Sunday, February 01, 2015

Animals, Butterflies and Dinosaurs

We got to go to the Zoo when frosty winter night to see Zoo Lights.  Wow!  Was that amazing!  A lot of fun, albeit quite cold.

Wish I had a tripod to eliminate much of the blur.

Elizabeth got a big girl’s two-wheel bike from Mom and Dad for Christmas and Santa gave her a red Scooter, just as she wished for.

One of my personal favorite places to go to on a cold winter day…is the (humid and warm) Butterfly Pavillion.

I took Elizabeth to see the Dinosaur Museum one day.  It was small, and there wasn’t a whole lot of engagement for her at this age, but still worth it to pop in.

So, since we were finished in a relatively short time, we went for a hike at Red Rocks down the street.  It was chilly, with rain & snow in the clouds, and lots of mud on the ground.

She loved it.

We slip-slided all over holding eachother’s hands to stay upright.  And she was a trooper.  Three-quarters of the way in, she got tired, but kept hiking because there was no other safe way to carry her.  Thank goodness for chewy fruit treats to re-energize her.

And, thank goodness for some good hiking boots!  Found this purple pair not too long ago and we love them!

We took her to one of the Mesa trails in Superior for her to ride and us to go for a walk.  When she is on her Strider, she is fast and I mean FAST!  We will literally have to RUN to keep up with her when she gets going.  I’m finally getting some exercise again.  Woo-hoo!

We had put both of her bikes in the car, and took a different trail around the lake using her new bike.  It’s amazing how quick she is learning.  This was only the third (?) time outside on her new pedal bike and we’re definitely seeing more confidence and skill.  We still have to hold her seat and help her control the steering some, but soon we’ll be able to let go.  IF we can keep practicing.

She was so fast pedaling this time out that I was the one slowing her down.  It is much harder than I thought to run while hunched over holding her seat and/or handle bar.  Not so good for these middle-aged backs!

More pictures in January’s Album

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