Fake rhinocerous, I love you almost as much as the real thing :)
Mommy, a tiger. A real tiger!
The cover of the zoo map (which she clutches the entire time we're at the zoo) is a photo of the tiger. She kept looking at it, then showing it to the tiger.
Hey tiger, this is you! Check it out!
This might be my favorite picture of the day:
Tiger: Wow---I can't believe what I'm seeing through these bushes.
Maya: Wow---I can't believe what I'm seeing through this window.
In other zoo news, she simultaneously desperately-wanted-to-ride and was-terrified-of the bug carousel.
She was exhausted when we got home. She had a snack and then was having some sort of tantrum-y fit, whining and pointing and trying to throw herself out of the booster seat. I took her out and carried her around the kitchen, muttering "what, what, what is it that you want? I don't understand" and my mind wandered, again, to our quest for a communication solution. As it turns out, she wanted the white board & dry erase marker (she lunged as we passed it on the counter).
She sat on the floor and drew (and I sat at the table and checked my email) and suddenly I heard "Done!"
Done with what?
As it turned out, she was giving herself some fine motor practice with the marker cap. I don't know if she's done this at school or what, but it was seriously cute to watch her practicing her to cap a marker, and triumphantly yelling "Done!" when she had it, well, done.
That's one focused girl :)