Spring Break 2015 – Day 2

Day Two was a slow day – cold and full of arguing (hence the dip I referred to in yesterday’s post). I had a tension headache of extreme proportions and was excited about the quiet and dark of the movie theatre we were planning to visit in the late afternoon.

We went to see Cinderella. SB2015 - CinderellaHave you seen it?

I was so very impressed with the movie. I was astounded by how quickly they made me care for Ella’s mother and feel Ella’s loss. I cried when her daddy died (obviously) and giggled all the way through the fairy godmother’s magic. And I won’t tell you why but I lost my breath at the end and didn’t quite recover until we were in the lobby and my kids were arguing again. I. LOVED. THAT. FILM.


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Spring Break 2015

New town – new surroundings – new spring break experience.

Turns out our little town goes on break a week before the kiddos in the big city, so we lucked out on the two days we visited Denver. No real crowds – gorgeous weather – good times.

Day 1 I drove down with the kids and we went to a place called Dinosaur Ridge; it is JUST what it sounds like. When the highway was being built they uncovered dinosaur bones and foot prints and they have turned it into a way to pay for said highway *wink*. There was a little museum with bone replicas and information – Bubba’s favorite part by far. SB2015 - Dinosaur Ridge - Bubba learning

SB2015 -  Dinosaur leg as tall as LilySB2015 - Dinosaur eye and KB headWe ladies were completely taken by the size of the extinct creatures. There was a leg as tall as Little and an eye socket the size of KB’s head! I kept hearing myself calling out, “Come look at THIS!” We kept recalling the names of characters from Dinosaur Train too. It was super fun.


We were supposed to take a bus tour to the other parts of the “park” but Providence intervened and they sold more tickets than there were seats on the bus. SO WE WALKED! (This was NOT Bubba’s favorite part!) Our destination was to see the footprints. SB2015 - Dinosaur Ridge group shotSB2015 - Dinosaur Ridge foot prints

Phase One complete, we went to find  a very specific restaurant in Littleton (10 min. from the ridge). “Why Littleton?” you ask. It’s kinda embarrassing, but we have been watching all the episodes of Austin and Ally on Disney and listening to the band R5, whose lead singer is Austin on the show. The band consists of four siblings and a best friend whose names all start with “R” and they are fascinating. I would LOVE the opportunity to have lunch with their mom! So, we have watched a couple of videos on YouTube and seen some interviews. In one of the videos the band went to a restaurant in Littleton so . . . there you go. KB had the idea, I’m an awesome mom, and we went to eat, took a picture, and tweeted it to the band. Ridiculous.SB2015 - Gunther Toody's

Phase Two complete, we headed to IKEA for a completely disappointing attempt to get a lamp that my friend picked out for my living room. It turned out to be as big as my living room – and you know how IKEA is . . . you have to walk through the entire store to get to the end . . . so there was a lot of “I want” and “What about this, momma?” and “Becky, keep walking you don’t need that!” We finally reached the end of the line and our reward was me making a wrong turn onto the highway and ending up on the tollway and having to pay $30 in tolls to get home!! Turns out the traffic was at a stand still on I-25 so we got home hours earlier, BUT $30 in tolls! WHAT IN HEAVEN’S NAME!?!

So, that was the beginning or our Spring Break. Don’t you feel like you were there? It was a nice start to the week and left me optimistic (I didn’t find out about the tolls until the next day). Little did I know that the next day would, in the spirit of the interval setting on the gym elliptical machine, take a dip of sorts. (insert sign and foreboding music)


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Little’s Big Day – Double Ones

Little woke me up at 4:45 AM announcing, “It’s my birthday! I’m 11!” You have to hand it to her – she gets excited and spreads the joy. The next announcement was that I forgot to hang the birthday banner – first time in 8 years (when I got the banner). Honey got it out and hung it up before we had breakfast.

It was a day of things Little loves . . . Dunkin Donuts for breakfast:

Oatmeal Creme Pies for a school snack:
A class presentation for Colorado History being Baby Doe Tabor (she was awesome):

She rode in front seat on the way home from school:

Mac-n-Cheese and Grilled Cheese sandwiches for dinner, presents (KB gathered up 11 things from her room that she didn’t want any more and wrapped it for Little. Nice.),


and a Barbie Fashion Tablet cake!

It was a good day but she has already announced that she will be twelve soon. It’s a YEAR – – SLOW DOWN, Little One.

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Academy_Award_trophyIt is no secret that I am a movie buff and the Oscars have always been something fun to watch. I have always loved the dresses, the genuine joy (Roberto Benigni), the opening numbers (Billy Crystal) and funny hosts (Ellen). I have gone through phases where I did a ballot and phases where I binge watched everything so I would know what was going on. This year’s Oscar experience was like none other before and might just be the year that changes it all for me.

This year I was home and my Honey was flying across the country. It was really quiet here and I realized that half the fun is having someone to say “Look!” or “Are you kidding?” My brother started texting me right after the opening number and we “chatted for 30 min. about things not related to Oscar at all. 15 min. into his text-fest, my sister texted and we continued to “live text” the rest of the program.  THE MOST FUN!!! My sister gets me and I get her and it yet I don’t remember ever watching the Oscars with her. It was super great.

As far as the show itself goes, I was disappointed. I was disappointed in Neil Patrick Harris; coming out on the stage naked was uncouth and crass and took one of the few “classy” events left in entertainment and brought it low. If it’s a sign of my age then I am actually glad to be over 40 – he should have known better or someone should have told him, “NO!”

I hadn’t seen any of the movies up for best picture. Actually, throughout the night I think that Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lego Movie, and How to Train Your Dragon2 were the only films I had seen. It is a testimony to the heaviness of 2014 that I only saw light-hearted pictures but it made for a difficult viewing last night. I wasn’t invested and didn’t have opinions. And now, after all is said and done, there are still only a few I actually want to see (Grand Budapest Hotel, The Theory of Everything, and The Imitation Game).

Top Ten Moments of the Night: 1. The performance of “Glory” was phenomenal. (and John Legend’s acceptance speech wasn’t too bad either.) 2. Jason Bateman presented Best Short Film. 3. Lady Gaga blew me away with her Sound of Music tribute – amazing. 4. Jason Bateman presented Best Short Film. 5. NPH’s joke and Idina Menzel’s “revenge” on John Travolta – AWESOME. 6. Eddie Redmayne gets the sincere joy award from me – so sweet. 7. Did I mention Jason Bateman presented? 8. Watching Meryl Streep come out of her seat to fist pump support for Patricia Arquette. 9. *** Emma Stone on the red carpet stopping her interview to squeal and say, “Look! It’s Mark Ruffalo!” Adorable. 10. I am not sure I can think of a number 10. I liked hearing Anna Kendrick sing . . . and Jason Bateman presented Best Short Film.

What did you think of the Oscars? Did you even watch?

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Valentines Day

Life is zooming by at super speed and I feel like I can’t account for all the minutes. Valentines Day came and went with little to no “hurrah” at our house and now it’s almost Little’s birthday. BUT before I move on to that momentous occasion, I thought I would post the kids’ valentines from this year for posterity (and so I remember what we did and don’t repeat the same thing NEXT year.

IMG_0514 IMG_0518 IMG_0592Oh Yes – adorable, right? And there was Laffy Taffy stapled to the cards.  So fun. And this is the first year I just handed all the supplies to the kiddos and they did all the work. So bittersweet.

How was YOUR Valentines Day?

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Heard Around the Hutch

1. R5
(it’s a band, Mom)

2. We were riding in the van and listening to a Christian radio station. KB chimes in from the backseat, “This song is either about Jesus or a girl.” From the mouths of babes. . .

3. “Today at school I was telling Kale things he could do that would make girls like him. He said they were good ideas and I told him, ‘That’s why they call me (whispering) the love whisperer’.” I whispered back, “Nobody calls you that.”

4. I have been telling KB that “Kisses are for family” ever since Chris Rogers planted one on her in preschool. Yesterday Bubba said, “Mom, you know that kisses aren’t just for family, right? But it’s gross unless you are a teenager.” I said, “If you are a Kicklighter then kisses are for family.”

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Call Me Alexander

shoppingIt is only 8:45 AM and I am ready to move to Australia.

I was awakened at 4:30 AM by my oldest saying, “I’ll be gentle with your head, momma. I’ll be gentle with your head and you can put in the pass code.” She is referring to the fact that a few days ago she woke me up at 4:00 AM by dropping her father’s iPad on my face and saying, “Put in the pass code, Momma, Please.” ARGH. I don’t remember putting in the pass code today but I do remember saying, ” NO YOUTUBE, Little. You may watch Too Cute.” Terrible start to the day.

I must have fallen right back to sleep because I was jerked into consciousness again by the sounds of the other two SWINGING FROM Bubba’s LOFT BED and making a home video about it on the phone they stole from my room while I slept. Horrible way to wake up. Horrible response from me to them. Horrible start to the day.

Almost every word that came out of the mouths of my babes this morning were words of arguing and complaining. “She has my minion hat!” “Gimme my gloves. Those are MY gloves.” “Maybe you should look twice when you put our lunches in our lunch boxes because I repeatedly get KB’s orange instead of apple sauce.” (I’ll let you guess who that was.) No good things were said.

There were 3-4 inches of snow on the ground when we left for school. They don’t treat the roads up here IN COLORADO WHERE IT SNOWS FOR MONTHS AT A TIME so I was driving slow and defensively. I got to the major intersection up the road where I am to turn right to proceed to the land of learning and as I slowly merge right into the turn lane my back tires start to slide – I believe it was the perfect example of fish-tailing – toward a beautiful Lexus stopped at the light. I start praying/screaming “please don’t hit that car! Please don’t hit that car!” and I didn’t. I didn’t hit the car – my back bumper nudged his back bumper. We pulled into a parking lot and it turns out my NEIGHBOR was the owner of the LEXUS and we traded names, numbers, invitations for brunch (not) and went on our merry ways. He was VERY nice . . . VERY gracious . . . VERY nervous about how his wife would respond. It was a very bad way to start the day.

So now I sit in my house. I shoveled the driveway and as I finished the snow started pouring down again. I was supposed to go to BSF but it started 15 minutes ago and I still haven’t showered.

I looked on the weather channel and it says it should be in the mid 80’s in Brisbane with sunny skies. I think Alexander had the right idea. Anybody know a good travel agent?

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