Category Archives: homeschooling



Today was Grace’s virtual graduation. You can see the saved event (at least I think it’s saved) here. It was different, but they did a good job. We watched the ceremony, Grace turned her tassel, we went outside to pop some party poppers, then came back to open presents and party. Grandma called on Facetime so she could see Grace open presents. She got a book about surviving college, a whale necklace, a marine biology book, art supplies, a keychain, and Animal crossing game. We got her a Switch, but that was also an early birthday present. Grace’s diploma is being hand delivered next week and our church is doing a grad drive by on Sunday.

And just like that I go from 4 kids homeschooling to 3 to 2 to 1. Grace was accepted to Colorado Mountain College for the Environmental Science program, but since we can’t tour and there is no guarantee that school will be open in the Fall, she will start off at our local community college Arapahoe CC.


The week


Last week of school. The girls all took off for GJ on Monday and came back on Tuesday. They stayed at Zack’s house and I sent Evelyn a jar of dandelion syrup and she sent back 2 dozen eggs from her chickens. Jack and I went to the antique store that finally reopened, it’s pretty big and they have a lot of root beer.

I took Jack for a walk at Hildebrand ranch, we didn’t get very far because it started raining.

I took care of the critters while the girls were done and Peanut smiled at me.

I had the eye doc redo my glasses and Hannah had the quickest braces appointment ever. Wednesday I went to walk with Walk2Connect and drop off some food for the seniors. Jack was walking pretty fast, so he was dragging at the end.

The Depression era bake was vinegar pie (which made it taste like it had lemon in it.) It was a very good custard type pie, but I think the oven was too hot (I found another recipe that says 350 for 50-60 min.)


4 large eggs
1 stick salted butter, melted
1½ cup sugar
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 unbaked 9 inch pie crust

Preheat oven to 425 F

Combine all ingredients and beat until mixture is slightly fluffy
Pour into pie crust and bake for 30 minutes, or until center is set. Note: Center will set just a bit once removed from the oven.
Cool before serving and enjoy!

We took Jack to the dog park and he had so much fun.

Grace did some chalk art.

My yard is full of dandelions.

School is done! We binged watched all 3 Back to the Future’s! Today we’re making tiny cakes to practice some cake decorating.

Thoughts on tiny cakes – they are hard to frost! They don’t do well with rock candy making a geode cake. Chocolate candy bars are not the same thing as melted chocolate. Chocolate and cream cheese frosting are not good friends when you mix them. Hannah used way too much frosting. Cupcakes are probably a better option.




Tuesday school: Earth science (the Moon’s influence), English (culture and literature), Engineering (Chemical engineering quiz), Law and Order (text and lab questions), Algebra (quadratics), World history (WWII Allied victory)

Chemistry (chemical thermodynamics), Practical math (Investments quiz), British Lit (analyze ‘No Witchcraft for Sale’), Personal finance (controlling expenses discussion), Environmental science (fossil fuels quiz)

Citizen science project – webinar on caterpillar count –

And for fun – a little Vi Hart math –

James worked from our bedroom, Joel went to the gun range and the girls stayed home to read, draw and play games while I took Jack to the river. Jack had fun eating bubbles, chasing a golf ball and sticks and wading around. He doesn’t like water, but he likes it better when no one is forcing him to go in. Of course, he needed a bath after getting all sandy/wet (which he was not happy about.) It was 77 and sunny, so that feels really hot here. The water was cold, but as long as a breeze wasn’t blowing it felt fine.

After dinner we talked to Grandma and Tony, then we went to the park to draw/see the moon/listen to the howls. Every night at 8pm people in Denver have been howling for heroes (like the clapping in NY.) It’s been spreading and now at 8pm there are howls in Denver, HR, Parker, Castle Rock, Lakewood, Aurora and other surrounding areas.

April fools


Joke’s on us.

Week 1 day 3 of pandemic school musings – I created a new schedule for us: wake up, shower, put clothes on, eat food, take care of animals, do sit down school, eat food, get outside, learn one new thing, clean up your messes, make some art, read something, don’t watch too much TV, eat food, sleep, There are no times next to them and they don’t have to be done in that order (it’s pretty much what we always do, minus the afternoon activities.) Hannah is wondering if watching Psych counts as extra credit for Law and Order class. I’m also thinking that Animal Crossing might be worth computer/technology credit….I really, really want the golden curry from Thai Bistro, I wonder if they do takeout? It’s supposed to snow tomorrow, so that’s nice.

What’s cooking Wednesday! Today Grace is continuing our Depression era baking and making a mock apple pie with Ritz crackers. Apparently people couldn’t afford a few apples, but a box of Ritz crackers was easy to come by.

Mock apple pie

1 (14.1 oz.) package refrigerated pie dough
30-36 ritz crackers
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Topping (optional):
25 ritz crackers, crushed
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter or margarine, cubed
Frozen whipped topping or whipped cream, garnish

Preheat oven to 400º F.
In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together water, sugar and cream of tartar. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice and cinnamon, and let cool 5 minutes.
Unroll pie dough and place in a standard pie pan, then fill with ritz crackers. Pour slightly cooled syrup mixture over crackers.
Optional: place second sheet of pie dough over filling, and seal and crimp edges. OR: whisk together crushed crackers, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter until crumbly topping forms, then sprinkle over pie filling.
Place pie in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Lower oven temperature to 350º F and bake for another 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy.

It was good and it did have the taste and texture of apple pie, which is weird.

Little Shop, glasses, first Friday, weekend


I don’t know why it took me until this year to check out local schools for theater. Most schools have theater shows and more than I thought have free student matinees. When I saw that Little Shop of Horrors was playing I knew the girls would want to check it out. It was amazing, really, I suspect that the lead actors were not high schoolers they were that good (no, they are high schoolers.) The leads were channeling the actors from the movie, Seymour was just like Rick Moranis, the dentist was just like Steve Martin, I’m pretty sure they made the kids watch the movie. I didn’t realize that the play and movie have different endings, so that was a surprise (especially to the kids in the front row, I swear we heard crying at the end.) The girls said this show was better than Grease and was on level with Les Miserables, so you know it was good.

Thursday I went to the eye doc to get my glasses. The doc had said at my appointment when I want to see better to come in – so there, I want to see better. Grace got a new pair of frames that will look very different from the frames she’s had forever. A bag that was stuck up in our tree finally flew out and Jack attacked it.

A walk by Bear creek.

Grace, Jack and I went to the first Friday art walk and my fav food truck was there!

Saturday I spent the day at WOTR at a teacher workshop. I have to attend one per year to keep my envoy status with Wings and this was the first workshop I’d seen that looked interesting. Once Wings gets the PCR machine I’ll be able to check it out and use it with our homeschool group.

We used a PCR machine (polymerase chain reaction) to replicate DNA, then used an electric gel machine to see the sequences, using an enzyme to ‘cut’ the pathogenic DNA (which represented e.coli.) We ended up having a double experiment going on as 4 of us had gel that had (by accident) extra buffer added to it and 1 person had the correct buffer. Turns out extra buffer make it take A LOT longer for the DNA to run through the gel. We’ll just call that a learning experience.

Sunday I watched church on my phone because I was having some really bad med side effects. The sermon was about who God wants to save (hint-everyone) and who He will welcome back when they have wandered away (hint-everyone.) Lost sheep and Prodigal son, there’s a reason those stories are in the Bible, to let you know God is looking for you and He rejoices when He sees your face. In the afternoon I felt a bit better so Grace, James, Jack and I went to CR to walk around the Emporium, then we took Jack to the dog park to play (and he found a ton of balls.)

Week – school, TDO card making, St. John’s music at noon, Sherry’s soda shop grand opening, hike, youth group, Jack’s b-day, SpongeBob musical, balloon science co-op, undecided for Saturday (FDGD in Ned or The Unsinkable Molly Brown or Arvada St. Patty’s fest), church, TNO

Dinners – teriyaki chicken and slaw (moved from last week), potato leek soup with rustic bread, chicken stuffed poblanos, sausage with peppers and broccoli over quinoa, green chile cheese enchilada casserole, spaghetti, grilling stuff, crockpot roast beef and potatoes

Stuffed poblanos

4 large poblano chiles
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/2 medium white onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1 tsp. dried oregano, crumbled
1 tsp. ground cumin
Generous pinch ground cinnamon
Kosher salt
1 Tbs. olive oil
2 cups shredded cooked chicken, preferably dark meat
1-1/2 cups cooked brown or white rice
2 cups grated sharp or extra-sharp white Cheddar
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbs. lime juice

Position an oven rack about 4 inches from the broiler and heat the broiler on high. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Slit the chiles from stem to tip and set on the baking sheet. Broil, turning every few minutes, until blackened all over, 5 to 8 minutes. Let cool slightly, peel off the skins, and cut out the seed cores, leaving the stems on. Turn the chiles inside out, flick out any remaining seeds, and turn right side out. Return the poblanos to the baking sheet.

Purée the tomatoes, onion, garlic, oregano, cumin, cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp. salt in a food processor. Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the purée and cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid has evaporated and the mixture looks thick and pulpy, 8 to 11 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the chicken and rice, and then 1 cup of the cheese, the cilantro, and the lime juice. Season to taste with salt. Divide the filling among the peppers, wrapping the sides of the peppers up and around the filling, some of which will still be exposed.

Broil the peppers until the cheese is melting and the top is beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Top with the remaining 1 cup cheese and broil until the cheese is completely melted, about 2 minutes.

A whole week


Tuesday we went to the Newman center to see Cirque Fabric Flip, it was great. I don’t know how I’ve missed out on the fact that the Newman center has school matinee shows for $5pp, but it’s on my radar now! The show had acrobats, jugglers, live music, it was funny and had a great story.

Wednesday it snowed a nice snow, Hannah got her top braces on, I got some snowflake pictures and the girls went to youth group.

I put this PSA on my FB page because when I turn red, gasp or wince everyone asks if I’m ok. If you see me turning red, it’s just a new side effect. If you hear me gasp or see me wince, that is my heart or lung or kidney or knees hurting. Advice from my cardiologist and hematologist- don’t go running to the ER for every pain, wait it out. Which isn’t the best advice because I did wait out what turned out to be my first PE, then went in and there were 2. Also, if you see Jack and not me, ask him to find mommy because when we are out he’s attached to me, so if he’s alone I’m lying in a ditch somewhere.


Chemistry dull experiment.

Friday fun – Jack at the dog park. You know who wins in a race to a ball? Jack.

Grace is good for another year and her hours earned her a free state park pass and a set of bamboo utensils.

The rescheduled Valentines dance was a hit, Hannah and Grace got to sing and dance to Summer Loving, Grace made some new friends that like anime and art, Hannah danced, they were super hyped when it was over.

Saturday they went to lunch with a mentor and James, Jack and I went to the Petite Mardi Gras parade.

We went walking by the Platte before heading home.

In the evening the girls watched Jack and James and I went to Golden Moon Speakeasy for a jazz date night. We went by Jack in the Box afterward for tiny tacos and jalapeno poppers.

Sunday Hannah worked at the church coffee shop, we made tacos for lunch, we watched Father Brown, Hannah asked to go to the antique shop, Grace finished her first try at a stuffed fish and worked at church and dinner was yummy.

To do this week – school, knee doc, Fat Tuesday, EG Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Cinderella musical, youth group, Water sampling, Tea and book swap co-op, Grand Junction trip, random walking around.

Dinners this week (starting tomorrow night) – sweet potato lasagna (make your lasagna, just sub thinly sliced sweet potatoes for the noodles, same cooking time), chicken and shrimp jambalaya over dirty rice, chicken pesto with garlic couscous and broccoli, ratatouille, Grand Junction two nights, thai basil shrimp over linguine.


2 eggplants
6 roma tomatoes
2 yellow squashes
2 zucchinis

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, from 8-10 leaves

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, from 8-10 leaves
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons fresh thyme
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
4 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat the oven for 375˚F..

Slice the eggplant, tomatoes, squash, and zucchini into approximately ¹⁄₁₆-inch rounds, then set aside.
Make the sauce: Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch oven-safe pan over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion, garlic, and bell peppers until soft, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then add the crushed tomatoes. Stir until the ingredients are fully incorporated. Remove from heat, then add the basil. Stir once more, then smooth the surface of the sauce with a spatula.

Arrange the sliced veggies in alternating patterns on top of the sauce from the outer edge to the middle of the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Make the herb seasoning: In a small bowl, mix together the basil, garlic, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Spoon the herb seasoning over the vegetables.

Cover the pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover, then bake for another 20 minutes, until the vegetables are softened. Serve while hot.

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.


Wed, Thur, Fri



Alice Coachman 1923-2014

At the 1948 London Olympics, Alice Coachman won the high jump for the United States, becoming the first black woman to win an Olympic Gold medal. King George VI awarded her medal, and subsequently, President Harry S. Truman congratulated her at a White House ceremony. Coachman was also celebrated in a motorcade that traveled from Atlanta to her hometown of Albany, Georgia.

As a child, Coachman was forbidden from training at athletic fields with white people, which forced her to get creative: she would use ropes and sticks as high jumps, running barefoot. Despite these barriers, she was able to be the first black woman to win an Olympic medal and the first black person to receive an endorsement deal.

“If I had gone to the Games and failed, there wouldn’t be anyone to follow in my footsteps. It encouraged the rest of the women to work harder and fight harder,” Coachman told The New York Times in 1996. And indeed, she paved the way for African-American athletes like Wilma Rudolph, Evelyn Ashford, Florence Griffith Joyner, and many more.

Dog school.

We tried to go sit in on a court case, but the only open ones said ‘No children’ and this one looked like it had a case on the docket, but no one showed up. The clerk said to come earlier next time.

My Harriet hike was at the gym because I waited too long and it got dark and cold.


Rosalind Franklin 1920-1958

Rosalind Elsie Franklin was born in London, England. Her family was well-to-do and both sides were very involved in social and public works. Rosalind was extremely intelligent and she knew by the age of 15 that she wanted to be a scientist. Her father actively discouraged her interest since it was very difficult for women to have such a career. However, with her excellent education from St. Paul’s Girls’ School, one of the few institutions at the time that taught physics and chemistry to girls, Franklin entered Cambridge University in 1938 to study chemistry.

Franklin’s next career move took her to Paris. An old friend introduced her to Marcel Mathieu who directed most of the research in France. He was impressed with Franklin’s work and offered her a job as a “chercheur” in the Laboratoire Central des Services Chimiques de l’Etat. Here she learned X-ray diffraction techniques from Jacques Mering.
In 1951, With her knowledge, Franklin was to set up and improve the X-ray crystallography unit at King’s College. Maurice Wilkins was already using X-ray crystallography to try to solve the DNA problem at King’s College. Franklin arrived while Wilkins was away and on his return, Wilkins assumed that she was hired to be his assistant. It was a bad start to a relationship that never got any better.

Working with a student, Raymond Gosling, Franklin was able to get two sets of high-resolution photos of crystallized DNA fibers. She used two different fibers of DNA, one more highly hydrated than the other. From this she deduced the basic dimensions of DNA strands, and that the phosphates were on the outside of what was probably a helical structure.
She presented her data at a lecture in King’s College at which James Watson was in attendance. Watson and Crick were at the Cavendish Laboratory and had been working on solving the DNA structure. Franklin did not know Watson and Crick as well as Wilkins did and never truly collaborated with them. It was Wilkins who showed Watson and Crick the X-ray data Franklin obtained. The data confirmed the 3-D structure that Watson and Crick had theorized for DNA. In 1953, both Wilkins and Franklin published papers on their X-ray data in the same Nature issue with Watson and Crick’s paper on the structure of DNA.

Franklin left Cambridge in 1953 and went to the Birkbeck lab to work on the structure of tobacco mosaic virus. She published a number of papers on the subject and she actually did a lot of the work while suffering from cancer. She died from cancer in 1958. In 1962, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins for solving the structure of DNA. The Nobel committee does not give posthumous prizes.

The girl went to a cooking class (pumpkin pasta, salad and homemade ranch dressing) so I took Jack for a Harriet hike along the Cherry creek trail, it was cold.


Elizabeth Blackwell 1821-1910

The first woman in America to receive a medical degree, Elizabeth Blackwell championed the participation of women in the medical profession and ultimately opened her own medical college for women. Born near Bristol, England on February 3, 1821, Blackwell was the third of nine children of Hannah Lane and Samuel Blackwell, a sugar refiner, Quaker, and anti-slavery activist. Blackwell’s famous relatives included brother Henry, a well-known abolitionist and women’s suffrage supporter who married women’s rights activist Lucy Stone; Emily Blackwell, who followed her sister into medicine; and sister-in-law Antoinette Brown Blackwell, the first ordained female minister in a mainstream Protestant denomination.

In 1832, the Blackwell family moved to America, settling in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1838, Samuel Blackwell died, leaving the family penniless during a national financial crisis. Blackwell was inspired to pursue medicine by a dying friend who said her ordeal would have been better had she had a female physician. Most male physicians trained as apprentices to experienced doctors; there were few medical colleges and none that accepted women, though a few women also apprenticed and became unlicensed physicians.

While teaching, Blackwell boarded with the families of two southern physicians who mentored her. In 1847, she returned to Philadelphia, hoping that Quaker friends could assist her entrance into medical school. Rejected everywhere she applied, she was ultimately admitted to Geneva College in rural New York, however, her acceptance letter was intended as a practical joke.

Blackwell faced discrimination and obstacles in college: professors forced her to sit separately at lectures and often excluded her from labs; local townspeople shunned her as a “bad” woman for defying her gender role. Blackwell eventually earned the respect of professors and classmates, graduating first in her class in 1849. She continued her training at London and Paris hospitals, though doctors there relegated her to midwifery or nursing. She began to emphasize preventative care and personal hygiene, recognizing that male doctors often caused epidemics by failing to wash their hands between patients.

In 1851, Dr. Blackwell returned to New York City, where discrimination against female physicians meant few patients and difficulty practicing in hospitals and clinics. With help from Quaker friends, Blackwell opened a small clinic to treat poor women; in 1857, she opened the New York Infirmary for Women and Children with her sister Dr. Emily Blackwell and colleague Dr. Marie Zakrzewska. Its mission included providing positions for women physicians. During the Civil War, the Blackwell sisters trained nurses for Union hospitals.

In 1868, Blackwell opened a medical college in New York City. A year later, she placed her sister in charge and returned permanently to London, where in 1875, she became a professor of gynecology at the new London School of Medicine for Women. She also helped found the National Health Society and published several books, including an autobiography, Pioneer Work in Opening the Medical Profession to Women (1895).

Friday it snowed.

After school I took Jack to the HIgh line canal for a walk.

He was nappy after that.

Ride along, CBI field trip



Rachel Carson – 1907-1964

When marine biologist Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, she changed the way we think about the environment. Throughout her life, Carson showed talent in both writing and the sciences; Carson earned a master’s degree in zoology from Johns Hopkins University in 1932 and began working as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries. She earned a National Book Award for her 1951 book The Sea Around Us, but it was Silent Spring that launched her into a role as a literary celebrity and reformer.

Silent Spring exposed environmental issues to the U.S. public for the first time. Carson documented the adverse effects of synthetic pesticides for humans and wildlife, revealed that the chemical industry was spreading lies and misinformation, and accused U.S. officials of negligence in accepting the use of pesticides without fully examining the harmful effects. Carson’s book outraged the public and led to a nationwide ban on DDT, a cancer-causing insecticide. The Environmental Protection Agency also owes its existence to Carson’s influence, as her book caused citizens and the government to be more environmentally conscious.

School today – Practical math (combinations and permutations, also finished population regression models), Chemistry (periodic table), Forensics (footwear and tire marks), British Lit (writing to a prompt)

English (complex or flat characters), Algebra (functions), World history (China’s Song and Tang dynasties), Astronomy (inner planets), Earth science (Earth’s history), Criminal justice (evaluating justice ethics)

Hannah went for her afternoon ride along, Officer P had a good afternoon. They pulled over 2 cars, went to a 911 call, went to check on an abandoned car and responded to 2 hotel calls.

Hannah liked the officer and said the afternoon ride along was a lot better than the morning one. Jack and I went on a cold Harriet hike.

Thursday –


Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer

Ada Lovelace was the only legitimate daughter of Lord Byron, one of England’s most famous poets. Her parents separated shortly after Ada’s birth, and Byron left England. He died in Greece a few years later. Although she never knew her father, Byron’s legacy greatly influenced Ada’s upbringing. Her mother was paranoid that she would inherit her poet father’s erratic temperament, and made sure that she was tutored in mathematics and science.

At the age of 12, Lovelace conceptualized a flying machine.
After studying the anatomy of birds and the suitability of various materials, the young girl illustrated plans to construct a winged flying apparatus before moving on to think about powered flight. “I have got a scheme,” she wrote to her mother, “to make a thing in the form of a horse with a steam engine in the inside so contrived as to move an immense pair of wings, fixed on the outside of the horse, in such a manner as to carry it up into the air while a person sits on its back.”

When Ada was 17, her mentor Charles Babbage showed her the prototype for his ‘Difference Engine,’ the world’s first computer. In 1842, Babbage asked Lovelace to help translate an article about the plans for his newest machine, the ‘Analytical Engine.’ She appended a lengthy set of notes to her translation, in which she wrote an algorithm that the engine could use to compute Bernoulli numbers.

While the extent of her original contribution is disputed, her code is now considered the world’s first computer program. Lovelace foresaw the multi-purpose functionality of the modern computer. Although Babbage believed the use of his machines was confined to numerical calculations, she mused that any piece of content—including music, text, pictures and sounds—could be translated to digital form and manipulated by machine. Lovelace wrote that the analytical engine “might act upon other things besides number, were objects found whose mutual fundamental relations could be expressed by those of the abstract science of operations… Supposing, for instance, that the fundamental relations of pitched sounds in the science of harmony and of musical composition were susceptible of [mathematical] expression and adaptations, the engine might compose elaborate and scientific pieces of music of any degree of complexity or extent.”

After school we went to the CBI Forensic lab on a field trip with school (we use an on-line K12 school, Destinations Career Academy of Colorado.)

Jack and I went on a sunset Harriet hike.

Friday –


Sarojini Naidu 1879-1949

Sarojini Naidu, also known as Sarojini Chattopadhyaya, was a famous Indian poet and a major freedom fighter who went on becoming the first Indian woman to be appointed the president of the Indian National Congress and the Governor of any state in India. Most of all, she was a noted child prodigy and a master of children’s literature. Naidu was given a sobriquet Bharat Kokila (The Nightingale of India) on account of her beautiful poems and songs. Some of her best books that established her as a potent writer include The Golden Threshold, The Gift of India, and The Broken Wing.

An active participant of the Indian Independence movement, Naidu joined the national movement taking Gandhi’s call and joined him in the popular Salt March to Dandi. With the Indian Independence in 1947, Sarojini Naidu was made the Governor of the Uttar Pradesh in the wake of her contribution to the movement.

We did school and I went to the doc to get knee shots. Wow, it was a bit painful at first, but by the evening it was better. Jack and I went to Chatfield for a Harriet hike.

Then we went to see the horses around Highlands Ranch.



It seems that there is little time these days. I wake up and it’s Friday, the week flew by again. Monday we had a Denver Police dept. tour, it was the video production area (and offices in that building, but it’s not THE police station, just offices.) It was cool to see the video guy in action, he taped the kids with a green screen and they got to add in the background. Hannah got a card from an officer and everyone got DPD dog tags, which was pretty cool.

It was Hallowteen night at the DMNS museum, Brad and Janet did not win the costume contest.

Tuesday we took Grace up to Keystone for the H2O science school. She was a bit nervous at being around total strangers, but then found out some of the kids were at the teen night and one girl used to be in our homeschool group. She ended up having a great time, making friends, getting to talk to water people, sampling and having some time without us. Hannah finally got to go to an Explorer meeting, they were working on combat care and tourniquets. She decided that Parker is a good fit and has to go to at least 5 meetings before getting her uniform and equipment. They let them wear fake guns on their belt and other tools on the belt to get used to the weight and feel of it, so that’s cool. I doubt there will be 4 meetings coming up (with breaks and they only go every other week) so it might be January before she gets her stuff.

Wednesday Hannah did school and then we watched the rest of season 2 of The Good Doctor and caught up on season 3. It started snowing right as I was dropping her at church. We ended up getting about 4 inches, but the roads were fine.

Thursday we did school and went up to get Grace. The road was fine with a few exceptions of packed snow on the road. I was worried about the road to the school, which was pretty snowy on Tuesday, but the plow had been by and packed it down (the road is dirt, so it never gets plowed to the bottom.) Jack had time to play in the snow before Grace showed up. We somehow made it to Westminster for the school Winter social in record time. Grace changed into her Janet costume and bam – they won the High school most original costume. The prize was an i-tunes card which Hannah turned into Psych the Movie and a few songs. We chilled for a bit, made dinner and then drove to the mall to walk around.

Friday I took James to work, we did school, grabbed water samples for October and drove out to Cottonwood farms. I wanted to wait until Tuesday, but it’s supposed to snow Sunday-Wednesday, so we went today. The corn did not grow this year for some odd reason, so the maze was easy for anyone over 3 feet tall. The girls picked out 2 big pumpkins and we took some pictures.