Last Friday, I accompanied my daughter on a trip with her Boys and Girls club to the New Orleans Zoo and IMAX theater. I was asked to help out with the children and I happily accepted. I was well aware of how hot it was going to be and even then, I don’t think I was as prepared as I should have.


I’m a person that has to snack all day because my body is used to eating.. all. day. Now, when I mention snack, I usually mean fruit, cheese, nuts and the like between my big meals. And since I did not prepare the night before, the results ended in lightheadedness, a growling stomach, and anxiety.

I did manage to pull myself together for my little group. They were a handful, but not in a bad more. More of a handful because of their eagerness and attentiveness. But I enjoyed every minute with them and I didn’t have to fuss at all.




Apparently, the birds are not here for our voyeurism.


This gorilla, well it’s just too damn hot for her to make any other face but this one.


Looking after four kids is a job, but I managed to be able to take a few photos in between opening drinks, giving boosts to see the animals, grasping hands, and looking all around me every second to make sure everyone was together. The picture below is one of my favorites aside from the children on the carousel.


But him, serving face. Can I get a YASSSSS!?

All in all, we survived and we made it. We were both so beat that we went to bed around 7:30 PM and didn’t wake up until around 9:00 AM the next morning. My daughter was glad I was able to tag along and that made my day more than she could ever imagine. We’re just over here making some memories. (:

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  1. Amber

    July 2, 2013 at 8:14 am

    OMG! That last chimp was clearly trying to get chose! America’s Next Top Mammal maybe? I love it! It looks like, despite the hunger trip, you had a good time. Your photos are fabulous, as always!

  2. Stephanie Lula

    July 2, 2013 at 8:47 am

    These photos are so fun and great! I bet that was such a lovely experience, and I know your daughter was sooo happy you went along :)

  3. G K

    July 2, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Great pics of the animals. My favorite is definitely that beautiful gorilla! The gorillas at our zoo always seem to be hiding, so I rarely get to see them.

    Yay for field trips with the kids (and you’re right, they’re EXHAUSTING)!

  4. Evani @ Simply Evani

    July 2, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I absolutely LOVED having my parents come on field trips. I think that means they were pretty great parents :)

  5. Stefany

    July 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    That picture of the gorilla is so damn clear! Wonder what he’s thinking about lol. That’s awesome that you were able to chaperone. I always wished my mother wouldve chaperoned when I was younger but she was always working.. I definitely need to do this w/ my daughter in the upcoming school year. Thx for reminding me :) ?

  6. Mimi

    July 2, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    How close were you to that Gorilla? Looks like it could’ve reached out and grabbed you!

    I have yet to chaperone a field trip, I tend not to like other people’s children that much so the Mr. does the field trips! Glad you guys are over there making memories!

    1. Rae

      July 2, 2013 at 9:10 pm

      I was waaay far off utilizing my zoom feature. I saw Rise of the Planet Apes and Congo. I don’t take those chances.

      1. Kay

        July 11, 2013 at 8:21 pm

        What lense are you using?

        1. Carla

          July 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

          I use a point and shoot. Nikon L810. I plan to purchase a Rebel pretty soon though.

  7. Jessica L

    July 2, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I’m such a big kid. I love the zoo. I make it a point to visit the zoo in any city I’m in. Also, I’m eating all the time, and lately, it’s usually fruit or something natural (I’m following a paleo diet now because it actually keeps me satiated.) Looks like it was a great time. -Jess L

  8. Valla

    July 3, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I love the New Orleans Zoo I can’t wait to go back after all these year when I visit. Beautiful pictures btw.

  9. Miss Daja

    July 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Looks like FUN!! Your photos are amazing. What type of camera do you use?

    1. Rae

      July 3, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Thank you! The carousel pic is with my EVO. The others are with my Nikon L810.

  10. Candace (NYStateofMoM)

    July 3, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I am an all day snacker too. My co-workers always crack on me that I have something to munch on either in my lab coat, desk, or bag and most times I Do lol. I haven’t chaperoned a trip yet, I didn’t get that much patience growing up but great shots. Don’t you love the deep sleep a long field trip day brings?

  11. Vett

    July 4, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    I was in B&G club too!! looks like it was a fun time at the zoo!!

  12. C.Michelle

    July 5, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Looks like you had a blast doll! It has been so long since I have been to the zoo!
    Instagram: Cmichellestyles

  13. Nellie

    July 5, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Beautiful shots!! I love that face! what?!

    I haven’t done a field trip in a really long time, but I also have the zoo on deck for this summer, so we shall see.

  14. Yetti-Writes

    July 5, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Darling… can anyone truly be ready for the heat lol? Your pictures… you really have me wanting to perfect taking them! Gosh!

  15. Courtnee

    July 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    You’re such a great mom! I love all of your photos too – so colorful. That monkey is adorabllllle.


  16. Faith

    July 7, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Sounds like fun regardless of the hot weather.

    I’m used to snacking all day too. I need to stop though, lol.

    Loving all the pictures! I love the last one too! Such a cute monkey.

  17. Kay

    July 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Looked like hella fun to me. Love the pictures!

  18. Sommer L

    July 16, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    These zoo animals look good albeit the heat. The zoo IMO can be a depressing place. As a kid it looked cool, but when I take the kids now, I feel so sorry for those animals. But these look cool lol though it was hot. yes, girl, you better prepare those snacks

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