We recently went to the end of school picnic up in Pueblo. Every year, they hold it at the zoo. I still have not made my way around the zoo, even though it is rather small. Each year I always end up spending time with the older two and speaking with their teachers. Seeing as we homeschool through a public school, they have teachers that they contact weekly to make sure they are doing well. They also hold a class or so a week with the kids and are available if the kids need any help. I like it this way as it allows me a little “extra time” to focus on actually teaching the kids or guiding them in the right direction but we also have backup. I think that it is a good thing for the kids to get to know their teachers on a more personal level, especially since they don’t get to see them everyday.
So we have attending the picnic for three years now and I still have not been able to make it around this incredibly small zoo. When every departs and goes their separate ways, there is always only about 30 minutes before the zoo closes. So each year I start out hoping to see more, but still only make it around one corner of the zoo before we have to leave. All the while, I am trying to take photos (they have lovely flowers planted there as well) while my husband is telling me “Hurry up! Hurry up! Are you going to take pictures all day?” Ah, the challenge of being interested in photography when everyone else is interested in running a marathon through life!
I actually did somehow manage to take a few good photos on our trip, despite the rush and all I can say is that I look forward to going to the gardens again soon. This week, we are spending a more quiet, productive week at home. The kids wanted to rush around, but I felt the need to get started on things I really want to accomplish during the summer. Things like that take planning and forward movement… things that are difficult to have without a little bit of quiet reflection. Next week though, we are hoping to go and my camera will be ready! Until then, I hope you enjoy the view. Have a beautiful week.