Today is a Professional Development Day for the teachers in our district. That means that there is NO SCHOOL. So, the boys and I are taking a short road trip to Colorado Springs.
Michael’s class is doing projects on the Native Americans of Colorado. So, we going to the Manitou Cliff Dwellings to get pictures and information for the project. Two of Michael’s classmates are coming with us. Then we are going to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Besides Michael’s project, David will get “field trip credit” for going, since the Cliff Dwellings are mentioned in his Social Studies book (and since we are homeschooling Social Studies, I can have him do whatever I think is appropriate for American History).
David, Michael and I went to both of these places last summer with my friend Kathy, who was visiting from Illinois. Since the Cliff Dwellings won’t take all day, I asked my boys if there was anything else they would like to do while we were in Colorado Springs. Both of them wanted to go to the Zoo. David said that the Zoo was “awesome.” So, that is what we will do.
So, while I may be a bit crazy, we are heading out today, hopefully, by 8:30. That should put us in Colorado Springs by 9:30. I expect that we will either get lunch at the Zoo or on the way to the Zoo.
One of the moms asked if I was sure that I could handle this with the kids. Four boys between the ages of 10-13. 3 Fifth Graders and 1 Eight Grader. No problem. I’m expecting it to be a lot of fun! I figure that we need to leave Colorado Springs by 3:00 at the latest to arrive back home in time to get one of Michael’s friends to the High School for his sister’s softball game and then to get Michael to soccer practice. His other friend is going to be picked up at the soccer field, since they live nearby.
It will be a Little Caesar’s Pizza night, our normal Friday night after soccer practice dinner. I am certain that I will be too tired to cook. I am also fairly certain that I will be headed to bed soon after dinner.
Look for a post on Saturday or Sunday with pictures and stories about our adventure!