Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Walk On The Wild Side

   This summer has been pretty nice, I must say, for New Jersey weather. Usually we get intense heat and humidity in the mid '90's. But this year it's hovered around 80* making it really pleasant all summer
. Every weekend I try to come up with something to do that Robbie will enjoy to keep him moving, keep him busy, keep him happy, so that he will enjoy our visits and look forward to them. As long as we have good weather, it's easier to find things to do!

   This week my sister was taking her two daughters, ages 2 and 8 months, to the zoo and invited us to come along.

Robbie really isn't interested in animals, but he does enjoy people watching! So he likes to go anywhere there are people around.

    I haven't been able to figure out why some things he likes and others he doesn't. But I have found that he enjoys pushing shopping carts. Usually he walks way too fast, and is in way too much of a hurry to get out of places we visit, but pushing a cart slows him down and makes him keep a steady pace, and somehow he knows he has to stop and wait. I credit his wonderful teachers in school who took him on outings to the community with teaching him this skill!

 So I had him push the stroller at the zoo and it worked! He kept a nice pace, waited appropriately, and did really well. At the end, we rode a choo-choo train, and that was like a reward for good behavior all day! He almost even cracked a smile. :-)

At the end we split from my sister, and since there was no more stroller to push, he lost patience and he started to sit on the ground to show his protest. That's when I knew it was time to go home! LOL

Here's our visit to the Turtle Back Zoo. Robbie didn't look at the animals, but I think you'll enjoy watching them!

Episode 44 "Trip To the Zoo"

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