Sunday night, my younger brother, Travis and his wife Kat (sorry, Kat, I don't think I can switch over to Kate) came to stay with us for a few days as they are moving from Virginia to California to start his first job out of law school. When we were trying to plan out what we wanted to do while they were here, his main goal was to see buffalo. For those who don't know Travis, he is a really cool guy, who is also quite quirky and that's what I love about him. For instance, he explained to me how "Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo, buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo," is a legitimate sentence and encouraged Harrison to tell his pre-school teacher that. Anyway, I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to help him meet that goal, because googling "Buffalo in Colorado,"didn't really help. So, yesterday on our way to Colorado Springs he said he was going to look for buffalo the whole way there. Sure enough, he spotted some. So I immediately got off the freeway, put my SUV to the test and off-roaded to as close as we could get to them. Then we proceeded to take a bunch of pictures and observe the "tatanka."
Here are Kat(e) and I showing how the trusty Pilot got us out into the middle of that field with the freeway in the background. This is Elizabeth and me at the Visitor's Center of Garden of the Gods continuing with the buffalo obsession. Here are Trav and Kat at the "Balancing Rock" at Garden of the Gods.Our favorite rock formation was "Kissing Camels." So of course we had to take kissing pictures in front of it.
Trying to get a 20 month old to take a successful kissing picture was not an easy fete, but we did it!
Then we went to the Olympic Training Center, which was pretty cool, especially with the Olympic Spirit so fresh in our hearts!
It's probably a toss up whether the highlight of the day was the buffalo sighting or this next part. For me, I think it was this. Most of you are probably aware of my obsession with Chick-Fil-A. Well, it's now official. Last night we went to the party I won for being a "Chick-Fil-A Raving Fan." A few months ago we were there, done with our food and waiting while the kids played on the playplace. I saw a little sign that said something like, "Tell us why you love Chick-Fil-A in a hundred words or less." Well for me, a hundred words is not enough, but I thought I'd give it a shot anyway. I proceeded to write a short essay while Nate made fun of me the entire time. A few weeks later I received a phone call from Chick-Fil-A and thought, "Oh my goodness, could I have possibly won the contest?" Sure enough, I did. Now, I figured I won a free meal or something of the like. No, I actually won a prize that comes close to reflecting the amount of love I have for the place -- an all you can eat party for 30 friends and family. For those of you wondering why you weren't invited, they wanted to have it on a Weds. night, which is mutual, so I started with the young women and the other leaders (and their families). I wish I could have invited all of my friends and had more family there. But I do have 5 coupons for free food, that we had to raise our right hand and promise we would give to someone who had never tried Chick-Fil-A. So, if any of haven't, first repent, then let me know and I'll give you a coupon so you can become a "raving fan" and possibly have a Chick-Fil-A part of your own one day.
P.S. So much for my totally free day. The elders just called to remind me I signed up to make them dinner tonight. Oh well. At least now if I happen to hear the song, "Have you done any good in the world today?" I won't have to say no. Maybe tomorrow. . . :)