Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Centennial Lakes Park (between the rain)

paddle boat docks

"With a 24-acre park and pond, Centennial Lakes Park offers the ultimate urban escape. The park features more than 1.5 miles of paved pathways meandering around a 10-acre lake interspersed with beautifully landscaped grounds, formal and informal seating areas, swinging benches and fountains."

I guess that sums it up pretty well except they left out the paddle boats which I haven't tried yet but will sometime without the dog. They also have a amphitheater that has live bands and different venues of music activities.  In between the rain and sunshine today I ventured out with the dog to enjoy Centennial Lakes Park. I have been trying different parks, ball fields and dog-friendly areas to take Bandit.  He is VERY high strung and needs massive amounts of stimulation. I have exhausted myself with group obedience training as well as individual training to no avail. He is constantly at my heel wanting everything under the sun and walking him, well, needless to say, he walks me. Then I came on a Netflix series called "The Dog Whisperer". Outside of using a choke collar (I don't believe in negative reinforcement) the guy was great. I guess there is some truth to the boredom they can experience going to the same place all the time (in this case, the backyard). I learned a lot more about ME being the alpha dog, I incorporated the Gentle Leader collar and the rest is history. Granted we need to go to different places but Centennial Lakes Park is so atmospheric and large that you can cover a small area in enough time for a good experience for both of us. We also can cover a new area each time we visit. I'd have to say it's turned out to be one of our favorite haunts. They even provide doggy elimination bags for your convenience. There are lots of birds, squirrels and other dogs to satisfy the most active dog minds. When we get home I can't even find him since he crashes on the floor somewhere for about 3 hours afterward. If you don't have a dog, take a kid. Better yet, you can borrow my dog! You'll have a blast!

father and son playing mini golf on east side

Saturday, May 4, 2013


The one that turned us into a family instead of a couple even though it took 25 hours of labor to do so. The one that loved being read to and sometimes I had to go into the next chapter of a story because the suspense was killing us both. The one that introduced me to my grey hairs on top of my head although not literally. The one that loved dinosaurs and asked me once what they did with their time living in heaven. Do they???? And finally, the one that has blessed our family immensely in so many ways. Happy birthday, David.