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Walk2Connect and Creativity club


Monday was dance, our devotionals were on the surrender of feelings and emotions. God made us with emotions and feelings, but we need to rule over them, not let them rule over us. The discipline of emotion is the training of how we respond. If you are an athlete you will follow your coach’s guide, eat what he wants you to eat, do the exercises he wants you to do – even when you don’t want to or don’t feel like it. As a disciple we need to listen to God, follow in the ways of Jesus, seek Him first and put Him first above everything. Bring your feelings to Him, choose Him above everything, otherwise we become victims of our feelings. If we let our emotions rule us we are like a boat in the ocean, with no sails, no rudder, blown this way and that whenever feelings hit because we have no guide. This doesn’t mean that we become emotionless or that we have to put up walls against our emotions, just we aren’t to be ruled by them. “Obedience to God is always possible.”

Tuesday we went to Koelbel library for a Walk2Connect walk. Our walking leader was Taliah, we saw her on the Park hill tour, we also saw some faces from the Urban tree canopy walk and the Park hill walk. Taliah just got a job as librarian and wanted to combine her love of walking and getting to know people in the area – so she’s made some walks over the course of a few months. We started from the library and headed to a trail by a gulch.

We saw baby ducks, red winged blackbirds, a hawk and more. It was a nice amble by the creek, the sounds of the water, the smell of the flowering trees, the birds chirping.

We walked and talked, then ended back at the library. After lunch at home we went by the library (a different one) for Creativity club. We made some art, then came back home and I worked on some leaves and flowers for Botanical illustration class.

For some reason they won’t upload, I hope they do or I won’t get credit for them. I’m working on a picture of Zoe too (and Maisy soon.)

Joel is doing the Spur ride test, if he passes he gets a pair of silver spurs.

And yesterday was jazz appreciation day, but since Englewood Grand was having jazz tonight, we’ll just say that we celebrated it on May 1st.


Weekend – that ended sadly


Saturday – we took James to the Living history day in Westminster. We’ve been almost every year, but we always go on a Friday, so he’s never been. He had never toured the university building before, but first – war.

The Americans and British face off, we attack.

They attack.

Reinforcements arrive, we advance, sending them into retreat – we win!

James and I took a tour of the inside of the building.

Then followed the girls outside.

A stop on the way home.

We let Zoe have the run of the backyard – she sat and enjoyed the sun.

Sunday we skipped church and went to Dim Sum – we got there early and were in the first round of seating.

Totally full (we were going to do it Sat, but Bethany was at work, so we did it today, but that made us too full to enjoy the Art walk brunch – so we just walked and enjoyed the art.)

When we got home it was time. Time to say goodbye, get some last pictures and take Zoe to the vet to go to the big sleep. It was hard to be back in that room so soon after being there with Maisy.

Dance, dandelions, Zentangle art, school, illustration class


We finished our dance! We have flags at the end! The end is very fast! We are going to have to run and throw down the flags super fast to get to our spots….we’ll make it. I got the Centennial movie (that was shot in Colorado and parts of it were filmed in Highlands Ranch) and we started watching it, it’s not bad. It’s a little dated, and Robert Conrad can’t keep a French accent going for very long, but I’m liking the fact that we can pick out the Platte river and different places as the movie goes along. We took Zoe outside for a dandelion photo shoot. She’s really hobbling now, we think she’s blind in the other eye and her left back leg is starting to go out. But, we decided as long as she’s not in pain (she doesn’t appear to be) and she can get to her water and litter box, we’ll just keep going like that.

Tuesday it snowed, we knew it was going to, but then it kept snowing after the ‘end’ time. We had a Zentangle co-op at the library, so it was nice to be there with the snow falling. We were doing negative space, so doodling on the outside of letters or objects instead of on the inside. We had great results.

Since it was still snowing when James got home we went to the mall to walk around. Hannah warmed up by the fireplace.

Wednesday, here are some screen shots and random books about school.

We worked through that stuff, then Hannah and I went to harvest some dandelions to make jelly tomorrow.

I think we have enough (and if we don’t there are a ton of them outside, so I’ll just get some more.) Grace and I went to Hudson gardens to field sketch and take pics.

I made naan to go with the sweet potato masala for dinner – this is a no yeast quick recipe, it turned out great.

Annie and Kindness Krewe


Wednesday we went to Front Range for a homeschool showing of Annie the musical.

It was really good, but they started late and we had KK at 2, so we had to leave before the show was over. That was too bad because there were some really great singers, the girls liked it. At KK it was just us, not sure what happened to the others who said they were coming, but here are the finished pots for Habitat for Humanity new homeowners.

I don’t know what the deal is, there were 2 other events going on today, but they were both done (at at least almost done) by the time we started painting pots. I am going to try this one more time in June, I guess we’ll see what happens then. Hannah skipped youth group and we went to Fly’n B to see the owls, then to the store and Michaels. James and I ended the evening with some Gaffigan.



James, Bethany and I seem to be making a trip to Ground Up Coffee for affogato every weekend….but, it’s so good! James and I went to Bemis library to listen to Blue Sonnet jazz duo. One singer was pretty good, the one that was was playing the piano was much better at piano than singing, but overall it was a nice hour of standards. We went by Phil’s for a drink, then grabbed some items at the store before heading home for pizza night. I didn’t take a pic of them, but the pizzas looked so good. I mad a basil pesto, artichoke, olive, sun dried tomato pizza. We watched some TV, ate pizza and pie and cookies and I went to bed early.

Sunday Grace and I worked in the 2’s room with some very cute children. We played a flashlight game, blew bubbles, watched a cartoon about Paul, did a craft, colored and played. After church we headed by the library Goodwill and Payless, we ended up eating sandwiches at Ba Le for lunch instead of Dim Sum (oh, the line!) We went for a walk at Westlands park and I finally saw the Counterpoint art there.

We watched some TV back at home, read, went to PetCo and then James and I went to TNO where there were 6 Moms that showed up (that’s way more than any other TNO in a long time.) It was fun.

Our week – school, NIA, worship dance, Highlands Ranch historical meeting (did you know they filmed a mini-series at the Mansion?), HR volunteer fair, Annie musical at FR, Kindness Krewe (painting flower pots for Habitat), youth groups, water sampling, HS skate, showing of The Princess Bride (I’ve never seen it), Polynesian day at Aurora museum, Holy yoga – Glowga.

Dinners this week (starting tomorrow) – Sausage soup with tortellini (Hannah), black pepper pork loin and sweet potatoes, chicken cordon bleu (Grace), chicken tikka masala, Chinese 5 spice meatballs, lima beans and sausage

Chicken Cordon Bleu

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon thyme
2 slices Swiss Cheese, cut into halves
4 slices ham
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 tablespoon Shredded Parmesan Cheese
4 teaspoons melted light margarine

Place each chicken breast between two pieces of wax paper. Pound to 1/4-inch thickness. Spread mustard down center of each chicken breast; sprinkle with thyme. Top each chicken breast with a half slice of Swiss cheese and a slice of ham. Roll up chicken breast, tucking in ham and cheese to seal. Secure with skewers or toothpicks.
Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in small bowl. Brush chicken with melted margarine and roll in crumb mixture. Place in 8×8-inch baking pan. Bake in preheated 400 degrees F oven 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake 20 minutes more or until chicken is cooked through. Remove toothpicks before serving.

Homeschool day at the Capitol, TDO, Teen nite


We woke up to a dusting of snow, Gimpy was hanging out in the food bowl.

CHEC did an awesome job on the posters that were inside the Capitol.

We were sitting in the House opening.

We started with a prayer, the pledge, the Anthem and reading of the HS day at the Capitol proclamation. Then it was introductions and watching the reps get up and talk about different things. Inside the Capitol.

We left there and headed over to Pillar of Fire church for music, a dramatic John Paul Jones enactment and lecture.

We had lunch at SAME, then I dropped the girls at home and went to TDO at the coffee shop. I was the only one there, so I worked on my folded book art.

James and I dropped off Bethany at Grace at teen night and we went to try Millers and Rossi, an art gallery speakeasy. At first we passed it up, it’s at the back of RiNo, not got a big sign and has a really small front space. The front is an art gallery –

the back is a dimly lit bar with Edison lights, a skylight, more art and great drinks.

We still had time to kill, so we went by Denver Central Market and had a scoop of vegan coconut creme brulee, a drink at Curio and a pizza from Vero.

It was luau night at the museum, so the kids were all wearing leis when we picked them up. Grace went off for a sleepover and Bethany went home with a friend (and then we picked her up at their house.)

Park day


But, first, some encouragement – A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, when I became a mom for the first time I was so excited when people asked me what I did. ‘I am a Mom!’ I would proclaim. I was also a keeper of the home and later an educator of our children, but first I was a Mom. But, as the years passed society buffeted me and told me that being a Mom wasn’t a calling, a job, or a vocation. Eventually when people asked ‘What do you do?’ I would look down, shuffle my foot and say, ‘Oh, I’m just a Mom.’  Then one day I realized that any time I listened to other people say what they do, they would always proclaim ‘I am’. I heard – I am a pastor, I am a doctor, I am a librarian, I am a teacher, I am a cashier. So, the next time I was asked, I stood up straight, looked them in the eye and said, ‘I am a Mom.’ It felt so good! I may not have a paycheck at the end of the week, but I am a Mom and that can be your calling (a strong urge to a particular way of life), your job (your role in society) or your vocation (a strong feeling for a particular occupation).  So to all the Moms out there who carried a child, birthed a child, fostered a child, adopted a child, inherited a child – you are a Mom and that is amazing!

Today was park day, I brought my ukulele and drawing stuff just in case no one else showed up. It was warm, but a bit breezy.

Our homework for botanical illustration class was 3 natural objects and a landscape.

Grace’s bushes at the park and dandelion.

Grace went to see Highschool Musical at a friends school, she said it was really good.