Denver Museum of Nature and Science – field trip

One of the joys of living next to a large city, is the many places that you can go on field trips.  Denver has a multitude of museums that we can choose from.  One of our favorite museums is the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. We love it so much, we bought a membership for the family.

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has wonderful programs and Imax movies that they play.  The one we saw yesterday was the Journey to the South Pacific. It is a beautiful story of a boy growing up in the islands of the South Pacific, discovering and learning all about the sea life that surrounds him.  We are looking forward to seeing the other Imax movies they have showing at this time.

Kids at the Shuttle docking game.

Kids at the Shuttle docking game.

Another favorite area of the museum, is the Space Odyssey section.  This area covers anything and everything that you want to learn about Space.  My kids love to sit at the Shuttle docking game and try to park the space shuttle.  I also love the many workers and volunteers that talk with the kids and let them ask any question.

Sarah and Claire checking out the seals.

Sarah and Claire checking out the seals.

I think my favorite area is the Wildlife section.  They have different animals from around the local area, to the whole United States and even animals from around the world.  The kids can read about these animals, look at what their habitat looks like and see what all they eat.

Sarah and Samuel talking about the Walrus'.

Sarah and Samuel talking about the Walrus’.

While we haven’t seen some of these animals alive, like the walrus and sea lion,

Claire reading about the Bison.

Claire reading about the Bison.

in the area we live in, we have seen live bison,

Samuel reading about the Elk.

Samuel reading about the Elk.

elk and deer.  In fact, we see these often when we ride through the Rocky Mountains.

Kids reading about animal scat.

Kids reading about animal scat.

We enjoyed this little impromptu field trip.  I love going places with the kids like this.  There is so much hands on learning and it really does bring education and learning to life.  If you ever do get out to Denver, CO, I highly recommend going to this museum.

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Denver Aquarium ~ field trip


Yesterday, they kids and I went to the Denver Aquarium with some others from our homeschool group. The Denver Aquarium held classes for 3 different age groups, for our kids.  My younger kids went to the “Sensational Sharks” class and my oldest went to the class that took them behind the scenes of the Aquarium. They learned all about how the aquarium operates and how they take care of all the fish and animals that live there.
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homemade baked macaroni-n-cheese ~ recipe


For the last year or so, our family has tried our best to eat healthier, a lot more vegetables, fruits and proteins. Sometimes though, we just crave that southern comfort food, that we grew up with. Macaroni-n-cheese is one of those dishes that just brings us back home, to our roots. We don’t eat this often, but enjoy every bite of it, when we do bake it. This is a dish that can be a
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Moist Pound Cake ~ recipe


Since we moved to Colorado, I have had a hard time adjusting to the higher altitude, with my baking. While I have been able to tweak most of my recipes, to begin with, the one recipe I have had such a hard time with is my dad’s Moist Pound Cake.  The problems would stem from rising and overflowing, to collapsing and being very dense.  No matter what I tried, I just could not get it
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changes in history curriculum for 2014…


We started the 2013-2014 school year trying out a new history curriculum.  I was wanting to do American history with my kids and was having a hard time locating one I thought would work.  The two previous years, we had used Mystery of History from Bright Ideas Press.  Bright Ideas Press history, All American History, looked a little too challenging for my younger kids, so I choose My Father’s World: Adventures in U.S. History. The first
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