Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Colorado Springs Day 5

Our last day in Colorado Springs! We went to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. My stars, that place is literally on a mountain side. It is uphill pretty much the whole time. Our stroller was loaded down with three children, a cooler, water bottles, sweatshirts and the diaper bag. It was a work out! EJ pushed it the whole time. He is the man! 

We are not off to a good start with this guy.

These sweet little ponies were more my speed.

The bald eagle was majestic. It seems fitting that he is living in this beautiful place.

This little baby Orangutan was fun to watch. I like how the Momma is just laying there like she is over it. She is probably ready for a post lunch nap and her naughty baby wants to play! 

Baby E was snoozing away.

Baby D was saying, "OUT!" He loves animals and he wanted to be near them the whole time.

Daddy and the 5 oldest enjoyed feeding the birds.

A quick stop for lunch. The kids were distracted by the peacock family. It was pretty cute to see those little babies.

The favorite part of their day was feeding the giraffes!

This momma lion had three lion cubs.

Baby D wanted to give Q a hug. These pictures are beyond precious to me. I love these boys!

The zoo has a road that leads to the "Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun". By the time we made it up there, two of our little ones were fast asleep so we didn't get out to explore. The view was beautiful.

Tonights Menu: GF Spaghetti and Salad

Washing up laundry now. Another major benefit of staying in a VRBO home. No massive post vacation laundry pile for me!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Colorado Springs Day 4

First stop, Manitou Springs. I was concerned about using our double stroller for this day. It is a tiny mountain town and our big double stroller would have made it difficult to navigate around the shops, etc. Our fantastic VRBO (rental home) had a stroller and back pack carrier for us to use. This worked out perfectly! Another awesome benefit of staying in their home.

We walked around the town a bit and then made our way to the Penny Arcade. This place was awesome! There were SO many rides and games to play. The kids were thrilled.

Mom and Dad had to get in on the fun too!

Like Mother...

Like Daughter...

This little stinker kept sneaking away. Every time he made a run for it, he headed to this ice cream truck.

It was a fantastic morning!

We ate a delicious lunch in Manitou Springs and then it was time to head off to our next destination.

The Ghost Town Museum

(This is a coffee grinder)

(That is a good lookin' bunch at that saloon bar!)

The boys had been looking forward to this for a long time. Panning for Gold! Both the older boys found little slivers of gold. They could have stayed there all day looking for more.

The youngest three fell asleep in the van on the way to our next stop. The Olympic Training Facility. I stayed in the car to let them nap and the older three went in for a tour with their Daddy.

Last stop of the day...good 'ol fashioned playground fun! This playground is called America the Beautiful. It is a unique playground and the kids loved it. I read that it is in an "urban" area. There were a handful of homeless folks at the shelter area.

Tonight's Menu: Leftovers (I don't want to bring food home)

Tonight we got the opportunity to meet the folks who own our rental home. They are a fellow homeschooling family. They are also in the process of adopting from China. We had a great time visiting with them for a few minutes.