Month: November 2018

A Christmas Carol

Today I had the pleasure of chaperoning a field trip….not with my kids! Amanda needed a spare adult for her drama kids to see A Christmas Carol at the DCTC and I was happy to oblige. I packed myself a PBJ and rode a school bus for the first time in 20+ years. The kids were well behaved and we all got some Christmas spirit brewing.

Home Alone

While visiting Grand Junction my Dad showed the kids some clips from Home Alone.  Last night they clamored to watch it and were beside themselves with joy.  Even Sam, who, as a rule, does not like non-animated movies.  Kevin McCallister wins over another generation.


We had a wonderful thanksgiving in Grand Junction: great food and great family time. It seems I neglected to take pictures from the big meal itself, but let the record state that it was delicious and decadent.

Jack’s First Piano Recital

Jack has been taking piano lessons since late winter of this year.  He was very excited to take part in their fall recital.  He’s been practicing his piece for weeks.  He usually practices a couple times daily without a reminder; he genuinely enjoys playing piano!  Without further ado, please enjoy “Jingle Bells.”

Wasn’t that great?! He occasionally messes up the last two measures, but performed flawlessly in front of a crowd.  He said he was very nervous, just excited and anxious to perform.  Luckily he was only 4th in a program of 20 kids, so he didn’t have to wait long.

Snazzy outfit, right?  When he signed up for the recital he asked me if he could get a black vest and bowtie to wear.  I got him some nice dress slacks too and made the bowtie for him.



During the rest of the recital he made a self-portrait.


Jack and his teacher, Mr. Joshua.

Cat box

We got some large packages. The kids made a cat fortress. Our cat uses it. She’s weird. It’s super cute and I’m thrilled they played together creatively. Sam even spelled “cat box” on his own. (The extra x is to cross out the extra space, not a double x. He explained this to me.). The kids took a lot of pictures with my phone. Here are a few non-blurry ones:

Baking with Jack

Jack and I baked “star bread” this evening. We made the dough from scratch and used brown sugar and cinnamon for the layer filling. Delicious! We ate it with a quick maple icing. The boys were too excited for me to take a “nice” finished photo 🙂

Happy Halloween!

With two young kids, Halloween has shifted from a holiday to be celebrated after dark, to a celebration first thing in the morning!  In my grogginess I served them bagels and banana ghosts (stick mini-chocolate chips in the banana for a face).  Then I hopped off to school 30 minutes early to set up Jack’s class party, since I am acting as the room parent for his class this year.

The kids start the school day with a costume parade while an army of parents clutching coffee thermoses take pictures and grin.  It’s one of my favorite things, to see what kinds of characters are popular and what creative costumes they have each year.  I think this link will work for you to see Ben’s pictures of our kids and some of our favorite costumes.  Here are our boys looking sharp:


At 9:30 am I hauled all the party supplies home, took off my wig and costume, and sat down for the first time.  On days like this I’m reminded how wonderful it is to be a stay-at-home- mom who can help out with her kids’ parties at school, and also to have both kids in school, so I can have a few hours peace at home alone.

After school we watched the Curious George’s Boo-Fest (a household classic) and Adventures of Ichabod Crane (fast-forwarding through most of it to get to the spooky part).  We had our traditional dinner of mummy hotdogs and jack-o-lantern quesadillas.

Finally, time to trick-or-treat!  Honestly, by this point it, to me it feels like the holiday is already over.  But Ben loves to take the kids out, so I got to chill at home with two bowls, one of candy and one of yarn.

Sam pooped out after about 30 minutes and I retrieved him in the car.  Jack was out at least an hour, maybe 90 minutes.  I think they only came home because his hands were numb.  He counted his haul afterward: 120 pieces of candy.  Geez.  We have candy out of ears, including all the stuff we bought, as we’ve had less than half our usual number of trick-or-treaters.

Jack cried today when Sam’s class won the pumpkin splat contest (class with the most donations gets to have their pumpkins dropped 95 feet from a firetruck, other kids get to throw them off a regular ladder).  Sam cried when Jack gleefully dumped and counted his MUCH larger candy haul.  Emotions are running high and running out today.

The boys are happy bed in the warm jammies, singing the songs from the Nightmare Before Christmas together.  Ben and I are both very tired.  All in all, it was a very good Halloween this year.

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