This will be our 300th published blog post! That calls for a little celebration and a big thank-you to anyone who’s still reading us after all these years!
Here are some photos from the very end of August and from September.
The Post had a little brew fest, so we went over at the tail end. Dave and I had a beer and the kids did a few of the kids’ activities.
Benjamin was playing trucks all day; he spent a ton of time describing who was driving around in them. I managed to capture a bit of his imaginative play on video.
All the fires in the West blew smoke our direction, so we couldn’t see the mountains—or the sun—for a few days.
We drove into Boulder to hang out for the afternoon, which started with some delicious gelato.
Benjamin has homework this year; he has to put the numbers from 1–10 in order on top of a picture, and he also has to learn the letters and sounds of the alphabet. Here he’s working on his numbers.
We decided to replace the crumbling, sun-faded flooring in the front room with new vinyl tiles, the kind you can grout.
On picture day we took a white cake with chocolate frosting over to our church friend Clint, who had turned 59 that week. Phoebe did the decorating.
I looked over, and there was Benjamin riding the vacuum.
I did a sprint triathlon in Morrison in the morning. I was really nervous about the swim because I’d had so much trouble with the swim last year. This year, not only did I do a much shorter race, I also rented a wetsuit. It was the thick kind they use for scuba diving, and when all the other women in my wave were freezing waiting for the race to begin, I felt pretty warm. I ended up being happy with my performance all around! Unfortunately for Dave and the kids, it was a chilly day—great for exercise but tough on the spectators.
Phoebe gets a weekly report card from her second-grade teacher, Mrs. Marshall. Things are looking good at the beginning of the year!
King Soopers had some key limes, which I’d never seen before, so I made this pie, using stale molasses cookies for the crust. It was delicious!
We got new chairs for the conference room at work. It was really fun to put them together! It was a project that could actually be finished, for a change.
Benjamin is enjoying one of his three raincoats.
Remember Clint, our church friend? His wife Carolyn turned 59 a couple of weeks after he did, so the kids helped make her a spice cake (with spice frosting!).
We dropped off Carolyn’s cake a few days before her birthday. Again, Phoebe did a great job with the decorations.
Benjamin’s fifth birthday! It was a busy day. I volunteered at Laps for Lafayette, Phoebe’s school’s annual fundraiser. The kids run laps around the field for 45 minutes. Then we all went to the dentist, ate burritos for dinner, opened presents, and stopped by the library to get Benjamin his own library card. He had a wonderful birthday!
As we waited for Dave to meet us at the coffee shop after school/work, Phoebe drew tattoos for the three of us.