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Jack

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Jack’s new balls came in and I swear he could smell them in the box. We put them on the kitchen counter and he kept going over and trying to jump up, then we moved them to the top of the fridge (still in the box) and he sat by the fridge barking for a while.

I’m not sure if we got a bad lot last time or what, the pink ball only lasted 4 days and I’ve been taking bets on the orange ball.

We’re at the start of day 3 today and it has a very small tear in the seam (but I count ‘broken’ when he cracks the seam so much he can get the crackle ball out.)

Hannah had a bunch of Class connects to do today, orientation, going over the OLS, it was a lot of review because we’ve been using the OLS for K12 for 14 years. The only difference is how it looks from middle to high school, but she went into each CC session and participated. I had a chiro appointment and then I went to the massage lady at Whole foods. The chiro gave me a front headache when he punched the activator thing on my neck, so I thought the massage lady could help work out the knots in my neck a little more. It’s a bit better, but still feels like I have to pop my neck and it won’t. Still have face numbness, hand tingling, vision stuff and headaches – though those are much less painful, but it’s still there. I have to give the chiro and massage lady some time to work before heading back to the doc to say – let’s look at that tumor in a CT scan and see if something has changed. Hannah wanted to do her last CC at the coffee shop, so we went there and I started on a collage of this drawing.

I took Jack’s not back to school pics, the girls will get theirs done tomorrow or the next day (they don’t start until Tuesday.)

I scored tix to the Corteo Cirque de Soleil show for the me and the girls. It was amazing, we had to drive through a massive rainstorm to get there, but it was worth it.

Co-ops are being posted, I have a field trip to set up, an opera to put in numbers for and I’m waiting for the St. John’s music at noon schedule and the Fox theater cultural show schedule to come out. We’re doing something tomorrow, hiking somewhere – not sure where yet. Then after some testing on Friday we’re heading out to camp – fun. And finally, here are some pics from the HR backcountry cam.

Weekend

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Saturday we went to Dim Sum and then took Jack to the 5 points jazz fest. Here is a sampling of some big band jazz.

Jack was asleep in the car, but popped up when he heard ‘pup cone.’ He knows.

Sunday we went to church, Hannah worked at the coffee shop, then we went to the flea market. Hannah really wanted to go for her birthday, we don’t go that often and the weather was cloudy and cool – perfect for walking around the market. She found an ET stuffed animal, some dog figurines and Grace found an LPS. Jack enjoyed eating all the stuff on the ground. I finished up my book, it was tailor made to go with the sermon series from church. This quote sums up what we’ve been talking about.

“Life without the gift of rest is merely existing without being able to enjoy the bouquet of all we have been given.” Scouting the Divine by Margaret Feinberg

Dinners this week – BBQ, Main event dinner (Hannah’s b-day), chicken tikka with creamed spinach, pan fried hamburgers, chorizo/sweet potato lasagna roll ups, spaghetti with Italian sausage, pot roast with turnip/potato smash.

I thought about it and you can put anything in the lasagna and roll it up, you could make a cheeseburger roll up, artichoke spinach, Tex-Mex roll up, etc. So instead of layering the chorizo/sweet potato I’m just going to roll them up and put an Indian butter sauce over them.

This week – co-op postings start, b-day photos, bowling and pizza b-day party, school, Under the sea day at puppy daycare, llama pinatas at the library, driving practice, hike, finals start, something-something, church, coffee shop.

 

Ever vigilant

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Monday I took Hannah to the doc and she got 4 shots for camp, then we went to the dentist and they finally agreed (after a year) that her shark teeth weren’t going to push out the baby teeth and pulled 2 of them. Hannah decided to not get shots in her mouth, which was a mistake (and I didn’t know she had refused the shots, they just told me they were pulling teeth.) So they pulled and yanked and it hurt. She said shots in the mouth would have hurt more and she already had 4 shots that day. Jack was not happy to be at the dentist, usually he just sleeps under the chair when we’re there – today he was hiding.

When we got home I took Jack outside for some pics after I played around with some dandelion photos.

We crated Jack (it was raining) and went to try a new coffee shop. The space was amazing, fireplace, quiet, a room you can reserve, outdoor seating, really nice.

Tuesday we went to the movie theater to see End Game. We were about a half mile from a STEM school, we see the kids all the time walking to Starbucks and McDonalds when it’s lunch time. Today there was a shooting there. We got out of the theater and saw tons of fire, ambulance, police and life flight helicopters hovering around the area. I got a message that said if we were still at AMC it was being locked down. We were already in the car and I had no intention of being locked in the theater, so we drove home. The drive home was surreal, busses from the school were heading to the rec center to drop off kids, there were hundreds of cars parked on both sides of the street as parents rushed into the rec center to pick up kids. Some kids were still in the school, hunkered down in the classrooms while police went room to room looking for any more shooters (2 had been caught at this point.) We drove home and checked in on people and let others know we were safe (some people knew we were at the theater.) Just because we homeschool doesn’t mean we’re never in danger. My kids often walk to the Target that is right next to the school, they go to the Starbucks that some of the kids ran to, if they had been at anything close to the school (stores, library, restaurant) they would have been in a lockdown situation. We talked about what to do in case they were walking (run, hide) to that area, or really anywhere. If they were close to the stores run in, if still by houses run in a backyard. We are more vigilant now when we go downtown or in the mall and even in the theater. In fact, it’s weird, when we were sitting in the theater and the ‘find an exit’ speech came on, I pointed to our closest one. I don’t normally do that. Our church changed Wed night service to a prayer service with a free and open coffee shop all day leading up to the service. There are already vigils planned to honor the life of the one student who died. There were heroes today, but it’s a shame that we need our children to be heroes at school. I don’t understand how two kids who knew the kids the were shooting at could do that.

Wednesday was rainy, we did school and went to Target (the one by the school) to have Creativity club at the Starbucks. It was business as usual, though there were more kids walking around (I assume schools were closed.) I met a new Mom in the HS group who just started HS’ing her 2nd grader in January. She pulled her daughter out due to bullying and the poor atmosphere in the school. We chatted while her daughter made some art, I only got a sketch done because I was talking too much.

Grace made some more art to turn into stickers.

Jack is proud of the hanger he stole.

We had pita pizza for dinner, I piled mine with fig balsamic, chicken, feta, mozzarella, onions, kalamata olives, and sun dried tomatoes, Jack was jealous.

It’s supposed to snow tomorrow, we were going to the Rockies Math day game – but I don’t think it’s going to happen (and even if they decided to play, we’re not going and sitting in rain/snow.)

Sunday

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Day 24 – look to your week ahead, find opportunities for caring for yourself and others.

My world this week – Spring break continued, driving practice, Grace work, dance, ballet, river sampling, watching The Meg at the library, NIA, Ft. Collins eat, hike, play, youth group, Creativity club, Denver puppet theater co-op, Nature walk co-op, packing food at church, RiNo art photo walk with the library, church, Art of Brunch on Santa Fe.

Dinners this week, it’s use up stuff in the fridge and pantry week (though I do have to pick up a few things)- sloppy joes and chili lime corn, chicken marsala and parmesan couscous, chorizo and hominy skillet, garbanzo bean salad with grilled chicken, chili and corn bread, chipotle crusted pork loin with collard greens, chicken and rice soup

Chicken Marsala

1/4 cup all-purpose flour for coating
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – pounded 1/4 inch thick
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons olive oi
l1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup Marsala wine
1/4 cup cooking sherry

In a shallow dish or bowl, mix together the flour, salt, pepper and oregano. Coat chicken pieces in flour mixture.
In a large skillet, melt butter in oil over medium heat. Place chicken in the pan, and lightly brown. Turn over chicken pieces, and add mushrooms. Pour in wine and sherry. Cover skillet; simmer chicken 10 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink and juices run clear.

Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad

2 (15 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained
2 cucumbers, halved lengthwise and sliced
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15 ounce) can black olives, drained and chopped
1 ounce crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup Italian-style salad dressing
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Combine the beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, garlic, olives, cheese, salad dressing, lemon juice, garlic salt and pepper. Toss together and refrigerate 2 hours before serving. Serve chilled. I’m adding grilled chicken to this.

Monday milestone

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Day 18 – make some art Monday. Grace’s Kermit and Bugs, my blah art (I just said make art, it doesn’t have to be ‘good’) and a study because I forgot my magazines at home for collage.

Jack doesn’t like shoe shopping.

Monday also marks the day that Grace has been out of the hospital longer than she’s been in it. Today marks 8 years since her last hospital stay (3.5 since last ER trip.) Getting started with National Jewish right after that stay marked a turning point in care, meds and health. Her lungs are so much better that she can usually fight off a common cold with breathing exercises, rest and maybe a bit of meds.

Dance, party, computers, mall, Coney island, snow

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Friday –

Time for the Winter Wonderland dance. I dropped off the girls and… they had fun! I was sure I’d pick them up early, but they stayed from 6 to 9:30pm.

Saturday it was go to the mall (and I put pics of Jack all over the Microsoft store computers.)

And got some late b-day pics of Bethany (the mall has great backdrops.)

Then it was off to drop the girls at the MCA for an 80’s party.

I took the opportunity to run by the Courthouse to take pics of the lights.

Sunday we went to church and decided to take a drive to Coney island for hot dogs.

When we got home, Jack was bored.

Goings on, school, work for Grace, river samples, teen poe-tea, ice carvings, youth group, teen science cafe, driving practice, Paint mines, doc, blood draw, Platte hike, Chocolate affair, church, zoo (maybe)

Dinners -Italian sausage and potatoes, chicken pot pie, hamburger patties with mushrooms and onions, beef and barley stew, aloo phujia, chicken with tabbouleh.

Aloo Phujia

1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 pound potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 tsp teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground cumin
2 tomatoes, chopped
1lb cubed pork

Lightly brown onion in oil in a medium size skillet.
Stir in salt, cayenne, turmeric and cumin. Add potatoes and cook 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add tomatoes and pork, cover pan and cook until potatoes are soft, about 10 minutes.

Snow dog on Monday.

Snow! Weekend

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Finally.

It was black out skate at Skate city tonight.

The next morning we shoveled a path for Jack and got affogato at Coffee lady.

Jack loves to eat snow.

We got James’ new glasses and Jack was bored.

Heading to Fargo’s.

We left there and went to the Penrose museum, I wanted to see if it would make a good field trip, it was pretty neat and we learned a lot about the Broadmoor and area.

Sunday we went to church and then headed to Georgetown for the ice races.

The ice is 17″ thick, still it’s a little unnerving to be standing on the lake with tons of cars driving around.

The week – back to school, Creativity club, Cafe 180, Educator’s night, driving practice, TNO, NIA, Co-op chat, Teen science cafe, youth group, hiking, RW site testing, zoo, Speakeasy Soiree, church, Bethany leaves for GJ.

Dinners – artichoke chicken, beef stroganoff, pork tacos, shrimp and sausage jambalaya, chutney pork chops and sweet potatoes, Tex-Mex soup, TV dinners (James and I have a date.)