Wednesday, January 18, 2017

MLK Weekend in Taos


We spent the long MLK weekend in Taos. We picked the kids up a wee bit early on Thursday and headed off into the sunset. We were rushing to beat some weather and we succeeded. On Friday, our two neighbor families joined us for the weekend. Shelly and Nathan brought their two kiddos and Jason brought Garrett. Suzy and Leah couldn't come as Leah was competing in a gymnastics tournament. We all had a great time. We played lots of ping pong and board games. We went sledding and to Twirl. We ate at Taos Mesa Brewery and saw Tony and his whole family for happy hour at KTAOS. Michael, Jason, Davis and Garrett spent a day snowboarding and skiing. I had a lot of fun with the whole crew. It was a very relaxing, enjoyable weekend filled with lots of laughter. We drove back on Monday afternoon through slush and snow and came home to five fresh inches of snow. It was great to be gone and great to come home.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sad Day

I'm having a sad day. I'm thinking of my dad and missing him. I'm missing San Marcos and my friends there. I dreamed about the days during the week we lost dad. I'm wanting to think of dad and remember him, but it hurts. I'm sure this is a natural part of the grief process. I'm just probably moving into another phase. But the lump in my throat hurts.
And I'm missing home. The sunsets. My comfortable, deep ties with my friends. Even the stupid big HEB.
I need to stay out the past and stay in the present. I am truly happy here. But sometimes I miss what I had. a lot.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Denver Art Museum- Power of Costumes- Star Wars


Yesterday I sang at church. I have a cold and my infected thumb and it wasn't my best performance, but I was there and did my best. I love our church and the people.

After church we drove downtown. Sam handed out homeless kits he made at church. We had lunch at Torchy's- a little bit of home. Then we went over to the Denver Art Museum. We are members thanks to my mama and so we thought we'd spend some time in the galleries. This was the last day of winter break and they had backpacks full of activities for the kids, plus lots of "creative corners" where the kids could create something based on the art in the gallery. They made postcards, built bridges and added layers of pictures to create landscapes.

When we arrived we asked if there were any walk in tickets to see the Star Wars costumes exhibit which was sold out online. There were! We surprised the children and after an hour in the museum, our ticket time arrived and we were able to enter the exhibit. It was extremely impressive and the boys (Michael included) loved it. We spent over an hour in the exhibit.
It was a great way to spend a snowy Denver day. I was exhausted when we got home and went right to bed, but I call it a success!

My Thumb is Infected

It's really infected. I don't know how it happened. I think maybe I pushed some dirt too far down while using my fingernails for something? Who knows. But it got infected under the fingernail. It is swollen, red, throbbing, painful. It's full of pus and I started running a fever. The swelling and pain moved down my thumb into my palm.
I saw the dr on Saturday morning and she gave me a shot to numb the pain. She put me on ten days of antibiotics.
It isn't better yet. I go back to the dr tomorrow. It's miserable and to put insult on top of injury (literally), it's my right hand! Ugh.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Snow Days in January



We've had some very cold weather here this week. Monday we worked on the house and the kids played with their friends. We enjoyed a day of nice weather. The window guys were here both Tuesday and Wednesday, putting finishing touches on our new windows and trying to find out why Davis's furnace vent in his room doesn't put out heat. Our windows look great, but the furnace vent remains a mystery. Kids went to school on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the cold front came in on Wednesday with a fierce bite. I drove through pouring snow to choir rehearsal drove home white knuckled. Thursday was a snow day with only six inches of snow, but bitterly cold temps exacerbated by wind chills making it feel like ten to fifteen below. The kids were thrilled not to go to school. Michael and I were thrilled too as we've been fighting a terrible cold and this gave us the opportunity to sleep a bit more.
I did some baking-bread, peanut butter and jelly cupcakes and some reading-tore through the Bone Season. Samuel finally completed the gigantic lego set he got from Mimi for Christmas and Davis spent almost all day reading the Fablehaven series in his bed. That afternoon we had some neighborhood kids over for a movie. They watched Storks and I made cocoa and popcorn for them. It stopped snowing around 2 and I did some shoveling of snow and re-stocking of the firewood pile, but that was my only venture outside. The dogs spent all day by the fireplace. Holly cracked me up, by occasionally jumping up on the hearth to better warm herself.
Michael and I spent the better part of the afternoon painting and hanging curtains and new curtain rods on the windows. Michael patched holes and we painted two walls in the kitchen. It looks so much better! The new windows are my joy for the new year. The windows are AMAZING. They are worth going into debt for five years. They are perfect. We were not cold even though the temperature never got above 7 degrees yesterday. We were cozy. Cozy, I tell you! Michael said he even broke a sweat in the night while sleeping in our new flannel sheets. It makes such a difference in our home.
Today I assumed the kids would go back to school, but because the temps were so cold again (-3 at 7AM with wind chills much colder) the district called a 90 minute delay. When that happens, our STEM charter school does a virtual day. That meant the kids didn't have to go in at all. They did all their work on the computer at home. I helped them through it and now that the weather has warmed up into the 20's, I bundled them up like the kid in the Christmas Story and sent them out to play. The are sledding with the neighborhood kids and having a blast after being cooped up for two days.
Michael and I have a date night tonight with our friends Suzy and Jason. The kids are being babysat and we are going out for sushi and a movie. I can't wait. Woohoo snow days, and woohoo it's the weekend!
So far January is working out okay.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Goodbye 2016!


See Ya 2016! We saw 2016 out with Fireworks on Taos Mountain, an amazing dinner at Bella's, releasing balloons on the Taos Plaza and fireworks, champagne and pringles at the house. It was good. I was very happy to be with my family. I was very happy 2016 was over. I don't have high hopes for 2017, but I pray that it brings some good. We drove home yesterday and are missing family, but happy to be in our house with new, amazing windows! We are not freezing! It is already a better year.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Santa Fe Day


My mom and I took Grandma to the airport yesterday while the rest of the family played at Twirl, ate lunch in town and went sledding. We got her off on the plane and then drove into Santa Fe. We tried several different restaurants for lunch, but everything was so crowded! We eventually found a fabulous restaurant right on the plaza called Tabla. They sat us even though they had finished seating. We were thrilled! The food was amazing and I had a perfect Rose. After lunch and wonderful conversation, we walked around the plaza, window shopping. We made our last stop at my favorite olive oil store and I bought a fabulous butternut squash oil. Then we got in the car and headed back toward Taos. We stopped at the Rio Grande at sunset and dropped some of Dad's ashes into the river. My mom called his name and I said "water is life" and we watched his ashes disappear down the river.
We got home at dinner time to a house full of family. Marcie had made dinner and we munched and had wine and laughed. We eventually shuttled the children off to their bedroom and a marvel movie and settled at the table to play Things. It was neat to see how many score cards we had in the box from year's past.
It was an excellent day. I loved getting to spend the day with my mama and be helpful. She is truly my best friend and our day together was a balm to my soul.