my husband is this constant mystery to me. nearly ten years in and there are all sorts of things about him that still make no sense. for instance. he claims his favorite food is spaghetti, yet he always turns down an offer to get dinner at italian places.

but there exists this magical pocket of brandon-ness where i know i've got it made. i know i can do right by him, if only it involves: conversations about the merits of high rises with a balcony over brownstones with a green space // sunflower seeds // eddie vedder // any new flavor of chip or soda made by dorito or mt dew // discussing however many floors tall the new construction in our neighborhood has gotten to that day // going to the bronx zoo.

sometimes i let him feel morally superior to me because i possibly missed the cutoff to being a "gen x-er" by maaaaybe one year. he really enjoys that one for some reason. 

on friday we went to see the bronx zoo. brandon's first time! as luck would have it we made it there on the coldest, drizzliest day of our lives. we were so under dressed. even looking at these photos makes my toes feel numb. but we stuck it out, because the bronx zoo, even in lousy weather, now that is a fun afternoon. and because for that brandon of mine i would count the floors on sky scrapers and listen to grunge rock that i pretend not to know the words to and dump shelled sunflower seeds into the garbage can until my dying day. 

a few photos from our zoo day the second day, the bronx zoo edition.

▲▲▲ this boy and his "pack pack." he wears it constantly. thank you laura for our fresh summer kankens
▲▲▲ the tiger exhibit at the bronx zoo is balls to the wall. we were there right at lunch time so they were just hanging out on the rocks, waiting on their antelope drumsticks. this was worth the train ride there, full stop.
▲▲▲ these sweet snuggling monkeys made me so intensely happy.
▲▲▲ how cool are all those horns hanging out under the eaves. something i can't get over about the bronx zoo is how many animals we were able to see. it may have been the weather, but everyone was out ready to party.
▲▲▲ the butterfly room!
▲▲▲ this cold wet toddler was a trooper. you know how well-intentioned people like to declare a kid's future based on whatever random thing he's into at the time ("he's going to be a fire fighter!") if i were that sort i'd peg this boy as a future zoologist, he loves him some animals. buuuuut i'm not, because that's silly. we'd be a country of princesses and truck drivers if two-year-olds were any indication of things.

p.s. we've always used a kanken for holding huck's diapers and snacks, it's the perfect size and shape and they're waterproof too. my friend laura sent us a matching set of kankens over the weekend and we felt pretty misty-eyed. laura's shop, johan's-son, is rad. she specializes in swedish goods and has a really great eye for curation. 

my romper is from anthropologie 
huck's tee is from cute attack.


  1. Can I just tell you how completely I love the fact that you worked Harry Potter into this post? And also your writing style in general. I love reading your posts because they are always very you, never anyone else. I imagine you write like you talk, and it makes me 200% want to have a conversation with you. Now how do I go from California to the Bronx Zoo? Day trip, right?

  2. Love, love, LOVE your blog, this post, your GORGEOUS photo's of everyday life, your super cute family and the fact that sometimes looks like you live in a Wes Anderson movie!!

  3. Beautiful pics. Those animals seem close enough to touch! Our Toronto Zoo definitely leaves a little more space between animals and people. I'm not sure which I prefer...

  4. I have always wanted to go to the bronx zoo! Maybe someday. I love your blog!

  5. you do a pretty dang good dudley if i do say so myself.
    xo the egg out west.

  6. I love the zoo! Love the animals. Seems like a great time you had! Except for the rainy weather. Isn't it funny how when sometimes we want to do outside activities, and on that day only, the weather is bad?
    Loved your photos, your words, and your blog, as usual!
    I'm a pretty new reader, but I'm reading the new posts! Some weekend I have to dive in to read some past posts of yours :)

  7. Cute! Loving the Pacpacs!

  8. Brandon and I share a love for Eddie. You need to bring him here to Seattle and have an Eddie sighting. There is a coffee shop that I hear that he frequents in a neighborhood here and I'm afraid I will run into him and act like a psycho.

    These zoo pictures are too good. I love the "pack-pack"!!

  9. Such pretty photos of the zoo and your family.

  10. hahaah . i love your writing style. this line made me laugh aloud at work. it's so cute :) "something i can't get over about the bronx zoo is how cooperative all the animals seem to be. without fail they were all just chilling in the viewing area. we never had to search for them or squint to make out animals in the distance, they were just right. there"

  11. Cute photos! Seems like it wasn't a crowded zoo, which is great because most zoos are Soooo crowded. Huck will be a great zoologist ;)

  12. Those Kankens are amazing, right? Just made a post about them on my blog too :)

    I was wondering, what color is your Kanken? Peach? Pink? It's pretty and perfect for summer!

  13. What a lovely day! I love those Kankens! I need to invest!

    xo Lisa
    Making Life's Lemons

  14. Visiting the zoo on a rainy day is the best because the animals are all out to play!

  15. It looks like so much fun. Hanna

  16. AnonymousJune 01, 2013

    Love Huck's pack pack. Hope your cough gets better soon.


  17. I don't know what it is about little kidos wearing backpacks, but it's. just. so. CUTE! I know what you mean about crazy, ever-changing weather! There's a saying in Oklahoma that goes "if you don't like the weather, wait until tomorrow..." or something like that. It's ridiculousness.

  18. I want to see a polar bear! Great photographs of the tigers too.
    Monkeys will always be my favourites though.

    P.S. Love the Harry Potter reference.

  19. also got my summer kanken in yellow when we visited NYC last your picture, your little boy looks as adorable as mine ♥

  20. AnonymousJune 05, 2013

    I will never, ever tire of seeing kids enjoying the zoo. I just took my two year old daughter for the first time yesterday! And blogged photos of our trip. Ah, the future we live in... xx Shanan

  21. AnonymousJune 05, 2013

    Dying to get one of one of those rucksacks too. So cute!

    xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

  22. AnonymousJune 06, 2013

    eddie vedder = yes! you guys are even more awesome now, if that was possible?! Jess :)

  23. You guys are so cute! Love the sign in Russian (I'm russian so I can read what it says)...
    btw, those tigers are GORGEOUS!


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