Christmas day

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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.

Cookies.

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.

Weekend

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Advent day 22

That is privilege right there, sitting in a stroller in Starbucks eating a puppuccino.

Well, we were going to go see reindeer at a state park, but 6,000 other people wanted to do it too. So, we ended up at the Denver Flea market, in the cold and it started to snow. The girls found some deals and we bought Bethany a present, so it was fun. Jack had a good time eating things off the ground.

Advent day 23

I started working on these while James was at the gym.

Then we took Grace and Jack to Larimer to see the holiday windows. We spied many cat statues hanging onto lights and on buildings.

We had lunch outside at Euclid.

Holiday high afternoon tea

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Advent day 21

We took Brooke (because her birthday was the next day) with us to high tea. We went to Capital Tea (because it’s the last one I called that had something available for today) and I’m glad we went there. It’s small, so reservations are a must, but it’s all you can drink tea.

Which, we did. I had 4 pots, Grace and Brooke had 5 pots and Hannah had 6 pots of tea.

The scones, soup, sandwiches, meat pies and desserts were very good.

We stayed for 2.5 hours, so it was a nice relaxing meal. Then, since we were on antique row, we finally got to go to the shops and look around.

Then we went by the mall, then I took Grace to Skate City, then I crashed at home.

Grand Cirque Eloize Hotel

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Advent day 19

 

I had to go to the doc today, it went well, I guess. No flow in the aneurysm which means the surgery did the job, but part of the spleen nearest that blocked section died, apparently I don’t need that part of my spleen and the rest of it is working fine. They did find, god-dang it, 2 more (small) aneurysms somewhere in my CT scan, they are small and I didn’t want to know about them, so I didn’t ask where they were. Rescan in 1 year. At the least the nurse thought my shirt was funny.

Advent day 20

Today was the field trip to the Cirque show and it was amazing. Our seats were incredible. The acts were acrobatic, juggling, hula hoops, singing, dancing, ropes, swings and more. The only problem was it went by too quickly.

We went to lunch with friends, Cheesecake Factory and I ordered off the ‘skinny’ menu. My beet salad and lettuce wrap tacos were good though, if you are watching salt and calories, you can’t order anything off the regular menu – my gosh, Grace was surprised at how many calories were in things.

Jack says ‘Rawr!’

Parade, LM’s, chilling

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I got a new head wrap.

Jack got to go to Home Depot.

Saturday we went to the Olde Golden parade, Jack’s first one,

Then we raced over to Littleman’s to make gingerbread houses as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity.

Sunday Hannah seemed a bit sick, so we stayed home from church. I went grocery shopping and later we went swimming. The girls watched Jack so James and I could go on a date.

Dinners this week – Italian sausage and root veggies bake, Israeli spice chicken and eggplant, chicken sausage/apple/cranberry hand pies, artichoke chicken with couscous, stuffed bell peppers, beef stew, pizza at home (Grace and I want to try goat cheese/kale/sweet potato as toppings.)

Israeli Spice Rub:

1 1/2 tablespoons sweet paprika
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 1/2 to 2 pounds
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Warm pita or flat bread, for passing

Serving suggestions: Serve with tomato relish.

Dressing for relish:
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 ripe lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher salt

Orange and Yellow Tomato Relish:
3 vine ripe or small round red tomatoes
2 orange or yellow tomatoes
1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

Israeli Spice Rub:
For the spice rub combine the paprika, cumin, oregano, coriander, crushed red pepper flakes, and kosher salt in a bowl. Place in a sealable jar, keep in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.
Place chicken in a shallow dish. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil to barely coat the meat. Rub chicken liberally with 4 tablespoons of the spice blend. Let stand 10 minutes.
Grill chicken 6 or 7 minutes on each side or until juices run clear.

Orange and Yellow Tomato Relish:
Seed and chop the tomatoes and combine with onion and parsley in a shallow bowl. Combine oil, lemon juice, and spices in a small plastic container with a lid. Shake dressing to combine and pour over salad. Season salad with kosher salt and toss to combine well. Let stand 10 minutes and serve.

Our week – school, CT scan, Elf party, doc appointment, youth group, Hotel Eloize at DCPA, water sampling, afternoon tea, friend outing, not sure what we’re doing on Saturday and Sunday.