"It's minature golf mom! C'mon you got to try it!" was the jubilant cry from Emma when Hannah met up with us at the Kangaroo Zoo after work. I hadn't thought Emma had really caught on during our first 18 holes, but she was super excited to try again - I think it was the psychadellic glowing animals.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Emma loved her first trip to @Hogle_Zoo ! This was a super way to wrap up the summer. The facility was more fun than I remembered. I scooted about sipping Diet Coke while Emma raced to elephants, giraffes and monkeys. Emma loved the penguins and the zebras, I loved watching a leopard hiding the corner of it's enclosure. Staff were stringing trees with lights, looks like I already need to start gearing up for Zoo Lights this Dec.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I propose that all learning establishments be housed within Five Guys B&F restaurants. My kid is counting double digits after listening to the orders come up. We wrote a list of numbers below our order number (on our reciept) as the staff called for pickup. It didn't take Emma long to see the pattern that was forming, pretty soon we'd figured out how to count to 100. Now as long as she doesn't need to use the 'teens' we're all set.
Surely there is some magical aura or elixer of learning at Five Guys that produces such results. And imagine the parental involvement and familial participation, not to mention the opportunties to learn a foriegn language (emma likes to practice her spanish with a sweet hispanic woman who works at our neighborhood location) and the possibility for reduced cost from food sales. I need somone to sponser a bill this legislative session! Where's my state senator Greg Bell? Hmm, Lieutenant Govenor now eh? Guess he just dodged that bullet.
Monday, August 03, 2009
We also spent some time geocaching in Salt Lake City and in nearby Parley's Canyon. That was a very rewarding adventure. The caches up the canyon were just difficult enough to make reaching the goal rewarding without discouraging Emma (or myself.) Emma does a great job keeping up with dad and is usually excited to tag along. She did a great job taversing a hill with an extremely steep grade. Though she started out timid and clutching to dad for balance on the rocky and nealy 80 degree slope, she quickly learned that if she moved safely and with confidence her own balance system was superior to clinging to dad.
Even as great as dad is he isn't as cool as a playground when you've spent most of the day in the car. When I stopped to look for my last cache Mom stayed with Emma at a nearby park while I hiked off in the canyon below the interstate. I am still kicking myself for not encouraging Emma more strongly to follow me, becaseu I was treated to a grand experience when I poped up behind some weeds and startled some fawns a mere 100 feet in front of me. They ran to the brush and we spent a few minutes watching each other. Soon another fawn appeared in the opposite direction and let it's self get nearly as close before it realized the situation. It was a super cool experience and a great way to cap off another quick adventure spent geocaching.