The Lafayette Oatmeal Festival, which was called off by Quaker Oats but re-negotiated by some folks in Lafaytte, was January 12. Dave dislikes both oatmeal and running, so he stays away, but the kids and I love the festival, and we’ve been joining up with my friend Karen Maye for a few years now. This year (like last), Phoebe’s friend Fritz came along. It was the day after the first real snowfall of the year and pretty cold, so we bundled up. Karen brought one of her dogs, Biscuit, and Benjamin couldn’t have been more delighted. All three kids ran quite a bit, and we filled up on oatmeal (so many toppings!), oatmeal muffins, and oatcakes.
It’s a small group for Sunday school, but the kids always enjoy it.
Phoebe and Benjamin doing push-ups in the living room.
Phoebe decided to read to Benjamin, as she occasionally does.
It’s almost always lovely to run in Colorado, even when the trail is full of snow.
Phoebe brought this home in her backpack.
Here’s a photo from one of Phoebe’s gymnastics classes.
Phoebe invited us to the third-grade learning fair, and of course we were delighted to watch her sing songs and show off some of the work she’s been doing this year in class. She’s very interested in Greek mythology, so she’s been writing many reports about that, and she and a team of other students put together a news video on the state of Utah.
Here’s a snippet of a pretty one called “Winter Walk.”
Phoebe practiced and practiced to learn “Fifty Nifty United States.” She got to be one of the announcers, too.