fun visit

We had a great weekend with my parents. They flew in on Saturday morning and left Tuesday night. We went and did a lot of things. I posted most of the pics on Facebook.
On Saturday we went the Springs to tour Focus on the Family. If you've never been, it's worth going for Whit's End (from Adventures in Odyssey). This room was just one of the many fun rooms they had to explore. Breeson LOVED it in here!!

Eating ice cream in Whits End:

Then we headed over to the US Olympic Training Center:

On Monday we went to Rocky Mtn National Park. It was a bit cold!! But still worth the views:

The time w/ Mom and Dad was great. Breeson of course got spoiled. I think he really misses them, he kept trying to look for them the next morning after they left.


10 Months

Breeson's 10 months today. Since I stayed home from work today due to the snow, I decided to be brave and cut Breeson's hair. It was due a haircut!! Since I had given him his first haircut, I figured I could do it again. No big deal, right!?
Well, I started cutting, and this is how it turned out...
(Before I started cutting)

(after I messed up, I only did the front, then his left side - if you look closely, you can see how bad it is)

I immediately called around and most places was about to close for the day. I found a haircutting place specifically designed for kids. The price was a bit high, especially since it was for a baby, but it was worth him not having a jacked-up haircut, all thanks to Mom!! Sorry.
(he loved sitting in the car...for about the first minute, then we had to keep finding things to entertain him)

(and here's our handsome little boy - he looks so grown up!)

Otherwise, at 10 months he...
*eating more variety of foods
*still only says Mama and Dada
*has been more consistent this last month in sleeping 10 hours
*VERY mobile. Crawling everywhere...not walking w/out his walker or something to stabilize himself (ie, coffee table, people, couch, etc.)
*starting to enjoy the nursery at church more
*LOVES singing and music
*still only has a few favorite books (The Foot Book and a song/rhyme book)
*into EVERYTHING - it feels like we're always saying "no"
*he totally understands "no" now
*already experiencing tantrums :(
*has 5 teeth, but 2 more are breaking thru

more, really?!?!

I'm SOOO ready for spring, but instead, we had more of this hit us yesterday. We are supposed to get a few more inches yet today.
On Monday, it was sunny and beautiful outside. Jamie and Breeson went to the park where they enjoyed the 70 degree weather. Then last night, while we were out for Jamie's birthday dinner, it started snowing like mad. Within 3 hours, we almost got a foot of snow!! This is what we woke up to this morning...

Today I'm working from home. I'm thankful my job is flexible and willing for us to stay home on days like this.
While Jamie was out shoveling snow this morning, I made a hearty breakfast. Homemade biscuits and gravy, eggs, and bacon. I even ate some bacon!! Had there been another choice of meat available, I would've opted out. But I will admit, it actually smelled pretty good. I haven't eaten bacon in SEVERAL years. In fact, I can't remember the last time I ate it. Our pastor gave it to us from a specialty store in Arkansas. They said it's the best bacon you can get. For not eating it in SO long, it didn't taste too bad.

It'll be fun to take breaks today and play with Breeson! I wish he was old enough to go outside and make a snowman. I may throw him outdoors and see what he does.!! :) j/k



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Skiing and Birthday Party

Last Thursday, Jamie and I finally made it up to the slopes. The ski season almost came and went without us getting up there. But we made it!! We had a great time w/ our friends, Joe and Becca.

On Friday night, despite the blizzard that came through Denver, we didn't let that stop us from partying for Jamie's 35th birthday. (Jamie's birthday is not until this coming Tuesday, but we celebrated early). Can you believe my hubs is turning the big 35!!?? Breeson and I are keeping him young at heart. :)
I reserved a few lanes at Moe's BBQ and Bowl. Moe's actually originated from Birmingham, so the bbq was pretty tasty. A lot of great friends came to wish Jamie a Happy Birthday. As you can see, we had a great time...

Since Jamie LOVES to golf, I did a golf theme. I asked a friend of a friend, who is a cake decorator and she did a great job on the cake and cupcakes.

I even made party favors. I've been wondering what to do with Breeson's baby jars. So I cleaned them up, hot-glued ribbon around the lids and stuck golf cutouts on top, then I filled them up with different types of candy. Believe it or not, each jar holds a lot of candy!! I had to buy a lot more candy than I expected. But it was fun and well worth it. Plus, I got rid of a LOT of baby jars!





Fun Day

On Saturday, Breeson, Theresa and I headed downtown for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. It was interesting, to say the least. There were a TON of people. It was hard to see the parade. We got there late, so the closest we got to the street was like 10 people back. We didn't stay for the whole thing, it started at 10 a.m. and didn't end until 2 p.m. I heard it's one of the largest parades this side of the Mississippi. Although, some of the participating floats didn't seem very Irish to me. It was like they just stuck green on themselves and became eligible to be in the parade. It would've been more fun if we had a good seat to see everything.
Jamie and Clint went to a Liturgical Practicum that morning.

Here's a couple pic's of what it was like...

On a side note...here's a few recent pic's of the kid.

He needs a haircut super bad!! You like his new do??!


A little history...

I found this and found it to be very interesting. I guess I never realized the history of St. Patrick.
I thought it was just a day for people to drink beer, but it's so much more...

Naomh Pádraig (Saint Patrick)
The Story of Ireland's Famous Saint

The Facts
He was born Maewyn Succat in Wales (Roman Britain) in 400 A.D. His primary language therefore was Latin since his father was a deacon in the Christian church (this was a time when all Christians were one). His father’s name was “Calpurnius” and his mother’s name was “Conchessa”. At the young age of 16, he was kidnapped by Niall of the Nine Hostages of Ulster, who often raided the coast of Roman Britain. Returning to Ireland, Niall sold him to a man name “Meliuc” who was a landowner in Co. Antrim, where he was forced to work as a shepherd keeping a watchful eye on his master's sheep on Slemish Mountain. While in Ireland, Maewyn Succat learned the Irish language, since his ‘master’ was a high druidic priest and through him he became aware of druidism as Ireland was then a land of druidism.

St. PatrickOne night after many years of captivity, a voice told him to escape on a ship. The voice said he would find the ship 200 miles away in Wexford. Leaving Antrim he travelled over lands he had never before seen and he finally arrived in Wexford where a ship awaited passage back to Roman Britain. Denied passage at first he would finally be able to board and complete his escape from Ireland.

From Roman Britain he then travelled to France and St. Martin's monastery at Tours. Later he went to Lerins monastery. Under the guidance of St. Germain, bishop of Auxerre in France, he was ordained a priest and helped St. Germain oppose heresy and paganism. He became a bishop in 432 A.D. and it was then that Pope Celestine conferred upon him the name "Patercius" or "Patritius" (meaning "father of his people"). He was given the task of converting the Irish to Christianity.

The people of Ireland could not understand the doctrine of the Trinity where three persons made up one divine God. So Patrick plucked from the ground a "Seamróg or Shamrock" showing three leaves were tied to one stem. Using the Seamróg as an analogy the people finally began to understand what he was preaching. This forevermore tied Saint Patrick and his day to the Irish Shamrock.

St Patrick StatueSt. Patrick died on March 17, 460 A.D. and is buried in Downpatrick, Co. Down. Or at least it is believed that is the date since the calendar created by Julius Caesar and known as the "Julian" calendar was in effect at that time. Today we use the "Gregorian" calendar and this then would place his death in early March. Nevertheless, this gives us cause to celebrate his life and death for a month prior to the 17th of March.

The Myths
St. Patrick is said to have gathered all the snakes on Croagh Patrick mountain in Co. Mayo. From there he banished them all from Ireland. The truth is that proof of snakes ever existing in Ireland cannot be found. (Today people climb the 2,500 foot mountain in their bare feet as St. Patrick once did.)

The first St Patrick's Day parades were not in Ireland, but in Boston in 1737, and later in New York City in 1762.

Corned beef and cabbage was not a regular dish in Ireland till the 1600s, and not till the late 1800s in America. There is no record of St. Patrick ever having such a meal.

Before he died, legend says an angel told him to tie two oxen to a funeral cart, and wherever the oxen chose he should be buried that would be his final resting place. The oxen chose Downpatrick, County Down.

Written by:
Ken Hannon Larson
Clann Ó hAnnáin-O'Hannon


busy weekend

We had a busy, but fun weekend. On Saturday, we went snowshoeing with friends at Squaw Mtn. It was such a perfect day for it. Not too hot and not too cold. Snowshoeing is such a good work out. We burned a lot of calories that day!!

disclaimer: Jamie did tote the kid on his back during the uphill track, I only did it on the way down. I don't want it to come across that I was the only one carrying him while we were snowshoeing!!

On Sunday we went to church and then ran to lunch. We went to Israel's 3rd birthday party in the afternoon. It was held at the Denver Zoo. I haven't been to the zoo in a long time; it was Breeson's first time to go to a birthday party and the zoo!! We had a great time.

Here is the birthday boy, Isreal.

For his birthday cake, he wanted a horse on it. Unfortunately, the only thing the store had was a pink pony. Fortunately, he is only 3 and he didn't care!! :) He was just happy there was a horse on it. LOVE IT!!


Jamie's testimony

Jamie spoke at our church for the first time on Sunday, February 21st. I was in Kansas so I didn't get to hear him speak. He gave his testimony (luckily I've heard before, or I would've been really shocked! :)), so it wasn't like I was missing his first "real" sermon.
If you'd like to hear it, click here. Scroll down, click on the link by Jamie's name. I think it was only 15 minutes or so.