Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sunflower Farms

Cooper started going to the farm when he was 4. He loved it, and Lauren was always a little mad that she did not get to stay too. So last Spring when Lauren was old enough (you have to be 3) we enrolled them both in what they call the Sprout House. One day a week, they get to be farm kids, and climb, crawl, pet and make messes. Who would not love that. Well, thankfully there great teachers took pics and sent us emails to let us know what they little ones were up too. I thought I would throw some up for the Spring and summer days. I know they kids had a great time and can not wait to go back again next summer. ( I might try and see if I can get Lauren in for the spring, but I might be too much with school.... but I hope not).

                    The farm is located near Longmont, CO with beautiful views (Coop in the hat)
 Not sure what they boys are doing, but they look Happy!
 Gotta have water guns for summertime fun (again Cooper in the hat :) )
 See how dizzy we can get
 His teacher told me they were helping with irrigation...not sure, but it looks like we can get messy, so go for it
 More Mud!!!
 Climbing  on a slack line(notice the socks, that at one point were white )
 Nice Huge sandpit
 Get to go on horsie rides, but Cooper did not really enjoy it, he said it was too short, and I am guessing he was not able to just do where ever he want 
 Lauren's class in one of the barns
 Helping Farmer John with some feed (no wonder I am still find corn kernels around my house)
 Nice Hammock rest
 Lauren with a very hairy bunny

Lauren LOVES Sandboxes
 Gotta climb on anything the bigger kids are on
Getting a great push on the tire swing

 Found a great friend to help us when we slowed down
 Everyone loves climbing on hay bales  - again several socks had to go into the trash because so much hay was embedded in them
 Cooper's class in one of the many tree houses

The kids loved going to Sunflower farms, and it was the first time in about 5 years that I did not have a kids with me for a few hours a week, so a win for all. We all look forward to more adventures at the farm next summer. The Sprout House program is amazing and I recommend it to anyone.

Friday, September 05, 2014

A Hiking we will go...

I love to hike, and Joel goes because he love me :). So in talking to the kids we decided to give ourselves a challenge.  We were going to try and hike 40 miles this summer between Memorial and Labor day. Sadly we fell a bit short, but we are going to try and get to our goal by the end of the month.
 Here are a few pics from our last, and Cooper longest hike to Lost Lake, near Nederland.( A little over 5 miles)

Taking a break about a mile in
     Really pretty waterfall we walked past
 Rock Climbing Coop
 What a beautiful place
 Water fall
 We found the Lost Lake

A little note on school. We started Cooper's kindergarten last week and Lauren's preschool this week. It to make sure I am never bored, I have Lauren in the AM and Cooper in the afternoon. I am hoping at some point we can get Cooper in the morning, but at this point I not holding my breath. Both kids seem to really be enjoying it and I am trying to make sure to keep all the times straight in my head. Wish me luck!
Cooper's First Day
 Lauren's First day

Monday, August 25, 2014

Final Road Trip before school

After our successful camping in Wyoming we had earlier this summer,  I decided I we needed to get one more trip in before school started. Joel was not so sure this was needed :). Sadly Lauren came down with a cold a few days before we were planning on heading out.  After going back and forth we finally decided to get busy livin! So, Thursday night we head to Wyoming to camp, before heading on the South Dakota.  We arrived at the campground just before dark, so the kids were able to run around with head lamps for a few minutes before we headed to bed.
 The next morning we woke up and hit the road, wanting to get to Custer State Park before all the camp sites were taken for the weekend. Due to a more the complex camping situation than I was used to, we missed out on a campsite. After a few phones calls, we were back on track, finding a campground near Mount Rushmore. At least we had a pretty drive thru the park.
                                                  One of the many tunnels you drive thru

After getting our tent set up for the weekend we headed to an animal park that several people had recommended. It was called Bear County and it was named well. It was a drive thru park, and they had wolves, reindeer, mountain lions, and a lot of bears. Joel and I were guessing about 50. It was fun and the kids enjoyed it.
Cute Tree with a bear cute into it
 Mountain Goat
 One of the many bear
 This was a big guy
 The bear cubs were so cute to watch!
 Kids liked being out of there car seats the most :)

 At this point of the trip, Cooper wanted to take some pics. So I gave him my camera and he promptly dropped it. So Sadly I have no more pictures  from this point on. We have a few from Joel's phone. The next morning we headed over to the Wind Cave and Jewel cave, for a few tours. Both were great and we had a good time.  Of course we had to see Mount Rushmore (cooper is very happy to be there.....)

By this point I am coming down with Lauren's cold, so we take it easy for most of the day. Early the next morning we make it a priority to get the Mammoth Site Museum, were there have an active archeological site. Cooper really liked it, so it was well worth the trip.
Replica of what a Ice Age dwelling might have looked like
 Cooper (6) and Lauren (3) at dig site
 Cooper holding a replica of a Columbia Mammoth Upper Leg bone, shows just how huge these creatures were

We made it home Sunday with time for me to crawl in bed and not move for a while, but we had a good time and I am defiantly glad we decided to go.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summertime fun

Just a quick post for the Grandma's out there. Here are two short video's Joel put together of our trip to the water park and the bike park.

We went to Water World this last week. Despite having to wait out a short storm we had a great time

Bike riding at Valmout Bike park in Boulder. Lauren is not quite sure she like it yet, but Cooper is doing great.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Birthday Extravaganza's

Cooper is 6..... and I can not believe it. I was thinking than having a party at the park, would be easy. In case you are interested in, it is not. Instead of just showing up at a place and party... you have to bring everything. But the things we do for our little ones.  Well I think everyone had fun, so it was all worth it, but I see Monkey Business in my future for Lauren's 4th.
We showed up about a half an hour before everyone else showed up and we were blessed with great weather, about 80 degrees. Joel put up our slack line, and I getting out the sandwich and other snacks ready. We also brought up our peddle car and scooter in case the little ones wanted a spin. 
                                                   Skylar going down the slide

Dad pushing Lauren in the swing
Reese, Jaxon, and Lauren on top of one of the climbing rocks

After playing and we headed down for some sandwiches, and of course birthday cake. It was a great party and I am glad we had good weather and great friends to help us celebrate.  We had 11 kids between 1 1/2 and 6 years, and no real tears, or any blood. So success!
Birthday Boy looking for trouble :)
Little girl just like her Momma.... we love our cake!!!
The next day we get to celebrate Reese's 5th birthday. Sarah held it at her community pool and we all had a great time. The big surprise was a visit from Anna and Elsa.  Cooper was not as impressed, but let me tell you how excited those little girls were.
We need pretty dresses to spend time with the Princesses of Arendelle
Reese, The Birthday Girl
  We were able to get our face paint to match our swim suit
 Listening to a story
 Again, Cooper not too excited, when we asked if he wanted to listen to a story, he said "No Thank you"
Jaxon and Lauren playing "Who has the Crown" with the Princesses
 Cooper told Dad that if he never saw another Princess it would be too soon! I am guessing at some point in the future his feelings toward girls might change, but for now I will enjoy his disinterest in them.
Still avoiding all the girly girls on the playground

More Proof Lauren is a champ of birthday cake eating (Sadly I did not get a photo from Reese's party, because she had chocolate cake all over her face)

Hope Cooper and Reese had a great birthday!!!