Already Homesick

Well, we are days before returning to Texas and I have to admit. . .I'm already homesick for Denver. To make matters worse, the kids are excited to get back to home in San Antonio and their friends, and I'm working hard to stifle my annoyance at their giddiness. Luke says he's not that excited, but he is my empathizer. . .He is the one to comfort and console. Will, on the other hand, has suffered a series of scooter injuries that tonight he cried wouldn't have happened if we had stayed in Texas … [Read more...]

The Truths about Traveling with Children

It has been almost a month that we set out on living my dream of spending the summer in Denver. And, for the most part--and memory will definitely increase that "most part" to THE WHOLE MONTH--it has been great. But, I also feel like I've learned some important truths about traveling with children that I'd like to share with you. 1. Your adventure starts as soon as you close your front door. A former teacher in the district where I taught had this great class for teachers called ADVENTURE … [Read more...]

Casa Bonita: A MUST SEE in Denver

Somethings never change. And, sometimes that is a good thing. Casa Bonita in Denver is one of those things. Since I was a child Casa Bonita has been the choice of "where do you want to go for your birthday?" And, it was the place we took out-of-state relatives from the East Coast who were visiting our newly adopted city. So, keeping with tradition of taking the out-of-towners, the Grandparents invited us to go there for dinner.  My brother Tim joined us as well as two other … [Read more...]

You are Required to be Part of my Dream (even if you don’t want to)

Ever since moving from Denver a mere week after marrying Scott (15 years ago this August) my one goal in life (besides keeping everyone alive and healthy) has been to move back to Denver. After we were married, Scott and I moved from Denver to Minneapolis (cold doesn't even begin to describe that winter) to northern New Jersey (had two sets of twins there) and to San Antonio (and added another child). Although San Antonio is technically "driving distance" to Denver--we actually do the 15 hour … [Read more...]

What happens when We Hit the Thrift Stores

One of the things we always do when we visit Denver is go thrifting. I don't know why, but Denver has amazing thrift shops and I always find some unique treasures. My mom, Marc, Maddie and I went out a few days ago and had a blast searching for those one of a kind items. In terms of practical things I found a bunch of boys shirts--many of them the Under Armour brand that the boys never seem to have enough of. I think I found nine or ten shirts and then Maddie found some Under Armour … [Read more...]

Give the 4 Year Old a Saw. . .and some Pliers

I've been reading for a year or so a blog by Lenore Skenazy called Free Range Kids. Ms. Skenazy argues that children are "not in constant danger from creeps, kidnapping, germs, grades, flashers, frustration, failure, baby snatchers, bugs, bullies, men, sleepovers and/or the perils of a non-organic grape." She points out that this is one of the safest times to be a kid and advocates that we should let our child have the freedom to play outside unattended. . .to walk to school. . .to ride his or … [Read more...]

A Summer Read: Whiskey and Charlie

I'd like to say that my identical twins are the best of friends and are not at all competitive. While I see first hand both the bond that my boys have--I also have to admit there are signs of competitiveness and strains of tension that are part of their relationship.  Recently when I was introducing them to a Dad of a new friend the boys had made, the dad asked how to tell them apart. Will took Luke's face to show him the "mole mark" that we use to help people distinguish them. Luke blurted … [Read more...]

Summer in Denver

I know that memory is a funny thing. It often gently fogs over the rough corners of the past and sweetly embraces that which was good and fun and worthy of building upon. And, this is how I remember my childhood in Denver. My brother and I would ride our bikes to the public tennis courts for group lessons led by a high schooler or maybe a college student then we would come home and change and ride our bikes to the local public pool for swimming lessons or just to swim. The days were led … [Read more...]

Five things I’ve Learned from my Husband about Parenting

Even though the event was a couple days ago, I've been thinking of Father's Day. I'm thinking a lot about parenting these days because we are on the cusp of new terrain in parenting. Our first set of twins are now preteens and we have the beginnings of the loud sighs, the exasperated shouts of YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND! and the increasing importance of friends (and the drama that goes with those relationships). The second set and our little guy. . .well, they are still our puppies--happy to be fed … [Read more...]

The First of Many Leavings

Yesterday I dropped Maddie off at Girl Scout camp for her first extended (a week) camping experience. As we've prepared for this event, her emotions had been all over the place. She was excited. . .then angry that she was going to miss vacation bible school at our parish (and blaming me for not scheduling everything better). . .nervous. . .and then excited but nervous. On the hour and a half drive to camp Maddie ate a bag of popcorn and talked a lot. Eating and nonstop talking are her outward … [Read more...]