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We took Jack to Starbucks and got him a puppuccino.

Then we took the girls downtown to Destination venture for free food and activities. We got a 3-D photo, tried some snacks and watched a chef.

Then we went looking for alley art on the mall.

James grilled for dinner and then we went out for drinks. We ended up at Devils head but I should have ended with the coffee drink instead of the peach shot.

Sunday at church we started a new series, the bottom line for today was when you realize there is no condemnation in Christ, you let go of self condemnation and condemnation of others. Basically, when you get grace and understand that the love of Christ covers you, you accept that grace and also give it to others. After church we took Jack to the store, took a nap, watched some TV and had dinner.

Dinners this week – Mango chutney chicken, chicken and apple sausage with sweet potatoes, Saltgrass (b-day dinner), beef stew, chicken apple salad, skate night (pizza), grilling stuff.

Our week – NIA!, some art, Mama and Tony coming in, St. John’s music at noon, b-day dinner (Bethany is 20), Money museum, Fargo’s, Penrose museum, game night, Stock show parade, some school, black out skate night, ice races in Georgetown, church



Saturday, Advent day 1.

I had a women’s Christmas tea at church, I ate way too many scones, but they were so good.

I got to wear my new hat.

We made a little craft, I’m going to add some stuff to it, the paint was a little thick.

We went to the mall and I found a ‘World’s Goodest Teacher’ hat.

We had a good time walking around. When we got back home we rescued Jack from the crate and took him to Petsmart to get some food. They had free treats, so he got lucky with bacon and cookies in a bag to take home. We bought 2 new balls, we had 3 green spiky ones…but we threw away 2 of them this week due to his chewing the spikes off.

Grace went to her youth group and helped watch kids, I took Hannah to our church to meet the prospective youth pastor. We took some photos after.

Sunday, Advent day 2.

From church –

In a land of deep darkness
a Light shines to see –
Jesus, the Christ 
from whom evil will flee.

Our Wonderful Counselor
a gift from above,
God’s beloved Son
cradled with love.

The leader to guide us
in a world out of control,
oh Wonderful Counselor
a balm for the soul.

Don’t lose your sense of awe
at the heart of it all,
for our Wonderful Counselor
waits for your call.


We went for a drive to Manitou Springs.

Jack had fun going in and out of shops, we shopped around for an hour, then headed to the arcade.

I had to play the indoor Galaga, I hate that one (the fire button gets stuck.) Jack was ready to blast off!

We saw pics of Joel’s troop participating in the obstacle course at camp.

We got back home, shopped and started dinner. We ended the night by watching a long Columbo, I wish the guy had just confessed, it would have saved us an hour.

Our week – school, final kid sitting, final worship dance, Hora around the Menorah at LM’s, Spot the Elf in Lafayette, Jazz at EG, driving for Grace, youth group, TDO in CR,  Constellation family night, Jazz at ACC, Grand Junction visit with Bethany, Frisco Wassail days.

Dinners this week – chicken marsala, Asian tacos, tamale pie, Greek chicken with couscous, Brazilian black bean stew.

Brazilian Black Bean Stew

1 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 pound chorizo sausage, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 (1 pound) sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 large red bell pepper, diced
2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
1 small hot green chile pepper, diced
1 1/2 cups water
2 (16 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 mango – peeled, seeded and diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat, and cook the chorizo 2 to 3 minutes. Place the onion in the pot, and cook until tender. Stir in garlic, and cook until tender, then mix in the sweet potatoes, bell pepper, tomatoes with juice, chile pepper, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 15 minutes, until sweet potatoes are tender.
Stir the beans into the pot, and cook uncovered until heated through. Mix in the mango and cilantro, and season with salt.



Joel and crew landed in Kosovo.

Jack got 3 new balls since he broke his green one.

They are all green and two of them are put up until he breaks this one. Saturday we went to the dog park, took Jack for a bath, had a nap and James and I went for our bad art date night from the library.

I thought we were going to make one piece, but there were different challenges.

The first challenge was to make some bad art, but 10 minutes into it we were told to move 2 chairs to the left and work on that person’s art.

I was so upset, my Squidward!

Now I know how the kids at my musical art co-op felt, I’ll never do that again. The second challenge was to make art while holding the colors (or whatever you were using) like a kid would hold them.

It’s hard to make bad art….The third challenge was to make a bad piece of art in the style of an artist you pick. I did Picasso’s Old Guitarist and James did Warhol’s Soup Cans.

I think my art was pretty bad, but it got 4 votes and the winning art got 6 votes, so it wasn’t bad enough. We went to Acorn for dinner and stopped by Phil’s for a nightcap.

Sunday it snowed and Jack was super happy.

From church today, leaving a legacy – Stuff won’t be here forever, but faith remains. Generosity doesn’t have to be linked to money, but being generous is a sacrifice, you can be generous with your time, your money, your stuff, your words, etc. The world sees what you give, but God sees what you kept, leave your hands and hearts open so the Spirit can make great things happen. Just like the widow’s mite, it’s not how much you give, but why you give. And like the gift of perfume that was poured onto Jesus, sometimes people won’t understand your generosity. And like the churches in Macedonia that gave out of their extreme poverty to help Paul travel, generosity leads to pure joy.

Goings on this week – more blood to the doc, school, kidsitting, worship dance, puppy daycare, Money museum co-op, teen candy sushi at the library, river sampling, watching The Meg (I don’t want to, but I promised), youth group, DAM Rembrandt co-op, TNO, docs putting in stent for the splenic artery aneurysm, friend’s birthday, resting, Petsmart Fall treats, resting, resting, resting.

Dinners this week – eggplant and zucchini lasagna, pomegranate glazed salmon with cucumber tzatziki and heirloom rice, harak usba’o, TNO (so the girls are having leftovers or pizza), chicken curry salad, grilling stuff, ma’corona bil lahmeh with sweet potatoes.

Harak usba’o

6-8 servings

4 C lentils
olive oil
6 onions sliced into rings
3 pitas cut into squares
6 garlic cloves crushed
3 1/2 oz tamarind pulp
2 Tbsp pomegranate molasses
1 tsp salt
box of small pasta
juice of 2 lemons
5 C chopped cilantro
seeds of 1 pomegranate

Place lentils in pan with water to covers them and bring to a boil. Boil for 45 min until tender, add more water if needed.
Preheat oven to 400F
Heat oil in pan and cook onions for about 10 min, stirring to caramelize them. Toast the pita bread in the oven for 10-12 min, checking until golden. Add half the caramelized onions and half the garlic to the lentils along with the tamarind and pomegranate molasses and mix to combine. Cook pasta according to directions, combine with lentils. Stir in 2 Tbsp of lemon juice to taste, stir in 3/4 of the cilantro. Mix the remaining garlic with rest of cilantro. Ladle dish and top with bread, cilantro, pomegranate seeds and remaining onions. Drizzle with olive oil.

Ma’carona bil lameh

4-6 servings

1 lb macaroni
2 1/2C Greek yogurt
juice of 1 lemon
1 green chili finely chopped
2 garlic cloves minced
1/3 C olive oil
1 lb ground turkey
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 C toasted pine nuts

Bring large pot of water to boil and cook pasta according to package directions. In a bowl combine the yogurt with the lemon juice, chili, garlic, dash salt and place in fridge. In a pan heat the olive oil and saute the turkey with pepper, cinnamon and dash salt for 12-15 min until browned. When the pasta is finished cooking, drain and place in bowl. Mix yogurt mixture into pasta and place turkey on top. Scatter pine nuts and chopped parsley on top to serve.

Friday and the weekend


I took the girls to Smoothie King for breakfast, I didn’t get one as I can only have so many ml of fluid and I didn’t want to waste it on that.

The girls did some school, Jack took a nap, I took a nap.

I played ball with Jack for a bit.

I’ve lost 16 pounds of fluid, my feet have never looked so good.

Saturday we took Jack to Zoey’s for some treats.

We went to Starbucks.

We went to pet the horses and then back home, I was whipped.

Sunday we went to church, then came back for the Trunk or Treat.

Grace’s art.



We went to church, then left the girls to Jack sit while James and I went to the Lumber Baron Inn for jazz brunch. Our favorite gypsy jazz band was playing. The house is on the DOD list this year, which is nice because though we peeked around a bit, I want to hear the history of the building.

We drove from the Potter Highlands, back home, then back to LM’s (in the lower Highlands.) We came for ice cream and the Dog days of summer.

Jack got to play with some shelter dogs, there was one (as you can see I didn’t get any dogs pics except for my dog) that was Jack colored, it was bigger, but had dots on his legs, a long tail and was so soft. Jack was playing with the bigger dogs and he was terrified of one dog who was in the cone of shame. He’s never see the cone on a dog before. We watched some TV back at the house, made dinner and I made sure I was ready for co-ops in the morning.

Goings on this week – Denver water presentation, Belleview park, water plant tour, WOTR teacher envoy night, Sanchez park, Rockies game, Centennial park, youth groups, Golden tubing, sockhop swing @ LM’S, work at church.



Saturday we cleaned up the house, did laundry, ran some errands and took Jack to puppy playtime. Jack likes to watch Scooby-Doo.

Hannah had a teen event at the library, the author of By a Charm and a Curse came to give a talk about her book and writing.

Everyone got an autographed book, there were carnival games and food. Hannah met 2 other homeschoolers (there might have been more, but these were in her group), I’m pretty sure one of them is in one of our HS groups, we just haven’t met up. We got home and grabbed everyone (except Bethany, she was at work) and went to the airport to get Joel.

He said his flight will get comped because he had to assist someone on the plane during the flight. He was so tired, they had been at the airport since Friday night and the first airport was under construction so all kinds of dust and fumes and noise prevented them from sleeping. Then Saturday was a long day of flying, waiting and flying and then sitting with the passenger on the Denver flight, so he was tired.

Hannah and I went to church the next morning, the talk was on compassion (the Compassion experience was in at our church.) Joel slept in, then he and James went running errands while the girls and I took Jack to puppy playtime again.

Jack really wanted another squeaky fish, but instead we got him a slipper.

James grilled for dinner while Joel played the guitar, Jack wasn’t too sure about it.

Then they played outside.

We watched Ready Player One, the book was better.

Our week – Joel is taking concealed carry classes, hanging with friends, park day, youth BBQ, Colorado day, board game co-op, digital art workshop @ library, youth group, Lair O the Bear co-op, swimming, hike, Grandma and Tony come up, brunch.

Dinners this week – pineapple chicken salad, cheddar brats and roasted squash, chicken and sweet potato tikka masala, meatballs and pasta, Mediterranean chicken, tortellini soup.

Chicken Tikka Masala

1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 teaspoons garam masala
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast – cut into 1-inch strips
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 green chile peppers, minced
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 bunch cilantro for garnish

Combine yogurt, 2 teaspoons garam masala, paprika, black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt, cayenne pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon coriander in a large bowl. Add chicken strips and toss to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.
Place chicken strips on the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between each piece, and bake in the preheated oven until browned and no longer pink inside, about 10 minutes. Remove and set aside.
Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir cumin seeds until lightly toasted and aromatic, about 3 minutes. Add onion; cook and stir until onion begins to soften, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, ginger, and green chiles and continue to cook until onion is browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Cook and stir tomatoes, tomato paste, and water into onion mixture until tomatoes begin to break down and incorporate into the onion mixture, about 10 minutes.
Cook and stir 1 teaspoon garam masala, 1/2 teaspoon coriander, and turmeric into the tomato mixture. Mix in the cooked chicken, add cream, and stir to coat. Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and garnish with cilantro.



Puppy nap….

then puppy play! Jack finally got his day at puppy playtime, he had a blast – it wore him out!

Grace went with her youth group to play disc golf, Hannah met friends at the pool to swim, James and I did some errands. We got back and remembered that the Rockies had scored 7 runs last night, 50 cent tacos!

We went by our closest Taco Bell only to find out they went out of business (we don’t usually go to that one – that was a surprise.) We went by another one and got tacos for us (and pizza for the kids.) Hannah had one person sleep over.

Sunday morning Grace and I worked in the 2’s room, we had 13 kids in there. I think there was some confusion about how coloring works.

Also, I didn’t get a picture of the craft, it was gluing eyes, ears, nose and mouth onto a face – yeah they came out Picasso like. Did you know Home Depot has treats for dogs? I guess there are a lot of places we didn’t take Maisy.

Grace made these clay Dan and Phil sculptures.

Two words – dog…stroller.

We went to Lazy Dog for brunch, I knew they allowed dogs on the patio, I didn’t know they had a dog menu!

Chicken and biscuits.

Jack had the hamburger patty with brown rice, peas and carrots. He was stuffed. We came home and relaxed before heading out to City Park Jazz to hear La Pompe.

The wind blew hard and rain threatened, but it blew over and left us with a rainbow.

Dinners – today picnic at park, Korean BBQ ribs, Chick-Fil-A, food truck fare, Italian chicken, pizza, grillin stuff, TV dinners (TNO for me at Whole foods.)

The week – swimming, park day, church of cupcakes at library, Chick-Fil-A cow day, youth groups, 7/11 Slurpee day, HR ice cream social, Jack gets a shot (😢), Teachers day out, Kindness Krewe, DMNS teen night, Putt crawl on Broadway, church, TNO.