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