Our next stop was the Zoo! Sam has been really looking forward to our zoo trip. He planned to feed peanuts to the elephants! But, we explained to him repeatedly that you could not actually feed the animals at the zoo. Sadly, by the time we got to the elephants and giraffes, they had gone inside for the day! However, we viewed many other entertaining animals.
Jimmy and Sam looking at the monkeys
Leah, Julie, Clay, and Olivia
Leah and Sam waiting for the sea lion show
We were near the sea lions just in time for one of their shows. It was great! The four sea lions did all sorts of tricks.
Here we are waiting too
By the time we finished touring the zoo, it was almost suppertime. We decided to try out Gus's Famous Fried Chicken. We had heard great reviews about this restaurant, but we have never been before. It is located in downtown Memphis. I was trying to explain to the children that sometimes the best restaurants aren't that fancy, they may even be a little bit rustic.....I said sometimes we call them a hole in the wall. But usually those places have the best food!
When we entered Gus's, Leah looked around and said, "Mama, I don't see a hole in the wall!"
Sitting around our table in Gus's.
Shortly after taking these pictures, Sam climbed onto my lap and fell asleep. He slept through the entire meal, dessert and all! We put his food into a carry out box, and he ate it in the car.
The walls of Gus's were adorned with many humorous signs and various posters and advertisements.
This one is the funniest of all!
When we finished our delicious (but extremely unhealthy!) supper, we went by Rhett and Amanda's house for a short visit. The children enjoyed playing with their cousins--it was a nice little visit.