Friday

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The HS skate for the day got moved to next week, it was such a nice day so we decided to go to Hudson and count birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count (it doesn’t have to be in your backyard.) We saw the usual, house finches, geese, robins, chickadees, ducks, flickers and a shy belted kingfisher that I had to chase around to get a picture of.

Squirrels don’t count, but this guy was cute.

We also stopped by Flyn B to check on Mama owl, she was sleeping.

In the evening I took Bethany and G (a friend) to the library for a Harry Potter murder mystery. They had pizza and cake and solved the mystery, won the trivia and got chocolate frogs. They decided to be in Slytherin for the night since it was Draco that was murdered. When I picked them up we stopped in at Sweet Cooie’s – Littleman’s new sister ice cream shop. It’s so cute!

Tomorrow it’s terrarium making for Grace and G, a date for Bethany and A and my cat cafe paint co-op in the evening.

Cyberschool day at the Capitol

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But first, look at how gorgeous park day was yesterday!

So, today we left the house at 8am to get downtown, parked and checked into the History museum.

We wandered the booths, walked around the museum, made a sign and learned a bit at the Legislature 101 talk.

After eating lunch everyone headed to the Capitol to show support for school choice, specifically on-line learning.

The Colorado Cyberschool Coalition handed out awards to Senators and Representatives who are supportive of educational choice. Lest you think on-line schools are just fly by night, easy to get into, not academically challenging, don’t have any oversight – you are wrong. But, despite this there are people who try to make it harder to get into the schools, take away funding from the schools, add layers of speech to laws that are redundant and take away choice and so on. So, for ANY learning to be a choice that parents (who know their children best) have we need to be vigilant about ALL learning options. You never know where your path may lead you, you might start homeschooling, choose an Options program, go to a blended on-line campus or go to a brick and mortar school or everything in-between….so choice matters.

After the rally we went to the library for a snack (and to get books….) and then went to the DAM to look at art, write and do some school.

I just saw that our library offers wi-fi hotspots for checkout, that is so cool! (There was no wi-fi at the History museum, so we didn’t do any school there.) And, kids are still free at the DAM, so that was cool too.

Apparently HS skate got moved, so tomorrow it’s just school and the library event.

Valentine’s Day

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We got to the library early and set up the room with decorations. We had the living room area of the library set up with food and crafts, people could make crafts, chat or just chill.

The room next door had games and the forum room (theater) was playing Gnomeo and Juliet. We had 24 kids and at least 10 adults going from room to room for 2 hours. The kids handed out their Valentine treats, ate candy, brownies, cookies, cupcakes and more, some played games, some just hung out with friends, some made crafts – everyone had something they wanted to do.

I should have made all the kids go sit in the forum to take a picture, but I forgot. I was running back and forth making sure the movie was running, the food was out and so on.

After we cleaned up there, we went home for a bit, then it was off to the dog wash to get Maisy clean. It’s her ‘gotcha day’ so we bathed her, trimmed her nails (thought she didn’t think that was a present) then gave her a new leash and a new bone, she liked the bone better.

Cards from my Mom and Tony for the day.

At our library, if every book came with chocolate there would be empty shelves!

We had some time to chill before leaving for dinner, we stopped to pick up A then went to Taco Bell.

The girls got flowers from Dad (and so did I), Hannah made us paintings and made a custom for Grace.

The girls all got new water bottles, Hannah got fuzzy socks, Grace got new measuring cups and Bethany new ear buds (her brand new ones broke, hopefully these are better.)

I made this card for James!

A gave Bethany roses and she gave him a chocolate bar and a printed coin that she made at Manitou (she was thinking ahead!) We were at Taco Bell for a long time because Bethany and A were talking and eating and it’s kind of hard to eat while you talk.

We were there so long that when we ordered dessert they put it in a to go bag….but we just sat there and ate it. Don’t know why they wanted us to leave so badly. We dropped A off and had enough time at home to watch 3 Shawn the Sheep cartoons and text with Joel (he had a good day, he and a friend went shopping at local thrift store and had lunch and dinner off base, also he shot 20/20 on the range.) Since Valentine’s day fell on a Tuesday…..Englewood Grand was having jazz and drinks – love or hate.

Love was a pink squirrel, served on a silver platter with a cookie.

Hate was a black Manhattan also served on a silver platter with a different cookie. We had both, they were good and of course the jazz was good too. That topped off the night!

Worship dance

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We did school this morning, Bethany had a huge Medical terminology test, plus a lab, then a few quick matching things in Anatomy, a quiz in Journalism and an English discussion. Grace did Government and English, Hannah did a math test, composition and vocabulary. I left the house to go to NIA, there was a Denver Post reporter there taking pictures and the teacher chose the faster routine ever. We didn’t stop moving for the entire time – and I had to leave early to get to dance so I had no cool down. Bethany and I are in the same class this session, we have 8 or 9 ladies dancing, one lady isn’t sure she will stay, but I think she will. Our focus this session is on Faith. Faith in God, moving towards faith in Him. We talked about what faith is not – it is not a feeling, not positive thinking, not a mental belief, not thinking that God exists, not something we put on for the day or cast aside when wanted, not just tucked away in our heart, not trust in promises but trust in the One who made them. Faith is shown by our actions, it is what hope is made of, it is a shield, a protection, the thing that makes us act.

Romans 4:18-25

18 Against the odds, Abraham’s hope grew into full-fledged faith that he would turn out to be the father of many nations, just as God had promised when He said, “That’s how many your descendants will be.”19 His faith did not fail, although he was well aware that his impotent body, after nearly 100 years, was as good as dead and that Sarah’s womb, too, was dead. 20 In spite of all this, his faith in God’s promise did not falter. In fact, his faith grew as he gave glory to God 21 because he was supremely confident that God could deliver on His promise. 22 This is why, you see, God saw his faith and counted him as righteous; this is how he became right with God.

23 The story of how faith was credited to Abraham was not recorded for him and him alone, 24 but was written for all of us who would one day be credited for having faith in God, the One who raised Jesus our Lord from the realm of the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our trespasses and raised so that we might be made right with God.

Abraham trusted in God, in the promise of God and his faith grew.

John 14:1 “Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me.

Mark 11:22-24 22 Trust in God. 23 If you do, honestly, you can say to this mountain, “Mountain, uproot yourself and throw yourself into the sea.” If you don’t doubt, but trust that what you say will take place, then it will happen. 24 So listen to what I’m saying: Whatever you pray for or ask from God, believe that you’ll receive it and you will.

The promises that God makes are to bolster our faith, by trusting Him we grow our faith and when we grow our faith we praise Him.

Ephesians 6:16 Don’t forget to raise the shield of faith above all else, so you will be able to extinguish flaming spears hurled at you from the wicked one.

All day long the evil one tries to distract us with trivial matters and doubts. With faith we can shield ourselves from him, deflect the flaming arrows of guilt, doubt and distractions.

Hebrews 11 1-2 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.

Faith is not a garment
worn when wanted
then cast aside,
it is not safely tucked away
for a rainy day.

It is not a feeling
nor a stirring inside,
it is not what you go to
when all else was tried.

Faith is action
it is where hope abounds,
in Jesus alone
is where faith is found.

Faith is a Divine shield
of Godly protection,
from the desire of the evil one
who drives us to distraction.

Faith produces hope
to anchor the soul,
and hope guides our hearts
to a place safe and whole.

-L

Weekend

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Saturday we chilled, Grace went to a Valentine ice skate-outing with her youth group, we cleaned, did laundry, went to the gym and I made sweet potato chorizo lasagna for dinner. Sunday we went to church, here are the notes:

Are we God dependent of Independent? God will always write a better story for your life than you will. Where is your security and where is the source? Worry is irreverent, irrelevant and irresponsible. It pulls us in different directions and to what end? By worrying we show that we don’t trust God to take care of us, it doesn’t matter anyway because what will happen is going to happen regardless of how much you worry about it. All the time that you spend worrying could be better spent in happier pursuits. God cares for you, you need to lean into Him and trust Him, He gives you what you need and by trust you can live in faith. God cares for the birds, they don’t need to ask for food. He gives you blessings when you did not sow them, a great harvest when you did not tend the fields. So, worry not for each day brings trouble of its own, you won’t add a day to your life by worrying.

After lunch James and I took a drive, just for fun. We took a new road south and ended up connecting to Parker rd, which we took to the edge of Colorado Springs.

We stopped for a coffee, then headed back home. We went to the gym again, I took Bethany to Payless to get ballet shoes, we made banana bread and dinner was tamale pie and everyone said it was good.

James and I watched an episode of Death in Paradise and then called it a night.

The week – NIA, worship dance, Valentine party, Taco Bell, park day, TNO, youth group, Cyberschool day at the Capitol, HS skate, teen library event, cat cafe co-op.

I got my curtains back up!

Fun Friday {Valentine party}

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Bethany went to work, James tried to work from home, but we were hogging the Internet. Grace did her IT web page where she had to go through the code putting in pictures and redoing color codes and names, it turned out right the first time! I finished up the pixel hearts for a craft tonight, James and I went to the gym for the first time in a long time, then we gathered up all of our stuff and headed to the Salvation Army Lambuth shelter (for Moms and kids) for our Kindness Krewe event. We set up a table to make random crafts, a card making table, heart necklace table, decorate a box for school table, a table to paint the wooden photo boxes from Home depot and there was a table where they could pick Valentine card packs for school and of course, food. I couldn’t take pics of the kids (privacy) but here are pics of the kids and parents from the 6 other homeschool families that showed up to help with crafts, painting, food and cleaning up.

I left the table top football games from Home Depot there, the rest of the wooden boxes, Valentine packs and boxes for school a bag of Shopkin figures and some craft stuff to make cards (some of the kids/parents showed up at the end or weren’t there, so the stuff is there so they can do crafts over the weekend.) The food was all stored for the weekend too – there was one toddler who kept going over to the table and taking mini-cupcakes, only eating the frosting and then leaving the cake on the tables. After doing this 4 times, her Mom finally caught her. The kids don’t get to do a lot of crafts, so they were happy to get messy with paint and markers and the Moms were happy that they didn’t have to buy Valentine packs for school parties. I was happy that we had 7 families there to help out to bless the kids and Moms.

After cleaning up we went over to Denver Deep Dish to try them out. I’m not a fan of deep dish pizza, but their sauce was very good, I didn’t really like the crust that much. However, their wings were the best ever – hands down. They smoked them before saucing and that really made a good flavor. Our waiter was funny and helpful and the rice krispie treats were very, very good (I’m only sad that eating them meant that Littleman’s was off the table.) Would I go back? Yes, I really want to try to 505 pizza.

 

OMG – the owls are back

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I took James to work, we did school, yada-yada. We went to the park to roast marshmallows and OMG, the owls are back. Owls never use the same nest? Well, look up there. It’s an owl, in the same nest as last year.

Pretty sure it’s one of the babies from last year. It is a great nest, so glad that she chose it…we’ll be checking on the nest often. We also saw magpies, this one looked the other way right as I snapped the pic.

The kids played, the parents talked and after many, many tries I got the firewood lit for roasting marshmallows.

We had: vegan, white, red velvet and pumpkin spice marshmallows along with regular and chocolate graham crackers and chocolate pieces. The red velvet looked cute, like a cupcake, but it tasted like a regular marshmallow. I couldn’t find the toasted coconut marshmallows, those are really good. Anyway, good day.

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