Friday, May 25, 2018

A on ice

I went skating with A a couple weeks ago so he could show off some of what he's been learning in his lessons. He's not exactly the next Brian Boitano (and I can just barely stay upright myself) but I was still impressed with how much he's learned in a short time. I admit to laughing to myself a bit when he climbed into the penalty box. We could use one of those at home...

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Some randoms

 Sleeping (pretending to snore like his dad) in the playroom of his brother's class.


 Rocket ship!

Mom doesn't get a lot of time or space to herself around here. 

When mom and LT are away, where do we go for dinner? Chef Zorba's of course! 

More construction work on the 'boat' in the backyard.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A Mother's Day "Tradition"

Kari tells the story from her childhood of bringing her mom breakfast in bed on Mother's day. Which amounted to her and her brother hauling a bowl of cereal and a gallon of milk up the stairs to their mother long after she had actually woken up. So it was kinda funny when, completely unprompted on Mother's Day morning, little B came cruising in with a jug of milk that he could barely carry. He was quite proud of himself and luckily no major spills occurred.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Me:  B, what would you like for breakfast?
B: Um, frozen cold peas, chips and syrup!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Person of Colorado

LT's class did a project where each student chose a different influential person in Colorado history to study. The project culminated with presentations by all the students on the person they'd selected, many of them in costume. LT studied Barney Ford (a nice choice I thought) and one of the kids in his group did John Denver. Little B participated by trying on the fake mustaches that were part of many of the kids' costumes and also by doing a quiet rendition of John Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" for the family later that day (video is below and you might need to turn up the volume).

Sunday, May 20, 2018

2008 13.1

Kari ran the Colfax half marathon today, which started and ended in City Park. The boys and I walked, strollered, and scootered over to see her at about mile 12 1/2  and cheer her on towards the finish. I nearly missed her run past because I was  trying to mediate (unsuccessfully) a fight between the older two. Ironically they were fighting over the app that tracks runners on the course to help spectators see their loved ones run. But we did see her despite the little issue and then circled around to find her after the finish where we took what seems to now be an annual photo.

Packet pickup

Kari is doing the Colfax half marathon today (right now as I write this actually) and we took the whole crew to packet pickup yesterday. One of the booths had a make your own sunglasses thing and we took full advantage.

Saturday, May 19, 2018


We watched my brother's dog last week for a few days while they were out of town and B immediately took to taking care of her.  She's the right size (maybe 10 pounds) and the right age (older at 10 years) for him.  He would walk her outside, often dropping the leash and forgetting what he was doing, but she isn't a runner.  He fed her breakfast and dinner each day and would follow her around outside.  The novelty wore off just about the time my brother came home, but it was fun for a few days. 

Friday, May 18, 2018


Last week B and I were walking out of Target and ran into a friend who has a little guy also.  We were talking when a firetruck stopped next to us and "A real fireman!" got out and gave each little one a hat.  B has proudly told everyone he sees about this experience and wears his hat confidently. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Zoo buds

 Most of my friends were done having babies long ago (with the exception of 2 who have kids within a week of B).  Luckily I have met a few new friends who have young kids.  We spend many Thursday or Friday afternoons at the zoo together and B talks about them often.  LT and A went with us last week and were good sports about hanging with the little ones.  

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ice Skating

A started ice skating lessons a few weeks ago and has really enjoyed them.  Its typically just his buddy and him in the class, but one week his friend didn't make it and he had a private lesson.  

Mother's Day

 I had such a nice mother's day this year (for the first time in several years).  We went for a hike last weekend and then A planned out a whole day.  If he'd had it his way, just the two of us would have spent the day alone, but we included the rest of the family for some also.  Ads and I went for a 2 (!) mile run alone first thing while the other three made us a yummy breakfast.  Then the whole family went bowling and to lunch.  We came home and B took a long nap while my mom, my sister in law and I got pedicures (A was quite disappointed not to be included, but I promised I'd take him soon).  For dinner Brian made reservations at Little India (a favorite of mine!)  We are slowly figuring out the best way to celebrate this bittersweet day. 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Annual Mother's Day Hike

 A few years ago we decided to celebrate "my" mother's day with a hike.  It's what I love more than anything.  Hiking with my little family.  We go on a day near mother's day when the weather is good.  It leaves mother's day open to celebrate our mom's/grandmas and everyone else. We had nothing going on today and the weather was perfect so we headed to Mount Falcon for the morning.
 B has one speed, fast running.  If you put him down, he's like a wind up car that just goes as fast as possible before stopping and going again.  He hiked almost all of the 3 mile hike.  

And it was successful!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


LT and two of his best buds after I dropped them off for the night at Cal-Wood!

More Sleepovers

 I guess we're on a roll with sleepovers.  The boys each had a friend sleepover last weekend and we continued our traditions: homemade pizza, s'mores, cinnamon rolls for breakfast and lots of laughs and tons of energy.  

 Even B has caught onto calling burned marshmallows "poop".  

Monday, April 30, 2018

Big Bikes

 LT and his buddy play soccer at Wash Park.  Its an hour and a half practice.  We have done something different each week (sometimes carpool, sometimes Brian picks up etc), but this week A wanted to rent a big bike with his buddy.  Those things are hard to pedal, even with two adults!  The boys couldn't reach the pedals.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Almost like Click and Clack

#2 helped me replace a brake light on our big car today. And we did it in the parking lot of the auto parts store on Colfax. It was just about perfect.


I caught this pic of A and his buddy walking into school the other day, both with their shoelaces dragging behind them. Apparently tying shoes isn't a skill that's quite mastered by 2nd grade (with certain kids anyway).   

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Ice Skating

 I went on A's field trip again this year to Big Bear for an afternoon of ice skating.  A liked it so much, he signed up for ice skating lessons.  We will see how this goes!