In preparation for the upcoming birthday party which would be featuring ponies, and simply because it was a gorgeous day, we took the family to the Phoenix Zoo for the first time all year. I would say our attempt to cultivate love for our animal friends was a success. Of course, Gabe and Bella have always had a natural affinity towards animals. The same couldn’t always be said for Ari though. As you know, she has been pretty terrified at many a farm and even zoo exhibit before. And ponies up close and personal? Forgetaboutit. But last weekend, we made some real progress, and we had fun in the process.
We spent about half of the time in the new zoo addition, which features our Aussie friends. We got annual passes so we didn’t feel pressured to see everything on the first visit.
The rest of the time we were there, we played at the petting zoo. I sincerely thought that Ari would freak out the whole time. I mean, there were goats wandering everywhere. After the first few minutes of her wide-eyed look, Ari actually started to like the goats. She kind of even wanted to touch them! Amazing! Look how far we’ve come:
From this (August, 2010): and this (October, 2010):