Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Day On The Prairie

We hadn't been to the Plains Conservation Center since December when we attended Christmas In The Soddies with the "Pickles", but a gorgeous lazy Saturday followed Elder Boy's graduation day and practically begged for us to get out and enjoy it.

Since the Plains conservation center is only a few minutes from the house, we thought we'd head up that way and take my parents along for the ride. If nothing else, we'd get a nice walk on a beautiful day!


We started our self-guided tour in the main building where there were snakes and lizards on display as well as some basic information about the eco-system of the plains.


There were even some cute baby turkeys being fostered there.


We soon headed outside. The land seemed to go on forever and the swells of land kept most of the center's destination areas hidden from view. There were signs posted warning us of rattlesnakes, so we mainly kept to the trails and the road.

The Girl determined our route when she started to head east on a trail toward the tepees in the distance...


...and then further east passing an old wagon that appeared to be left behind on the trail...


...and on toward the sod village we had visited in December.


After visiting with the chickens, cows and a local rabbit we found hiding out in the shade, we started up the road toward the main building. The side of the road was lined with old farm equipment that had to be investigated.


Prairie dogs hills and interesting plants were scattered about on either side of the road.


Back at the main building, we followed a prairie dog to its burrow and located a pile off various rocks that could be held, examined, compared and played with. It's amazing how much this pile of rocks kept the kids busy...


It was nice to be able to stroll through to the things that interested us and take a closer look at "days gone by". We also liked being able to hear the constant chatter of the prairie dogs as we neared and see the rabbits bounding through the tall grass. All in all, I believe everyone enjoyed the day. 



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Friday, May 27, 2011

Graduation At Last!

He did it! My oldest son has finally made it to one of the biggest milestone's of his life and has officially graduated from high school!


The ceremony, held across town at the University of Colorado - Denver's Richie Center, was beautiful! There were about 500 graduates from Elder Boy's high school present and accounted for.


Elder Boy was well represented by his parents, as well as his grandparents and his best friend who all came from out of state to celebrate this event.


Now I can finally breathe a sigh of relief. He's made it this far. Now he can head out into the world and see what it's all about.




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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Baby Chicks

The Girl's 2nd grade class, towards the end of the year, purchased an incubator for their lesson on the life cycle of chickens (at least from egg to adult). For 20 days the kids waited rather impatiently for the eggs to hatch.

I was concerned The Girl would miss out on the big day since she was being pulled out of school to attend Elder Boy's graduation. As luck would have it, the day before graduation, 7 of the eggs hatched!

The Girl is usually one of the last to leave her classroom at the end of the day, but when very few of her classmates exited the building at the end of the day, I began to wonder. Finally she came running outside to drag me and The Boy back into the school to see the chicks.


There they were, some still in their incubator surrounded by broken shells, some being held by excited children.


The chicks were cute as could be and the children instantly fell in love with them. But they were only going to be in the classroom for observation (and for the last 5 eggs to hatch) before the local farmer picked them up to take back to the farm.




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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Beanie Babies

I'm not a Beanie Baby collector, but we do have a lot of them. They are soft and adorable and it's easy for my daughter to pack several into a bag to play with in the car. They are usually priced anywhere from 69 cents to $1.91 at the thrift store, but since I only shop on discount days (25% and 50% off), I get them for much less. Many of them still have the tag on them.

The Beanie Babies are also nice to get as a treat for her when she acts nicely in the thrift store without moaning, goofing off or complaining (I get a Lego mini-figure for my son as his "reward") though I do try to go only when they are in school.




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Friday, May 6, 2011

2011 Spring Student Show

May 5th marked the 2nd Student Film Show that Mr. LH and I attended for the Colorado Film School. Leaving the "Pickles" home with Elder Boy, we dressed up and headed out on our "date".


After seeing the productions presented at the Fall show, I knew I wanted to attend again and again. The show couldn't take place at the Harkins Theater again so it was to be held at The Historic Paramount Theater.


The theater itself was beautiful! The theater interior still showcased the original silk tapestries from the 1930's.

Looking up toward the balcony of the Paramount Theater

It was a wonderful place to hold the show, adding to the feeling of glitz and glamour that you would expect from a "mini-Academy Awards" ceremony. The reception that immediately followed in the balcony lobby was also very nice and gave me a chance to meet with some of Mr. LH's students.

About a block away from the theater, Mr. LH and I even discovered a pedestrian mall we'd like to explore another day.

pedestrian in downtown Denver



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