Ellie had Parent-Teacher conference days on Thursday and Friday, meaning no school for kids. On Friday, we had an early morning conference with her teacher and then went on a "Girls Only" adventure to the Leesburg Animal Park.
I wanted fall and pumpkins. Ellie wanted petting zoo. I wanted not crowded since I was taking both kids alone while Daddy worked. Caroline didn't get an opinion.
I admit, I was not encouraged at first when all the disabled parking was blocked off for the season. I asked a manager because I thought the employee directing parking just didn't know where to direct me, but she was correct - there was no disabled parking. The manager was very responsive and fixed the situation with designated spaces by the time we left, so I got my advocacy done for the day.
The experience was great. Along with feeding animals (slobbery sheep, slobbery goats, slobbery llamas) there were bounce houses and a giant slide. I was shocked when Ellie wanted to do the slide, but she loved it! The girls played together in a bounce house until I pulled Caroline out. Despite it being a safety move as more big kids arrived, Caroline was not having it and had to be literally wrestled into the Ergo!
We went for a hayride that featured giant fake snakes and real zebras, we met some camels and took selfies with them (of course), and we saw lots of festive fall pumpkins!
I only took my phone for a camera.
This post isn't really about Down syndrome, but it's a good glimpse into life with Ellie!