Category Archives: museum

Park day, Lollicup, MOA

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I made a park day at Grant Frontier park – because it’s close to bobas. There was a weird storm, we got a bit of hail, then watched as the clouds moved left, then right, then left, it would have been nice to have shade, but I’m glad it moved the other way.

We dropped by the MOA to see their new art, it’s not really new, just some previous art set up until the next exhibit opens.

I’m trying to finish up some library books before vacation. One more to go.

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Homeschool day at the Capitol, TDO, Teen nite

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We woke up to a dusting of snow, Gimpy was hanging out in the food bowl.

CHEC did an awesome job on the posters that were inside the Capitol.

We were sitting in the House opening.

We started with a prayer, the pledge, the Anthem and reading of the HS day at the Capitol proclamation. Then it was introductions and watching the reps get up and talk about different things. Inside the Capitol.

We left there and headed over to Pillar of Fire church for music, a dramatic John Paul Jones enactment and lecture.

We had lunch at SAME, then I dropped the girls at home and went to TDO at the coffee shop. I was the only one there, so I worked on my folded book art.

James and I dropped off Bethany at Grace at teen night and we went to try Millers and Rossi, an art gallery speakeasy. At first we passed it up, it’s at the back of RiNo, not got a big sign and has a really small front space. The front is an art gallery –

the back is a dimly lit bar with Edison lights, a skylight, more art and great drinks.

We still had time to kill, so we went by Denver Central Market and had a scoop of vegan coconut creme brulee, a drink at Curio and a pizza from Vero.

It was luau night at the museum, so the kids were all wearing leis when we picked them up. Grace went off for a sleepover and Bethany went home with a friend (and then we picked her up at their house.)

Creativity club

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We did school this morning, then went to Enchanted Grounds to make some art. Grace drew a few things, Hannah was working on painting an LPS and I made a collage.

Hannah had a friend pick her up for church and I took Grace to the Teen science cafe’ in Boulder. A marine biologist was speaking about ‘sex in the sea’ and I got to hear all about the various sea creatures mentioned on the way home. Some of them were things Grace knew about, like zombie worms and some were new things, like the maze like vagina of some dolphins and mating rituals of cod. Still, it was all neat.

We packed up and went to bed early for our Grand Junction trip tomorrow.

Cyberschool day at the Capitol

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This morning we joined our on-line school and lots of other on-line and blended learning schools at the History museum for the Day at the Capitol. We had breakfast, wrote letters and postcards to our legislators, listened to some speeches, met with teachers and made signs.

New this year were Cyberschool hats and scarves, very nice since it was cold outside.

We walked to the Capitol with a police escort and stood on the steps.

We heard from four students from four different backgrounds, abilities and on-line schools. We heard brief talks from a Republican and Democrat who are both on the education committee.

Awards were handed out, photos were taken, letters were handed to legislators and then we went back to the museum to see the new Zoom exhibit. I wish that this exhibit rotated and came out with a new 100 objects every year.

We had lunch, got the car topped off, bought snails at the pet store, got Hannah’s hair cut and dropped Grace at the library for another Anti-Valentine party. Bethany and James took off about 1pm for Mesa in Grand Junction. Bethany has a Mesa Day Experience there tomorrow, which is good because when we all go next week we’re just going for a random tour and not specific stuff. But, two day of no school means that we’ll have to work a bit extra M-W.

NIA, sledding, RiNo art walk, DMNS teacher nite

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Look at that wonderful snow. I had a great NIA class, then came home and took the girls sledding.

I hit a bump on the way down….it looks worse than it was.

We had a quick lunch, then it was off to the RiNo art walk. We met up with another family and walked around looking at the graffiti art.

James met us and we had snacks at the Denver Market before heading home.

Later James and I went to the DMNS teacher’s night. I got two things done there that I had been waiting on, so that was good. James can’t remember if he ever went into the gem and mineral area, so we went in to look.

Black sheep Friday, Steampunk tea, Maisy walk

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Friday was the last day of school break, come Monday it’s back to work. I cleaned out the cabinets and look what I found! I’m using these!

Tonight was the MCA teen sponsored Black Sheep Friday, EZ oven bake off or cupcake decorating. Grace was all over the cupcake part. I put my trifecta of foods I can’t have right now, sigh.

We walked around the museum to see the new stuff, she saw it last time, but I hadn’t seen the new art.

Today was also the day that Corissa moved away, the girls are sad.

Saturday was lazy, we (sans Bethany) all decided to drive to the Erie library to take Grace to the Steampunk tea. It was cute, she had fun, we read, it was a nice drive.

Sunday we went to church, walked Maisy at Clement park and James and I went to Fika for coffee and so I could draw and ho could work (well, all he worked on was driving plans to see Joel in October.)

The week –¬†NIA, school, Bethany’s b-day, ice skating, stock show field trip, newbie chat, youth groups, TDO -alcohol ink painting, River Watch yearly testing, teen nite at DMNS, hike, working at church in the little’s room.

Dinners – BBQ pork, b-day dinner (moved to Thurs since Bethany works every other night), chorizo stuffed sweet potatoes, pork chops with fried cabbage, chicken soup, sausage and barley soup, chicken tacos, red beans/okra/sausage casserole.

Sausage Barley Soup

1 pound Italian sausage 
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 (48 fluid ounce) can chicken broth
1 large carrot, sliced
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
1/4 cup uncooked pearl barley

In a skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage, onion, and garlic until the sausage is evenly brown. Season with Italian seasoning. Remove from heat, and drain.
In a slow cooker, mix the sausage mixture, chicken broth, carrot, spinach, and barley.
Cover, and cook 4 hours on High or 6 to 8 hours on Low.

Chicken tacos

4-5 chicken thighs
minced garlic to taste
1Tbsp lime juice
taco seasoning packet

Cook chicken on stove or in crockpot until falling apart. warm flour or corn tortillas and top with chicken and your choice of toppings. We like – black beans, salsa, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, avocado, shredded cheese.

Wednesday, Thursday

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We took the guys to Sherpa House for lunch, Nick met us there.

Hannah had a heaping helping of food, but it’s because she was excited to go back (they had a fire and were closed down for a bit.) I was more sensible.

We went up to Buffalo Bill’s grave and museum. The guys went through the museum so fast that we didn’t meet them in there. It was very windy, but I managed to get a few mountain pics.

I was tired and flu-like when we got back home and my throat hurt. I felt better the next day, but Hannah was coughing and had a sore throat, so she stayed home while I took Brooke, Gwen, Michael and Grace to the MCA for a teen art event.

I used my time to hand out the rest of the homeless bags we made plus some cookies and candy canes near the Capitol.

We may have stopped at LM’s on the way home….

We took the guys and Bethany to the mall to check it out. The Mills mall was closed after the flooding from the hail storm and recently opened. They aren’t finished with the flooring and don’t have every store open yet, it looks very stark with cement floors and white walls and ceilings, but it’s coming along. The guys stayed up late since it was their last night here.