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Moving Outside the Box

Moving Outside the Box

I’m what some would call a morning person. Ideally, I like to witness the sun’s rising while my feet traverse a trail, relishing the quiet solitude. This personality trait also renders me useless by 8pm. Having used my last energy reserves to wrangle the kids to bed, I can barely muster enough energy to watch television. All of this makes my being here at this exercise dance class at 7pm on a school night a clear deviation from my norm….

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January 2018

January 2018

January was a fairly quiet month for us as we got back into a school and work groove. At the beginning of the month, we fit in a snowshoeing trip. It’s been a dry winter, so we had to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park to find an area with enough snow. It was a gorgeous, cold day. It had been two years since we’d taken the kids snowshoeing. The last time we went, the kids were crying before we…

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Winter Break 2017-2018

Winter Break 2017-2018

Based on my research in the field, there are a multitude of ways parents survive winter break. Some stock up on alcohol or chocolate, others allow unlimited screen time and ice cream for breakfast, some plan exotic (or not) vacations, and a few send their kids to day camps. This year, my method was to pretend like we were on vacation in our hometown. I’m calling this method a success. Before the break, the kids had their holiday parties. It…

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Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

Every year I struggle to get into the Christmas spirit and I was expecting this year to be the same. Surprisingly, I’ve been in really good spirits. Now, I haven’t been overly festive or merry, my gift giving skills are sub-par as usual, and our unseasonably warm weather has not carried a particularly Christmasy vibe; however, I’ve felt the true Christmas spirit more deeply than usual this year. The small moments have made the difference this year. It was practicing…

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November 2017

November 2017

Our kids are spoiled and get an entire week off school for Thanksgiving. I started to make plans for this ahead of time and reserved some free tickets through the library to go to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. We invited a few friends and made a morning of it. Thanksgiving day was unseasonably warm (almost a record high). I sported sandals most of the day. It was just our family for Thanksgiving so we kept it small,…

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Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017

The kids have been talking about what they wanted to be for Halloween since last Halloween. They’ve also changed their minds around 3,000 times so whenever they came to me and told me that they absolutely wanted to be a ninja cat for Halloween, I’d say, “That’s nice. How about we talk about it in October.” Once October rolled around, we started talking Halloween costumes in earnest. Since Cooper is the more consistent one, we based our costumes around him….

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October 2017

October 2017

Yesterday, we took down the wheelchair ramp we built for Noel’s mom. It kind of felt like life was coming full circle since exactly one year before that, Noel hopped on a plane to bring his mom to the lower 48 to live with us. October has been a highly reminiscent month for us as we look back on a year that changed and continues to change us. This October has been far less frenetic and more emotionally stable than…

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Pictures on a Snowy Day

Pictures on a Snowy Day

Six weeks ago, we went on a camping trip where I re-sprained the ankle I injured in the spring. I wasn’t ┬ádoing anything exciting, just taking a step down on a hike. It caught me off guard. There I lay on the ground writhing in pain with my family, equally surprised, staring at me. The injury sent me down a 4-6 week path of limited exercise. I spent two weeks in a boot and two weeks in an intense brace….

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In the Path of Totality

In the Path of Totality

By the time the eclipse was on our radar we figured we were just too late to be able to see it. There were rumors of 10X10 foot spaces on golf courses going for $100/night and ┬áMotel 6 renting rooms for$1000/night. We tried to tell ourselves, that a 90% eclipse would still be cool and we’d be glad we missed out on traffic and hoards of people. Plus, the kids would have just started school. There was some part of…

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End of Summer, Start of School

End of Summer, Start of School

I’m not one of those moms that counts down the days till school starts. I’ve mentioned it before, harped on it really, but I love summer and I’m always sad to see it end. This year I found myself dreading the start of school even more than usual. I was so vocal about it that Noel told me on multiple occasions, “You know, life isn’t over when school starts. We can still have fun.” As I contemplated my overwhelming feelings…

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