The Colorado adventure

Spot the Elf, Worship dance

After some school and dropping Jack at puppy daycare we headed up to Lafayette. Every year local businesses there have a spot the elf month. You get a book and go to the store, use the clue to spot the elf, then get your booklet stamped. Once again the Antique/flea market was the hardest (because it’s so big.)

Pet store.


Antique store.

Some stuff in one antique store.

Cool restored mural.

Chocolate shop.

Jewelry store.

Antique/Flea market, I found Santa, Anna and Elsa and Elvis.

Lunch at the cheese shop.

We got home, did a bit more school, went to the coffee shop, made dinner and went to watch the Worship dance performance, it was wonderful.

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Nutcracker and Repeal day

Photo booth from youth group last night.

I dropped Jack at puppy day camp and we went to the Colorado ballet’s Nutcracker. It was the first time we saw it with the Colorado ballet and the first time to see the whole thing (usually we see a abridged performance.)

Lunch at SAME cafe.

My new bracelet.

Then it was date night, David Lawrence from LAPOMPE was having a solo show for his new album at Ophelia’s. It was also Repeal day, so samples of prohibition whiskey and other drinks to celebrate.

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Monday morning I went to NIA again and made it through all of the songs! NIA is so much fun and makes me happy. I went by the doc and got my blood drawn, we did school, made lunch, went by the $1 store and Jack chilled on me.

I made dinner and went to Holy yoga. I haven’t done it in ages and it felt pretty good.

Tuesday, 1 week after our big snow. My front yard.

Across the street.

The street in sore need of another plowing.

Grace had to work at church, Hannah had an interview at Chick-Fil-A, then Police explorers meeting. On the way back from dropping her off I took Jack to Petsmart to book some day camps.

Wednesday I went to Montbello to walk with Pam and give her some stuff for the seniors. Jack loved the snow!

Then it was driving to RW to drop water samples, running an errand and finally back home for lunch and finishing up school.

School today – Chemistry – conservation of mass, balancing chemical equations, synthesis reactions. Practical math -sequences. Forensic science – arson lab, robbery and theft. British lit – Hamlet act III.

English – archetypes and allusions. World history – cultural diffusion. Astronomy – the sun text questions. Earth science -barometer lab. Algebra – exponential equations. Criminal justice – police terminology.

Never watch VeggieTales as a substitute for reading Hamlet.


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Fun Friday

Hannah finished packing for Christ In Youth camp (she leaves tomorrow), Grace got to hang out with Gwen for a bit and I took Jack to NIA in the park. I didn’t know how he would do, it is a park and there were dogs walking by, geese wandering around and of course music and people dancing – but he did great.

He sat at my feet the whole time, until the last 2 songs. He found a goose feather and when I pulled it out of his mouth, he found another one. So I just went and sat down on a bench and did the arm motions for the last song. We were in the shade and it was morning, but it was already getting hot. We had a nice potluck after the dancing and got to chat, which was very nice. When I got back Grace had gone to Skate city with Gwen and Hannah wanted to chill, so I sat around and read.

When James got home we left Jack with the girls and went to Color con for a date night. Color con was a couple of blocks of new murals being painted on the alleys near Broadway. Not as big as RiNo, but still nice to walk around and look.

Bonus fun – I made a Frida button.

We went to Atelier for dinner.

We sat inside, but had a view out the window to the patio. We had the crab gratin and lobster ravioli. I should have taken a better pic, our table was half in light and half in shadow, but let me tell you – the presentation and the taste were sensational. The chef knows his stuff, the place is small but with the huge windows open you get a sense of space. I love the little touches of the pans on the wall, lights outside and the fresh bread and butter that was not just something to snack on, but part of the meal to enjoy.


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The week

Monday was recital rehearsal and performance. It’s so much easier to get just 1 person ready. I’m a little sad that they aren’t offering adult classes anymore, but I don’t think I could do it right now anyway, so it’s a moot point. Hannah had a walking solo in part of the dance and all of the girls did a great job. I watched some of the practice dances, we had dinner and then I stood in line to get a seat. We were 3rd row back and in the middle so I got a great video of the performance. I love watching the performance because it’s all about worship. The songs were all hymns this session and the music with the movements was beautiful. I don’t know why the video is so crappy, I’ll see if I can upload a better version later.

Tuesday the girls slept in (because of the late night.) We did school, I wanted to take Jack to the dog park, but…

So I tried to wear him out with the ball so the girls would have an easier time watching him. I took the train downtown to meet James at a library pop-up event in RiNo (there are so many of them there because the library is building a new location there in a year.)

Tonight was the book celebration and cocktail mixings of the Ladies United for the Preservation of the Endangered Cocktail or LUPEC.

I have to say, they all sounded good and the one I tried was a hit for me.

It was also Taco Tuesday at the Preservery and the wings, well, they have good wings there.

Back at home we watched an Agatha Christie and Jack pulled the brains out of his monkey.

And then went to work on his chipmunk.

Wednesday it rained/snowed again and we booked a room at the library to watch an Avengers movie. It was pretty good, we’ve missed a whole bunch, so we didn’t get some of the stuff going on or the characters, but it was still good. Hannah had youth group and I found a new version of Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence and we started watching it, it’s pretty good.

Thursday we did school, watched some movies, I took Jack to the dog park  because it was finally sunny. The girls and I left him in the crate and went downtown to see The Marriage of Figaro. I didn’t know the opera had such funny one liners and crazy situation in it, the girls liked it, but it was long (3 hours.) We didn’t get home until 11pm.

Today it’s sunny again and after lunch we’re heading to the park to play tennis and walk Jack around. I told my homeschool group that I wasn’t going to make events for them anymore, oh I’ll still be doing 100 things, and maybe even posting to them what’s going on, but I won’t expect them to come. If they show, great, if they don’t I won’t be disappointed. People say they are appreciative of things I do, but really they just want to show up for a field trip or tour that they didn’t have to put together or come to something without worrying about booking a library room, getting things together, etc. People complain that their teens are lonely and need friends – welcome to the club. Come to something.

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The sunny days before the storm

The weather was so nice and since James was working from home and Bethany was still here from the weekend (no class today) we had a picnic lunch at Fly’n B – of course we checked out the baby owls, Jack got dirty and Grace saw a muskrat.

James and I took Jack to the patio of Solid Grounds while Hannah was at dance. I did some art, read my book, James read his book and Jack sat.

Tuesday we did some school while Jack slept.

He had fun chasing a squirrel and barking at it.

We left him in the crate and went to St. John’s for some Bach by violin.

Lunch was SAME cafe.

Grace’s stickers came in the mail – cute!

This was the verse on Biblegateway for today –

Hebrew 1:3 Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries. Recently he spoke to us directly through his Son. By his Son, God created the world in the beginning, and it will all belong to the Son at the end. This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature. He holds everything together by what he says—powerful words! [ The Son Is Higher than Angels ] After he finished the sacrifice for sins, the Son took his honored place high in the heavens right alongside God, far higher than any angel in rank and rule. Did God ever say to an angel, “You’re my Son; today I celebrate you” or “I’m his Father, he’s my Son”? When he presents his honored Son to the world, he says, “All angels must worship him.”

No matter if you read the Bible straight through, in year, one book at a time, just verses at a time – there will be things that pop out when you see them. I must have read these verses before, but when I read them this morning I found a deeper level to them. “The Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature.” I love that! Since we are made in God’s image and Christ lives in us we too should mirror God and are stamped with His nature. Lofty goals and a good reminder.


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Our week

On Monday it seemed warm enough to sit on the deck of Solid Grounds with Jack, but the clouds rolled in and the wind picked up. So, I dropped him a home and came back to sit with Grace and read. Tuesday was jazz night at Phil’s, we ate dinner at One Barrel – they have such good food and drinks there.

Jazz was nice.

Thursday we went to the ballet for Ballet Masterworks.

We had awesome seats and the ballet was amazing. Part 2 was Carmina Burana, it opened with 60 person chorus, the dancers and orchestra – it was electric.

We had lunch at PS 303, dropped Hannah at home and Grace and I went to CU to make mini-terrariums.

Jack likes to do school, but he just ends up messing up things.

We drove to Montbello to help Pam with crossing guard duty. The school doesn’t have a crosswalk and a kid was hit a few weeks ago (he’s fine), so she asked for help training drivers and walkers to cross where the new crosswalk is going in. Her grandson Marcus was happy to keep Jack occupied.

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Then, since it was hot, we went to Constellation for ice cream. Jack’s had ice cream from every Littleman places except Rocket – that will have to wait until Summer.


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Week in review

I did well this week with doing neat things for each day of my birthday month and doing so in spite of being tired. Because of all the cold and snow and avalanches in the mountain, Monday was post a picture of Summer.

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I love the firewheels that poke up along the Platte. Monday was observation day at dance, I didn’t take any pictures, but I did video Hannah’s dance so she could practice it next week (they are off next Monday.)

Tuesday we did school, Hannah had her ingrown toenail removed, I had a blood draw and we had lunch at Cafe 180 where they piled on the salad.

This days event was – see some art. We had free tickets to the MOA Natura Obscura again, so we went there and tried to find different things than last time.

My sleepy boy.

Jack was ready for Mardi Gras.

And so was I, we went to Phil’s for jazz, ‘Nawlins fare and drinks.

Wednesday was write a thank you note to someone, I wrote two.

We did school, dropped Jack at daycare and met Ann at the Butterfly Pavilion. We hadn’t been there in a while, they changed some stuff around and we got to walk around with the butterflies.

Thursday the thing to do was do something FUN (okay, most of my stuff might be labeled that anyway..) We did school, dropped Jack at daycare and headed to Boulder. First – lunch at Zoe Ma Mas. The potstickers were okay, but the steamed buns were really good.

Next up, go tour the Media Archeology Lab. It’s a house stuffed with old computers, music devices, typewriters, cell phones, game systems and more.

Grace found a digital Etch-a-sketch animator.

Hannah found a Gameboy with a camera, it needed a little help to make it print, and the print is not great, but it worked.

We went by Celestial (because when we are in Boulder we go grab more tea, they have lots of variety, more so than any store that carries it.) Then back to CU to the art museum. We toured the new exhibit, then headed upstairs to try watercolor glaciers. Watercolors are not my forte, but I have ideas for the next time.

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So a few weeks ago I went all Marie Kondo on the house, it started in the closet. Does this spark joy? Moved to the bathroom, then the laundry room, den and kitchen. I have to say after listening to a podcast about the book – no, I could never live like that. Sure, get rid of crap, but do stuff like put away the soap every single time! After thanking it! Taking your soap and shampoo into the shower, then out of the shower every single time! Nope. But, I do remove the charger cord when I’m done with it, put the blender away when done with it and there is less stuff (especially on the kitchen counters) so it look cleaner.

Grace didn’t have to work today, so we just did school, then she stayed home to put stuff into her new vanity while Hannah did ballet and dance and I took Jack to the dog park. Jack finally found some dogs to chase him, that’s his thing, He just wants someone to chase him as he runs – then when he needs a break he ducks under one of the wolves as ‘base’

James and I went to DU for a jazz recital. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it was cool. It was jazz guitar and a funk saxophone ensemble, the students were dressed in 1970 attire with funky glasses, they were having fun. I thought it would last longer, it was only 30 minutes, but it was free, parking was free and that gave us some time to have dinner. We went to Devour the 303, we saw it on the way, they had good drinks and my quesadilla with pulled pork was really good. The dessert, a cinnamon bundt cake with whiskey topping was very good.

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Dance, party, computers, mall, Coney island, snow

Friday –

Time for the Winter Wonderland dance. I dropped off the girls and… they had fun! I was sure I’d pick them up early, but they stayed from 6 to 9:30pm.

Saturday it was go to the mall (and I put pics of Jack all over the Microsoft store computers.)

And got some late b-day pics of Bethany (the mall has great backdrops.)

Then it was off to drop the girls at the MCA for an 80’s party.

I took the opportunity to run by the Courthouse to take pics of the lights.

Sunday we went to church and decided to take a drive to Coney island for hot dogs.

When we got home, Jack was bored.

Goings on, school, work for Grace, river samples, teen poe-tea, ice carvings, youth group, teen science cafe, driving practice, Paint mines, doc, blood draw, Platte hike, Chocolate affair, church, zoo (maybe)

Dinners -Italian sausage and potatoes, chicken pot pie, hamburger patties with mushrooms and onions, beef and barley stew, aloo phujia, chicken with tabbouleh.

Aloo Phujia

1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 pound potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 tsp teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground cumin
2 tomatoes, chopped
1lb cubed pork

Lightly brown onion in oil in a medium size skillet.
Stir in salt, cayenne, turmeric and cumin. Add potatoes and cook 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add tomatoes and pork, cover pan and cook until potatoes are soft, about 10 minutes.

Snow dog on Monday.

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