Our Very Last Minute Day Out With Friends

Don’t you love it when you have no plans and a lovely friend invites you out for the day. This happened to us today, which was lucky really, I’m not keen on wracking my brains each morning trying to figure out where to take the children. So when our friend asked if we wanted to visit the zoo with them, I couldn’t reply ‘YES’ fast enough.

We weren’t even dressed at this point but luckily Mr Firstooth was home this morning so I nipped upstairs to get ready. It’s much quicker getting dressed when I haven’t got a tiny person throwing my outfit down the stairs and rummaging through my makeup box. He even prepared our lunches and packed their bag, He couldn’t get rid of us quick enough!

When we arrived at the zoo the kiddies were so excited to see their friends, I was just as excited to see mine!

I spotted the gang in the park. Their youngest son was due a nap so was grumpy, he wasn’t interested in silly faces or happy smiles. He just wanted everyone to get lost so he could drift off to sleep. Hearing my friends children cry, whinge or moan doesn’t grate on me at all. I feel like I don’t hear it properly. But when it’s your own child that’s restless and upset, you hear it loudly and it really grates on your nerves. So I felt for my friends’ husband desperately trying to rock him to sleep in the buggy.


While Mr A was rocking his sweet, but very fractious little boy to sleep, Mrs A and I took the older ones for a wonder towards the baboons. But when you’re a toddler, they’re not baboons, they’re monkeys and we didn’t dare tell them otherwise!

Eventually Mr A reappeared with a sleeping baby, bless him. I thought it’d be a great idea to take a few snaps of our kiddies that were awake. We found a gorgeous spot and a tree stump for them to sit on. Toddlers and photographs don’t mix, it’s best to capture them in their natural state, which is usually playing and exploring (discounting the moments spent in front of the TV). But we went for gold anyway, tried our luck at a few pictures of them all together. Well, this is how it went…

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I’m still chuckling at these pictures, They’re all doing something odd in each one. I love their friendship, they get on so well it’s very sweet to see them playing nicely and running around together. I never gave much thought about our toddlers having friends, because they’re still so little it seemed strange for them to be communicating with another child, like they do.

My son is very fond of Mr A and when we all get together, they’re a duo. More so when Mr Firstooth isn’t there, perhaps he sees Mr A as a surrogate father figure. As long as my boy is happy and Mr A doesn’t mind having a sidekick.


There’s been a section added to our zoo recently which is filled with dinosaurs. We came on the day it opened and I thought it was brilliant, but I didn’t want to attempt it again without at least one other adult to supervise. All of the dinosaurs look too tempting to climb so I’ve never chanced it with my toddlers, one of which rarely listens to instructions anyway. Also, last time we were there, my son wedged his foot under a dinosaur and it was all quite scary.

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So after all those months depriving them of this small section of the zoo, I was so pleased they’d be able to experience it all again. We headed in, this time with four toddlers as the youngest one had woken up, filling his face with smiles.

The kids absolutely loved it. Running around and exploring, there was even a tunnel they could walk through. Which they did hundreds of times.

We had a brilliant day and it was lovely to have a catch up with friends. They’re friends that we’ll be keeping forever, having gone through house-buying and babies all together and at similar times, it feels like we’re growing up together.

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The only tarnish on our day would be my two little ones turning into the spawn of Satan just as we were battling endless hills attempting to leave the zoo. I was sweating and a little snappy as I hate hearing them whinge, especially when there isn’t anything I can do to calm them. We did have to laugh though as we walked past a couple and their newborn baby, they were looking at their future. Even the couple found it funny how passionately both of my little ones were groaning, in sync too. It was quite something.

I suppose Mr & Mrs A had a baby that cried in the morning, it was only fair that I had a turn too!

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  1. June 29, 2016 / 7:27 am

    always love what you are wearing! Can you become my stylist? Cute pics I love the bond little ones have too they are super adorable. Looks like a fun time. Linked after you with #whatevertheweather

    • firstooth
      June 30, 2016 / 9:10 am

      Thanks hun! If I could use that as an excuse to come to Australia then definitely! X

  2. June 29, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    Sounds like a nice day except for the tantrums. I also remember when my son is a toddler & sometimes tantrums would turn me off on going out. But I think the good times outwighs the bad in this lovely trip #whatevertheweather

    • firstooth
      June 30, 2016 / 9:09 am

      Definitely and we were lucky a tantrum erupted right as we were leaving instead of as we arrived

  3. June 29, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Our zoo is uphill to the exit too and whenever we leave, I can’t help but think that whomever did the design didn’t have small children! #whatevertheweather

    • firstooth
      June 30, 2016 / 9:09 am

      I wonder if it’s the same one? It’s awful isn’t it!

  4. June 29, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    It’s always good to be spontaneous and get toddlers out of the house. Their behaviour shouldn’t dictate what you do 🙂 sounds like you had an enjoyable day! #Whatevertheweather

    • firstooth
      June 30, 2016 / 9:08 am

      Couldn’t agree more. It’s inevitable they’ll have a little grizzle but they’re much less grizzly bears when we’re outdoors plus it’s worth the memories! X

  5. July 2, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    I love the last minute meet ups that turn out this well. Mind you kids and a Zoo and try weather and you are on to a winner #KCACOLS

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:25 am


  6. July 2, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    What a great day out. Last minute plans are always the best, like when you were younger, the last minute nights out were always loads better than the ones you looked forward to and had expectations of. I love the photos too, really special and ones you’ll look back on fondly and remember how hard it was to get them all smiling at the same time! #kcacols

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:26 am

      Yes I love capturing these days out so we never forget them. It’s impossible to take a picture where they’re all smiling or looking at the camera but we did laugh!!

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:25 am

      Thanks Jenni!

  7. July 3, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    Tehe a success! Looks lovely and those pics of the 3 of them are so funny. Why don’t toddlers flipping pose? I bet Mr Firstooth had a lovely break but seems like you had just as much fun. The dinosaur bit looks good 🙂 Would prob scare my wimpy girl to death. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:21 am

      They’re little buggers aren’t they! I think we had more fun while he did the gardening lol. Ah bless they are quite big but they have teeny ones too x

  8. July 4, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    Last minute days out are the best; there’s no time to fret over everything, so you can just ‘go with the flow’ more. Those photos are so cute too – I love the one with the facepalm! And the dinos are super cool, my inner child wants to be clambering all over them. 😀 #KCACOLS

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:07 am

      It was fun and we wanted to pop the kids on them too but didn’t want to risk getting a telling off

  9. July 5, 2016 / 11:49 am

    Looks like a lovely day out and all had fun, the spontaneous ones are often the best! And with friends makes them all the better. I need some zoo recommendations for the summer so this is perfect. Thanks for linking up to #stickyfingers, hope to see you again next week! Jenny x

  10. July 6, 2016 / 8:49 am

    Oh Lizzie those first few pictures of you capturing the toddlers made me giggle, they are absolutely fantastic! It really looks like you all had a great day out too. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.xx

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