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Flamenco Fun!

Flamenco Fun!

While on our Santa Fe museum tour, we enjoyed dressing up at a flamenco exhibit…

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The inspiration resulted  in grandma’s gift of flamenco skirts for Katya and I, and a visit to the thrift store yielded just the right hat and shirt for Nathan.  Unfortunately, a bad fall on the playground gave Katya a sprained ankle that put quite a crimp in her flamenco dancing aspirations for a few weeks.  We almost didn’t go to our annual church Family Fun Night, but Katya was a trooper and we ended up enjoying FFN in style.  (Our valiant Sheriff was busy running the event, so he and his impressive western sideburns didn’t make it into the photo).

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As a fun side note, we also received the gift of some face-painting pencils.  Katya enlisted Than’s artistry to come up with this fun design!

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Even a reluctant Nathan was persuaded to try out a mustache for a little while.

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Happy Halloween–come on over for cotton candy and flamenco fun!

 

Back to School

Back to School

Back to school?  How did it happen?!!  This one is a smart, tall, thoughtful 5th grader.

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And here is my cheery, careful, confident 2nd grader.

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They were both pretty ready to go back.  Back-to-school shopping is an expensive but joyous day in our house, helping to get everyone excited about the year to come.  Perhaps our not-even-close-to-Pinteresty-perfect last day of summer helped too.  In any case, it wasn’t as hard as I thought to get everyone up and going for the first day of the year.

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Off to new adventures!  (And mom came home to a quiet house.  Ahhh….)

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

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Because Halloween was on a Friday this year, we decided to do something special.  Than rented a cotton candy machine and we set up shop in the garage, making and handing out over 50 bags of cotton candy.

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The kids had been looking forward to this treat for days and they especially had fun taking bags around to our neighbors in a little bit of reverse Trick-or-Treating.

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(In case you are wondering, Katya’s costume is supposed to be a Dalmation dog and Nathan is an easel with a chalkboard on one side and a whiteboard on the other.)

We ate our traditional Halloween chili out in the garage, carved pumpkins out there in between guests, and generally had a great evening talking with people and being together as a family.  Some of the parents were almost as excited about cotton candy as their kids were, and I think it will be a family memory that will last a long time for us.

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Thomas, Round 8!

Thomas, Round 8!

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Since it’s September, that means it’s time for our annual trip to the Colorado Railroad Museum to ride on Thomas the Tank Engine.  We enjoyed all of our favorite “Day Out with Thomas” traditions–the company of Grandpa Train, collecting stamps for a prize, checking out the garden railroad, climbing into old engines and cars, munching on kettle corn, and choosing a toy to take home at the end.

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There were a few new things this year, much to our surprise.  The train went the opposite way around the circle (amazing, I know!!), there were some new cars including a restored passenger car, and the best part was that it was pulled by a real steam engine, not the diesel from years past.

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Who knows how many more times we will enjoy this outing, but I am thankful for each year that we add to our store of memories.  Here’s a look back, one year at a time, to the very first visit in 2007.  Thanks, Grandpa Train, for making this part of the story of childhood for my kids.

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End of Summer

End of Summer

If school has started, then that also means that summer break has ended.  (Aren’t you glad I pointed that out?!!)  Since I was busy enjoying summer, I didn’t get all of our fun summer pictures posted, so I’ll use these next few posts to get you caught up.  Besides, if I took pictures of what is going on right now you’d just see me working for hours on the computer in between teaching music lessons, cleaning up messes, and making meals.  Not so exciting.

Anyway, here’s how we celebrated the last night of summer break–dinner out on the patio finished off with S’mores cooked over the grill.  Not nearly as good as a campfire, but it worked in a pinch.

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Don’t they look tasty?

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Goodbye, slow-paced mornings, late nights and too-much-screen-time afternoons.  Hello, uniforms and learning and friends at recess.  Thanks, God, for rhythms and seasons both in the year and in life.

School Days

School Days

In case you have begun to wonder, yes, my kids are back in school.  I am realizing that some of you may be doubting that fact, since I haven’t posted proof in the form of first-day-photos on Facebook or this blog or anywhere else.  But, even without making it public to the world, it happened anyway.

And yes, I did take a picture (OK, really it was the second day, not the first, but that’s close enough I think!)

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Both kids have adjusted pretty well to the change of schedule (let’s be honest, to the arrival of a schedule after our laid-back summer habits.)  They have good teachers, friends in their classes, and all sorts of good new school supplies (I just love shopping in the pens and paper aisles!!)

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How did I end up with a 1st grader and a 4th grader already?  Who knows what the year ahead will hold, but I am writing this post thankful for the provision of a good school environment where my kids can be challenged to grow not just in academics, but in relating to the world around them.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

A Litany of Thanksgiving, from the Book of Common Prayer

Let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us.

For the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea.  We thank you, Lord.

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For all that is gracious in the lives of men and women, revealing the image of Christ, we thank you, Lord.

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For our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends, we thank you, Lord.

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For minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve, we thank you, Lord.

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For health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play, we thank you, Lord.

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For the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity, we thank you, Lord.

For all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice, we thank you, Lord.

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For the communion of saints, in all times and places, we thank you, Lord.

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Above all, we give you thanks for the great mercies and promises given to us in Christ Jesus our Lord; 

To him be praise and glory, with you, O Father, and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

(Thanks to the What’s in the Bible blog for bringing this prayer to my attention.)

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

The leaves have fallen, we’ve had some snow, but I realized I forgot to share these beautiful fall photos from October.  Than and the kids went on a hike with Than’s parents and brought these memories back with them.  Enjoy!

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Harvest

Harvest

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With frost and snow on the horizon, I sent the kids out to gather whatever they wanted from the garden while I re-potted the herbs to bring inside.  They had a fabulous time pretending they were farmers from the Ipad game “Hay Day” while they cut, collected, and puttered about.  They filled basket after basket with green tomatoes, herb clippings, flowers, and even a few forgotten zucchini!

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(Enjoy the sneak peak of Nathan wearing glasses–those are just play ones with no lenses, but I am sure his time is coming…)

 

Happy Reformation Day!

Happy Reformation Day!

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Yes, this blogger still exists, absent though she has been for the past month!  But never fear–the lack of posts is because we have been busy with all kinds of fun things, so there is lots to share over the coming days.  Today, you can just giggle at my silly kids–showing off some fun disguises from Bonzo’s Halloween box, and dressed up as Princess Peach and Luigi at Family Fun Night last week.  (In case you are wondering, I went as “The Sunday School Lady” from What’s in the Bible with Buck Denver.  In case you are still wondering, “What’s in the Bible…” is our top pick for best Christian kids DVD series.  Google it if you are still wondering!!!)

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