Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sierra's Lucky #7 Tooth

Sierra lost another tooth today. This time she was in school when she wiggled her bottom left inscisor out! As a bonus, her teacher, Ms. Philipsen, gave her a tiny pink treasure box to keep her tooth inside so she wouldn't lose it. 

Then she was dismissed to see the nurse to make sure everything was normal. Of course, it was, and Sierra went straight back to class! What an exciting day!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Audrey's Day-off with Daddy

Audrey's class had a day-off for teacher education.  So while Sierra went to school, Audrey got to spend her day with her Daddy. On their day out, at Audrey's request, they went to Bass Pro Shops to see the ducks. Then to lunch and home to play dolls.  

If you can't tell from Audrey's smile, she loves missing school and especially loves having one-on-one time with her daddy!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Lunar Eclipse

The girls were so excited to see the lunar eclipse tonight. We were watching the movie Tarzan when Sierra remembered, so we rushed out to our 4th floor balcony to see if it was in effect, and it was!
It was a beautiful sight. We had a clear night. The moon had a red tint to it with a silver lining all around as we waited for the sun to be completely blocked by the earth. How amazing!

Sierra and Audrey will have to wait until 2033 to see it again. Sierra will be 24 and Audrey 22...The last time it came was in 1982.

Art & Nature

Our Saturday morning started with the girls creating beautiful artwork. Then we enjoyed breakfast and a hike through the Rocky Mountain Arsenal!
On our walk we met a fuzzy caterpillar. The girls loved holding her and letting her crawl over their hands. She was so soft!
On our way home we spotted a deer hiding in the tall grass. We also saw a bunny rabbit and 4 buffalo. 
It was s great afternoon out! Happy Sunday to all!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Biking through Stapleton

It was a beautiful and sunny day, perfect for biking. With Victor's shoulder healing nicely and his physical therapist giving him the "green light" for bicycle riding, we decided to ride around the neighborhood. 
We drove downtown, had lunch at Chipoltle, cooled off in the fountains, then rode through the neighborhood and found a new sculpture called "eye horizon," and finally back to central park for a few swings, slides, spins and jogs!
Audrey rode with daddy on her bicycle-in-tow, while Sierra and I rode solo. 
Happy Saturday to all!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Audrey's Dental Visit

Audrey had a dental check-up on Thursday and they discovered a small cavity between two molars on her upper right side. So, today they laser scraped it off of her molar before it spread to the other tooth. In order to do the procedure, they had to calm her with nitrous oxide. 

Audrey inhaled the gas to calm her as she watched the movie, "Home" on the monitor above her on the ceiling.
It took 20 minutes to fill and sculpt her tooth. Audrey was so brave!
Way to go little girl!!! We love you!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Visiting Golden...

On Sunday, we drove to Golden to see the town, have lunch and visit a house in Evergreen. It was a beautiful, sunny day. Our first stop was Clear Creek where we dipped out toes in the cold water and watched kayaks and inner tubes float by.
The girls loved playing in the river and wished they had brought their swimming suits!
There were lots of scenic photo opportunities... well as puppies to play with along our walk.
We stopped for lunch at the Golden City  Brewery and enjoyed fire roasted pizza with a legendary red microbrew.
After lunch we toured the city and found a slide that took us down to the water's edge.

It was a fun filled day with the family.

Happy Birthday Rithica!

A friend of Sierra's from karate, Rithica, celebrated her 8th birthday at the dojo.  All the kids earned a white belt and practiced karate moves and played fun games.

Below the kids tried to balance a bar on the palm of their hands.
Then they tried balancing it on their shoulders, which was much easier.
They each took 4 quick swings at the punching bag, before cutting and eating the cake.
Instead of using a normal knife to cut the cake, Master Giles used a real samori sword!
It was s lot of fun and, according to Audrey, the cupcakes were delicious!
Below Sierra poses with the birthday girl!

StapletOM - yoga fest in the park

Saturday morning we walked the Stapleton greens for a yoga festival. While we perished the many natural products and yoga studios, we stopped to try a kids yoga class. Audrey refused to do it without me by her side, so we went for it. We loved acting like trees, and fish and dolphins...
After the fun class, Sierra found an obstacle course to run, then a bean bag toss at Orange theory.
To cool off, we walked across the street to the fountains...
Than we indulged in a fruit smoothies before walking home.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Mimi & Henry Visit Denver

After visiting Henry's daughter, Kay, in Connecticut, then jet setting to Boston to see a ballgame at Fenway, and to NYC to see the theatre and Times Square, Linda and Henry (her boyfriend) flew to Denver to visit us. 
While Sierra was in school, Victor took Audrey, Mimi and Henry to Evergreen for lunch and to see a few houses in the mountains where we'd like to move. 
Audrey got along famously with Henry and was happy to see Mimi. 
In their tour of Denver, Victor showed them rushing rivers and trickling streams, as well as vast mountain ranges and wooded backyards. 
They enjoyed lunch at a creek side vineyard winery before heading back home.

Out with Mommy...

After work today, Sierra and I decided to go shopping for a gift for her friend Rithica from karate. We stopped at Claire's and Sierra chose all the things she wanted like a makeup case, earrings and lipgloss. Rithica' mom might not like the gift, but we think Rithica will!

Afterwards we stopped for pizza at a local shop and played with the bears. So much fun!  We ended our walk with an impromptu stop at a photo booth which made Sierra and I laugh out loud together!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wild Smile Pediatric Dentistry

When Sierra's most recent tooth came out, we noticed a soft bruise on the gum above where the tooth used to be. Concerned, we took her to the dentist for a check-up. 

She was so brave during the examination and X-rays. 

After her appointment, Victor took her to school later in the morning. Sierra didn't like being late, but loved being with her daddy!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Karate Class is Going Great!

This past Thursday Sierra did fantastic in her karate class. She learns about strength, patience and control. And, she also Keats how to combat bullies and how to help those being bullied by three acts: distract, discourage and report.

In the class below, Master Giles teated dierra's strength by trying to move her arm while it was clenched tightly in a fist. She did great on her right arm, but by the time he pulled her left arm she giggled and lost it!
In Sierra's Saturday karate class she played the "squeeze" game where she had to perform side kicks to each encroaching pad until she was sneezed together. 
She got out 9 kicks before she got squeezed!

Another Tooth Bites the Dust!

Sierra lost another tooth tonight- her top right inscisor. 
She was brave as usual and when daddy pulled it, no tears were shed at all. As a matter of fact, this was the fastest tooth pull of all time for Sierra. It was over in about 2 seconds flat! Yay for Sierra and her 6th tooth!

Victor Comes Home!

On Tuesday morning Victor's doctor admitted him to the hospital for atrial fibrillation. His blood pressure was 80/60 and his heart rate was racing at 170 bpm. All of us and his doctors were concerned for his life.
After the ambulance picked him up, I got the girls from school and we raced to visit him in his room at the Coloado University Hospital.
Without knowing the cause of the a-fib, the general practitioners took an extremely conservative path to treating him. 3 days later the cardiac specialists arrived to perform a TEE (trans esophageal echocardiogram), then when they discovered no clots, shocked his heart back into a normal rhythm. For 1 min. And 22 seconds his heart stopped before beating again. We are so happy he's alive. On Saturday night he was discharged.
At the end of the experience doctors said his heart had been "running a 5 minute mile consecutively for 8 straight days" based on how long he had first noticed the problem. It was a miracle he didn't have a stroke or heart attack during that time! And to think, the Sunday before the Tuesdat he was admitted, we were hiking an 11,000 ft mountain out in the wilderness. We're all three happy he's finally home with us to relax and heal.