December 22nd, 2010

God provided a little extra Christmas present this year (a few days early)…a total lunar eclipse!!  I’m not sure I have even ever seen one.  I had such an amazing day on Dec 20th I thought that I absolutely must make it a point to check out the eclipse…maybe this is how God puts a bow on top of the gift of a great day.  Total lunar eclipses are somewhat rare and the last time one occurred on winter solstice was in 1638!  I asked the boys if they wanted me to wake them up in the middle of the night to see it and they said yes.  I would have completely forgot and slept through it but Brielle apparently had heard us discussing it and she cried out at 1:15a.m. to wake us up.  I went in and got the boys up and they groggily came downstairs in their pajamas.  I put on a jacket and we went out on the front porch steps.  As I stood there with my bare feet, boxers and jacket holding Caden and Dacen’s hands we gazed up at the moon.  It was not what I expected…it was kind of a reddish brown version of the moon.  Dacen thought it looked like Mars.  Caden asked if in the southern hemisphere would they see a solar eclipse since it was summer solstice.  I was soaking up the moment of that winter night with my boys and the lunar eclipse when both boys said at the same time “I’m cold…can I go back inside”.  Well, I will remember that moment for a long time.

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Attitude at altitude

June 19th, 2010

We’ve been camping this week. San Luis valley for a few days then a few more in Buena Vista. After fishing at cottonwood lake and catching nothing I apologized to the boys. Caden said, “you don’t have to be sorry, I caught a fish but he got away”. Dacen added, “yeah, and I caught some seaweed”. I told them they had good attitudes at altitude. They naturally asked what altitude was. We explained that it was a measure of how high you are. We added that attitude is how you act (or your pitch in an aircraft).

During our hotdog dinner that evening Caden says, “if you have a high fart its an alti-toot.” He’s his papa’s boy!

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Neighborhood pirate

June 9th, 2010


We went to the annual art walk event on Main Street a few weeks ago with the Tengwalls. As usual, it was a great event and the kids even got their picture taken with a VERY realistic pirate. Then just the other day we saw the pirate strolling down the middle of our street! Was he looking for his ship? Or maybe on a quest for some loot? Anyway, I’m wondering if he was part of the planned art walk festivities or just a piratized Don Quixote that lives in the ‘hood?

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God’s blanket

May 29th, 2009

The other day when I arrived home from work I was met at the door by my two favorite boys who were eager to tell me that the irises were blooming and that most of them were purple.  Since then we’ve noticed that there are a very large number of purple iris around town…actually a lot of different flowers that seem to be predominantly purple.  As we drove to church last night Caden noticed a yard with a rather large number of purple iris just a block from our house and made a comment about the large number of purple flowers around town.  I said, “God just felt we needed a lot of purple this year.”  I then told the kids that purple was a good color because its the color of royalty.  Caden was quick to ask, “what does royalty mean?”  We explained that purple was the color of kings and queens.  Caden said, “its like we got God’s blanket this year!”

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Big Boy Underwear

December 14th, 2008

Dacen has made huge progress the last few days on his potty training!  He is not a big fan of the pull-up diapers but loves to wear his big boy underwear.  Last night during prayer time it was Dacen’s turn to pray.  He thanked God for the usual things: bunk beds, poons and fokes (that’s spoons and forks in Dacenese), dying on the cross (unfortunately “dying on the” sounds exactly like damn), Caycay (Caden), Papa, Mama and baby.  But he added a new one too…”tank you fo big boy undawear…maybe too small fo me”.  We all had quite a big laugh…but I guess maybe we need to get him a bigger size.

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Hear About the Dyslexic, Agnostic, Insomniac?

November 3rd, 2008

Caden is showing an interest in spelling and math.  Yesterday in the car we were doing some words and showed him how GOD was DOG spelled backwards.  Tonight as I was saying goodnight at bed time Caden says, “G-O-D spells dog backwards!”  I said, “Nice job Caden.  Do you know what D-O-G spells backwards?”  He quickly answered, “Jesus!”

By the way, the dyslexic, agnostic, insomniac would lay awake at night wondering if there really is a dog.

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Somewhere over the rainbow

October 15th, 2008

We ate dinner at the famous Hillcrest restaurant in Las Vegas NM on our way home from our trip.  There is an old jukebox in there and each table has a little music selector box.  Both boys were very intrigued by it and wanted to push the buttons.  Being a pseudo antique we did not want the boys messing with it.  But Dacen kept asking if he could “push rainbow Papa?”  He was adamant about the rainbow and we had no idea what he was talking about.  So we broke down and said, “show us the rainbow Dacen”.  He points to the “U” button on the selector.  He does not know his letters yet but he knew that shape was an upside down rainbow!

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Biking in Winter

February 24th, 2008

Its still winter but here in the banana belt of Longmont the feel of spring is very near.  The weather has actually been pretty nice and so I have been thinking forward to this spring and summer when we will be hiking, swimming and biking as much as we can.  The last couple years I, the hemi powered cyclist that I am, have pulled the Burley trailer with both boys in it.  We like to be well prepared so we also load the trailer with diapers, wipes, cameras, changes of clothes, first aid kit, bike lock, pump, tools and spare tubes.  Steph also loads the trailer with several gallons of water per person, a sack of grapefruit, a bag of carrots and a tub of peanut butter for snacks.  While on our rides we would stop along the way to lay in the grass or throw rocks at the stream and inevitable the boys would each find some large sticks and rocks we had to take home…so onto the Burley they were loaded.  While out and about its usually convenient to stop at the farmers market to pick up some fresh fruits and veggies, then on to Walmart to get some toothpaste and a family size pack of toilet paper, and finally a stop at Home Depot for a bag of fertilizer and some top soil.  The ride home is a bit cramped for the boys and some fighting and whining usually ensues.  But when we get to “the big hill” Caden cheers me on yelling “go Papa go…go Papa go…” all the way up.   At the top my thighs are burning but its a good feeling.

But the boys are growing and the Burley is not.  So we have been watching craigslist for a tag-a-long bike for Caden.  Its a one wheeled bike that attaches to the back of an adult bike to make a sort of tandem bicycle…they are pretty nifty.  We managed to nab one that was hardly used for half the cost of a new one!!  This weekend we hooked it up and took it for a spin.  We hooked the tag-a-long to my bike and the Burley to Steph’s bike.  Steph loaded the Burley with a couple juice boxes, some rice cakes, one diaper, two wet wipes, a box of bandaids and the camera and off we went.

It was not a long ride and the breeze was a little nippy but getting out on the bikes in the middle of February was great.  Caden loved the tag-a-long and I think Dacen enjoyed having the Burley to himself (I think he also missed his brother a bit).  I love Colorado, I love Longmont, I love weekends and I love my family.

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Russian Mancala

February 6th, 2008

Caden got a mancala board and stones for his birthday.  For those not familiar, mancala is a very old game aparatus consisting of 2 rows of 6 small dishes usually carved out of wood.  At either end of the row are larger dishes which are the actual mancalas.  There are stones or flat marbles that are placed in the dishes and different games revolve around picking up and moving stones, ultimately trying to get more in your manacala than your opponent.  Its  very good game that requires tactics and strategy and Caden is suprisingly good at it.  It is currently one of the more requested games to be played (I do not miss Candy Land, Memory and War).  Dacen wants to play too…well, actually he just wants to play with the stones.  One Saturday during a game I looked at Dacen as he had a mouthful of the stones.  I scolded him and we continued play.  At the end of the game Caden and I realized we were one stone short.  After a quick search we turned up empty handed and when we asked Dacen where it was he pointed inside his mouth.  Yup…he swallowed it!  It took 3 days and several poop mining excursions for us to recover the stone.  And like a good game of Russian roulette, our mancala games now have a new level of tension as the players wonder if the stone they are picking up is the one that has traversed the small intestine of our smallest family member.

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Neither Hair Nor There

January 20th, 2008

It was past bedtime.  A typical Thursday night after church and Caden and I are winding down with a game of mancala before bed.  Part way through the game Caden stops and says, “God made everyone different.”  I complimented Caden on his knowledge of, and faith in, our Maker.  He continued, “Except some people have the same hair…like you and G-Dad have the same hair.”  He motioned a ring around his head and said, “You have hair here…”, then pointed to the top of his noggin, “…and no hair here.”  I chuckled and appreciated his description more than the typical description.  His conclusion was classic, “Its like you have a skin mohawk!”  You may have seen the shirts that say, “I’m not bald, its a solar panel for a sex machine.”  But I think Caden may have trumped that.

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