Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Timothy kept saying, "He's waking up, He's waking up..." Unfortunately this bear was most content in this sprawled out position.
The zoo animals carousel was a HUGE hit for Tim. He giggled most of the time. Listen to his laughter in the video below:
The kids liked this bird's mohawk!
The penquins were fun to watch. They were all chasing the one that had a stick in its mouth. First they jumped in, swim to the other side, play awhile, and then start the routine all over again.
As we left the zoo, Phil thought it would be fun to take the kids to see this. We pulled in the parking lot at 2:56 p.m, walked in and made the last tour of the day by just seconds.
A blurb from the factory homepage:
Hammond’s Candy Factory was started in 1920 by Mr. Carl T. Hammond, Sr. Over the last 86 years, the "Mile-high" city of Denver, Colorado has seen a number of fine chocolate and candy manufacturers come and go. But the candy company founded by Carl T. Hammond, Sr, in 1920 is one that is still very much in business.At Hammond's Candies® today, we still make candy the way Carl Hammond made it, with the same tempting recipes and the same careful craftsmanship. Toffee is still dipped in rich chocolate and hand-rolled in crunchy almonds. And hard candy is still hand-pulled to extra-shine. Yet, even with all that handwork, we still make and offer hundreds of different candies. Chocolates and creamy caramels fill our showcases, along with brittles, lollipops, candy canes, and much, much, more.
After watching a short video demonstration of the candy making process, we got to go in and watch the candy makers at work. They definitely use their muscles at this job!!
Our original plan was to go out to eat at one of my favorite restaurants -- Macaroni Grill. So when Phil suggested Casa Bonita, my jaw dropped! He HATES this place almost as much as Chuck E Cheese.
Since it was early (before 5) he thought we'd get right in (we did) and be able to sit near the action (we did) and get back to the hotel early in the evening for some swimming (yep - did that, too).
Timothy's new favorite restaurant is now Casa Bonita - and it's not because of the food....but rather because of the pirate that came to our table and talked to him!!!!
Then to watch the pirate fight and the cowboy shoot-out was simply too much excitement for one day. In a 3 year old's world, tigers and candy and pirates are wonderful by themselves, but all together in one day..... UNBELIEVABLE!!
Don't know haw many blog readers know that I worked for a summer at Casa Bonita. Not much has changed - except the prices of the food! Our recommendation - order the American food rather than the Mexican. However, the chips and salsa and sopapillas are very tasty.
Savannah preferred the edge of the pool.
After Steve came and rescued me and my dead battery at Mardell's, we had an enjoyable time hanging out for the afternoon.
Allie, Sarah and Sarah opted to stay indoors most of the time and play cards.
What do you get when you add a family with 6 kids (and a neice) to a family with 5 kids in the midst of a move??? Swimming in underwear, of course!!
One of the twins - don't ask me which one - and Timothy having a squirt bottle fight.
I think Mark took this picture of Christy and I. Good job for an almost 4 year old!!
Lindsay and Jaylee had a blast on the trampoline.
The girls set this entire operation up themselves. I was surprised by how much traffic they had in front of our house.
Lindsay (holding Sophie who we were dogsitting), Taylor, Sarah R., Allie, Timothy and Sarah anxiously await some customers.
The purpose of the trip was to spend some quality time together as mother and daughter. I also had some special date activities planned for us to do together.
As the other girls get older, I look forward to mother-daughter dates with them also.
Then we did a little swimming and hot tubbing. There were 5 hot tubs in this hotel, one located right outside our door!
Then we went to a nice dinner.
I got Allie a special gift ~ more beads, string and a fancy necklace layout board. She was DELIGHTED!
We spent the rest of the evening beading and then watched a movie.
The next morning we woke up, had a nice breakfast at the table outside our door and Allie soaked in the hot tub again.
I woke up feeling a little under the weather. I learned a few hours later that I had indeed caught the stomach bug that Timothy and Savannah had the day before. UGH!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Savannah, Savannah - you should swim in the water - not drink it.... (and it would help if you were in your bathing suit instead of your clothes when you decide to jump into the pool).
Sheer delight in life!
Allie and Sarah went on 2 different days and participated in this outreach. They said it was scary at first, but as they talked to people about Jesus, it got easier. They both decided that even if people ignored them or threw away the tracts, it was worth it to plant small seeds in peoples' lives.
Here is Kayla with Sarah and another girl from church, Melissa. Allie was with Justin in another area.
After they were done with their "shift", Phil and the rest of the kids came to see the animals and check out the rides. We did not ride any...just watched for awhile.
Phil had the day off so he took a little nap with Timothy, Jack and Savannah. The rest off us drove to the swimming pool for the afternoon.
Ella did a little sunbathing.
Meg got brave and went off the high dive.
....so Missi did as well!