I learned last week that you should never use the word zoo around Ava unless you’re ready to go to the zoo right this minute. I asked Ava if she wanted to go to the zoo last Sunday and she kept asking about it every five minutes for the next hour. I think she likes the zoo.
The zoo has a train that goes through about half of the property and Ava did her usual thing of saying goodbye to all the animals. She also feels that the train is too loud.
I think she liked the zebras the most. But the ostriches and the donkeys were pretty exciting too.
Ava was most obsessed with the carousel. We had to go three times because she wanted to sit in the peacock chair. She was very serious about the process the whole time. When she concentrates, she almost looks upset. I remember feeling like people wouldn’t take me serious when I was little and were often telling me to smile. So I try to respect Ava’s seriousness.
It’s funny how big the zoo seems when you’re visiting with a toddler. We went right after lunch until Ava clearly needed a nap. But Ava was devastated when we were leaving because she wanted to see the “fishies” so after her nap we went back to look at the fishes! Ava really liked this fish below because “He’s a mad fish. He doesn’t like me.”
After the aquarium Ava chased magpies, hoping she could catch one.