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The week

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Monday morning I had a long appointment at the cardiologist, EKG, Echo and face to face and it was all good. The meds are at the right dose, my heart is around 50% (it was 30% and 50-75% is normal, no one uses 100% – so why don’t they make 75% the top? Who knows.) Anyway, the doc said she’ll check me out again in 6 months and maybe knock off some of the meds. This really shows that it must have been a virus that infected the heart, besides the fact that everything else came out negative, the meds would not have worked this fast if it was something else. So, good news. Grace had her last work day at CC, it was nice for her just working 2 hours every Monday. I think they start back in August, and hopefully they’ll keep her in mind. Hannah went to ballet/dance and James and I sat outside at Solid Grounds.

The weather was perfect and not too windy so I was able to finish my art. I might redo the words, but everything else is done.

This is Jack ‘hiding.’

Tuesday I took Jack to the dog park, but he was not feeling well. He did end up chasing a ball that a guy was throwing, but he didn’t chase any other dogs. I think he had a tummy bug from daycare (or maybe from drinking the water at Rifle falls.)

I was trying to wear him out so I could go to TNO and the girls wouldn’t have too much trouble watching him. TNO was a day late because tacos – at Adelita’s. I was so glad that Stacy showed up (and James.) We had a good time and good tacos. James and I headed over to Phil’s for a drink because they were donating profits to an organization that helps out senior and low income homeowners. So, by drinking – we were helping! (And we’re going to be actually helping when the event happens later.)

There was a gun threat in the area on Tuesday and schools were closed on Wednesday which made our Fox theater field trip get canceled. So, we went to Cafe 180 for lunch.

Jack.

Thursday we went to Creativity club and 2 other families showed up, so it was nice to chat.

Jack found a nice spot in the sun.

Friday was gorgeous, I had planned a marshmallow roast park day, 3 other families showed up and we got to see the baby owls. I only got good pics of Floof, Flight was on the ground (he believed he could fly…)

Grace’s art.

 

Our week

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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.

 

Spring break

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Day 25 – take some time to write down your thoughts somewhere, a journal, a blog, a random piece of paper. What are you doing this week, what did you do last week, what made you happy or sad?

Monday Grace had to work, Hannah had dance and ballet and we made some art at Solid Grounds.

Jack might have had an ice cream cone.

Day 26 – Compliment someone today. We went by Fly’n B to check on the owls and Jack got muddy.

Jack also got to go to the dog park.

Day 27 – Spend some time today listening. If you are outside, close your eyes, what do you hear? If someone is talking to you, give them your full attention. Listen before you respond. We drove up to Ft. Collins today for some pizza, some ice cream and a hike. We are definitely going back to the ponds, the Poudre runs right next to it and there is shade and a beach.

Jack knows ice cream is coming.

Jack was a little tired after that…

Day 28 – it’s Thankful Thursday, what are you thankful for? We went sampling this morning, but our spot was blocked due to construction, so we sampled downstream.

Our snakes were sunning when we got home.

Later we went to the library for Creativity club and 2 other families showed up for a bit.

Day 29 – Laugh out loud today. That’s easy to do when you start off at the Denver Puppet Theater for the Brer Rabbit show.

We had lunch, then went to another co-op that was supposed to be a hike, but it turned into nature center play time and a short walk.

Day 30- find some time to volunteer. It snowed overnight, but not enough to stop us from going to church to help pack meals for Feed My Starving Children. Out table packed 18 boxes, as a church we packed over 100,000 meal kits that will feed over 250 kids for a year.

We put Jack in daycamp and drove to check out the newest Littleman spot – Constellation.

Day 31- be a good friend, (not just today.) After church we took Jack to an Art of Brunch. It’s where you walk around the art galleries looking at art and munching on the offerings of each gallery.

Slow week coming up – school, driving practice, work for Grace, ballet, worship dance, jazz at EG, NIA, making art, youth group, Colorado ballet, CU Boulder terrarium making, Springs walkabout, church, kite fest or fairy fest (depending on weather.)

Dinners – chipotle pork (didn’t make it last week), cheesy chicken and pasta, lasagna, chicken quesadillas, Irish shepherd’s pie, grilling stuff, Front Range BBQ?

Irish Shepherd’s Pie

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 onion, diced
2 pounds lean ground beef
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ketchup
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups water, or as needed
1 (12 ounce) package frozen peas and carrots, thawed
2 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and halved
1 tablespoon butter
1 pinch ground cayenne pepper
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/4 pound Irish cheese (such as Dubliner), shredded
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons milk

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Place olive oil and butter in Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in onion and ground beef; brown the meat, breaking it up into small crumbles as it cooks, about 10 minutes.
Stir in flour until incorporated, then mix in salt, black pepper, rosemary, paprika, cinnamon, ketchup, and garlic; cook and stir until garlic is fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir in water and scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the Dutch oven. Reduce heat to medium-low and bring mixture to a simmer; cook and stir until thick, about 5-6 minutes.
Remove beef mixture from heat and stir in peas and carrots until combined.
Spread beef mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish and set aside.
Place potatoes into a large pan of salted water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well and return potatoes to pan.
Mash butter, cayenne pepper, cream cheese, and Irish cheese into the potatoes. Mash until combined and potatoes are smooth. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Whisk together egg yolk and milk in a small bowl; stir into the mashed potato mixture.
Top the beef mixture in the baking dish with the mashed potatoes and spread evenly to cover.
Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden brown and sauce is bubbling up around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes.

Snow bomb cyclone, snow day, dog park

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Well, my field trip was cancelled, everything in Colorado was closed (or at least it seemed like it.) The wind was blowing like a Cat 1 hurricane, the snow was blowing, but we only got about 5 inches and not really any drifts here. More South and East though…..I’ve lived here 13 years and I25 has never been shut down South, but it was Wednesday and Thursday as they had to rescue stranded drivers and move all of the cars before the plows could get underway. It was a mess. We just stayed home the whole day, did school, let Jack out to play, read some books, watched TV and chilled. Day 13 – binge watch Blue Bloods because…snow.

Day 14 – It’s Pi day, bake a pie, eat a pie, calculate Pi. I wore my Pi shirt and made an apple pie Pi.

Jack broke his new ball.

I took him to the dog park for a bit.

Some of the wind damage in the area.

This is a tired Jack, who likes to sleep.

Day 15 – knit something for someone.

Friday morning we did school, got smoothies, went roller skating and I took Jack to his normal dog park.

Then he was dirty, so I gave him a bath.

I got some TV dinners for the girls and met James at WF for TNO. I had some spicy Indian food and a really good creme brulee. We had a nightcap at Phil’s before heading home. Bethany came home for Spring Break, hers not ours.

Happy Birthday Jack!

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He’s 1!

Hard to believe, of course we haven’t had him for 1 year, his gotcha day is in June. He’s changed over the year, but he’s still cute.

He loves LM ice cream pup cones, Frosties and puppuccinos..

He loves balls, especially breaking them.

He loves the dog park, especially when dogs chase him.

He sleeps in our bed and on the couch and in the car – he sleeps a lot.

 

Today we had a friend come over with her dog Chloe, Jack and Chloe have been hiking together. It was fun, we talked, the kids and dogs played and we got some cute pics.

Weekend

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Pay no attention to that face, he loved the ride to go get coffee while Grace was taking the SAT.

He was happier later.

Day 9 – go on a date with your spouse. James and I took Jack to Petsmart (so the girls wouldn’t have to watch him again) and we went to Englewood Grand to support them on their 3rd anniversary party. I can’t believe they’ve been around for 3 years now, it’s crazy.

Sunday we went to church – ¬†Jesus is not safe, He’s not base, you don’t get to come to Him and say “It’s all good now, I’m free from worry, hardship and rough paths.” Why? Because when there are storms, your faith deepens. We don’t question when God shows up quickly, no one ever complains about a miracle. But, when we see God as slow, when we pray the same prayer, when we don’t feel like He’s there fast enough with an answer – we wonder, is God good, does He care? Having Jesus in the boat doesn’t mean the storm won’t rage, but it does mean that He will be there with you and in His time the storms in life will abate because He is greater. He is the anchor to hold because Jesus > any storm.

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Day 10 Рlisten to some good music, like LAPOMPE. 

James grilled for lunch and I started on the mole sauce for dinner. The girls went to the mall, we took a nap, before we knew it it was time to watch Buddy vs. Duff.

Dinners – turkey/chorizo patties with sweet potato masala, pan fried chicken with basil couscous and artichoke salad, pork roast with stuffed potatoes, chicken mole tacos, TNO (TV dinners), Italian sausage with black bean quinoa, leftovers.

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.

The week -school, Dior exhibit, night driving practice, Jack’s b-day party, DMNS DaVinci field trip, youth group, Pi day, swimming, HS skate, TNO, Bethany home on break, church.

 

Week in review

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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.