MAR
04
2016

2015 Castlewood Canyon Hike

Hi everyone! This past summer we took a hike along the Castlewood Canyon near Franktown, CO. This is really close for us, and a beautiful area for hiking as well as nature walking. There are several loops you can take depending on what fits your family best, including a paved trail as well.   I also find this is a great way to get everyone outdoors, off of electronics, and just experiencing the amazing nature all around us! We happened to go on a somewhat warm day, so everyone was nice and sweaty by the time we were done, but they all had a great time and enjoyed the scenery. The views here were beautiful, and the trail was nicely lined with foliage which helped with the heat.   We found a few fun caves to explore as well as a nice large rocks to climb up on take a break!   See what I mean by big rocks LOL!   There was also a river running through the canyon with this fun bridge crossing.   As you can see we ventured off road and … [Read more...]

FEB
25
2016

2015 Denver Aquarium Field Trip

One of the things I love about homeschooling is that we get the opportunity to go out and experience things first hand. That’s why I try to schedule in a few field trips each year. It’s always a nice change to our normal school days. I try to plan them according to what we’re studying so that they fit naturally within our year. One of our favorite places to go is the Denver Aquarium. It’s so fun and there are always new things to see there. It’s also a great thing to do when the weather isn’t so nice outside. This time we used a fun “I Spy” type worksheet from Abeka’s Understanding God’s World student activity book. Since it fit with our theme I thought it would be fun to actually go and find all of those animals in person at our local aquarium instead of just coloring them on the worksheet. And any time that I can make a field trip a little more educational I’m up for it. Don’t get me wrong, we take plenty of trips where I don’t require them to write anything down. Mainly … [Read more...]

FEB
18
2016

Fun at the Lake!

Hi everyone, most of you know we moved to a new house 2 years ago and we’re enjoying it so much. We’re right off of the lake so that makes for lots of fun fishing trips, and afternoons at the beach! And since we live in Colorado this is probably the closest thing I’ll get to living at the beach LOL! Jason took this photo, and I love it! It captures perfectly how nice it is to hang out and relax by the lake during the summer evenings!   My husband loves to fish and the kids do too, so they go down all of the time in the summer and hang out. He’s always taking a brood of kids down to fish.   Miss Lady Bug is his number one fishing buddy. She’ll go even if the weather is poor. She loves to hang out with her daddy and catch all of the fish. She’s actually done a pretty good job of it too!   They usually throw the fish they catch back, but today Turbo and his friend were excited to fry it up and have a taste. It wasn’t too bad either! A little fishy though, go … [Read more...]

FEB
04
2016

The Silk Road Museum Tour 2015

Hi everyone! We had the pleasure of taking a tour of the Silk Road exhibit held by our local Museum of Nature & Science this past year. It was so cool! And it fit right in with our Expedition Earth world geography studies, so that was a win win! While we weren’t allowed to take any photographs, the exhibit had a ton of really interesting informational exhibits as well as interactive things for the kids to do. My favorite were the merchants along the “road” selling their goods. They each had different stories to tell and the kids would gather around to hear what they were selling, and what they had to say. Each one was dressed the part and totally in character which made it so fun! Since the tour didn’t take too long, we also checked out a few of our favorite spots in the rest of the museum. Turbo was able to blow up a star in their simulator which was fun. He also tried to dock a floating space shuttle which is way harder than it looks!   We talked to an … [Read more...]

JAN
31
2016

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Solved!

Hi everyone! We had the pleasure of checking out the Sherlock Holmes exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science this week and it was so cool! I wasn’t sure what my kids would think initially, but it ended up being a really neat exhibit. Unlike most special exhibits they host, this one was hands on, and the kids were encouraged to try and solve an actual crime.   Parent Tip: I’d quickly like to mention that we went on school day with our options program because it was only $5 each. Normally that would’ve been fine, but for this type of display, I think I’d rather just pay full price and be able to go on a day when it wasn’t so crowded. Especially since the kids were trying to examine evidence, and make decisions on so many things to try in order to try and solve the mystery. So my one tip would be to definitely go check it out, it’s really cool! But go on a day when you don’t think it will be crowded, because it’s really hard to get through everything with that many … [Read more...]

JAN
28
2016

2015 Butterfly Pavilion Field Trip

Hi everyone! We haven’t been to the Butterfly Pavilion in a few years, so the kids were excited to take a tour again this past year. This time Jason was able to come with us, and the kids are always excited when Daddy joins in on the fun! The Butterfly Pavilion is really fun, but doesn’t take that long to go through. I think we only spent about an hour and a half in there this time around. But it’s still a cool experience. And if you can call ahead to see when they’re releasing new butterflies that’s a really cool thing to see too!   They always have the most beautiful butterflies in there. While you’re not supposed to touch the butterflies, they are allowed to land on you. Apparently our Daddy was popular amongst the butterfly population.   These white and black ones were super cool! They also have an insect area and a very small aquarium with some starfish and horseshoe crabs that the kids can touch. They opted to hold Rosie the tarantula. They’re very … [Read more...]

JAN
21
2016

Mythical Creatures Museum Tour

Hey everyone! I thought I’d share another fun field trip that we took this year. We headed out to the Museum of Nature & Science for their mythical creatures display. This one was just for fun and mainly because Miss Lady Bug loves unicorns!  And they had a ton of cool mythical creatures to check out. The first one we came upon was the Giant Eagle. As you can see below Tinker Bell narrowly escaped her death from the beast. I guess it was dinner time, but she was too small to be worth the effort, so he passed her up for an adult standing right behind her.   Next we held a 60 pound anaconda. This one isn’t a mythical creature, but it was still fun to see them try and lift the beast! Also, I’m thankful we don’t live in the Amazon.   Miss Lady Bug got her dream of finally seeing a unicorn and getting her picture taken with one. You can see how amazed she is below! Me too, I’m in awe at it’s beauty.   Here she is with her own unicorn. He was very … [Read more...]

JAN
14
2016

2015 Denver Mint Tour

Good morning everyone! I have another super fun field trip idea to share with you today! We had the chance to take a tour of the US Denver Mint which is located in Denver, Colorado. The Denver Mint prints coin money, and offers daily tours to the public. You do have to sign up and there are some restrictions, so check out the Denver Mint website for more information on taking a tour!   We weren’t allowed to take photos inside for obvious reasons, but we were lucky enough to be there on a printing day. That mean that we got to see all of the machines in action, and watch the money go through all of the printing processes. They were printing pennies that day, which was super cool to see them run through the printing presses, and watch all of the mint workers sort and pack the coins. The tour only takes about an hour, but it’s really interesting. The building it self is a piece of artwork inside, and the “The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became … [Read more...]

SEP
08
2015

2015 LEGO Americana

Good morning everyone! We had the pleasure of visiting our local shopping mall during the LEGO Americana Tour this year and wow, was it cool! I was absolutely amazed at these displays. And the designers and builders of these are to be commended because they were absolutely fabulous! If you weren’t able to attend on of the shows, I thought I would invite you to come along on the tour with us! Each landmark United States Capitol Building We’re gonna’ start off with the mac-daddy of the displays…The United States Capitol Building. I wanted to show the girls in this picture just so you could see the size of this thing! It’s absolutely enormous, and took up the entire center of the mall. And make no mistake about it, these displays are equally impressive from the front, sides, and back! The United States Capitol building is located in Washington, D.C. and is home to the Legislative Branch of the US Government. It seats both the Senate and the House of Representatives. It was first … [Read more...]

JAN
11
2015

South Dakota Vacation

Hi everyone! This summer we took a fun trip to South Dakota and I just found the pictures when I was browsing around my computer. And in the spirit of blogging, I thought it would be fun to share our adventures today!  If you haven’t had a chance to visit, there are definitely some things worth seeing there!   Mount Rushmore For example…Mount Rushmore is located in South Dakota. The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is an absolutely breath taking sculpture carved into granite on the side of the mountain. The construction begin in 1927 and features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of four of the United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The park offers a beautiful trail hike where you can get even better views of the mountain as well as an indoor museum and lots of historical information on the creation of this magnificent memorial. Although we’ve probably all seen photos of the memorial, it’s truly … [Read more...]