Avery Turns 3!

Avery turned THREE!  As per family tradition, we had to throw a big bash.  The first means of business was picking a theme.  If you follow this blog at all, you could guess what theme Avery would pick… and so the invitations were born:


I knew there would be questions about what to get Avery, so I made a Birthday Wish List on Pinterest:

Pinterest Third Birthday Wish List

Next, tons of shopping and party planning (which by the way was quite difficult because Ice Age is not a new/popular movie, so finding any decorations for the theme was near impossible!) and cake making!

Avery picked out a blue cake mix, so I used my Grandma’s giant cake pans to make an epic cake…


And after two nights of frosting…


The iceberg was finally made! IMG_3262

My parents had taken Avery to the store so I could have the night to make the cake and when they came back, my Mom loved the cake and asked how I designed and made it, and I have no idea!  I just took a really big knife and chopped away at it until it looked like an iceberg and I could put a waterfall down it (like in the movie).  I topped it with Ice Age characters!


A little work from some paper and a sheet and we made this fun display for the party!


Some balloons, snowflakes, streamers.. and it was party time!



Avery had loved the bouncy house at a party we went to this summer, so it was only fitting he had one at his party!


It was a hit!

And so were the Ice Age games… First, acorn hunt!  We acquired alllll these acorns from Uncle Todd the week before…


We spray painted a few of them, and had the kiddos search for them!IMG_3341IMG_3345

Next, dinosaur excavation! (dinosaur’s frozen in ice)IMG_3347

It kept the kids occupied for quite a while… and the kids were quite creative, using the spoons, smashing them on the ground, or licking them!

Avery opened his presents… (which took me days to put them all away – Avery is very loved and now has an even bigger college fund)


We ate yummy burgers and hot dogs (and the delicious dishes everyone brought to share!)


Each kiddo took a whack at the acorn pinata (Thanks Mimi)!IMG_3355

Everyone got a goodie bag of dinosaur stamps, figures, tattoos, and noise makers (per Avery’s specific request)



After going thru three rounds of hitting the piniata, and a little help from Jeremy… there was candy all over!IMG_3358

Avery blew out his #3 candle…IMG_3361

And he opened his big present from MiMi and Grampy… a tractor with wagon!


Needless to say, Avery wasn’t too graceful his first time at the wheel.

And what do you do with a wagon?  Carry other kids of coarse!  Avery wasn’t driving the tractor for more than a minute before another kiddo jumped in the wagon for a ride.  Both of them fell out (nobody was hurt!)

The party came to an end, but the after party continued that night and the next morning. Avery’s cousins spent the night and they had fun together…IMG_3364

We put Avery’s new quilt on his bed (Thanks Nana!)IMG_3366

And we displayed all of Avery’s fun birthday cards on his book shelf!IMG_3365

And to follow up with Avery’s THREE post update, I’ve got Avery’s annual checkup details. We met Avery’s new pediatrician, took a fun test (I had a list of things to ask Avery to do and questions for him to answer, and he did great!!!), and Avery got his height and weight checked. 


Avery is 31.75lbs (50th percentile, up from the 42nd last year), and 38 inches tall (70th percentile, down from 78th last year).

He checked out very well, got a flu shot (and band-aid), and two stickers, which he proudly displayed on our way out.


And we did our annual height mark on Avery’s giant ruler.


It’s official… I have a three year old!  And he’s awesome!!!  We had such a fun party, and birthday celebrations – thanks to everyone for making it fun and special!  Until next year…

<3 Meghan

Playing Catch Up

If there’s anything that keeps me going when I’m down, and puts a smile on my face when I’m on the verge of tears… it’s Avery.  I promise I’ll get to all of Avery’s birthday festivity photos and recap soon.  Before I do, here’s a fun mish-mosh of outings and activities with Avery this summer that I’ve been meaning to post but not sure how to mash them up in a cohesive post.  It’s only fitting that when I’m up at 2am in the morning, unable to sleep, that this little guy will get me in good spirits for tomorrow…

National Night Out – Milton, VT

My friend Kate invited us to this event in her town (right next door to us) back in August. There were exhibits for safety and the community and lots of fun stuff for the kiddos.  (more info here at their website)


We walked around and got lots of goodies…

…like this cool hat… and Avery and Kate’s kids toured the ambulance.


Avery’s favorite activity was the dunk tank.  He played twice, and dunked they guy both times on the first shot!


And it’s not a party without bubbles…!!!IMG_2577

Kat and Hannah got their faces painted and all three kiddos scored some yummy treats…


They had a great K-9 unit demonstration, and while we were watching, Kate snapped this…


LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Fave pic of Avery and I.  And what’s even better about it, minutes later the skies opened and it downpoured! haha.  Fun times, even running back to the car and getting in soaking wet, but Avery didn’t have a drop on him… Momma’s are good like that ;)

Stowe Bike PathStowe, VT

Mimi, Grampy, Avery, and I took a ride down the Stowe bike path.

The bike path is 5.3 miles long.  We started on one end, and came back.  The weather was gorgeous.


We made a pit stop at the end before turning around (potty training while out and about it tricky… but doable!)


On our way back, we stopped at the Stowe Farmer’s market.  There were yummy goodies, so we sat down and added some treats to our packed snacks.


Avery loved the brick oven pizza, and he had a real fruit icee… it was soooo good!IMG_2984

The views of the mountain were gorgeous!  Avery was so occupied… lots to look at, bridges to go over and small hills up and down.IMG_2987


We stopped to feed some animals at a corn maze and petting pen.  And right before we were back to the car, we stopped so Grampy could take Avery in the river.


Avery was thrilled.  They threw rocks and waded around.


It was a fun family day!  If we have a free weekend day before it gets too cold, I’d love to take Avery again.

Johnson Family BBQ – Westford, VT

Out of the blue, Mom and I had the idea to have her side of the family over for a summer BBQ.  And after all this great end of summer weather.. well, it poured.  That didn’t stop us though!

The ‘adults’ hung out in the garage while all the kids (Avery’s generation of second cousins) played in the basement with Avery’s toys for hours.


Honestly, it was so great having all the kids together, playing.  Since Avery doesn’t have any siblings, Me, Grampy, or MiMi are his playmates.  So, it was great to kick back and talk with my cousins, uncles, grandparents, while the kiddos had fun together and they were all in a safe place to play that I didn’t have to keep an eye on Avery every second.


After a while, they all settled down to a movie.


Too darn cute!

And finally, the rain stopped and the badminton net got some use.  And it’s last use too… cuz someone drove over it with the tractor later on in the week…IMG_2969

And here we all are!!!  Even the latest addition, baby Peyton!  She makes the count of Great Grandkids (Avery’s generation) up to 7!


We’ve grown up quite a bit…

cousins circa Christmas 1997.  

So glad we got that side of the family together.  We are planning to do it again around the holidays… can’t wait!

Fishing & First Movie WeekendArrowhead Lake, Milton VT & Williston, VT

Avery, Grampy, Aiden and his Poppi (aka Michael Eyes, to Avery) took the boat out on the lake for some fishing on a nice summer afternoon.  Avery and Aiden were so excited to spend time together!


Grampy caught the first fish…IMG_2891

Aiden walked on water…IMG_2893

The weather was gorgeous.  The sun eventually came out and the boys fished away…

Avery had fun looking out the boat and occasionally fishing.


Grampy caught this little guy.


Avery tried to hold it but quickly got grossed out when he touched it.  Aiden showed him how to hold a fish…


Michael Eyes showed Avery the worms…IMG_2907

Avery does love his bugs…


And this time out in the boat, it didn’t die on us! (Camping on the 4th, the boat died and we were stranded in the perfect fishing spot, thankfully)  So, this time, Avery got to drive!


I’m on top of the world!!!


Avery and Aiden had fun spotting animals (birds, turtles, etc.) and looking in the water.IMG_2916

Although only two fish were caught, these kiddos had fun!IMG_2917

That night, we jumped in Michael Eyes pool, had some yummy pizza, and a bon fire.

The next day, We took Avery to his FIRST movie at the theatre!IMG_2920

We saw hot to Train Your Dragon 2 (Aiden had wanted to see it, and invited Avery, but as a Mom, I had to have Avery see the first one to make sure he would sit through it.  We rented it earlier that week and Avery like it).  The boys sat together munching on popcorn and candy.  Aunt Denise, Uncle Mike, Grampy and I chaperoned… and thanks to Aunt Denise for bringing so much candy!!!


Back to Mimi and Grampy’s, we had dinner and the boys settled down for the night together… a little elephant movie…IMG_2927

And then Aiden read Avery books before bed.IMG_2930

These guys had a fun filled weekend together :)  It’s crazy thinking my cousin and I grew up together, and now our kids are having fun together.  Time flies!

Okay, that made me feel better.  This kiddo, and our family is so much fun.  More fun to come.  I’ll recap Avery’s birthday festivities next week.  This weekend we’re off to a baby shower BBQ in NH, and I’m cranking up the running schedule.  My long run this weekend is 4 miles, eek!  I did 3 yesterday and didn’t die, so I can do it!

Happy Friday!

<3 Meghan

I Think I Can…

… I think I can.  I’m channeling a chugging engine today, only fitting from a Mom of a train loving 3 year old.  I’m running on low today, so bear with me.  It hasn’t been the best of weeks for me, so doing a dry boring post about paying down student loans only seems appropriate… I’m bound and determined not to let this blog die… so many of my loved bloggy friends have fallen off the end of the blogosphere -but I’m still here, chugging along with another boring financial update.

22 Month Progress

  • Starting Debt: $41,868.53 (Nov  ’12)
  • Debt Today: $15,472.88
  • Total Debt Paid Off: $26,395.65

This wasn’t a spectacular month in the $ department, but it was decent.  I made progress, so that’s what matters, right?

September Review

  • Starting Balance: $16,916.93
  • End Balance:  $15,472.88
  • Paid Towards Loans: $1504.36
  • Interest Paid: $60.25
  • Principle Paid: $1444.11

A couple birthdays, Avery’s party, and paying off last month’s activities and a future trip to Salem later this month caused the dip in extra funds. Next month won’t look as bleak.

Red = goal, Blue = loans remaining to be paid

I gotta kick it up a notch, because if I want to pay the next loan off in December, my next goal, I need to put at least $1550 into Loan 1-01 for the next 3 months.

Loan Pay Off Plan

I’ll tell you this now, if you have my name for Christmas, ‘SHOW ME THE MONEY!’ Yes, that was a sad and corny attempt at being humorous, I’m clearly off tonight.

I can’t believe it’s already October.  I’m bummed that this summer flew by, but I should be excited because I’m one month closer to closing in on these loans.  7 months to go, and they will be gone!  I’ve been at this for almost 2 years and it’s almost done… just gotta hang in here a little longer.  Then start the next phase… saving $ for some land.  Or a house.  I would LOVE to buy land and build a house, but that seems forever away.  It would take me 1 1/2 years to save for land cuz I need 20-30% down.  If I buy a house, I would need 5% (which I could save in a few months).  Much more attainable.  Avery and I could be sitting in our very own house this time next year… but we’ll see… I don’t need to decide now.  Focus on this goal first.

The pretty fall foliage does almost make up for the fact that summer is ending…
Mother nature’s way of saying, ‘I’m sorry, winter’s coming so here’s a pretty treat’…?

<3 Meghan

Check out my About Meghan page for more posts on finances and paying off my student loans.


My baby is three today.  He’s grown so much in the last couple months – really gaining his independence, talking up a storm, and he’s no longer a baby, or a toddler, he’s a preschooler!

Avery started his first day of preschool today.

I dropped him off, and he gave hugs and kisses to Joey and I and went off to play.  He didn’t cry or cling.. he’s all grown up!  He was so proud of his new backpack (a hand-me down from cousin Aiden), and wouldn’t let go of his ice age characters from his birthday party this weekend.
There are so many things about Avery that I just want to bottle up and save forever because I know he will continue to change and grow.  But for now, here are a few things I’d like to store away and look back on someday…

Things ‘I can do myself’ :

    • Put on & Take off my shoes.  I’m working on taking off my socks, but since I demand to wear big long white sox like Grampy that practically go up to my knees, I get too frustrated before I can pull them off completely.
    • Sing the ABCs. I like to sing when putting the alphabet puzzle together with Mommy and when Mommy asks me to read anything, I recite the ABCs.
    • Use the Potty. I’m ALMOST potty trained… I just have to remember to tell Mommy I need to go, BEFORE I go.  I  can pull my pants down and use the step stool to get to the potty myself!  Oh and I stand up like big boys do ;)


Avery was sooo excited when we went shopping for big boy pants – he took them out of the bag and laid them all out like this, silly kid!

    • Wash My Hands.  If Mommy asks me to wash my hands before dinner, I can go into the bathroom, turn on the light, pull up the step stool, turn on the water, get the soap and wash my hands, and put everything back.
    • Count to Thirteen.  I can count very high, but after 13, I tend to go back down to 8.
    • Ride a Trike and my Bike with Training Wheels. My favorite time to ride my bike is when we are visiting Great Grandma & Grandpa.


  • Pick Clothes Out of My Dresser.  Mommy can ask me to go pick out clothes and I can get them all by myself.  Sometimes I come back with Pajamas or long shirts and I have to make a second trip, but I am learning!

Avery’s favorite things change pretty often now.  He has a short attention span and moves from one activity to another after a few minutes, and he could like one food today and hate it tomorrow.  But here are a few consistent favorites…


    • Fruit: Strawberries & Apples
    • Meat: Sausage & Hotdogs
    • Vegetable: Corn on the Cob


    • Meal: Tacos or Spaghetti
    • Books: Thomas book from Sarah T
    • Candy: Jelly Beans & Sour Patch Kids
    • Snack: Popcorn & Fruit Gummies
    • Songs: There’s a Hole in My Bucket, Rain Rain Go Away, and the commercial song ‘I’m a Big Kid Now’
    • Color: Blue! or Red, or Green, depending on the day, haha.
    • Movie: The Elephant Movie (Ice Age)
    • Outdoor Activity: Riding his new tractor, playing in the garden, playing in the garage
    • Indoor Activity: Thomas Trains, Cars, Play Doh


There are some quirky, distinct, and particular things we do every day that not many people know about but Avery never lets me forget and reminds me if we don’t do them.


  • When I pick Avery up from school, he likes to wear his (heavy and full) backpack outside to ‘Show my kids’ (classmates) as he says, because he is ‘Big and strong’ and ‘Im a Superman!’
  • When Avery says goodbye or goodnight to Mimi, she gets 2 Kisses and 1 hug… every time!
  • Avery gets the mail every day after school.  He sits in my lap in the car at the mailbox, reads off the mailbox numbers, gets the mail out and brings it in the house.
  • When we go for walks, on our way back, Avery races us by going down Tom’s driveway (the neighbor, which runs next to ours) and beats us home.
  • We get jelly beans every day after school at Joey’s work
  • We stop and look at the ‘broken house’ every day (It’s a house they are building, but Avery has called it the broken house, haha)


Oh Avery.  Words to describe this kiddo… Energetic, loving, caring, fearless, stubborn, persistent, determined, athletic, clever, daring, polite, bold, handsome, entertaining, bright, confident, curious, thoughtful, happy, and healthy.

Avery has his 3 year check up on Wednesday, I’ll be back to give his stats after that, and post pictures and video from Avery’s birthday party!

<3 Meghan

Keep Calm….


Strangely, I’m not freaking out!  It’s the last year of my 20s, and I’m totally OK with that :)  I’m happier, healthier, and have so much more going for me this year, than last year, and the years before.  So, bring on year 29!!!

And honestly, how can I be bummed about the end of an era closing in on me when this little munchkin gave me a pink loufa, blue leopard print pajama pants, and mini M&Ms for my birthday this morning??!!


Gotta love when you’re 3 year old picks out the most random things for your birthday present :)  Nothing better than that!

Oh and guess what I did on my lunch break today…

Happy Birthday to me!  Thanks to my thoughtful little sis, I got pampered at the spa :)

Way to start off a birthday!!!  Back to work this afternoon, and then later tonight…we’re making pizza and watching a movie together to celebrate.  Tomorrow is Avery’s big birthday bash… sooo excited for this weekend… FUN FUN FUN!

<3 Meghan

A Marathon Weekend

Okay, I’m FINALLY recovered from our maraton of a weekend and have a free second to recap it before our upcoming busy weekend (Avery’s birthday party).  It all started Friday night… Avery and I joined Grampy at the Milton High School football game.

Grampy runs the chains (with the rest of the Valyou Chain Gang) every year, so I wanted to take Avery to at least one game this year.  We arrived before the game started and Avery enjoyed some time with the boys.
Avery and I had fun watching the game, and the cheerleaders.


Avery caught the eye of the cheer leading coach, who gave him two pixie stix (which I paid for later), and Avery joined some boys playing soccer behind the stands.

Avery even played a little football with Grampy at halftime before we left.

We stayed until 8:30ish and headed home, but Mister Avery didn’t fall asleep until after we got home… darn those pixie stix! (which he LOVED by the way… this kiddo has his Grampy’s sweet tooth!)

Saturday MiMi, Avery and I did some grocery shopping.  That night we went to Kelly and Josh’s wedding.  I’ve known Kelly since forever… she’s been my sister’s best friend, so seeing her get married was so very sweet.

They picked a lovely little reception site, which was just down the road from us, in the town Kelly grew up in.  Although windy, the views were amazing, and her pictures came out quite good…

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Avery got all dressed up and was ready to party…kelly wedding 1

The venue had pretty views, and amazing grounds, so we snagged some pictures of ourselves…

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Avery was a doll during the reception… it did help that Kelly and Josh had a desert bar BEFORE the wedding even started… this kiddo had 2 M&M cookies during the ceremony to keep him occupied.  And when it was time for Kelly to come out, he got Josh’s attention and pointed saying ‘She’s coming!’  Too cute.

Avery and Joey kept busy with cars while we waited at our tables for the wedding party to come back from taking photos.

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We enjoyed a yummy dinner, which Avery actually ate well at!  The iPad and cars helped to keep him busy too.

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Aunt Sarah was a pretty bridesmaid…kelly wedding 6

And Avery busted some moves on the dance floor, thanks to those cookies, and crashed like crazy after.  We tried to stay late but I think he was all done by 8:30, haha.  Thanks for having us at your big day, Kelly and Josh –  It was fun to share with you!

Sunday was our busiest day… first, Joey’s Half Marathon!  Avery and I joined Joey (and his crowd of supporters) before the race started.


Joey’s been working towards this race for months.  I was so excited to be a part of it, and see Joey accomplish such a momentous goal for himself.  You know me, I’ve only run 5K and 10Ks, so a half is crazy to me!joey half 3

Oh and that’s Michelle in the Pink, another friend running the half!

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We watched Joey and all the other runners set off on their 13.1 mile race!

There’s Joey!

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And once they were off… it was time to wait!  Joey had run 12 miles two weeks ago, and he did 8 3/4 min. miles, so I figured he would be coming in around the 2 hour marker, so we had two hours to keep busy.  Joey’s parents, sister, and Avery and I went to a cute coffee shop that had this…


A train table in their store!  Avery was tres occupied while we all chatted and ate and drank.  Avery enjoyed some carbonated juice and Sarah caught his funny face reaction to it…

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Then we were off to the finish line to await the runners…


Joey’s friend Adam brough donuts and Avery devoured one!IMG_3204


The runners started coming in and we patiently waited for Joey.  Avery flirted with Erica… he kept scooting away from her, haha.

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Just after the 2 hour mark passed, we spotted Joey and cheered him on as he crossed the finish line.

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Joey finsihed in 2:08:05… amazing for his first Half Marathon!

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It took a while for him to recover…

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A close up of his well deserved medal!

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We’re so proud of you Joey!!!


We’ll be there for your next Half, Joey ;)  (He says he’ll never do it again, but I have to tease haha) For now we’ll just focus on getting my butt across the finish line for the Turkey Trot 10K :)

So after the marathon, while Joey recovered, Avery and I hit up two birthday parties.  First was Henry’s – he turned 4!


The kiddos played and then sat down to some food.  Next, they made tye-dye shirts (Avery’s just went thru the wash and it looks great!  I’ll take a pic soon)  It was such a cute kits party activity!



That the kids devoured… or at least Avery ate the frosting, haha.


And a pinata full of candy!IMG_3219

Then we were off to Cooper’s 4th Birthday Party!  He was opening presents when we arrived…


Next up was a pin the thing on the Minion…IMG_3224IMG_3226

The kiddos played on Cooper’s new swing set…IMG_3233

Ate this yummy cake… (Cooper’s Mom made it!)Capture

And then my phone died, haha.  What do you expect after such a busy weekend!?  The kids hit another piniata, and played before we headed home.  I was whiped, and Avery too.  But it was a fun filled marathon weekend!

This coming weekend we’re playing it a little more low key… just one party – Avery’s 3rd Birthday party!!!

<3 Meghan

Parc Safari

BURRR!!!! It’s official – It’s fall in Vermont.  It was below freezing when I brought Avery to school this morning, and yet the calendar doesn’t consider it fall until this coming weekend.  Well, we closed out our summer with a CHILLY trip to Parc Safari!  We had been when my sister and I were little (20 years ago to be exact – Mom found a dated park map from our last visit).

We had wanted to go this summer, but all our weekends were booked, and we had to get Grampy and Avery’s passports done (that was a feat in itself!), so we fit it in a little too late this year… we’re going in the peak of summer next year!

We hit the road early Saturday morning: We met up with Nana, Papa, and Joseph (My cousin) and drove north, to Canada!


It was Avery and Grampy’s first time using their new passports, so exciting!  Just over an hour of driving and we arrived.


Although it was chilly and there were cyclists zooming past us (um, note to Parc Safari: Your Cycle program is NOT appreciated by us people just walking around.  


Bikes zooming by and taking up so much space in the park, and having sections marked off for them is NOT appealing to the normal walking on two feet guests) we made the best of our visit.  We had wanted to do the drive thru part first, but it opened much later than advertised (because of the cyclists) so we went thru part of the park first…

On the way, Avery and Joseph found some animals to pose with…




And onto the REAL animals…


The lions were first.  They were HUGE.  We walked around, and UNDER them…


And thanks to our tall Papa, Avery got to size up his paws to the big kitty:


We even got to see and hear the lions roar!  Next we saw a Tiger!  Avery had been looking forward to this animal the most, so we snagged a picture to send to Joey.


And oh the animals we saw… lions, tigers, bears, oh my!  And monkies too!



After freezing our butts off, we stopped for a nice lunch inside…


And then it was off for the best part… where we got to drive thru the park and feed the animals!  Avery was thrilled to see the animals, but what’s even better than that?  Hanging out the car window while doing it of course!


First up… the elephant!


We tried feeding it an orange, but MiMi’s throw wasn’t on par that day ;)  The boys were pretty excited to see the big guy.



Next up.. camels!


They were so big… and slobbery!  We had bought the park food to feed all the animals, and the camels walked up to the cars as we drove by and ate the food from our hands!

Avery was very hesitant at first and didn’t want to feed the animals, but he was popping around in the car from one window to the next to look at the animals… and Joseph followed behind us … both kiddos doing this most the ride!


I think these were donkeys…


And my favorite part… the ostrich!


It was taller than the car and poked it’s beak for the food onto our hands pretty hard…


We stopped and took a potty break halfwary thru (I know, I know, I owe a potty training post.. but just a hint, Avery is in big boy underpants all the time now!) and pet this guy…


Back in the car, we saw these big fellas!



And Avery warmed up and fed and pet some animals!



These deer/antelope things were very calm and fun to feed and pet.




They really get up close too…



And to give an idea of just how cool this experience was, driving thru the park, this is what a Papa’s truck looked like behind us…


Avery was full of giggles and smiles.. such a fun experience!


Tip: bring lots of baby wipes!  We went thru a ton since these animals slobbered all over our hands, haha.

After the car ride, we walked a raised pathway and saw the Giraffes


The baby giraffe was the first born at the park in 23 years, so it was fun to see her.  She was 1 1/2 months old.  Avery got to feed a carrot to the giraffe too (Tip: Bring bags of apples and carrots – the animals prefer them over the food the park sells, and the park is OK with it!)

We saw the elephant again…


And Papa and I stood in Kenya!


The platform was in the shape of Africa with all the countries mapped out.

Next up, a big Rhino…


And these two animals…


Avery had such a fun time with Joseph… these two goofballs…


Running to see the next animal…


Checking out some antelope…


The Chetas woke up (they were sleeping when we drove by earlier) and we watched them for a while…


With a couple hours left, we hit up the rides!  Avery rode a truck…


Joseph took Avery on this flying ride!


Avery cruised in the blue car… of coarse he picked the blue one!



And took a ride on an elephant… the blue one!131_2217

And the boys went thru a fun ball pit obstacle course…

Then we went to the petting area… first, a camel.


A pig…


chickens and ducks…131_2223131_2222

And the last part… the deer path.131_2228131_2232

They came up and ate right out of our hands.131_2242131_2236

Joseph made a friend…131_2240

Avery sat down and waited for them to come to him and they ate out of his hand.



We had so much fun!!!  Avery passed out a few minutes into the car ride home.. he was wiped out!  And he slept 11+ hours that night after such a busy day!

We’re excited to go back next summer… when it’s warm!!!

Happy Friday!  We had a busy weekend ahead of us: A football game tonight, a wedding tomorrow and sleepover with cousins, Joey’s half marathon Sunday, and two birthday parties Sunday afternoon!

<3 Meghan