Sunday, October 22, 2017

Chaco Canyon

We got there late and left early, but we were all awake the entire time, and I'm glad we went. (I'll talk a little in another post about why I'm so happy we were all awake all day yesterday.)

Things you should know about Chaco Canyon-
There are loads of ruins that are easily accessibly, even if you only have a small amount of time in the park.
There are petroglyphs to take a gander at.
The last 17 miles of the road into the park is not paved, and the last 12 miles is not gravel. That last 17 miles takes a good 45 minutes if you're not in a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
There is camping, but only a few spots. I think we'd like to go back and do some camping.
Dogs are allowed in the park, but not at any of the archaeological sites, which means they're not allowed on most of the trails.
Chaco Canyon is a dark site, and they have astronomy programs April-October. This was the main reason we went, but Xavier started shutting down as it was getting dark, so we left before it was full dark. Luckily for us, we had that hour long trip back to the main road, so we stopped at the end of that, got out and enjoyed the stars for a few seconds (it was cold!) before we got back on the road home.
This is the same outfit he wore the last time we were at this restaurant.






This house looks like it is a face.



See the tiny people dressed in brown in a sea of brown? Those are my people.




Petroglyphs are so cool!!!!!




The intrepid explorer. A couple years ago, he wouldn't have even bothered trying to come up here. It doesn't look like it, but the canyon wall just falls away about a foot in front of him.

This may be my favorite color combination.

See? Side of the canyon.






Friday, October 20, 2017

Ch-Ch-Ch-Change

We knew when we moved into this apartment that the kitchen was tiny and we would need more storage space. We took one look at the size of the refrigerator, and started trying to figure out where we could fit a freezer or extra refrigerator. (At the time, nowhere.) We didn't think about needing more counter space to be able to work until we actually started using the kitchen.

This summer, I came up with the bright idea of making the balcony our dining room by moving our table out there and adding a space heater. This has worked out well. For several months, we went without anything in the dining room except a small table. A couple weekends ago, we finally got a small freezer to put meat in, and everyone rejoiced. This was quickly followed by two rolling tables that are just under countertop hight and can be used as workspace. And the whole world rejoiced. As the crowning glory, Xavier suggested adding a gaming table to the space so that we can leave ongoing games out, specifically games that we can play as we walk by, and the Gabriel agreed to bring his chess board out of the dark. The two of them can frequently now be heard sitting at the chess board, talking and laughing after everyone else is in bed. That is this mom's dream.
Putting together a cart.
Dominic is happy enough about this that he let me take his picture.
When pushed together, the tables form a nice sized surface, and even have barstools to provide us with a breakfast area.
The tables tuck away nicely, with the barstools underneath, beside the freezer.
An ongoing games, with a card to flip to tell whose turn it is, and a card to tell when someone's in check. People just walk up and play whichever side's turn it is. Then, if there's been an abysmal move, they ask if I made a move. 

Actually bringing the inside outside. I'll post more pictures after I complete the transition out there.

*And, yes, we've actually had smaller kitchens, but we also weren't really cooking back then. Also, let's face it, we got completely spoiled by the giant kitchen we just left.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Donors Choose

Excellent statue just because- Look at the detail on that shawl.

Have I told you about Donors Choose? I feel like I have, but today I have a reason to talk about them again. Donors Choose is like Go Fund Me for teachers. This organization allows teachers to submit proposals to them to be funded. The proposal gets reviewed and approved before being let loose on the public to acquire funding. I believe that all students needs should be provided for by the general public. I think this speaks to the general welfare part of our constitution. Right now, we just don't have that; until we do, Donors Choose is an excellent way to support our students and teachers directly.

The reason I'm coming to you today about this is that I have a friend who teaches in a school with many English language learners, with 3/4 of the student body being low income. They need rich literature to further their education. She is trying to get funding to pay for two sets of books that would provide all the fourth grade students at her school with literature. Today, Donors Choose is matching any donations made as part of their #FillEveryShelf campaign.

Let's get her project funded. Even if you can only give a small amount, please consider donating to this campaign today. That money will be doubled and help fund the campaign faster. If you cannot donate, or even if you can, please consider sharing this information with others. Thank you.

Go to Donors Choose to donate!

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