On my birthday we headed over to California Pizza Kitchen for lunch after some shopping.
Then we went back home to get ready for my party. We had Sweet Pork Tacos with Cilantro Lime Coleslaw from Make and Love It. Seriously THE best tacos, I LOVE them! We played a few games and had brownie sundaes.
This is just to show one of my birthday presents. It is a belly dance scarf, but I wear it at Zumba. Most everyone in the class wears one, and at first I thought they were silly, but they really make you work a lot harder, plus they are not that expensive and I LOVE it. You wouldn't believe how much I sweat when I work out, it is actually really embarrassing, but hey I guess I am burning more calories. :)
Gavin went to his first movie. We went and saw Cars 2 last week. He did a really great job until about the last 20 minutes of the show. But he loves Cars especially MaeMae (Mater) and Queen (McQueen). I love that I get to spend all day hanging out with him.
I also made my first attempt at homemade strawberry jam. Zac thought it was a silly idea, but it really is satisfying to know that I did it myself.
On Saturday we headed to the Zoo early in the morning. We usually go during the week, so Zac never gets to come. Gavin loved having Zac there and I think they both enjoyed it. We arrived just after they opened, which was nice because so many of the animals were active, which we don't usually see.
These two really are the best buds, and I just love it!
I ended up getting a call last Friday night to teach Relief Society on Sunday. I really only had Saturday to prepare, but I think everything went well. It really made me miss teaching, but I am glad that I can help. I have also subbed in Nursery a few times which may or may not help Gavin. He seems to do fine during nursery, but it is the leaving and picking up part we are still struggling with. :)
On the 4th I started out the day with Zumba and then in the afternoon we had a BBQ with our friends and then we went to the fireworks together. It was SO hot during the BBQ, but after a while the clouds came out and it was fine. I made Asian BBQ Chicken from Out Best Bites and it was SO good! I also made some red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and blue sprinkles. And then we made our own ice cream as we sat waiting for the fireworks. I must admit, they were NOTHING compared to Idaho Falls, but the show was about 30min so we can't complain.
Here are the girls: Me, Rachel, Alexandria and Alana. I am so grateful that we have such wonderful friends. It makes holidays without family so much easier!