Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Imagine That, Wowee

We decided to keep some photos of the plaques rather than the plaques themselves...

Three of us graduated from Chapman University
in the same ceremony in 2004.
This was Lynn's Masters.

Pete Dougall and Jamie did a radio talk show
called the Skeptic Tank in the 1990s.

From the Arroyo Grande Methodist Church.

Jamie spoke at the Santa Maria Men's Club in 2009.

Jamie's third (and final) run at politics.

Lynn's 15-year teaching award.

Kiwanis honors Lynn's teaching career.

One of several grants Lynn brought in over the years.

Lynn, Teacher of the Year, 2004.

Jamie's ride on the "Vomit Comet."

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Pretty Woman

The big event of the weekend was some of us heading into Denver to see Pretty Woman, the Musical. It tracked the movie almost perfectly but with much music and dance thrown in. Fun show! And surrounding that outing was artwork, gaming, deck time, and more...

It took a while to figure out who's who.
Note the "cheek mics" on AJ and Remy center stage...

Turkish Coffee at Heart of Jerusalem Cafe.
A new favorite for Middle Eastern food just down the hill.

At least the dogs kept their eyes open.

Dinner at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery before the show.

Pretty Woman, the Musical

La Tartine - a french bakery/restaurant.
The food was very good; the ambiance was not as exciting.

Tetris has become popular.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Summer Fun

Our summer fun continues unabated. Though you haven't seen many photos of us at the pool, we have been there quite a bit; it's a great family activity to burn off some energy and feed the clan. We have had more than our share of afternoon thunderstorms this summer which has slowed down pool activity somewhat. Movie nights are always a hit, too.

India's Kitchen in Parker. Matt and Jamie stopped in returning from the airport.

At the airport getting Matt.

Movie night: Minions, the Rise of Gru.

I think AJ decorated the Twinkies.

Lexi building her Lego ship.

Tracy's organizing the lunch order.

AJ showed us this trick for dunking Oreos.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Ren Faire (Round 2)

Some folks that didn't get to go to the Ren Faire a couple weeks ago got to go today! All the photos from last time are here.

A Santa Fe Railroad bridge on the Joint Line near Larkspur.

All Hail Griffen! He got a sword, too.

Sir James and his trusty steed.

Dragons for all!

And there were other dragons for the kids at home, too.

The Living Fountain, very cool.

Our favorite booth and boothettes.


Wednesday, July 27, 2022


Here are some photos and some words from the last few days just so we can find them again. You know, using a search engine of some sort.

Summer reading...

Since we moved here, the piano has been by the theater room...

Keeping the chinchillas company...

Until yesterday, when it was moved to Papa's office.

Ice cream!

Ice cream again, at Focus on the Family.
Papa got a Hebrew study Bible for when he gets that far.
Nana got a puzzle for Tracy.
And Matteo got a cross pendant/chain.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Fina Tours UCCS

Fina, along with Nana and Papa, toured the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) today. Their mascot is Clyde, a mountain lion. All the pics are here.

Friday, July 22, 2022

Matilda the Musical

Antonio, formerly known as AJ, blew the whole family away this evening with his performance as Bruce in Matilda the Musical produced by Elevate Productions. From the cake-eating scene to the rather melancholy "When I Grow Up" to the high-energy rock star of "Revolting Children," Antonio, formerly known as AJ, gave it his all. It actually felt like the audience would pop to its feet if "Revolting Children" went on any longer. And Antonio, formerly known as AJ, really got a cake, I'm mean kick, out of all the "chocolate cake" (Hostess cupcakes) the family drowned him in after the show. One show down, three to go...

Earlier in rehearsal...

Fina became his make-up person.

Showered with more chocolate cake!

He asked if anyone was bringing a sign, so Fina made one!