I spent the morning cleaning out kitchen cabinets. We needed to make room for Grace’s blender, a shelf fell down and had to be taken out and there was just general messiness. I got everything done before anyone woke up, so that was nice. Grace and I went out to grab some water samples, to test. I had 1 packet left for the DO, so we won’t be able to do January before we go to the site test, I was hoping to show up with everything for the month, but we’ll just have to come back and drop them off.
We finished up, then I took Jack to the dog park. He ran around and when he wanted to rest, he stood under one of the wolves and the other dogs left him alone.
Then he patiently waited for a puppuccino.
A little music video from Joel and company here.
I made latkes and monkey bread for breakfast, James made egg potato.
While other stuff was getting ready we opened presents. Jack got 3 new balls and was super excited.
We got green tea bombs, they bloom into a flower.
Some art from yesterday.
Joel made a video call to us and we talked for about an hour. He said they had a feast for lunch, not so much for dinner, he worked part of the day, made a video with friends and he did get our present a few days earlier, so that was good. We had time for a nap, then we went to the movies. The girls saw Mary Poppins and James and I sae Holmes and Watson. Both were good, in different ways (Holmes and Watson is not a family movie.) We picked up Jack and went to look at lights.
Our horrible family photo, the lens was dirty, the dog was looking away, it’s to light, but there you go – unfiltered Merry Christmas.
James and I had a Christmas nightcap at Phil’s and then bed.
Advent day 24
James and I went to coffee, the I took Jack pictures.
Stockings hung by the fish tanks.
Napping with my bud.
Joel’s group in Kosovo did a montage with the other groups, see it here.
We went out to Fogo de Chao for dinner, I ate way too much, but it was so good.
Advent day 22
That is privilege right there, sitting in a stroller in Starbucks eating a puppuccino.
Well, we were going to go see reindeer at a state park, but 6,000 other people wanted to do it too. So, we ended up at the Denver Flea market, in the cold and it started to snow. The girls found some deals and we bought Bethany a present, so it was fun. Jack had a good time eating things off the ground.
Advent day 23
I started working on these while James was at the gym.
Then we took Grace and Jack to Larimer to see the holiday windows. We spied many cat statues hanging onto lights and on buildings.
We had lunch outside at Euclid.
Advent day 21
We took Brooke (because her birthday was the next day) with us to high tea. We went to Capital Tea (because it’s the last one I called that had something available for today) and I’m glad we went there. It’s small, so reservations are a must, but it’s all you can drink tea.
Which, we did. I had 4 pots, Grace and Brooke had 5 pots and Hannah had 6 pots of tea.
The scones, soup, sandwiches, meat pies and desserts were very good.
We stayed for 2.5 hours, so it was a nice relaxing meal. Then, since we were on antique row, we finally got to go to the shops and look around.
Then we went by the mall, then I took Grace to Skate City, then I crashed at home.
Advent day 19
I had to go to the doc today, it went well, I guess. No flow in the aneurysm which means the surgery did the job, but part of the spleen nearest that blocked section died, apparently I don’t need that part of my spleen and the rest of it is working fine. They did find, god-dang it, 2 more (small) aneurysms somewhere in my CT scan, they are small and I didn’t want to know about them, so I didn’t ask where they were. Rescan in 1 year. At the least the nurse thought my shirt was funny.
Advent day 20
Today was the field trip to the Cirque show and it was amazing. Our seats were incredible. The acts were acrobatic, juggling, hula hoops, singing, dancing, ropes, swings and more. The only problem was it went by too quickly.
We went to lunch with friends, Cheesecake Factory and I ordered off the ‘skinny’ menu. My beet salad and lettuce wrap tacos were good though, if you are watching salt and calories, you can’t order anything off the regular menu – my gosh, Grace was surprised at how many calories were in things.
Jack says ‘Rawr!’
Advent day 17
Grace started making treats for the Elf party tomorrow.
We went to the mall, sat by the fireplace and walked around. We found a few photo opportunities.
Advent day 18
Elf party time!
Graham cracker houses were built……and eaten.