UTAH! (a seatbelted-boy assisted poem)

Part of road-trip fun is creating activities to keep the kids stimulated. Yesterday, I asked them to look out their windows and to describe what they saw. With some prompting, they provided the following feedback: blue mountains, red and orange sand, a whole bunch of shrubs like a family reunion, things that looked like sphinxes (couldn’t narrow down which landscape feature, but you can use your imagination). I pulled together the ideas and created the following poem:

Ten blue tables set for queens.

Egypt cottons – red, orange, green

Laid out neatly on the land

Wait for jugglers, dancers, bands.

Shrubs all mingle – maiden whispers –

“Who shall join the Cirrus sisters?”

Sphinx or Tut seem apropos

But only West is in the know.

Cooling Breeze provides fanfare –

Marks entrance of the royal pair.

Sun sets down to banquet feast,

While Moon arises from the East.

The poem isn’t perfect, but the boys loved their finished product. It even opened up an opportunity to discuss rhythm in poetry. I altered a few words breaking the pattern and repeated the poem. They both giggled at how silly the poem sounded. Gotta love that!



Purple Mountains Majesty

Purple Mountains Majesty

Sojourning through Rocky Mountain National Park was breath-taking. The elk, deer, marmots, waterfalls, and boulders drew our gaze on numerous occasions, but our eyes mever strayed for long, always returning to those purple mountain majesties.

Go, go rhino!

Go, go rhino!

One of my FAVORITE places to visit here in South Florida is Lion Country Safari (http://www.lioncountrysafari.com). Seeing animals roam in a free-range environment is exhilarating, especially when these armored brutes coming strolling alongside your vehicle. Just heed the warning signs: Rhinos may charge! Great fun for nature-loving moms and kids alike!