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Mini Break

We took a little vacation before Pumpkin arrives. The in-laws have a time share near Winter Park. I’ve bee getting hot so easily and it’s been highs of around 30-45 here. So nice to cool down one last time before school is out. (Of course, it’s currently snowing in Denver too.) George wanted me to take the whole week, but with only 8 days left of school, 1 day off was all I felt I could afford. Despite the cold weather, we managed a brisk walk or two.


And the skies were beautiful when it wasn’t snowing or raining.


We rediscovered a coffee shop that we love. (The condo is near one of our favorite camping spots.)


No trip to Winter Park is complete without a stop at the Lewis Sweet Shop. Fried mushrooms and fried pickles were the perfect ending to a little break away.


We took our first trip to the zoo today. Pumpkin couldn’t see the animals for all the water.


S/he also slept the whole time. Next field trip with my class and Pumpkin will be 10 months and ready to see some animals.

Spicy Chocolate

This child of mine can not get enough heat. Or chocolate. These two foods have remained constant my entire pregnancy. So tonight, I made green beans with chipotle olive oil and chocolate balsamic vinegar. Seems to have hit the spot with both of us. Yum! Crazy baby. I find myself keeping chili chocolate next to my bed for a late night pick me up, and it always works. I keep waiting for heartburn to kick in, especially with all of the spice I continually pour in. But so far, I seem to be doing fine. Thank goodness, because everything is good with jalapeños.

Getting Closer!

Time is just flying. I feel like we still have so much to do before our little Pumpkin arrives. Only 3 months left. In some ways, I’ve barely began with preparations. Eek! And then work is so crazy. Life is crazy. George’s car broke down a few weeks ago, and between deciding what to do with it, and what kind of car we’re going to get, if we get one, it’s just adding to everything else. Thankfully George can catch a carpool nearby so I can drop him off on my way to work and keep the car for the various places I run during the day. But it’s still stressful trying to get ready at the same time in the morning. (Neither of us are morning people, so the stress of trying to be productive together that early is sometimes challenging.) And then the thought hits me – “soon you’ll be doing this with a baby as well”. That’s life. Big exciting changes are coming. I’m ready!


Pumpkin and I are both healthy and doing well.

S/he’s on track with growth and measurements.

Halfway there!



Today is the first day of knowing I’m pregnant that I’m absolutely exhausted and feel like I could burst into tears at any minute. (Admittedly, the first day I was late was a tough teary day as well, with family tension and David & Sarah’s goodbye dinner.) The shooting really took more out of me than I was expecting. And the thought of bring a baby into this world is terrifying. Just have to focus on bringing and keeping my stress down; creating as healthy of an environment as possible for my baby to grow in. (But that’s really tough today.)

My whole body is tense and stressed. It’s ready to run and jump into action. I’m having trouble de stressing even today. Stupid school shooting! Too close to home and affecting my girls and babies. Also brings back memories of Columbine. Thank God that only the shooter died and that there was only one injury. But on the other hand, it’s terrible that Colorado is so great at dealing with these types of tragedies. We do our drills and practices often enough. I much prefer when our state is in the national news for good. The scariest thing yesterday was our principal’s too calm voice announcing we were on lockdown. But our fabulous staff jumped right in and did what needed to be done. Now to get our minds back on the end of the semester. And I might just need to sleep the weekend away so I’m to at my best come Monday.

Losing Thanksgiving

Stores are slowly taking over Thanksgiving with Black Friday deals. Some people are up in arms about this. But here’s a thought. What about those poor employees at grocery stores? They’ve been asked to give up their Thanksgivings for years – for those of us who forget one ingredient or another. I admit that I’ve sometimes been grateful that I have the opportunity to run. But I’ve decided “no more”! I need to think ahead of time and be prepared. I will no longer support shopping of any kind on Thanksgiving. Don’t we as a nation deserve one day off together? And what better than a national holiday that has nothing to do with any religion. Especially one that is focused on being thankful for what we have. A day that’s focus is spending time with loved ones. Bring on the potential for quality time for all. By allowing stores of any kind to remain open, we take away that opportunity for some. It’s time to take a national one day break from consumerism.

Parents and Grandpuppies

My father has decided he wants pictures of us four kids (and spouses) with our pets for their Christmas cards (since they don’t have grandchildren). Here’s one he’s rejected for Jack and Baloo:



I am so over this heat! I started way too early and is still going. Nineties in September? Crazy! I’m over it! I want my 60s and 70s!! And of course when it starts to cool down, it’s going to be freezing. Why can’t I get my perfect temperature? Where do I move to find it (and will George move there – I doubt it)?


Tomorrow is a huge day for us. Please keep us in your prayers! (The next one will be next week.)