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I cleaned up this morning, because, dang.

Then I went to Lair O the Bear for a hike. Everything is flowering, green, pretty.

I stopped by Red Rocks on the way to lunch because – views.

Then I had a nice lunch at Cafe 180, yes, by myself.

Co-ops are slowing trickling in, it’s going to be a slow session, but have you seen my Summer bucket list? Probably a good thing that it’s going to be slow.

Grace’s punny plant pot made at the library – it’s going to have a cactus in it.


Worship dance, Casablanca, hike, math


Monday I had a good NIA class, we did a little bit of school, then it was off to dance. We were missing one person, but we advanced a bit in the choreography – I must remember to practice this week. Worship dance devotional from today – Our physical bodies need to be disciplined to offer worship to God. “Discipline, for the Christian, begins with the body. We have only one. It is this body that is the primary material given to us for sacrifice. We cannot give our hearts to God and keep our bodies for ourselves.” Elliot

Romans 12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

1 Thessalonians 4:4..that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable…

Because we are no longer slaves to sin, we can reject the notion that our body is under that control. If we wake up early to seek God’s presence, we are offering him our body. If we fast or refrain from things we normally would do we are sacrificing the flesh and using our body for worship. But, as always, it is our choice to surrender.

I made island tacos at home (to be quick) then we dashed off to the library to watch ‘Casablanca’ on the big screen.

Grace and Hannah came too since no other adults were coming (it was a co-op and I made it into a date night, then I told people they could bring kids, but no one else came.) It was the first time they watched the whole movie through (James and I often put it on, but they never watch the whole thing.) They were a bit confused about Rick and Ilsa and Victor, did she think her husband was dead when she was hanging out with Rick, how is it that she got word that her husband was not dead on the same day that she was supposed to leave with Rick, at the end was she really going to leave with Rick? They recognized Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet from The Maltese Falcon. 

Tuesday we went on a hike in Golden, we were trying for South Table Mt., but it was too muddy, so we ended up walking along the Clear creek trail, which was nice.

We had lunch at D’Deli then came home. Grace made her black bean burgers and they looked like real burgers.

She said next time she’ll add more spices and maybe smoke flavoring to them but I thought they were really good. I went to drum circle by myself and when I got home I took the girls to Rita’s for their ‘first day of Spring free Italian ice’. We didn’t know there was a Rita’s around here and the ice flavors they had were so good, the ice was nice like shaved ice too. Joel was having ice too – just not the kind you eat.

Wednesday we did some school – an AgriScience test, and Nutrition quiz, then went to the library for my math co-op. I had a cheat sheet for everyone.

We talked about degrees, in a line, in a circle, acute, right and obtuse angles, how many triangles are in a square, pentagon, hexagon and how that correlates to the degrees. Perimeter, area and volume, the difference among them, how to find the area and volume of certain figures, etc. I had out flat shapes, the foldable 3-D shapes and the hard fillable 3-D shapes.

We figures area and perimeter of toothpick models and graph paper models and then had some free play investigating the shapes and making models of certain ones.

Here are some good sites for on-line activities. This one and this one and this one. 




From dance on Monday – The Bible is about God calling men and men responding  and knowing God.

We need to have crazy obedience, whatever our plans are, God’s plans are more important.

Discipline is a wholehearted yes to the call of God.

We don’t follow God because of what we can get from Him, we follow Him because He is worthy. Our calling is the voice that guides, our answer of yes is discipline, it is renewed daily because we need to wake up dependent on God, ready to say yes and answer the call.

We skipped school today and took Bethany with us to hike in Nederland. It was a little snowy. We also hiked by the dam and encountered a ton of crows (we’re watching a crow documentary this month, can’t wait to find out more about those noisy birds.) On the way there.

The hike.

Hannah deciding to make a snow angel.

The creek.

We went to Kathmandu for lunch.

The carousel was closed (winter hours) and our candy shop closed! So we grabbed some candy at the store and headed back home. It was Bible study/youth group night. I need to go watch the videos for the 2 weeks that I missed. I did all the homework, but the videos really add to the study.



NIA was very good this morning. Bethany took Grace to lunch, then she took Hannah to get their nails down while Grace and I went water sampling.



Right bank.

Left bank.

James and I went walking along Cherry Creek later, there was some ice on the path, which made a nice reflection.



Saturday James and I went for hike up Mt. Evans (Echo Lake.) Some hot air balloons were hovering around.

James and I were going to go to jazz at La Cour, but they were full – so, Phil’s it was.

Then James and I played rock, paper, scissors and I lost, but did I lose?

Sunday we went to church, then took the girls to The Stanley Marketplace to eat and look around, it was cool. From church – if you are a Christ follower, your goal should be to help the lost gain ground toward God, not cause them to stumble and drift away. God has you in a certain place, time, area, walk of life to intersect with those who are spiritually hungry.

Goings on this week – NIA, school, water sampling, park day, hike, youth groups, Bible study, sledding (assuming we get the promised snow), ice racing in Georgetown (weather dependent.)

Dinners this week (Grace and Hannah each picked a recipe and will be making dinner one night) – beef with onions, rosemary chicken (didn’t make it last week), beef stew and drop biscuits (Grace is making this one), lentil soup, tomato basil shrimp over fettuccine with peach cobbler (Hannah is making this one), butternut squash and sausage soup with peasant bread, mushroom pork chops.

Fresh Tomato Shrimp Pasta

8 ounces dry fettuccine pasta
3 cloves garlic
1/2 sweet onion, cut into wedges
3 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 medium tomatoes, chopped
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup spinach leaves
1 pound cooked shrimp – peeled and deveined
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, diced

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook for 8 minutes, or until tender. Drain.

In the container of a food processor, combine the garlic, onion and oregano. Pulse until finely chopped. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion mixture; cook and stir until fragrant and almost golden. Mix in the tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper. Simmer for about 5 minutes while the pasta is cooking, stirring occasionally.

Mix in spinach until it wilts, then just before the pasta is done, stir in the shrimp. Cook until heated through. Toss with pasta in a large serving bowl, and mix in mozzarella cheese.

Beef Stew VI

2 pounds cubed beef stew meat
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cubes beef bouillon, crumbled 4 cups water
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons cold water

In a large pot or dutch oven, cook beef in oil over medium heat until brown. Dissolve bouillon in water and pour into pot. Stir in rosemary, parsley and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour.

Stir potatoes, carrots, and onion into the pot. Dissolve cornstarch in 2 teaspoons cold water and stir into stew. Cover and simmer 1 hour more.

(Or combine all in crockpot for 6 hours on low.)

New Year’s hike {Fox Run Regional park}


This park would make a nice Summer hike, it’s heavily shaded, but that’s not the reason we came here. The girls and I have seen Ute Indian trees in the Springs, Manitou and elsewhere in the area as we have hiked around. But, this park has a huge number of prayer trees, directional trees and a prophecy tree. I missed out on the lecture about the trees when the guy came to HR historical society to talk, but I made note of the park. So, we took off and hiked on our own, both to ring in the New Year and to see the trees.

Some of the goal post trees line up to Pike’s Peak (when there was fewer trees around.)

We missed our trail turn, but we did end up seeing that nice peek at Pike’s. My Alltrails app wasn’t connecting, so we decided to take the road back to the car rather than backtrack. You really have to watch the trail marker signs on the Rollercoaster trail!

My word for the year is – Effort. I will put in the effort for whatever needs to be done, but I will also consider my effort a gift and not worry about the response of others.