Next step from checkers

IMG_3148Nora plays checkers in after care periodically, so I thought it might be time to introduce chess as well.  I checked out a book on chess aimed at children and left it in her bathroom for a bit.  Unbeknownst to me, she read through it and absorbed enough to set up the board correctly.

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Decorating the tree

IMG_3144Each year we have a different theme for the Christmas tree and this year’s theme is “Woodland Creatures.”  Amanda and Nora made salt dough and made a variety of animal ornaments.  I think it turned out to be our best tree yet. Continue reading

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A Visit from the Hoinski’s

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Mike, Kathy and Jane flew up for a visit this weekend.  We didn’t have much time, but we did manage to get a couple very good beers at Avery Brewing.  As you can see above, Nora and Jane definitely hit it off well.  Perhaps they were brought together by their mutual fashion sense.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

IMG_3139For Thanksgiving this year, we went over to Matt and Christine’s house.  Their sons William and Nate are in first grade with Nora.  After an excellent meal, we braved the cold and walked around the neighborhood.  It snowed the night before so everything was covered with a white blanket.
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Mt. Sanitas

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We tried a new trail up to the top of Mt. Sanitas today, but we ran out of time and had to head back to the truck.  Along the way, we collected various objects to build a mobile.  It turned out gigantic, but cool in its own way.
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Strawberry Park Hot Springs

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We spent Amanda’s birthday week at some amazing hot springs outside of Steamboat Springs.  The cabin was extremely rustic without water/electricity/plumbing, but fit with the overall vibe of the place.
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Another Coffeeshop

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Nora and I were both of today, so we hit up a different coffeehouse.  This time it was Proper Grounds in Lafayette.  Their coffee was incredible and reminded me of Houndstooth in Austin.  Obviously, the hot chocolate was tasty as well.  A very nice place to spend a couple hours playing Uno and reading books.

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Birthday Week for Amanda

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We started Amanda’s 40th birthday week celebration with a gift this morning.  Somehow Nora decided the packing material was a gift boa for her.  Happy Birthday Week!  We love you very much!
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NCAR science day open house

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We met up with a couple of Nora’s classmates at NCAR for their yearly science open house.  They had tons of hands on exhibits and crafts for the kids as well as the adults.  The face painting person had a menu of a couple weather related drawings she was doing, but when Amanda brought her over, Nora asked for a volcano instead.  At first the face painter said it wasn’t a choice, then paused and said “I think I can do that.”  Nora was very happy with result.
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Dushanbe Tea House brunch

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We biked down to the Dushanbe Tea House this morning to celebrate Amanda’s 40th birthday brunch.  We all enjoyed our meals and Nora is now converted to tea with a bit of honey and milk.  Afterwards we stopped by the Boulder library to look at a Maurice Sendak exhibit.  Nora did a life size tracing of herself while we were there as well.
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