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Teddy Bear Picnic

Teddy Bear Picnic

Well, Teddy Bear week is over.  Nathan sure enjoyed having his friend with him at school each day!  They even dressed twice in matching red uniform shirts.  The final event of Teddy Bear week was the Teddy Bear picnic at a park near school, and I was able to join Nathan for the fun.  The kids all enjoyed lunch on the grass with their bears, followed by plenty of time to play on the playground.  Bears were everywhere–one even got stuck in a tree!  The picnic ended with the kids splitting into groups to read the stories they had written about their bears.

Here’s Nathan’s:

“My bear’s name is Buddy Bear.  Buddy Bear is tan and medium sized.  My bear likes to copy me.  I love Buddy Bear because he copies me.”

Well, Buddy Bear, your friendship has lasted over 5 years and seems to be going strong.  Hope you enjoyed your time at school!

 

Heads

Heads

A friend gave Katya a copy of the book Heads for her birthday.  Matthew Van Fleet has lots of fun pop-up action books (Dogs is, of course, our favorite) and this one is full of interesting animals and funny pictures.
 

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On a recent trip to the zoo, Than helped Katya try to find some of the animals in the book.  She wasn’t too keen on being photographed with them all, but Than managed to get a few.  We certainly love our zoo membership (and the good Denver weather that lets us enjoy it so often).

The hippo statue worked better than the live hippoWatching giraffes (with a mouth full of goldfish)
Cavalia

Cavalia

Wow!  Mom, Kaye and I were able to enjoy a fun evening together watching Cavalia.  According to the press release, Cavalia “is an extravagant production involving over 100 performers, including 50 magnificent horses from all over the world, riders,aerialists, acrobats and dancers as well as musicians and a vocalist.”  The show consisted of a variety of horse-centered acts, complemented by live music, well done lighting and projections, and a variety of acrobatic and aerial stunts.  Some of the most memorable parts…

…watching Roman riding, where one rider stands on the back of two horses…then controls four horses…then goes over a jump with all four…then jumps over a 10 foot jump while two horses go under it…then controls six horses!

…trick riding, with just about every way imaginable (and plenty of unimaginable ways!) to ride a horse.

…combining horses on the ground with aerialists soaring through the air, touching down on horses’ backs or holding hands with the riders as they rode.

…a gymnast doing pommel horse tricks, followed by another gymnast performing a similar act on a real horse!

…matched white horses and riders, mirroring each other on either side of a screen of mist.

…the liberty act, where 8 horses ran free and were controlled only by the voice and hand signals of their trainer, who walked on the ground among them. Sylvia_Grande_liberte_2

Definitely worth the steep price tag if you have the opportunity to go!  If not, check out the website–there are some neat pictures.

 

Zoo

Zoo

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We snuck in a visit to the zoo on Tuesday, and were glad we did because Wednesday brought us 1 foot of snow!  It was chilly but the animals were pretty active, and it was good to be together as a family.  Nathan enjoyed checking our location on his map, and Katya had fun trying to explore on her own.

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Zoo

Zoo

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We snuck in a visit to the zoo on Tuesday, and were glad we did because Wednesday brought us 1 foot of snow!  It was chilly but the animals were pretty active, and it was good to be together as a family.  Nathan enjoyed checking our location on his map, and Katya had fun trying to explore on her own.

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Memberships

Memberships

We enjoy having memberships to area attractions, since that is a good way to visit often and bring friends or other family.  It is also nice to feel like you can stay for a short time or a long time and still have it be worthwhile!  I appreciate having a way to get out of the house and spend time with the kids without having to spend tons of money (which is what inevitably happens when I try to spend time by randomly going shopping with no purpose).  Here is Nathan at the zoo last week…

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State Fair

State Fair

Saturday we enjoyed a trip with Kaye, Bryan and Rayce to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.  Although it took a while to get there, I think the experience was worth the effort! 

Favorite Things:

Katya–live animals of every kind, especially chicks, horses, and cows

Nathan–people watching, rabbits, smoked turkey legs, sandbox filled with dry corn to play in

Michelle–photography in the fine art gallery, watching Katya watch animals, fry bread tacos

Than–fine art gallery, funnel cakes, showing Katya the horse riders while she “trotted” up and down in his arms,

Katya loved the little chicks–she giggled every time she managed to touch one.  (For a classic example of the difference between my two kids, at this moment Nathan was ignoring the cute, fuzzy and apparently intimidating live animals and watching chickens on a display video next to the cage!

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Katya and Rayce, enjoying some more chicks together.  Nathan liked these ones just fine, especially since the pen also had rabbits hopping around in the sawdust below.

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Funnel cakes!  A new experience for all the kids, and a classic fair-time-only treat for the grownups.

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Quote

Quote

“Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things of life.”  –James Byrnes

I think even the best of my friendships suffer because of my own self-interests, but I do know that occasionally I experience the rare moment of selflessness that is truly something beautiful.  I am fortunate that I have many friends who extend to me kindnesses that are not necessarily in their own best interests.  They may not be perfectly selfless, but they sure look that way to me!  I think the only perfect others-focus can be seen in Nathan’s friends here…

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DOG

DOG

Yep, that’s Katya’s favorite word.  She thinks that the majority of animals in the world, especially ones in books, are dogs.  She will even vehemently argue with you if you try to suggest that maybe that picture is really an armadillo or a tiger or a hedgehog.  She listens for dogs, watches for dogs, talks about dogs, carries around toy dogs, and loves to read about dogs.  Which explains her current obsession with this book…

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Dog, by Matthew Van Fleet, is a touch-and-feel, pull-the-tab, toddler type book with rhyming text accompanying photographs of all kinds of dogs.  Katya searches it out and likes to have it read several times in succession.  She tries to carry it around, but it is too big for her so she is often frustrated and needs to have it read again to console her!  What was once a cute book is becoming an object that I feel like running away from, but it is still fun to see her enjoy it.  She giggles delightedly when you agree to read, so I guess that is worth the endless repetition. 

Fortunately, the library has other books about dogs so we get a little variety…!