Friday we did school, then Hannah and I went to the gem and mineral show. Grace stayed home to charge up for her Bob Ross library event.
We dropped Grace off at the Rob Boss (the library couldn’t afford to pay for the rights to the Bob Ross painting thing, so they just called it Rob Boss) paint along. They ended up painting whatever they wanted, lots of happy little accidents. She talked to everyone there and had a great time. We picked up James and headed to Copper mountain. I didn’t look at the map very well. I knew there had been a mud slide because of a hail storm earlier in the day, but I thought 6 was closed off.
No, I-70 was closed AT 6. So it took us 2 hours to go 8 miles. We finally got to our condo at 11:30pm. We stayed up for a bit, walked around the town center with Jack and went to bed late.
We left and drove back toward Frisco, but Jack hadn’t gotten his morning nap, so we went to hike to the troll in Breckenridge to give him time to sleep.
We went back to Frisco for the Fall fest and to walk around the town. The first store had 5 store dogs for Jack to meet.
Creepy doll in another shop.
Since we had such a late night, we went back to the condo to nap, which was nice. Then we went outside to the hot tub. We were letting Jack just wander around, but it’s a good thing that we tied him up because a second later he saw a chipmunk and went crazy.
We had a giant pizza for dinner, watched some random cartoons and then went to bed early so we could wake up and get going about 6am.
It’s only 1 hour 22 minutes from the condo to home, with no traffic, and there is no traffic at 6am. We had time to stop for coffee, then got home, unloaded the car, started laundry and I got Hannah to the coffee shop right on time. She made $14 in tips and we started a new series on Ephesians. We got the news yesterday that our neighbor of 14 years (B’s Mom) had passed away at home. She had breast cancer years ago and was declared cancer free, but they missed a few cells and those cells went up into her brain and created a inoperable tumor. She was given 6 months to live and she made it just past a year. She might have gone longer, but last week she stopped taking her meds, planned her funeral, watched as her daughter ‘graduated’ in her backyard (the teachers from the school came over and did the ceremony, she will actually graduate in Dec) and spent the last week at home. It is sad, but of all the people that I have had pass away I know for a fact that she’s free of pain and sitting at Jesus’ side. I’m glad that she had extra time to get her affairs in order, go on a cruise, have that time with her kids and be lucid enough to decide that hanging on wasn’t helping anyone. I didn’t ask, because it’s her decision, what made her stop the meds. Her tumor was not going away or getting better, it was getting worse, she went from walking her dog around the block to using a cane to using a walker in a matter of weeks. B is going on a 6 month mission trip in January, maybe she didn’t want to leave while B was gone. Maybe the side effects were too much, maybe just living was too much. It’s never easy, but her kids had time to prepare for that day.
When we got home from church Hannah made a cake for her friend M (who was coming over later.) James went to work to catch up on stuff, Grace drove to get M and then drove them to Aspen Grove after cake. We were going to take Jack to the dog park, but it started raining, so he just napped at home. Later we took the girls to the mall, Grace worked at church, we had dinner and then split up for the night (M was sleeping over.) James and I started watching the new Gaffigan special, so funny, I needed that. In other news –
Things to do this week – check on field trips and $, school, HS skate, Law and Justice center field trip, Police explorer post meeting, Kindness Krewe 9/11 day of service (trash pickup), youth group, hike or kayaking, Creativity club, painting Hannah’s room, church/coffee shop working, last Sunday that Pappadeaux’s will have Sunday brunch (because all good things must come to an end…apparently.)
Dinners this week (first 2 didn’t get made last week, so I moved them to this week) – shrimp gumbo, sweet and sour chicken, sloppy Joe’s and corn on the cob, onion and mushroom smothered steak with asparagus, ginger peach chicken with peach almond salad, taco pie, make your own pizza night.
1 8oz package of crescent rolls
1 lb ground beef
8 oz shredded cheese (I like Mex style, but you can use whatever)
1 14oz bag tortilla chips, crushed
mix ins (tomato, onion, jalapeno, black beans, etc.)
toppings (sour cream, avocado, picante, etc.)
Preheat oven to 350. Lay crescent dough flat on the bottom of a pie pan and bake according to package directions.
Meanwhile, brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the taco seasoning and stir together well. When dough is done, remove from oven and place meat mixture on top, then layer with mix ins and cheese, and then top off with the crushed nacho chips. Return to oven and bake for 10 min or until cheese is melted. Top with sour cream/avocado etc – serve warm.