Thursday, October 23, 2008

Denver Zoo

Fall is such a great time to go to the zoo... the summer crowds are gone, the animals are more active due to the cooler temperatures and the colors are beautiful! Elizabeth just loves the zoo and we decided to have a mommy/ daughter day there last Sunday. I let Elizabeth explore the zoo at her own pace, so needless to say, we only saw about 8 exhibits in two hours. It was interesting as she really did not have any interest in the big animals like the lions, polar bears and giraffes. She wanted to see the animals up close and at her level. So that meant lots of birds!
Elizabeth walked back and forth to see the penguins and the ducks about 15 times each. She would walk away like she was ready to see something new and then be delighted to return to see that the penguins or ducks were still there!
Her favorite activity of the day was chasing around the peacocks and Canadian geese, each activity lasting over 20 minutes (hence why we did not see very many exhibits at the zoo!) It amazed me that she was so interested in them.
When Elizabeth could not catch the peacock, she resorted to a different tactic, crawling to sneak up on the bird, but that did not work either. Oh well, maybe next visit to the zoo!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

It was a beautiful Colorado day today and Elizabeth had a fun time picking out her pumpkin at the pumpkin patch.

I have very fond memories of my mom and dad taking my brother and me to the pumpkin patch when we were growing up. I can still taste the hot apple cider, fresh baked apple pie, candy apples and vividly remember the hay rides around the corn fields. I asked my mom about it this evening and she said that the pumpkins were already picked and cleaned up and put in a nice grass field for "picking." As you can see from this picture, the pumpkin patch today was nothing like my childhood memories. But that didn't seem to matter to Elizabeth! The muddier the better!