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It was James’ break too, so on Friday we braved the cold and drove to Ft. Collins to check out Littleman’s new ice cream shop up there – Churn. Jack was shivering, eating his ice cream and shivering some more (but not giving up that ice cream!)

Flatirons on the way home.

It was to cold to go walking from store to store, so we took the scenic way home. Saturday we lazed around, same for Sunday. We took Jack to his favorite store to get a cookie, they were all out of iced ones so he got a BBQ mailman instead.

Monday it started snowing, which made everyone happy (and made a shorter line at Dim Sum.) I got a call from my cardiologist while we were eating, upping my meds again, but I did enjoy my meal.

Bethany went to a friends house, we chilled out till it was time for fireworks.

Watching Peter Rabbit.

It was 8 degrees, so we bundled up and put a sweater and coat on Jack. The fireworks were very short this year, about 5 minutes, not sure why they were so short.

We headed home and watched some TV to stay awake till 12 to ring in the New Year with grape and apple champagne.

Tuesday was our first hike of the New Year, at South valley. It was 9 or 10 or something like that – cold. Even with the sun shining it was cold, there was a slight breeze. Jack walked part of the way, then we carried him so his paws could warm up, but he wanted to get down again.


We warmed up with some coffee and doughnuts and I was happy that was our big outing of the day.

I have no big plans for the next few days, just chilling, running errands, checking on things, getting movies from the library, and cleaning up for my Mom’s visit next week. I might have to find something to do this weekend though, too much chilling wears on one.

Christmas day


Merry CHRISTmas.

A little music video from Joel and company here. 

I made latkes and monkey bread for breakfast, James made egg potato.

While other stuff was getting ready we opened presents. Jack got 3 new balls and was super excited.

Opening presents.


Lunch –

We got green tea bombs, they bloom into a flower.

Some art from yesterday.

Joel made a video call to us and we talked for about an hour. He said they had a feast for lunch, not so much for dinner, he worked part of the day, made a video with friends and he did get our present a few days earlier, so that was good. We had time for a nap, then we went to the movies. The girls saw Mary Poppins and James and I sae Holmes and Watson. Both were good, in different ways (Holmes and Watson is not a family movie.) We picked up Jack and went to look at lights.

Our horrible family photo, the lens was dirty, the dog was looking away, it’s to light, but there you go – unfiltered Merry Christmas.

James and I had a Christmas nightcap at Phil’s and then bed.

Labor day weekend


We took James and Bethany to Green Mountain Falls to see the art. We ate brunch/lunch at The Pantry. They were very dog friendly and the food was okay.

The girls went on the swings while James and I walked to the island gazebo.

Then it was off to Footprint in Green.

Joel and crew were having fun at the NY State fair.

Later, we went to the pet store and Jack watched the guinea pigs.

Sunday morning Bethany wanted to do Dim sum, so we got there 20 minutes early and got seated in the first wave. We know better than to show up at 10am when they open,  but others do not. When we got back home the girls played games while we watched some TV, Bethany left about 4pm (she had a class the next day.)

Monday James and I took Jack to the park, then got the girls up to go to Kenosha pass and see some Fall leaves. It turned out to be a disaster. We stopped at the trailhead to eat lunch, then decided that we’d drive the car up the road a bit (because it’s usually closed there) and the car wouldn’t start. It was dead. There was no cell service. Lots of cars were at the trailhead, but no people. I saw a truck leaving that had some guys in it dressed in camo – I thought, they look like they would have cables. They did. The car started and since we didn’t know how long it would run we left without getting close to the trees – so for all of that, these are the only pics I got.

We pulled off onto Guanella pass, which was almost a very bad mistake. We stopped (and left the car running) to get out and use the bathroom and the car died again. Thankfully it had enough juice to start up, we got back onto 285 and made it home (and then to the shop to drop the van off.)

James grilled some steaks for dinner, we watched some TV and called it a day.

Happy 4th!


Jack’s puppy bucket list – parade.

Get a picture with the Chick-Fil-A cow.

We had a late lunch of ribs, corn, potato salad, macaroni salad and red, white and blue dessert.

We watched Treasure of the Sierra Madre and napped. In the evening we took everyone to La Chupaflor for ice cream.

We wanted to go see the HR fireworks, but right as we left a storm blew up, so we headed to Englewood and had a great view of the fireworks. We had Jack with us, but it was his bedtime, so he slept in the car (yes, through the whole 25 minute show.)

We left the show and grabbed a bite at Wendy’s, it was 11pm before Jack got to sleep, but he slept until 6am (a record.) I didn’t get any pics of the girls together, I’ll try this weekend.



What a weekend! It was so nice to wake up in Grand Junction. We went to breakfast with Bethany (she was staying just down the road.) Joel raided the DFAC….

Then we headed to Delta to pick up Captain Jack. He’s a 13 week old Jack Russell shorty with a broken coat.

Yes, he’s adorable. Meeting him.

He quickly settled into the car for the ride back to the hotel to get Bethany’s car.

We let him out for a stretch, then James drove Bethany’s car home so she could pet Jack. Hannah read to him.

We stopped in Vail at a cute park to let him run around for a bit.

Finally got home and stayed in with Little Holly’s for dinner.

We put him in his crate at bedtime, of course he didn’t like it. He whined and barked, Bethany ended up sleeping next to the cage for 2 hours then Jack slept on James (on the couch) for the rest of the night.


Happy Father’s day to my Schnooke.

Jack says stairs are hard.

Also he found the perfect spot on the couch.

We went to church, then came home and got Jack to take him to the Farmer’s market. He has a nice pile of sticks outside.

Hercule says look at me!

Jack got lots of pets at the market and some dog treats.

We picked up pizza and took it to Fly’n B park for lunch. Jack sat by the table eating treats. The weather was perfect, cloudy, cool and a breeze. After lunch we took Jack to Starbucks for his first puppuccino – the girls have a bucket list of items for him to experience.

We left him at home and went shopping at Wal-mart, then back home to watch Sherlock Holmes Hound of the Baskervilles. James opened his presents, a mini-grill (just right for planting a plant in) and pictures with a hanging system for work. It started to rain, but that didn’t stop James, Grace and I from going to City Park Jazz to eat food truck dinner and listen to jazz.

Back at home we watched Unfortunate Events. We moved the crate into our room and though Jack still protested at bedtime, it only lasted about 5 minutes. I took him out about 2am, then back to the crate. He slept until 4am, then I took him downstairs and he slept on the couch (I took him out again and he was playing, so I thought it was better to put him on the couch to sleep for a few more hours.) So, a better sleep than last night, but still not a great sleep. I have forgotten how much work puppies are, good thing he’s cute.

Mother’s Day fun


Breakfast –

We went to church (and Bethany didn’t have to work, so she came too.)

“Everyone eventually imitates the kind of God they envision.” – Boyd

If you see God as angry, vengeful and always waiting for you to trip up; you are going to find fault with others, judge them and wait for them to make a mistake so you can pounce on them. If you see God as forgiving, kind, loving, there to pick you up when you fail; you are going to show kindness to others, to see things from their viewpoint, to understand them, to to love them even when you don’t like what they are doing. God’s love is not fickle, it doesn’t waver and it’s not conditional. The love that the world offers is rooted in if’s and maybe’s and because. ‘I will love you if you do this’, ‘I love you because you make me happy’, ‘Maybe I love you.’ Some may say that God does have a condition for love, that you love Him in return. But, God loves us in spite of ourselves. He loves us when we are the most unlovable, selfish, rotten human beings and He does so whether you want that love or not. If you ask – is God loving? The answer is yes, He loves you to the deepest part of yourself, to the highest of heights. His love is so vast that you may not be able to understand it – but it is there.

Psalm 100:5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;

Psalm 117:2 For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

Psalm 136:23 He remembered us in our low estate His love endures forever. 24 and freed us from our enemies. His love endures forever. 26 Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.

Ephesians 3:17b And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge…

They had pictures being taken, but I haven’t seen them yet….So, here are some old ones.

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After church we went by the farmers market and poked around. I saw purple asparagus, but we didn’t buy any. The HR Mansion was open for people to tour and have a picnic on the lawn, super timing as James and I just finished the last episode in the mini-series yesterday.

We found out some interesting things like at least two street names in HR come from the novel (since parts of the series were filmed at the mansion they decided to name Venneford Ranch st and Centennial st after the places in the novel.) It was cool to sit and picnic looking at things we had just seen in the series. After lunch – bluegrass and ice cream at LM’s because…Mother’s Day.

James and I took a nap when we got home, it was probably the best part of my day! Later the girls went to Rock Bottom to eat and James and I went to Undici, a little Italian place in Englewood that you’d have to know was there. It was very formal inside, glass waterfall on one wall, dark interior, well dressed waiters, nice art, wonderful hand rolled and cut pasta and good drinks.

We kept seeing this place whenever we ate at Cochino’s (it’s right across from them.) It would make a great date night dinner. Presents from today: 2 letters from Hannah, chocolate covered strawberries and a cookie from Bethany, lotions and soap from the girls, and a cute dot painting from Grace.

I am blessed!

Our week – finals (Grace), worship dance performance, Walk2Connect, spa day, TNO, DMNS Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, youth group, b-day pics, circus (shhh, it’s a b-day present for Hannah and she doesn’t know about it), HS skate, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off movie @ library, Stephen Brooks jazz @ Cheluna, baby blessing party for a friend, church, Hannah’s b-day.

Dinners this week – McD’s (dance performance), apple pork loin (Hannah), BBQ sausage and veggies (Grace), chicken quesadillas and soup, TV dinners (Cheluna for me and James), grilling stuff, Cici’s pizza (Hannah’s b-day dinner.)



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.