Day at Brookfield Zoo

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Our childhood zoo. My first time back in twenty years! The same and different, like everything. I miss our animals so, so much.


thank you so much for your recent posts! i have been checking in daily as you wait for *the* news. i have childhood memories from many of the same places you have been writing about (chicago suburbs, quad cities), and have loved walking down memory lane with you. thinking good thoughts for you!!!!

prairiecactus says: November 08, 2011 at 08:32 AM

I'm antsy with you two...thinking of you, of the baby, of the young mother, your family waiting in the wings, your readers, anticipating, your minister awaiting the blessings to be given and received, your physical community and your online community...oh my so much love!

My childhood zoo, too! Glad you have some distractions! Love the pic of the little girl on the merry-go-round. Shades of things to come!

Your photos are wonderful. I first visited that zoo a couple of years ago. And, oh - the suspense is killing me ;-)

I agree with the poster above. Soon you will have a little being to snuggle with. Think of your animals as warming the nest for you guys!

Alicia, I have so enjoyed your writings. We are praying for you and your family. The zoo photographs are absolutely beautiful. They seem so peaceful and calming. I took my daughter to the zoo in Knoxville, Tennessee. When we told her we were going, she said "I've waited my whole life to go there"...she was 4!

Ahhh, I haven't been to the zoo in years. We used to go to the Portland Zoo and science center!

My heart is with you,thinking,praying,waiting,
loving you and your soon to be new little Family.

I'm back from Chicago and still no baby. The 1 year birthday celebration for the grandchild, with an auntie and uncle and cousin flying in didn't happen! The little one came down with croup (a gift from his 6 year old brother). A visit to the ER was on order. Soooooo.....all the planning in the world and they still call most of the shots. Soon, very soon this will be your life, your wonderful life.

Geri Pearson says: November 08, 2011 at 10:31 PM

I told my mom all about my friend that is waiting to adopt a baby. She asked how we met and I told her that I've known you for years, yet you don't know me! Thank you for being the heart and soul of the American woman.

Brings back wonderful memories. When I was a child a trip to the Brookfield Zoo was an annual treat for our family.

Are we there yet, are we there yet? Feel like this journey is taking soooooooo long I'm afraid, my heart is stretching on your behalf xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

i'm sure your animals miss you so so much too. what a homecoming it will be. xoxo

I am checking every few hours to see if the animals' pictures are still here or have been replaced by good news...even checked while nursing my baby at 4am tonight! ;-) xxx

I just happened upon this sweet children's sleepwear site and I thought of you. You might have seen it already, but if not, please enjoy:

Beautiful photos! Looks like a fun day but I can definitely see why it would make you miss your pets.

My youngest son (who now lives in Chicago) is famous in the family for his visit to Brookfield Zoo circa 1986....... He loved the lions. He thought the elephants were great. He was terrified of the pigeon! "But Mom, those are Wiiiiiiiiiiild Pigeons!" Then his older brother taught him t run straight at them....... but it is still a good story!

Our other memories of the Western suburbs involve the Morton Arboretum in Lisle and Cantigny, near Wheaton.

We hope you and your child will have a chance to create good memories there.

Such sweet, slow, crazy days, I can only imagine. Before my son was born, I was working so hard on the first draft of a nonfiction book. The manuscript's due date was Dec. 1 and my son's due date was Dec. 3. Then the manuscript went to press, I heaved a huge sigh of relief, and then waited. And waited. And waited. He didn't come until December 9. Those first nine days of December 2008 were dreamy...but almost more like a daze. Hurry up and wait! Trying to make sure everything was ready. Walking around in little circles, trying to think up ways to appreciate the free time when I was really ready not to have free time. I hope you're having fun and enjoying the peace. :o)

Jennifer in KS says: November 09, 2011 at 03:26 PM

Those shots of His Highness accurately depict why he is the King. Really beautiful!

Is she here? No new post so I'm crossing my fingers.

Ooooh, I keep imagining that no new update means that everyone is all wrapped up in new baby bliss! <3

We were away on vacation last week and taking an internet break for 8 days and I really did wonder just what might be happening here while we were away. So excited for you that you are so much closer to meeting your baby girl!!!

Alicia hasn't changed the post in TWO days! There must be a new baby!!! Yay!

Crossing my fingers and hoping everything is allright!! <3<3<3<3<3

alicia and andy - it's wonderful that you are doing special things these days to help the waiting time move along. i know it doesn't help to say this, but these days are long in the living and short in the telling. thirty years ago or so we got goofed up with the due date for the birth of our daughter kate. so, instead of mid-december, she arrived in mid-january. right "on time", but it felt like a month late. we were going crazy every day. she is now all grown-up with children of her own in florence. and my husband and i are trying out the ex-pat life and are living in an ancient farmhouse outside of florence for the next four months. we are living in a beautiful and charming tiny village called santa brigida and it's about a half hour's drive out of florence. we are dealing with so many changes, and are trying to learn so many things as fast as we can, and make about a gazillion mistakes every day, and are trying to figure out how to live without the cell/internet/wifi services that we took for granted in colorado. and you know the hardest part? going online somewhere every several days to find out about your news and see what's happening on the baby front!! my husband thinks i'm loony. again, as they say here, courage!
emily c xo

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.