We decided to enjoy some local fun today.

If you know much of anything about the Black Hills, you know our area is rich in history – dinosaur history! The Boy loves the “Dinosaur Museum” in our town. So today we took him to see another. This one has been around for a long time and is on the campus of Josh’s Alma Mater – South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Wait, check that. They’re trying to be just “School of Mines” now. (That’s fine. That leaves MY Alma Mater as Da Tech.)

Back to the business at hand. On campus is the Museum of Geology.

Manny! Sorry to see you this way…

There are also a variety of fun historic fossils and rocks and bits gathered from around the world. All of which kept the littles entertained.

Or at least they tried. “Nigh-nigh!” Yea, someone missed her afternoon nap.

The artwork kept the “adults” entertained.

Dude! My head!

Josh was happy – his favoritist display from his youth was still there. (I told you this place has been around for a long time! *snerk*)

They appear to be a number of unassuming rocks. In a rather dark room. Until…

Oooo! Magic!

We colored a few stencils for the Boy. The girl ran around and created a ruckus. We even managed to leave the gift shop without spending a penny and without any fight about it. Good thing too. Because the rest of our trip to the Big City was spent visiting Big Blue and Maynerds. Yup. Spring might just be on it’s way, so it’s time to get to work on some projects. Some wood to finish off the mudroom project. Some lattice to cover the bottom of the porch. Trim pieces to cover the posts on the porch. Some fasteners to fix our dining room chairs (the screws don’t want to stay after the recover project). Wire fencing for my garden gates to keep the !)@*# deer out. Oh and some sonic spikes for the pocket gophers. Yes, landscaping is the order of the day (summer). Also on the list: a sandbox for the Boy and fixing the swingset that took a tumble in an early storm.

And before I forget – a wonderful song for you (and your kids) to enjoy! Caution – it’s addicting and you will likely catch yourself singing it at odd times.