Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Living in Denver can be a challenge when it comes to entertaining your family on a budget! Over the past few years the weather can be a factor sometimes. You never know in Colorado, one day it's freezing and snowing and the next it's sunny and almost enjoyable outside. There are also days that you ask yourself "is it really winter?" Believe it or not it has been known to get up to 70 degrees in our coldest months (December thru March)!
I have tried to come up with a list of things to do in Denver that are family friendly and affordable (free or close to). So for those of you who live here or want to visit someday I hope this is helpful.
Littleton Museum is free to get into and fun for the kids. It has two farms dating back to the 1800's, old barns, a blacksmith shop and an old house. It is really neat to see how people lived back then and it is so much better in person than looking at pictures!
Chatfield State park is fun if you like to be outdoors. The lake is huge, there are a ton of trails to hike and wildlife to see. At the end of summer there is the hot air balloon festival, during the winter they have sleigh rides and pumpkin patches. It is $6 to get in for a day/per car.
Dinosaur Ridge is cool for the older kids. It's free, so it's cool for the parents also. It's a little hard for the little ones to understand dinosaur fossils and footprints! My youngest thought we were going to see real dinosaurs. He was really disappointed!
Heritage Square has free admission. You can go in and wander through the shops, people watch and if you want to spend minimal money you can get some ice cream or ride the train. There are rides for the kids and a pond with bumper boats. For the big kids there is an alpine slide! I have to admit, I have lived here my whole life and have never riden it.
If you have the patience for crowds and strollers you can visit the Denver Zoo or the Museum of Nature and Science on one of their free days. The best way to go with the zoo is to buy a membership ($80 for the family) and it's good for a year. You can go once a week, take a picnic lunch and not spend a dime if your kids will let you! During the winter they have zoo lights. It is so fun to go to and very beautiful with the whole zoo covered in Christmas lights and decorations. I haven't purchased a museum membership before, I can't see my kids wanting to go there all that often, but they do have a really cool IMAX theater and planetarium for when they get older. The big dinorsaurs are a little intimidating for the little ones!
For those freezing cold and snowy days there is Sledding Hill. It's at the corner of Ken Caryl Ave. and Kipling street in Littleton. It is a huge hill that is perfect for sledding. They constructed a new parking lot this summer, making it a little easier to find parking.
Foothills recreation center has a lot of actvities for the kids and parents. My kids really enjoy the indoor swimming pool, the baby gym and taking art classes there. The baby gym is at the Lilly gulch center and it allows parents and children under the age of 5 to go in (for $4/child) and play in the gymnasium for an hour. The little ones love running, jumping, swinging, dancing and just being silly there. They take really good naps afterwards!
The Rocky Mountains and foothills (Tiny Town, Morrison, Red Rocks park) are always good for a drive or a hike and it's free. Generally speaking of course, you still have to pay for the gas. If you go in the fall it is worth every penny! There are plenty of hills to go sledding, there are little towns to go have lunch and site see or you can just drive to your hearts content!
If your not a mountain type person you can go downtown via car or the lightrail. There are soooo many things to do down there. You can wander down 16th street mall, Larimer square or go see the Capitol building across from civic center park. It's all free so you can spend some cash and grab some food! There are plenty of places to stop. Lots of people watching (yes that can amuse you for a whole day). Interesting window shopping and many attractions that can cost a pretty penny! There is just too much for one day.
There are the Elvis Cinemas (dollar movies) on Bowles and Kipling if you need to get out of the cold. You can get your whole family in there for the price of one admission ticket to the new release movies! The only downfall is they also charge an arm and a leg for the concessions. It's a decent theater for what you pay.
I will need to brainstorm to come up with some more ideas! I hope this has helped out in the boredom/broke department. Coming from a broke and bored mom of 3 I hope you can get a little information from this one!!!!
Monday, October 27, 2008
If there is one thing I cannot stand it's a kid with a runny snotty nose. I try to be gentle but after a full day of wiping they are raw and sore. I swear they have been like snot faucets all day. Now they are getting a dry hacking cough (probably due to the snot). What's a mom to do? Your not even suppose to give them cough/cold medicine anymore! I love what the doctors tell you "just keep them comfortable, use a humidifier, and keep liquids in them". Yeah that all works in the long run but my kids want relief NOW.
Last night the baby was miserable and neither one of us got any sleep. I think I was up with him 4 times and then we finally got up at 4:30 am. Ugh. So I half slept on the couch while he watched his movie. Now this evening he is even more miserable. I can see that I wont be getting much sleep tonight either. So I did what I know is safe for him.
- Torture him with the booger sucker
- Slather him with Vaseline and baby Vicks
- Give him some Tylenol
- Prop his pillow to practically sitting position and pray for sleep (for all of us)
Is that enough? Will he be able to breathe and sleep at the same time? I really wish we could come up with a solution to making our poor snotty, coughing kids feel better. So wish us sleep for the night!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Don't get me wrong, I do work, I leave my house 3 days a week to kiss asses (sincerely) and refill drinks etc.... for tips and $4 an hour. But some days I feel like it's a waste of time. Seriously $40 for a lunch shift, to have rude and disrespectful people (50% of them) run your ass off for 3 hours and not even say thank you or even acknowledge you? Come on people, would it really hurt to give me a 20% tip?
It was just enough to put $20 into the car payment envelope and the rest went towards tonight's dinner and lunch tomorrow.
If ANYONE has a freaking clue how to solve my problem feel free to spout them off!!!! Thanks for letting me rant now I need a drink.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Now comes the fun part......cleaning the chunks of curdled milk off of my carpet and the 7 different pieces of clothing. I have learned in the past few months, if I just throw the clothes in the washer I end up finding these mozzarella like chunks in it after the clothes are clean. Umm yeah that is really disgusting picking them out of my washer. Eventually I learned to take the stuff out to the yard and power wash the puke off with the hose, the birds will eat it or something. But since it hailed tonight and it's a little chilly out, I will attempt to do it in my sink. Eeeewwww. Now I need to go scrub the smell out of my carpet, I refuse to smell that in my sleep all night!
So that's my exciting story for the night....now I'm going to take a shower!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Rebekah - for being so brave during surgeries!
Ashley - she always has a funny story
the queen - this woman is hilarious
Tasha - I'm really impressed with all that she is doing
Angie - I love anything about police and what they do
I have yet to come across her name but she has given me a few dinner ideas for that daily question! What's for dinner??????????????
Friday, October 17, 2008
Today Shay and I went on the third grade field trip to Downtown Denver. We couldn't have asked for a better day. It was beautiful and sunny and just about perfect. I have been looking forward to this for a few weeks now because I was feeling a little neglectful towards Shay as I haven't been on a field trip with him since Kindergarten! I guess that's what happens when you have two babies one after another. The oldest gets left to fend for themselves and forgotten in the dust storm (of diapers).
We, meaning 130 3rd graders, a lot of parents and a few teachers made our way to the light rail station for the 20 minute trip to downtown. Once there our small groups went our separate ways to go explore our great city.
I had this feeling that in the 4 hours that we had to wander, we would run out of things for the kids to see! Boy was I wrong. We needed 12 hours to see just a portion of the city. Being a Colorado native, I never realized just how much there is to see, do and learn about! The only time I get downtown is when we go to the bars, to drink, in the dark.
First we went to Union Station (I had never been there before!). It's old and has a very historical feel to it. It was empty and kind of sad because it hits you that no one takes a train anymore. Not unless it's a special trip. I think I saw one person in there buying a train ticket.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Serious? Let me get this straight, for those of us who spend our days cleaning, picking up and cleaning some more, we get to live longer and earn extra time to keep doing it? WTH?
Who would have thought?
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Yes that is me trying to put the sheets on the top bunk bed in my kids room.
The stupid bed is pushed up against a wall so you can't get to the back side of it and there is a rail for keeping my child in his bed on the outer side.
Seriously, I'm not tall enough to just stand on the floor and put them on. Nor can I walk around it and struggle from the ground. Noooo, I have to climb up the ladder and crawl around on the bed trying to stretch these sheets (that I always manage to be kneeling on) across the mattress, keep them tight enough to stay on the corners all while trying not to slam my head into the ceiling or sound like I have turrets. And that's just the fitted sheet! I have to repeat the process with the top sheet and the comforter! Yes you can laugh at me, I do everytime I have to change these blasted things.
Origianally the deal was that Shay needed to make his bed every morning. I have let that slide because if I can't get it made what makes me think that he can get it made!
The bottom one is easier but just as annoying. It never fails the I guage my distance wrong and whack my head on the top bunk when I attempt to stand up.
All in all I end up sweating my ass off like (as my husband puts it) a whore in church. Asking myself why did we pick bunk beds?
There I feel better now.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Here's the short story. We live on one of the main streets into/out of our neighborhood. The speed limit is 20mph or less (I'm not sure). There is a bend that has a major blind spot right in front of our house. Well people seem to think that it's 40 mph and could care less if the 25 or so kids on our block are out either walking to or from school and playing with their friends and riding bikes. You know how well they listen when you tell them to stay out of the street! They don't. Anyway, we have lived here for a year and a half and I have called the sheriff at least 10 times to request that an officer come and patrol or at least get a sign that shows you how fast you really are going. Pretty simple request right? I have even tried to sweeten the deal by explaining that my hubby is an officer in another city. Um no. Have NEVER seen a police car out here or seen anything done about it. What's a bitchy mom to do?
Well I have begun yelling at the stupid ass people who come flyin through here like it's a freaking freeway. I think I am known as the bitch of the block, but I really don't care. If my kids or anyone Else's get hurt or killed there is going to be a HUGE lawsuit.
So today I am pulling into my garage and this lady going the opposite direction flys past me and I scream at her to slow down. The bitch (and her husband and 2 children) turns around and pulls up to my house!!!
Here's how the conversation goes....
Fat ass - "who do you think you are yelling at me in front of my kids? I live on this block and I have kids that play here too. I was going 15 mph."
Me - "you were not going 15 mph and I am sick of you people hauling ass down this street."
Fat Ass - "Well I wasn't speeding and I wont put up with you harassing me!"
Me- "What ever." as I turn around to walk away trying not to bust out laughing.
Fat Asses Husband - "Yeah whatever lady"
I guess that was his way of backing his bitch up. LOL. Who was harassing who in front of their kids? I thought it was hilarious and had to call and tell B (my hubby the cop) all about it. He immediately went into fight mode and wants to know where they live and what they drive!!!
Well I guess I have made my first official enemy of the neighborhood!!! Come this winter they are going to get bombed with snowballs for speeding.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
We will be holding our 2nd fall party this weekend. I have invited about 65 guests and that's including about 30 kids! Yes, call me crazy. We have a huge back yard that the kids can play games in, the adults can have a washers tournament, and everyone can relax and hang out.
Well that was my plan until I saw the forecast. Ummmm, 45 freakin degrees and rain??? Figures,OMG where am I going to put all of these people in my house? How in the hell am I going to entertain all of these kids?
Soooo today I have been racking my brain trying to think of indoor activities for them to do and come up with enough seating. You know that saying "everyone always ends up in the kitchen"? Well my kitchen cannot accomodate 50 people!!!! It barely holds me and my family at once.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE throwing a party and I'm sure it will all work out great. It's just that I have never attempted to pack that many people in here before! We will be making shredded BBQ pork and everyone is bringing a side dish so we will have plenty of food.
I myself plan on having one too many drinks and sleeping in on sunday morning! Ha ha that's funny huh? No I will end up being so busy taking care of everyone else that I will forget to eat and lose the many drinks I pour for myself, go to bed really late, and get up really early with the kids.
That's the life of a mom huh? I will have a post party post, so wish me luck and pray for a weather change!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Then it was the "flame" stage. If it had flames on it he wanted it. Shoes, shirts and hats. I dont think we went as far as having them on any of his pants (thank god). Now that I think about it I'm not quite sure he has grown out of that stage yet.
Nope, he has decided to pair it with anything Camoflauge!!! OMG he cannot pick out an outfit that even remotely matches. I swear he does it just to annoy me!!! It has been weeks since he and I have not argued about what he is wearing and why he can't wear it to school.
Here are just a few of his selections just this week.
Camoflauge with a MESH sleevless shirt (couldnt get anymore white trash than that huh).
Then there is the all black with flames. He would wear this one everyday if i didnt give a shit about what he looked like!
Hey some of these might be great for a wordless wednesday huh?!