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!!