Along with all these facts and figures we discussed while putting up our Colorado wall tonight, the kiddos also learned that the state bird is the Prairie Lark Finch, the state tree is the Blue Spruce, the state flower is the Rocky Mountain Columbine, and the state is nicknamed "The Centennial State" because it joined the Union in 1876 which was the centennial anniversary of the founding of the United States. Also, as my post title alluded to, the word Colorado actually means "colored red". Kayla unfortunately didn't get to join us in putting up the wall (oh it's been a long day for Kayla...) but Noah was especially taken with the mountains and the skiing. I had a hard time conveying just how large the Rocky Mountains were and what a challenge they presented in the settling of the rest of the country, but hopefully as the week goes on I'll be able to continue to convey this to them.
We also had a dish named after the capital of Colorado for dinner tonight - Baked Denver Omelet. The origins of the dish are up for debate, but among the legends of why a Denver omelette is called a Denver omelette is that the name was given by cooks working on the transcontinental railroad. Others credit the Denver omelette's origins as being on long cattle drives. Regardless of where it came from, my trio scarfed it down tonight. I also made Colorado Munchies for dessert. I have no idea what they have to do with Colorado, but they were sure yummy :-p
It's Day 3 of the Olympics and we had our Indoor Snowman Building contest today. I cut out a whole bunch of pieces that when assembled correctly looked like a snowman. After scattering them around the room, everyone was timed on their ability to assemble the snowman correctly. Any guesses as to which Gatchel prevailed today? You'll have to check out the pictures below :)
Tomorrow we're going to get to open some mail from Colorado and the Olympics will be bringing some Snowball Ring Toss. I also get to help out in Noah's classroom for a bit in the morning so looking forward to that. Looks like it'll be another great day at the Gatchel's! Until then...
Colorado Fun Fact of the Day: Colorado is the only state in history, to turn down the Olympics. In 1976 the Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Denver. 62% of all state Voters choose at almost the last minute not to host the Olympics, because of the cost, pollution and population boom it would have on the State Of Colorado, and the City of Denver.
Noah assembling the snowman
He finished in 55 seconds!
Kayla gives it a go
Her final time was 1 minute and 32 seconds
I made it a little more of a challenge for Grant by spreading the pieces around the kitchen first
He finished in 1 minute 23 seconds (I sat this one out as it didn't seem fair for me to participate since I had created the snowman in the first place.)
Celebrating Noah's victory!
Baked Denver Omelet
A Colorado Munchy
Mound o' munchies!
The Colorado Wall