In the Meantime…

Some pictures and updates from life at home since it went back down to the four of us.

Ethan and Micah began joint piano lessons. Ethan had been doing them via Zoom all year, but we opted for in-person lessons for their joint lessons for the summer. This was Micah’s first piano lesson and he seems to really enjoy playing! I went walking in a nearby open space.

Sword fighting in the back yard, reading in the living room, and getting excited about our new gear for the upcoming trip!

We’ve been playing with Whole30 as a family (mostly this means bumping up our veggie game and nixing the rice/bread):

We worked on our garden box:

And the boys began Krav Maga classes:

Weekend Hike

Mikey found us another awesome hike this past weekend. This time we drove up to the Boulder area and hiked “Benjamin’s Loop”. It was about 5 miles long and very lovely. The path had lots of snow in the parts in the shadows and was very dry and warm in the sunshine-y places. We really enjoyed this one.

Afterwards we stopped by downtown Golden to enjoy açaí bowls by the creek. I understand the water was very cold. =D

Colorado Weather

I’m sure I’ve mentioned my love of Colorado weather a number of times. I hope it doesn’t get obnoxious! I’m just so thankful to live in a place that brings such fun turns in the weather. Over the past few weeks, we’ve had a few snowstorms which brought in varying amounts of snow. We’ve also had temps in the high 60s. This post will feature a good mix of both extremes and our adventures in both.

The boys built a new snow fort on the deck during one snowstorm:

We enjoyed a birding expedition at Cherry Creek Reservoir a day or two after that snow:

Not long after that we got a good foot of snow and took the morning off of school to go sledding a bunch. Daddio surprised us and joined for a bit of it!

Over one of the recent weekends we hiked in Roxborough Park. What a gorgeous park! This is one that I’ve done a bunch, but it always amazes me. I even went there when I was coming out to visit my Aunt and Uncle during my high school years.

On Friday after school was done, I took the boys on a bike ride to the ponds. Mike had been skiing – a fantastic COVID-safety-approved activity if you don’t ever have to go to the bathroom! (this is not for me or the boys!) HAHA! And this past Saturday was beautiful. Mike took the boys to City Park in the morning so that I could clean without distraction. Win win!

Saturday afternoon we headed to Mount Zion in Golden and did a short, but gorgeous hike with beautiful views.

And in the meantime, we’ve still managed to meet with our CC community in the backyard and have had such beautiful weather for it! We’re thrilled to be down to only 5 weeks of CC and all hope to spend some time together just for fun when the year is done. =D

Ethan managed to do some other schooling outdoors this week, too. I snuck a couple of pictures from the window of the house:

We also got some rain this past week and Micah offered to join me on a late night walk in the rain. I hadn’t gotten my walk in earlier in the day, so the two of us walked with head lamps and really enjoyed our time together. In fact, Micah said, “Mom, I’m taking a mental picture of this so I don’t forget it.” He then told me that he had also taken a mental picture earlier when we zoomed for Salina’s 3rd birthday and she and Grandma walked off with their little matching dusting mitts to do some dusting.

This weekend marked the first time I was able to sit outside to read in the morning and our first time using the ping pong table in quite a while. Yay!

More updates unrelated to CO weather to come. =P

Life in the New Year

Here are some pictures from life around the house. Ethan got a photo editing program for Christmas and spends a lot of time editing his pictures and sending emails to his buddies. We started our usual January challenge of reading out loud for 10 minutes every day. Micah likes to teach art classes to whoever will participate. He got to teach Daddio this weekend and was thrilled. You can see his art wall behind his office. We went for a long walk/bike ride (boys ride with one walkie talkie and the parents walk with the other one) this past weekend while the temps were nice and warm. And Micah loves to play the piano and is considering taking lessons in the fall.

We are back to meeting in our backyard for CC community days. So far we’ve had pretty decent weather, although the mornings are pretty chilly. One morning Micah wanted to impress everyone with his ability to handle the cold by wearing short sleeves. Others joined in until it really got unbearable and everyone needed to put on their layers.

We’ve also been getting back into our regular schooling routine around the house. Micah is learning division with remainders, so there are some pics of him decorating our whiteboard as he figures those problems out! And Ethan has begun keeping track of his goals and work on a weekly planner. He’s also resumed his virtual piano lessons.

The boys are working on keeping their snow fort for as long as possible. It’s become a bit of a science project for them. They’ve made lots of updates over the weeks, and it’s still standing strong!

And we’ve been enjoying Packer picnics while cheering on our team to the Super Bowl! This past weekend found way too much joy in making cheese carrots to trick the boys.

Advent Activities, etc.

The boys and I were feeling pretty sad after Daddio and Grandpa Russ left. Mike stayed in Missouri for another five days to help get things settled there, so we spent some time solo again for the first time in a very long time! That first day we wanted to do something a little special – so we went birding at Cherry Creek Reservoir. Couldn’t have asked for a more lovely way to spend some hours to lighten our heavy hearts.

Advent activities while Dad was out included making homemade egg nog (yum!!), secret acts of kindness day (no pictures of that, obviously!), breakfast for dinner, picking up trash around our park with friends (followed by a snowball fight), and a Christmas art class.

And here are some other pics from throughout that week (virtual church, workouts during memory work review, Ethan reading in a tree, Grandma reading to us, snow on one of my walks, and my favorite cozy spot after a long day of parenting solo):

Mid-October

Family fun pictures include a ping pong tournament (which Micah won), LEGO masters of a water park, Ethan mowing the lawn barefoot (as always), cutting paper into shreds while Mikey reads to us, biking to the tennis courts, spying on birds in our neighbors’ yard (yikes!), Mikey and Ethan going head to head in the countries game on the iPad (Mike won by 1, I believe – E has been playing this game since he was TINY *but hasn’t done so in years* and has a fabulous memory), and playing LEGO.

Most days I get out for at least one walk and it’s often done solo. I took a few pictures over the past two weeks because it’s just been so beautiful!

Homeschool pictures from around the house: