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Hannah is 13!


She had the day all planned out. First, church, where some friends gave her some presents….

Then, a quick Farmer’s market/Michael’s stop. Then, Dirt coffee. She’s been waiting for a trip there since they opened in early May, but she wanted it to be on her birthday.

Then, back home to eat sandwiches and watch The Greatest Showman. Joel called and said ‘Hi’ to her and we talked for a bit, then we watched some Silly Symphonies (Zootopia wasn’t on Netflix anymore – boo.) Then, off to dinner at CiCi’s pizza.

Yes, there are still 2 of them in Colorado, Aurora and Westminster. Back at home she opened presents and we had cake (Eileen’s cookie shop was too busy to make a cookie cake, so we got one from King Soopers.)

She ended the day with texts from Grandma Peek-a-boo and adding stuff to her new 10 gallon fish tank (the 5 was getting too small for her fish.)




This morning I took Hannah to some spots for birthday pics. It was really sunny, which I hate for outdoor shoots.

It did make a nice green glowing effect through the leaves in one spot, but I really prefer to take outdoor pics on cloudy days. Red Rocks was closed for a graduation, so we ended up in Golden a bit early. The fire department was practicing swift water rescues, proof that tubing season is coming soon. We walked around a bit and then had lunch at D’Deli. We got back home and waited for Bethany to get home so we could leave for the Springs. Hannah didn’t know where we were going. Grace had said that we were going by River Watch, I said no we weren’t and Bethany said we might be eating somewhere. She didn’t know we were heading to the Springs and it took over an hour to get there due to traffic, but she still thought we were going to RW. There were no signs at the arena, no tent, just a building. We got out and Bethany and Grace were smiling and saying, ‘Happy Birthday.’ Hannah was so confused. We were like, we’re at the circus! She couldn’t believe it. She has been wanting to go to a circus since watching The Greatest Showman, but I only knew of one (The Zoppe circus) and it doesn’t get into town until Aug. Then I happened to see the Al Kaly Shrine circus coming in to the Springs today – luck!

We got popcorn, cotton candy and cokes and sat down to watch the show.

They had tigers, elephants, dogs, horses, a llama, a cat that could jump through a hoop, a guy in a Spiderman costume that was walking upside down (with his feet in rope loops) with no net, trapeze, hoops, a seesaw that was flipping people into the air and motorcycles in a cage. Our favorite parts were the Spiderman, farm routine and dogs.

They ran over by a bit, but I got Grace to youth group in record time from the Springs (54 min, no traffic and I might have been speeding a bit.) That was a fun group birthday present.

Walk2Connect, spa day, TNO


Finals or 2.5 mile walk on a gorgeous day?

Walk it is! We joined the Koelbel library Walk2Connect again. Lots of pretty yards and flowers, but we were walking too fast to take pics of most of them. When Bethany got home we went to the nail salon for a manicure or pedicure. Grace and Bethany got pedis, Hannah and I got manis, this was a Mother’s day present from my Schnooke.

Later it was TNO time, one person showed up after a bit, so I had time to do my drawing homework and assessment.

The bird was done for structure and tone, the lion I did not turn in, the squirrel got me 21 out of 30 for peer assessment.

I know I could have added more underfur to it and some highlights, it was a quick work because the due date was coming up, but the peers that reviewed were nice about their critique.

Ft. Lupton


Saw a hot air balloon on the way to morning coffee.

Francis stole Aztec’s hammock.

Then they shared it.

April is about to have babies.

We took the girls to breakfast, then headed to Ft. Lupton for the heritage fair.

James and I practiced tomahawk throwing, I got it on the first try.

Reconstructed Ft. Lupton, volunteers rebuilt the old trading fort just a few hundred feet down from where the original stood.

Hannah had a Cinco de Mayo youth party and sleepover, we took the girls to Salsa Brava for dinner and then we finished an episode of Centennial. We finally made it to the episode with the HR mansion in it.

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.



Saturday we took Bethany with us to coffee, ran an errand and then took James on the same walk we did Thursday. We stopped to read the plaques about the 9th street homes and he had never seen them before either. I think it’s funny that as many places we’ve been, this is 1 block from a church we went to program at, yet we never saw the houses. Back at home we watched some TV, Bethany went to work, we made dinner and went to get an Italian ice for dessert. Also Mr. Otter got a new cruise hat.

Sunday – church –¬†Romans 8:28 we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
Is God good? Whether our current circumstances are delightful or miserable, God mixes those days and in the end – it is all worked into something good.

We praise the goodness of God because-

He has made every good and perfect thing
from snow capped mountains
to birds that sing.

He is so very good to all
whether granting peaceful days
or picking us up when we fall.

Yes, He is good all the time
when days are wretched
or sunny and fine.

We praise the goodness of God
because in the end
He is good all the time
His love knows no end.


We had lunch at home, then James and I went to the Clyfford Still museum to hear La Pompe (our fav Gypsy jazz band.) The museum was the perfect place to hear them, I think it was by far the best concert we’ve been to with them.

Also, I didn’t realize Clyfford Still ever did any art other than abstract.

After the concert we dropped by American Bonded to try them out, good drinks, bad service. Back at home we went grocery shopping then James grilled burgers while we watched the next Series of Unfortunate Events and Death in Paradise. Zoe decided sleep was better.

This week we have a lot of things on one day and other stuff spread out over the week – NIA, school, worship dance, St. John’s music at noon, dropping shoes at Soles 4 Souls, PSAT test, youth group, park day, High school musical play, HS day at the Capitol, TDO, DMNS teen night, Siren song, working at church, TNO.

Dinners this week – basil pesto shrimp over penne (Hannah), chicken parmesan and baked eggplant (Grace), pecan coconut tilapia and roasted sweet potatoes, butter chicken and veggies (Bethany), teen nite (so eating out for the rest of us), pizza night, TNO for me (so TV dinners for the rest of the crew.)

Pecan Coconut Crusted Fish

Non-Stick Foil 
4 (5 ounce) fish fillets, fresh or thawed
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

Pecan Coating: 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs

Pineapple Mango Salsa: 1 (8 ounce) cans pineapple tidbits, drained
1 large mango, diced
1/2 medium red bell pepper, diced
2 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 15 1/2×10 1/2×1-inch baking pan with Non-Stick Foil with non-stick (dull) side toward food; set aside.
Combine butter, salt and cayenne pepper in a large bowl. Add fish and stir to coat; set aside. Combine pecans, coconut and bread crumbs. Spread mixture on a sheet of wax paper. Roll fish in coconut mixture, turning to coat evenly. Press on additional mixture, if necessary. Place in a single layer in foil-lined pan.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or just until fish is opaque throughout. Serve with salsa.
For salsa: Combine pineapple, mango, red pepper, green onions, red wine vinegar, cilantro and salt. Chill; serve with fish.



Hannah’s library peep diorama, it’s the bar scene from The Greatest Showman.

Saturday James and I had early coffee, then we took the girls to breakfast, then to a church for a glow in the dark egg hunt.

James and I walked 3 miles in the afternoon, dropped Hannah at girls night, picked up G to hang out with Grace while her parents took a sibling to the ER, then went to bed. Thankfully we didn’t have to be at church until 11:15am.

Sunday – Resurrection day and April fools day, that doesn’t happen that often (I think.) We went grocery shopping in the morning and decided to do a picnic lunch and steaks for dinner. We went to church and had an awesome worship time, great message and watched a short video.

We drove to the Springs for lunch, a new park with a nice view of Pikes peak, but it was chilly (41 as opposed to 48 at the house.) We had out sandwiches, chips and dip, then walked around the park. Back at home we started on the egg dyeing,

Back at home James grilled steaks while Hannah and I made peep dioramas,

We dyed eggs with shaving cream, ties and just painting.