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I hung out with my childhood friend Rhonda tonight and we had fun with Satori at the Pumpkin Patch and then went geocaching. Rhonda made a very talented geocache, she has the eyes for it! It was also my very first cache in Wisconsin! Just two miles away from the house I grew up in even.

Satori scored at the pumpkin patch with all kinds of handmade clothes for her barbie dolls and American Girl dolls.

Updated our facebook photos…

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And a few at the Pumpkin Patch, it was a cooold day so we didn’t post for long.

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Wow, the first time Satori has worn jeans since she was a toddler! She took them off in the car ride home though, hehe.

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Uncle Justin (my brother) and his girlfriend Senaca flew to Colorado to see our family and Ken’s. They were only here for a few days, so we had to make the most of it!

Aren’t they a beautiful couple?

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After meeting for lunch in Boulder, we then went to Evergreen, CO to do some geocaching around their beautiful lake.

The Lake at Evergreen CO

The Lake at Evergreen CO

It was their first time. I gave them both a nice GPS device so they could hunt down the “catches” (as Justin says). Some were harder than others, but we found all 5 that we searched for!

Senaca and Justin Geocaching

Senaca and Justin Geocaching

As we strolled around the lake, I would snap quick little portraits.

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justin & senaca

Goofy little Princess

Goofy little Princess

No Making Out cache

No Making Out cache

I think they were thinking romantic shots, as I caught this after Justin and Senaca together solved the cache “No Making Out”.

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It was a wonderful day, weather was perfect, scenery beautiful, and a good time with family and friends!

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I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to upload some photos and other random thoughts I’ve been meaning to! First off, the weather here has been ABSOLUTELY PERFECT! Mid-70’s, the perfect mix of sun and occasional cloud… We’ve been playing outside on the new playset, been camping, hiking, geocaching, enjoying the outdoors. Thus, not a lot of sit-down learning going on, but no worries, she’s only 4. 🙂

Satori finished the first Handwriting Without Tears workbook, and is now starting the Kindergarten workbook – Letters and Numbers For Me. She loves all the coloring in it and then does a bit of letter practice, hehe. She wakes up in the morning, wanting to work on her “orange book”. She started going through it faster than I was ready, so I hadn’t even looked at the teacher’s manual. Come to think of it, I probably didn’t even need to purchase the TM (teacher’s manual).

Letters and Numbers for Me

Letters and Numbers for Me

The upside of this, is that we’ll get to our lowercase letters that much sooner!

I quickly made an order for the gray block handwriting paper that the HWT program uses, in fact, it was my very first order from Rainbow Resource, which is probably the ultimate, grand-daddy homeschooling online supply site. (They could use a modern interface though, me speaking as a former web programmer.)

I normally don’t combine different thoughts on one blog post, but here’s some more…

Satori has been wanting to make a cake for a few months now. (I hate making cakes, I don’t really like them and they never turn out, I blame it on the altitude as always.) But after she finished her above HWT workbook, our very first official curriculum workbook finished, I thought we could celebrate with Pinkalicious Cake! She also finished Lesson 50 on Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading and Lesson 5 of All-About-Spelling. 🙂

Pinkalicious Cake

Pinkalicious Cake

We got the idea from a book called Pinkalicious, but it was about Pink Muffins. 🙂

Yum!!

Yum!!

Snapped some photos before I cleaned up from the Dino party… We had fun eating the spewn lava – Pop Rocks!

Dino volcano

Dino volcano

And a sample of all the dino posters that Satori drew all by herself, no prompting from me… I like those trees she’s been drawing recently!

Brachiosaurus and tree

Brachiosaurus and tree

We’ve been having fun geocaching a little bit every weekend. This has been a hobby I have wanted to get into for years, if it was just me, I’d have found hundreds already. But I want it to be mostly a family activity, so waiting for the time when David has a free afternoon and it’s a nice day is rare. You can always see what our total geocache count is by looking at the real-time chart up on the right side.

Geocaching has brought our 4-WD truck out a lot, here we are in “our big backyard”. Places that are pieces of paradise to me, with its beauty and tranquility. And the occasional herd of cows in the road.

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few miles behind our house, on 4wd roads…

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Just wanted to share a few photos of our weekend geocaching expeditions.

First up is the lake that welcomes you into Rollinsville from the north. There’s a Peak to Peak cache with this roadside view. I’ve taken many photos of this place, this time I am obviously focusing on the clouds and sky.

Rollinsville

Rollinsville

Next on to Nederland. The “Welcome to Nederland” cache compels you to check out the big Steam Crane sitting in town.

Nederland Steam Crane

Nederland Steam Crane

Then onto the welcome sign. Our first micro (about the size of a business card holder) was hidden somewhere in there.

Welcome to Nederland

Welcome to Nederland

Heading down the mountain to Boulder is “Cassie’s Cache”, a dog-lovers cache. Satori loved this stuffed animal dog, and we left a roll of doggie poo bags and a doggie treat. 🙂

Cassie's Cache

Cassie's Cache

The next day we took our truck and tried out some jeep trails behind our house. The views were magnificent.

Mountains between Rollinsville and Winter Park

Mountains between Rollinsville and Winter Park

The other two geocaches we did Wednesday night were also a few miles from our home.

Boogity Boogity Boogity took us awhile, as our iPhone GPS wasn’t being accurate, but luckily I did save the details on my iPhone and found that it was near a latrine, so that helped tremendously.

Diabetes Travel Bug

Diabetes Travel Bug

Mom then saw a pile of rocks that didn’t look natural and that was it. We left this Diabetes Travel bug, a panda figurine, and toy squirt gun.

Then on to Tommyknocker’s Cache! Luckily mom knew what a tommyknocker was and knew exactly where to look. I am glad I brought Dad out, after determining there were no bears or mischievious tommyknockers lurking inside, he quickly grabbed it! Our first cave, how exciting…

Tommyknocker's Cache

Tommyknocker’s Cache

Satori took a toy snake, she loved it so much it slept on her pillow that night. 🙂 We left the usual – a panda and some other toy trinket. I’ll intend to figure out some creative stuff to leave in caches, but I do think those pandas are cute. 🙂

One of the amazing things about geocaching is discovering and learning things you did not know before. Wednesday night (our 3rd day geocaching) was no exception. We piled in the Pilot and took off down our very own road. Just over two miles into the journey, we came to the Ghost Cache 3 – Perigo geocache. It is the third in a series of Ghost Town caches, at an altitude of 9914 feet. On our way we saw many old mining buildings that I never took notice of before.

We are still new at this and were using my iPhone with my newly purchased GroundSpeak Geocaching app on it to narrow in on the cache. It always said that it had a 56 feet accuracy, so we haven’t been able to get an exact location, but that is the other fun of it, who can spot the cache first! Usually they are hidden under rocks, twigs, and camouflaged pretty well.

iPhone GroundSpeak app

iPhone GroundSpeak app

David started pining after a good old mechanical compass which he thought would help him tremendously. After 15 minutes or so, he’s the one that found the cache. And his prize was a compass of all things! We left this $100 Travel Bug we found at the Peak to Peak Travel Bug Hotel the night before. (Too bad the $100 isn’t real!)

Travel Bug

Travel Bug

We also left a panda figurine and sport bubbles. Can’t wait to visit the two other ghost town geocaches!

Return from Ghost Cache 3 - Perigo

Return from Ghost Cache 3 - Perigo

Tonight Dad joined us on a few geocaching treasure hunts around Rollinsville. I gave him my Garmin watch so he could take the lead while I shot some photos.

David pinpointing the spot

David pinpointing the spot

Satori fell in love with her new fairy.

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Fairy

We left a panda and a few other things.

Geocache Panda

Geocache Panda

Earlier in the day, I took advantage of our local Playfair Toys and got a member’s discount of half off their party favors! I stocked up so that we will always have a little trinket especially for kids in geocaches. But being myself, I will probably be brainstorming some more original and unique geocache treasures…

Geocache toys for kids

Geocache toys for kids