Brian’s birthday

Today we honored Brian with dinner at Teller’s Taproom, our old neighborhood trivia bar. Ben also gave the kids each a Transformer we saved from Brian’s collection. They were really into them this time (previously the Transformers have been to difficult for them to play with).


At least he corrected the spelling.

Hedwig’s Theme by Jack

Jack’s latest long piano piece is Hedwig’s Theme aka the Harry Potter song.  He’s had it for two weeks.  With the snow days, he put in several extra practice sessions to polish it.

After practicing for a bit, he came up and told me how he wishes his classroom keyboard at the music school had all the same functions as ours, because he likes to use different settings for Hedwig’s theme.

He said he uses “skeefy” for the first pages, then switches to dulcimer.  I asked him to spell skeefy, and he did: “sci-fi” . We had a good laugh.

I took some video of his latest performance:

Denver Bomb Cyclone Snow Days

They canceled school Wednesday and today. Yesterday’s storm was legit awful, but I think they were crazy canceling today. Our area has power and clear roads. It must be the result of a large school district, needing to cancel all for certain areas who are worse off.

We snuck into the library yesterday morning before the storm really unleashed.  Brought home a giant bag of books to last the day.



Lots of Minecraft


Sam has had a cough all week and decided to take a nap after lunch.  I read him a dragon picture book and tucked him into bed with his collection of dragon stuffies.

Heavy, wet snow.  We only got about two inches, but the wind was terrible.  Our lights flickered all day.  We feel lucky we only lost power once for a few seconds.  


Another heated blanket stolen.

Quiet afternoon entertainment.

Today’s school closure felt silly for Arvada.  Oh well.  We all slept in and had a slow start to the day.  Then I mustered the kids into some house cleaning and homework, a Target run, and a quiet time play session upstairs while I worked.


Jack read a book to Sam while he built magnet mansions.


Nimbus was skitterish all day.  Maybe the weather changes, maybe she can’t understand the change to normal routine.

Crazy Hair Day and a poem from Jack

An author, Todd Mitchell, came to Jack’s class and inspired him to write some poetry.  He wrote this after school and asked that I shared it. (I copy/pasted it from his own word document, the typing and style is his own).


Inside me

Inside me live  1000 earths that live of all the suns.

Inside me are 100,000,000,000,000 fish that eat the Earths.

Inside me are some molecules,  that rap all day long.

Inside me are these grins, they jump on any frowns that cross my face.

Inside me there’s a tiger,who takes over when i’m mad.

With all these things inside me, i get very tired. So, please excuse me while I take nap.

Oven repair

My “bake element” caught on fire and corroded last week. I’ve already replaced the circuit board on this oven, about a year after we moved in to this house. So I’m no stranger to appliance repairs. A couple YouTube videos assured me that I was capable of this job.

$70 and a half week of no baking, waiting for shipping, and I have a working oven again! It took less than a single podcast to switch them out.

I was having second thoughts about whether the element really needed resolving. But when I put them side by side, and found a crack that easily split open, I was reassured that it really needed replacing.

I’m going to make Cornish pasties to celebrate!

Here’s the kids after sledding Sunday afternoon. Red cheeks and hot chocolate:

Twin day

The kids are twins today for spirit week. Perhaps the only duo who wanted to match down to their socks and undies!

An illustrated story

Ben has an infamous story about a pencil injury when he was a boy.  He told this story to Sam for the first time and Sam thought it was HILARIOUS.  He declared that he must draw the scene immediately.

I found the drawing later and, without context, was perplexed about its subject.  Ben explained the reference, and then I LOVED the picture.

So for your enjoyment, I had Sam re-tell the pencil story in his own words.  Listen to the tale, and then you can see the illustration below.





Ben in fourth grade.

Dance rehearsals

I realized that my snapshots summary didn’t capture a major part of January and February: musical rehearsals! With Amanda working in the metro area, and rehearsals scheduled during the school day, I’ve been able to come a couple times a week most weeks.

Obviously I don’t take photos during rehearsals, I never have. But this week I had some footage amanda took for the kids to review, and I realized I could screenshot it and remove the kids faces. So here you go, a glimpse into one of my part time jobs. This is our tenth consecutive year working together on a musical!

February Snapshots


She makes the perfect accessory.


Sam had a friend over to play.


Dang cold fingers! My Raynaud’s has been really bad this winter.


Nimbus is a nice companion when you are sick.


Swinging after school.


A mutant gummy worm!


Pizza with a friend, joy!


We started Sam in swim lessons again.  Hopefully, by this summer he can use the grandparents’ pool without floaters.


Saturday morning trip to the library and the  candy shop.


Sam learning to fold my towels.


Extra treats from the bulk bins at the grocery store (they chose candied pineapple and gummy bears).


The kid has style.


Jack has been helpful with snow removal this month.


Our cat-dog chewed up my blocking mats when they were in use overnight.


Look at the beautiful scarf I made!


A birthday treat to myself: Hela Goddess of Death inspired leggings (a character in Thor Ragnarok).


Enjoying my new headphones!  Nimbus likes to get in the way when I work at the table in the mornings.


She also steals my warm spot when I get up from the couch.  Yes, that’s three blankets and one of them is electric.  Did you see my cold hands above??


Sam styled his bed and I asked him to be in a picture of it.  This was his pose.  How did he acquire the Zoolander gene?


I also made socks with the yarn Amanda brought me from London!


Ben has been teaching the cat-dog some commands.


I made a vegan spinach-artichoke dip for the Oscar party.  I actually really liked it!!  There was a lot leftover, so my lactose deprivation may have changed my dip-standards, as others didn’t seem to like it as much.


Teaching Sam to make his favorite dinner: Spaghetti and Meatballs.



The local animals decided it was spring.  Nimbus couldn’t STAND that we had a flock of starlings, a robin, and a rabbit (above her ear by the shed) all in the backyard.  Not pictured is the flock of approximately 30 geese who have moved into the neighborhood, loitering in our yard, and a small crow family in our ash tree.


A new comic Jack started. We are all big fans of Nimbus.


As I write this post, she burgled a ball of yarn from my bag, completely unwound it, and is coming back to poach another.

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