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This morning I took Hannah to some spots for birthday pics. It was really sunny, which I hate for outdoor shoots.

It did make a nice green glowing effect through the leaves in one spot, but I really prefer to take outdoor pics on cloudy days. Red Rocks was closed for a graduation, so we ended up in Golden a bit early. The fire department was practicing swift water rescues, proof that tubing season is coming soon. We walked around a bit and then had lunch at D’Deli. We got back home and waited for Bethany to get home so we could leave for the Springs. Hannah didn’t know where we were going. Grace had said that we were going by River Watch, I said no we weren’t and Bethany said we might be eating somewhere. She didn’t know we were heading to the Springs and it took over an hour to get there due to traffic, but she still thought we were going to RW. There were no signs at the arena, no tent, just a building. We got out and Bethany and Grace were smiling and saying, ‘Happy Birthday.’ Hannah was so confused. We were like, we’re at the circus! She couldn’t believe it. She has been wanting to go to a circus since watching The Greatest Showman, but I only knew of one (The Zoppe circus) and it doesn’t get into town until Aug. Then I happened to see the Al Kaly Shrine circus coming in to the Springs today – luck!

We got popcorn, cotton candy and cokes and sat down to watch the show.

They had tigers, elephants, dogs, horses, a llama, a cat that could jump through a hoop, a guy in a Spiderman costume that was walking upside down (with his feet in rope loops) with no net, trapeze, hoops, a seesaw that was flipping people into the air and motorcycles in a cage. Our favorite parts were the Spiderman, farm routine and dogs.

They ran over by a bit, but I got Grace to youth group in record time from the Springs (54 min, no traffic and I might have been speeding a bit.) That was a fun group birthday present.


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.)



We had a house appraiser come out today (no, we’re not selling), so the house was nice and clean. It was a good excuse to pick up, tidy up and get Hannah and Bethany to clean their rooms so that someone could walk in them. Hannah is done with school, A’s in everything (just slightly in English, she had 89.8 and with some extra credit it ended up being 91.1.) Grace took 3 Nutrition quizzes and will do her last unit test and final in there tomorrow. She did her AgriScience unit test too. Her History class ends with a project instead of a final. English and Geometry have finals that open next week, as well as Physical science and AgriScience. We have a busy week next week though, so she might do one final on Monday morning, one on Tuesday afternoon and the rest on Friday morning (unless anything else opens up early this Friday.)

I had a Teacher’s Day Out planned in Castle Rock today and James was working from home. Since no one was coming (two people canceled and there were a few maybes, but I never count on maybes from people) I invited him to come with me. We went to Festival park and walked around, it was hot outside!

Then we went to the Emporium and looked around at all the cool stuff there.

Finally, we sat outside at Lost Coffee with drinks and a view of the Rock.

Now we’re back at home, James is working, I’m working on some homeschool stuff and I might take a nap (that sun really takes it out of you.)

The week so far


Sunday we went to church, then worked in the little kids room for the next service. We had 15 kids, which is a lot! But, everyone did well. James and I went on the gulch walk that the girls and I did with the library last week. It was a bit hot, but a nice short walk by the creek.

Our week – school, worship dance, HS group newbie/co-op chat, galaxy print t-shirts @library, Walk2Connect urban garden walk, Botanical illustration class work, youth groups, Teacher’s Day Out Castle Rock, Kindness Krewe (trash pick up at the park), Women’s banquet at church, hikety-hike, Mother’s day picnic at the HR Mansion.

Dinners this week – meatballs with penne pasta and marinara sauce (Hannah), cheese quesadillas and tomato soup, chicken and rice casserole (Grace), chipotle salmon and sweet potatoes, lima beans and sausage with peasant bread, grilling stuff.

Easy Chicken Rice Casserole

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite size pieces
2 cups milk
2 cups uncooked white rice
1 10 oz can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 10 oz can cream of mushroom soup
1 bag frozen peas
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dill
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste

And lunch at SAME cafe’.


Fun Friday


I took Hannah and Grace to see Into the Woods Jr. It was cute, funny, and the kids did a good job.

Cafe 180 for lunch.

Then off to the Littleton museum to see the animals.

James and I went to ACC for a jazz concert, then to Millers and Rossi for drinks, they had Star Wars drinks, food and one of the movies playing.

Walk2Connect – Urban forest canopy


Today’s hike was brought to us by Walk2Connect, Denver Healthy Eating and Active Living and Rob the urban forest ranger. It was a bit chilly when we started out at the front of the Botanic Gardens.

We walked up the street and Rob started talking about street trees, specifically ash trees. There is a pest (emerald ash borer) that is eating ash trees and it’s currently in Boulder, Longmont and Lyons, so it’s headed this way.

They have a program called be a smart ash and cover you ash- – that explains the treatment they are using, what to do if you have an ash tree and the alarming stat – 1 in 6 trees in Denver are ash trees. So, if you do nothing you will have a large percentage of street and park trees that have to be cut down and then replaced with smaller trees, trees that will take 30-50 years to grow back to give you what you now have. He also said that the city of Denver plants, for free, about 1,000 trees a year. If you live in Denver and have space for a tree and will be its caretaker, the city will send over a contractor to put in a tree. We walked on and talked about the various street trees. This graphic has some good info on the amount of trees in each city, not just street trees, and the benefits from them. We stopped at Cheesman park and Rob made note of a few things.

One is that in parks the trees are usually the same type (or a few variations) and the same height (because they were all planted when the park was made.) Cheesman recently went from potable water use to recycled water use and Rob noted that some of the conifers are doing poorly on the recycled water because the levels of certain minerals are getting higher. One tree was fading fast and might have to come down and this is a tree that is about 100 years old. You can’t plant a 100 year old tree, so the benefit that the tree gave you won’t be back for a while. Anyway, we walked to the pavilion at Cheesman park and Chris gave us some background on it. I knew it had been a cemetery, one of Denver’s first. Well, the city was growing and wanted to use that land for a park, they bought it from Congress (who had taken it in a treaty with the Indians) for $1.25 an acre. Part of the area was named Congress park, because they had owned it, part became the Botanic Gardens and part became Cheesman (named after a Denver pioneer Walter Cheesman, the pavillion fund was donated by his family.) But first, Denver had to clear out the cemetery. The Catholics were buried in the garden area, they were moved to Mt. Calvary, some were moved to Fairmount or Riverside, the Jewish bodies were moved to a Jewish cemetery and then to Riverside, the segregated Chinese bodies (mining and railroad workers) were shipped back to China. This left about 5,000 bodies, some were criminals, vagrants or first generation Denverites who had no family to move them. The city hired a guy to move the bodies, paying him by the coffin. That turned out to be a mistake as he started chopping up bodies and stuffing them into child size caskets, leaving bones and things from the coffins lying around for others to come and take (why someone would want to go grab a bone or a watch or whatever was falling out of the caskets is beyond me.) The newspaper found out about it, wrote a scathing article, the city fired the guy but they never hired anyone else. So, every time someone plants a tree, digs up a tree, lays down irrigation or breaks ground on a new parking garage, they usually find a few bodies. If you walk on the grass there are humps and divets in the grass, those are where the graves are. It’s a little weird. The trees have grown so much (and the buildings have grown so tall) that you can only see part of the mountains from the spot at the front of the pavillions, but 100+ years ago it was a different sight.

Here is a picture of the park from the front with raised platform, small trees and reflecting pool.

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In the picture below you can see how they graded the lawn, took out some trees and planted flower beds. There is talk of digging up all of this and going back to the previous style, I think that’s a good idea.

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From here we walked into the back part of the gardens, walked past some tree species that Rob pointed out were good for planting and listened to the xeriscape gardener talk about his area. We made one last stop to the small rooftop garden, then it was time to leave.

We had lunch at Chick-Fil-A, then headed home to put chicken soup in the crockpot and make cinnamon rolls for youth group. James and I went out to Phil’s for a drink, but it was late and eating places were closed – Waffle House to the rescue!

Dance, dandelions, Zentangle art, school, illustration class


We finished our dance! We have flags at the end! The end is very fast! We are going to have to run and throw down the flags super fast to get to our spots….we’ll make it. I got the Centennial movie (that was shot in Colorado and parts of it were filmed in Highlands Ranch) and we started watching it, it’s not bad. It’s a little dated, and Robert Conrad can’t keep a French accent going for very long, but I’m liking the fact that we can pick out the Platte river and different places as the movie goes along. We took Zoe outside for a dandelion photo shoot. She’s really hobbling now, we think she’s blind in the other eye and her left back leg is starting to go out. But, we decided as long as she’s not in pain (she doesn’t appear to be) and she can get to her water and litter box, we’ll just keep going like that.

Tuesday it snowed, we knew it was going to, but then it kept snowing after the ‘end’ time. We had a Zentangle co-op at the library, so it was nice to be there with the snow falling. We were doing negative space, so doodling on the outside of letters or objects instead of on the inside. We had great results.

Since it was still snowing when James got home we went to the mall to walk around. Hannah warmed up by the fireplace.

Wednesday, here are some screen shots and random books about school.

We worked through that stuff, then Hannah and I went to harvest some dandelions to make jelly tomorrow.

I think we have enough (and if we don’t there are a ton of them outside, so I’ll just get some more.) Grace and I went to Hudson gardens to field sketch and take pics.

I made naan to go with the sweet potato masala for dinner – this is a no yeast quick recipe, it turned out great.