has never been a big fan of things like that so we were proud of him for trying something new.
The next morning we went to the rodeo with Gran Jan, Carolyn and Will. Bryan and I had not been in at least 15 years so it was fun to experience it all again with the boys. We got there early before the carnival was open so we were mostly able to enjoy the petting zoo and other livestock exhibits. Caleb also visited a train safety exhibit that had a railroad crossing on display -- one of his favorite things! It was a lot of fun and everyone was exhausted when we were done.
After the rodeo we headed back to my parents house to spend the night. Cousins Malikai and Isabella were there and the boys were thrilled to have playmates despite their age differences!