The Good List #7 | Denver and Family Fun Stuff

I could just say, "SCHOOL IS OUT" and that would about cover our Good List for right now.  I'm so happy to be out of the hustle and bustle of school drop-offs, lunches, and homework.  We decided to go old school and bring back 'quiet time' in the afternoons--just like when these pre-teens were pre-kindergarteners! 

We stay active in the morning around Denver with museums, classes, Lego creating, and the pool and then after lunch, we all get some much-needed screen time.  We're on week 1 of our new system and I'm feeling really good about it.  I'm more present with them in the morning because I know I will have dedicated work time in the afternoon (with no interruptions!). 

So here are some of the things I'd love to add to our Good List:

1.  Sleepovers (in your sibling's room!).  I can't imagine sleeping on the floor anymore, but the kids love it!  It's like indoor camping to them. 

A sister sleeps with her sleeping mask on while her brother waits for her to wake up from their sleepover in Denver, CO. | Kristiina Craven Family Photography

I'm surprised Kate survived the walk through Townes' room and was able to find a clear spot for her sleeping bag.  Also, this face mask that I handed down to her cracks us up.  She wears it pushed up on her head most of the time when she's hanging out in the house.  And she definitely uses it when she sleeps.  Funny.

2.  Denver Chalk Art Festival in Larimer Square Every year we try to branch out and explore Denver and Colorado a little more.  I had this chalk art festival on my calendar for weeks and I'm glad we made the effort to go.  It wasn't as crowded as I expected and the Denver weather did not disappoint!

Denver's Chalk Art Festival in Larimer Square 2017 as shot by Kristiina Craven Photography.
Examples of works in progress at Denver's 2017 Chalk Art Festival in Larimer Square as shot by Kristiina Craven Photography.

I brought my "granny hat" because Denver's intense sun is no joke.  But Townes was really struggling with the bright sun (and the smoke from the cookout), so I let him have it.  I love that he just doesn't care what people think!

A boy wears a sun hat to shade himself during Denver's 2017 Chalk Art Festival in Larimer Square as shot by photographer, Kristiina Craven.

Also: SELFIES.  These cracked me up.  We found an old iphone and Kate brought it with us to the Chalk Art Festival.  You could say she enjoyed herself....

A sister uses an old iphone to take selfies of herself and her brother in downtown Denver's 16th Street Mall as shot by Kristiina Craven Photography.

3. Denver Museum of Nature and Science Membership.  This membership is worth every penny...and then some.  I love that we can come and go as we please and there's no pressure to see everything in one visit.  That said: this latest visit was nearly FOUR HOURS long.  That's about two hours past my limit.  But who am I to stand in the way of fun and exploration?  Here they are, making me proud:

Two pre-teen kids pose like goofballs outside of the viking exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Colorado.  Photo by Kristiina Craven Photography

And another proud moment in the Viking exhibit gift shop...

Two pre-teen kids play with the viking swords in the gift shop of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Colorado. Photo by Kristiina Craven Photography

After the Viking exhibit Townes insisted on visiting the Health exhibit (that we go to EVERY TIME), so Kate and I opted out.  We got bored sitting outside of the exhibit, hence this reflection shot :)  I'm never bored with my camera in hand!

A girl sits against a glass wall and her reflection shows at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Photo by Kristiina Craven Photography

4. Creating a "magic box" (that looks more like a cylinder to me, but what do I know?).  Kate is so crafty--she's always creating.  I love that she's at the age where she needs little or no help from me.  She saw this "magic box" in her latest Gravity Falls book and I happened to have all of the pieces she needed to make it. 

A girl and her father check out the trees while looking through a "magic box" that she created from a Gravity Falls book.  Photo by Kristiina Craven Photography

5.  Our dogs.  Kate said this morning, "Our dogs bring me so much joy!"  That's such an old lady thing to say, but she's right.  I know these rescue dogs have a great life with us, but what we get from them far exceeds what we give!

A black chihuahua terrier rescue dog stands next to a plotthound rescue dog in Denver, Co as photographed by Kristiina Craven Photography.

So that's what we've been doing with the kids around Denver and what has topped our Good List lately!  :)