Thursday, September 18, 2008

Zootimpeaches

A few weeks ago Christian and I made a list of all the things we still want to do while it is warm outside. It is a pretty big list so we have been busy the last couple of weeks.

We have been wanting to take Ava to the ZOO becuase she is just fascinated with animals and has been saying animal names a lot lately. So a couple Saturday's ago we woke up bright and early and headed to the zoo. I was so glad that we went early because not only was it not busy but the animals were so ACTIVE! Ava's favorite part were the penguins (they were playing in the water) and she also loved the bird show! She was mesmerized the whole time! Then of course we had to let her ride the carousel...and she loved it so much she held on for dear life when Christian tried to take her off!! In the end we decided that we had more fun than Ava. One of the best things in life is to see Ava get so excited over things like the Zoo. We love to see her so happy and therefore we had SO MUCH FUN!!



Last Saturday we hiked to Timpanogas Caves with Christians brother, Ethan, and his girlfriend, Amy. We got a great work-out and had a lot of fun. The formations in the caves are amazing! Ava was a little nervous because it was so dark the whole time but she seemed to enjoy herself a little! This was the first time we met Amy so it was a lot of fun to get to know her. She is VERY cute and Ethan is really cute with her too. But it is no surprise he is good to her cause the Hind boys are all perfect gentlemens...most of the time!! ANYWAY, after the hike we had a picnic across the street. Oh and I have to mention that I got stung by a hornet on the inside of my arm on the way up the mountain. The next day it was an ugly swollen mass that itched like crazy! Now it just looks like a big bruise but I really hate bee's now!!
Oh and I forgot to mention that at one point we took a break right before the big climb. Amy had her head in her hands and Ava looked at her and said, "Amen". She thought Amy was praying and decided to end her prayer for her!!

This week our peaches ripened up and so I picked a TON and went to town!! I made a bunch of freezer jam and jar jam and I just peeled and sliced the rest and froze them. I figure I can make peach pies or have a bowl of peaches and cream with the extra. I also made a few loaves of Zucchini bread from Zucchini's that our neighbors grew...they turned out very yummy! And then I finally got to cooking and mashing our Buttercup squash. This stuff is so yummy and Ava loves it so it is a must in our home! So we now have a stock of that in our freezer too. We are just about ready to hibernate for winter!!

13 comments:

amrust said...

One day we will get a decent picture of Ethan! haha and you forgot to mention Ava thinking I was praying lol oh that was great!

dawn said...

I can't believe how busy you are and that your peach tree produced so much goodness. Don't you just feel so good about your accomplishments. Oh...and on a side bar..Ava is so CUTE.. I wish she liked me more or at all for that matter.

Erin said...

Just a few words:
PEACH SHAKES! Yum.
Squash soup. I got a great recipe. Again, yum.

Aubrey said...

OH my goodness Woman. That is awesome that you have a peach tree that actually produces alot. I need to be better about canning, and freezing. Sounds like you have been one busy girl.

Hendricksonblog said...

I was ambitious once too!!!

Anderson Family said...

I want a peach shake!!

You should feel so accomplished. You have also played hard!

Kayleen said...

Holy Hannah Homemaker! You rock! Someday I wanna be just like you. All that food looks so yummy!
So fun that you took Ava to the zoo! I LOVE that place!

Lindsay Kay said...

Busy family! I am way impressed with all the food prep and making - it's becoming a lost art! Good for you!

rickandcami said...

So so busy and so so fun! My family goes crazy with strawberry freezer jam! We love it!!! We also were able to take Mikkean to the phoeniz zoo. He adored it! It is such a crack up watching them enjoy each thing. Mikkean's big thing was "oooh!" I think he said that at just about every animal. We are still loving az, but REALLY miss family and friends. Keep-in-touch I love the blog!

The Wingwah's said...

no fair, you only have one kid! JK, that's awesome, it all sounds so good.

Chet & Erin said...

Well look at you go. Aren't you little miss susy homemaker. I am proud of you! And Ava looks cute with those little pigtails you gave her. Miss you!

Erin said...

Wow, that looks great! You are so ambitious!!! So where are you guys living?

Cyd said...

I'm so impressed Nichole! I felt really good about myself after doing a bunch of apple stuff even though it was with my mom and her apples. You feel like your taking care of your family and feeding them good stuff.