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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Bike ride

June 9th, 2010

Caden got a new (its used, but new to him) bike as he had completely out grown his old one.  The boys coaxed me into taking a 30 minute break from work and heading out for a ride around the neighborhood.  In that time and almost 5 miles we rode to Sunset golf course, Loomiller park (where a kid and his grandpa had just gotten a basket full of live fish they were taking to an injured pelican at a wildlife rehab place), Longmont High School (where batting practice was taking place), Alta park, Roosevelt park, Thompson park, Central Elementary and Lincoln park.  Here is a screen shot of our ride:

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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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I’m a churcher

May 14th, 2009

As we were enjoying dinner together tonight we were each talking about our day.  Steph gave the run down of her day complete with diaper changes, laundry, cleaning, homemade granola (mmmm…I’m spoiled) and dinner.  Caden told us all about his day at school and playing at the park afterwards.  The boys always ask how my day at work was and so I usually try to keep it positive and simple.  When it was Dacen’s turn to share about his day he started asking questions instead.  “Are you a worker Papa?” he asked.  I nodded yes with spaghetti noodles dangling from my mouth.  “Are you a worker Caden?”.  Caden replied, “No I go to school”.  “Dacen continued around the table, “are you a worker Mama?”  Steph gave a simple “yes” as she was nursing Brielle, eating her salad and wiping up a bit of Caden’s milk that sloshed onto the table.  I had finished my mouthful of noodles and asked Dacen, “Are you a worker Dacen?”  In his low, matter of fact voice he said, “No, I’m a churcher!”

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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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Southwestern Tour

October 14th, 2008

My Auntie Sis (pronounced Annie Sis) was turning 90 and her kids were having a surprise party for her in Alamogordo NM.  I had not seen her for a few years and thought it would be good to go.  Since its a long way we decided to make a several day trip out of it and hit a few different places along the way.  It was such an awesome trip.  We first spent an evening and morning in Albuquerque for the balloon fiesta.  We babysat for some friends while they took a balloon ride to celebrate a 30th birthday.

We then went to Alamogordo but stopped at Three River’s petroglyph site on the way.  The party for Auntie Sis was a success and we also got to play at the White Sands and the space museum.

Next stop was in Carlsbad where I gave the family a tour of Carlsbad Caverns.  The boys (and Steph) did great.  We walked for about 3 hours through the cave.  I only carried Dacen for a short bit.  We also got to see the bat flight which was absolutely incredible.  To top it off, the boys sat perfectly still and quiet for 40 minutes of the bat flight.

On our way home we spent a short time in Las Vegas NM.  Its actually a neat little town with some free hot springs just a few minutes away.

The kids traveled really well.  We had the DVD player in the car but used it sparingly.  Any time Caden wanted a movie and asked what we had I’d say “Watching Paint Dry, or The Joy of Digging Holes and Filling Them Up…”.  Near the end of the trip there was a little sibling conflict that crescendoed to Caden saying, “I don’t have to share…its mine.”  I had to put the kibosh on this quickly, “Caden” I said sternly “we are a family and we share things.  How would you feel if I didn’t share my movies with you?”  He said, “That’s ok, I don’t want to see Watching Paint Dry or the Joy of Digging Holes!”

Anyway, here are some pictures from the trip.

New Mexico 2008

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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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Wild Kingdom

May 27th, 2007

Living in the city is nice.  But a visit to the country is always a great event.  We went to my cousin Devin’s graduation party this weekend out at St Mary’s Hall just north of Calhan.  All the time I’ve spent out there I’ve never visited my cousin Scott’s place.  He was raised a dairy farmer, went to college to escape the country, then after graduation escaped the city to go back to the farm.  As we were leaving the graduation party it so happened it was afternoon milking time so we took the boys over to see where milk comes from.  Scott wasn’t around but his wife Robin gave us a tour.  First, they had itty bitty kittys, their eyes just barely open.  Then she showed us several calves, one was only a day old.  Of course there were a couple of border collies.  And then into the milking shed to see how its done.  Robin described each of the steps she performed before hooking up the milker.  One of the cows she said was real nice and let Caden milk it…he actually got milk out.  And good ol’ Steph gave it a go too and was successful!!  We said thanks and goodbye and headed off.  Cruising down one of the dirt roads I spotted a little turtle in the road…I slammed on the brakes, skidded to a stop and backed up.  I got out and went to get the turtle and that little sucker took off like a rocket (I thought they were supposed to be slow).  I ended up catching it and was able to let the boys see it and pet it.  Then I put it in the grass on the side of the road and made sure he took off away from the road.

I felt like Marlin Perkins (or Jim) on  Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom!!

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We Love This Time of Year

May 15th, 2007

Summer is here and, wow, do we love this time of year. The temperature is perfect, the days are getting longer, and we can spend a lot of time outside. Keep an eye on our early summer photo album…

Early Summer 2007

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