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She just wants to be a cat

This is Claire’s outfit today. (I ♥ almost-10-yr-olds!)

The School Dress Code doesn’t cite “cat ears” specifically, but there is a “too distracting” loophole.

We’ll see if this passes inspection.
She’s such a rebel.

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Edited to add an update! She had them on at Pick-Up! She got to wear them all day. “It’s just a headband, Mom. I don’t know why you were concerned…” she said with a wink. 😉

The Power of Poison – DMNS

Friday, Dad played hooky, and we all ran off to our favorite place: The Denver Museum of Nature & Science! We checked out the new Power of Poison exhibit. It’s fantastic!

Here are some of the pictures I took. Click to enlarge.

Here are some of the pictures I took. Click to enlarge.

Yes, those are real, live poison dart frogs!

My favorite part? The look on the elderly gentleman’s face when he scanned my ID card at the entrance, and I asked him if they were handing out free samples.

They weren’t.

Sadly.

Uh, I mean…allegedly.

🙂

Brick Fest Live will be in Denver!!

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Brick Fest Live is coming the Denver August 28-30 at the Denver Merchandise Mart.
Get inspired, educated, and entertained with LEGO bricks! Play with huge attractions built to set your imagination free and witness mind-blowing creations made entirely of this timeless toy at Brick Fest Live.

Brick Fest Live is coming Aug 28-30 to the Denver Merchandise Mart.
Save $2 with code: DENFAMGUIDE Click here for the coupon! #brickfestlive @usfg

**Oh, YES, we’re getting to check this out in exchange for sharing the word. Do anything for LEGO? Probably… I mean, allegedly. 🙂

The Fort

We’ve upgraded things at The Hotel Rasmussen, and we had fancy-schmancy electronic theatre seating recliners delivered for the Entertainment Room.

With big-ticket items come big boxes.

“I’m going to make Claire a little fort!” my husband declared. “I’ll just use one of the boxes. It will be simple.”

Nothing that man does is simple, so when he got out TWO of the boxes, the hot glue gun, and an exacto knife I wasn’t truly surprised. (The tarp was an addition, because apparently it rains now in Colorado. Who knew?)

Click photos to enlarge.

Fort original location

Claire had a friend over for an all-day playdate, so they were able to play in the fort.

They also took a break, because that can be exhausting.

They also took a break, because playing can be exhausting.

Then, when they discovered raiders on the horizon, they leapt to action.

PROTECT THE FORT!

PROTECT THE FORT!

…so they did with super-soakers. (I then had them water my plants. I’m a practical multi-tasker, if anything.)

I’ll admit, it’s a great fort, but I got tired of it on the deck. So, last night, my two enginerds scoped out new locations.

They found one in the back 40.

They opted to use the natural resources of the area to secure the fort.

They opted to use the natural resources of the area to secure the fort.

The child labor laws have always been lax around these parts.

The child labor laws have always been lax around these parts.

This particular post was installed inside the fort, through the floor, to keep it in place. Worked like a charm!

super cool new fort

It got too dark to take more photos, so I ventured out today to snap some more.

Fort 1

Fort 2

I love it.
I love Claire’s simple, little, tiny fort.

Woodsy Feel of the Fort

It has a woodsy feel.

 

So, to the rest of the visitors headed to The Hotel Rasmussen this summer? Your Guest House is ready. 😉

Concert & a Field Trip

The last week and a half of school is always jam-packed with fun things! Last night, Claire had her Spring Choral Concert.

Spring Choral Concert 2015

Today, I was able to go with her on a Field Trip to Buffalo Bill’s Grave. This year, the parents were allowed to ride the school bus, too!

Peeking back on the bus Closeup

Click the above photos for more detail.

I said, “Hey, Claire!” and then snapped this shot. I’ve blurred out the anonymous in the crowd.

Tomorrow will be even more parties and events, with more of the same next week. The end is in sight!

LEGO Americana Roadshow 2015

The three of us were invited to a VIP Sneak Peek of the LEGO Americana Roadshow in Park Meadows Mall on Friday, April 10th. It was a hike for us “Northerners,” but we picked Claire up from school and headed there straightaway. Traffic was what we expected, and it took us about an hour to get there. We’d timed it perfectly! We love this part of town, but we don’t get much of an excuse to head down there. We decided to make a night of it.

(We may or may not have had a Birthday Boy with us… and as luck would have it, one of our favorite restaurants is located down in that vicinity…) 😉

As with these events, there is swag. This time, the adults got bags, too! Claire made out like a bandit in her swag bag with a LEGO set and all kinds of goodies. We had fun stuff as well, including a free t-shirt from a local shop called Peek…

…for Claire. (So, things may have tipped in her favor.)

The store was cute but pricey. After we got home, I pulled up the store online and I nearly had a heart attack when I saw how much her “free” t-shirt cost. As a friend said, we won’t be wearing that one on Spaghetti Night! It is also true that I’ve lost all sense of what clothing for kids should cost. Regardless of that, the store has super-cute and inspirational things.

But we were there to see the LEGO buildings!

They were amazing. I love seeing how intricate these designs are, and the sheer magnitude of the structures and their complexity is awe-inspiring.

Liberty Bell (this one was life size!)

Liberty Bell (this one was life size!)

The Capitol

The Capitol

Washington Monument

Washington Monument

Waving Flags at the base of the Washington Monument

Waving Flags at the base of the Washington Monument

Can you find Lincoln? He's in there!

Can you find Lincoln? He’s in there!

And just like in real life, this one was a bit smaller than we anticipated. ...but still cool.

And just like in real life, this one was a bit smaller than we anticipated. …but still cool.

So, if you like LEGO structures and have a chance to head down to Park Meadows, you should check this out! It was really cool.

...and while you're there, you can enter to win via Instagram. Or not. We'd like to keep our chances of winning in our favor.

…and while you’re there, you can enter to win some LEGO moolah via Instagram. Or not. We’d like to keep our chances of winning in our favor, thankyouverymuch.

Snow Fort With Tunnels

Today, my two snow-lovers spent a couple hours outside building a Snow Fort with Tunnels!

**As always, click the photos to see more detail.

First, someone ELSE took charge of the Second Round Shoveling, for once.

The child labor laws have always been really lax around here.

The child labor laws have always been really lax around here.

Soon, Dad joined her, and they had the whole place shoveled in no time. The fort they made looked so impressive, I even put on real clothes and went outside on purpose to take pictures!

There are tunnels going all through this fort!

There are tunnels going all through this fort!

Another view, another tunnel!

Another view, another tunnel!

And another tunnel!

And another tunnel!

And, you guessed it...another tunnel.

And, you guessed it…another tunnel. There is a bonus igloo, too!

Girls and Science at the DMNS 2015

Today, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science hosted a “Girls and Science” Event, and it was one of the best events Claire and I have ever attended. I’d stumbled upon this info a couple months ago and saved the date on my calendar. As we got closer, I asked one of Claire’s friends and her mom to join us.

I’m so glad we went together! I daresay ALL the girls had a great time!

The girls had fun gathering the different buttons that were available:

Girls and Science Buttons

There were about 20 different stations, ranging from Computer Science, to Archeology, to Art Preservation, to Weather, to Forensic Art, to Physical Therapy, to Genetics, and on and on.

We were having a great time, despite the medical mishaps.

We were having a great time, despite the medical mishaps.

We got to meet Lauren Whitney from CBS4.

We got to meet Lauren Whitney from CBS4.

She even re-tweeted my tweet and photo! 🙂

Speaking of weather, one of the first stations we did when we got there was so much fun!

Speaking of weather, one of the first stations we did when we got there was so much fun!

As we discovered, Claire’s headband was the same color as the green-screen, so it looked like you could see the map through her head!

THIS was a fantastic exercise in teaching them binary

THIS was a fantastic exercise in teaching them binary

…to make bracelets!

…to make bracelets!

(This bracelet represents Claire’s initials. How cool is that??)

As you may know, I’m a huge fan of binary, as you can see if you click here. 😉

Another fun station was when we used metal thread to sew on circuits to light up the LED.

Another fun station was when we used metal thread to sew on circuits to light up the LED.

Amazing.

All in all, we were there from before the doors opened at 9am until about 4:30 (they closed at 5pm). We even had some time to check out our favorite areas of the museum before heading home.

Thermal

It was a fantastic day, and the girls were so energized from meeting female scientists and seeing how science is integrated into all these different subjects and in such unexpected ways.

Go, Science!
🙂

Practical Joke

We had friends over for dinner tonight. Prior to arrival, we were setting up the details via email.

Our Guests: “What do you want us to bring on Saturday?”
Me: “Dessert would be great!”
Our Guests: “Is there anything that we should avoid?”
Me: “Well, Claire’s not a big fan of green peppers or tomatoes, but I don’t think many desserts require those…so you should be good.”

So, they brought homemade cheesecake!

Practical Joke

…and this is what they put on Claire’s piece.

The look on Claire’s face was PRICELESS.

Edited to add: She was SO polite about it! You could tell she was trying to figure out how to get out of THAT one!

Audio Confusion

Claire is in Chorale at school, and they’ll be singing in a Choral Festival.

Daddy was wondering what horses and the ocean have to do with anything.

“Did you run around in a circle?”
“Were there lassos?”
“…and snorkeling?”

Chorale.
Corral.
Choral.
Coral.

We got him back on the right track.