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God laughs at the plans we make. The calendars we fill. The intentions we solidify enough to actually write down. This week marked 7 years since we landed in America, ready to begin our adventures in Colorado. When we arrived, the boys were 8 and 10 years old. Charles is now 15. He’s lived here nearly half his life (legally – because I know that’s important to some). Yet still, he... 

What happened to Game Night?

What happened to Game Night?
For as long as I can remember, my family has had a game night – up until recently. A “game night” is a day of the week where the family sits down to play a board game and spend time together. Common games include Pictionary, Monopoly, and Cluedo (Clue, in the U.S.A.). However, in recent years game night has become less of a tradition and more an occassional event. In this post, I’ll... 

Want to run away to the circus?

Want to run away to the circus?
We had the opportunity to speak to Bruno Darmagnac, artistic director for Kurios. Bruno describes himself as the “nanny” of the production, overseeing it day to day and making sure that it keeps in line with the story and morale that they want to tell. Q: I understand that you originally trained in Paris  in dance. How did you come from that to working here at Cirque du Soleil? A: I had... 

Embrace imbalance

Embrace imbalance
We’re obsessed with finding balance. Work-life balance. Eat a balanced diet. Do this exercise to reach mental and physical balance. It’s so elusive; yet so desirable. Supposedly, when you have balance, everything will fit into place. Your kids and spouse won’t annoy you. You’ll be healthy, fit and wealthy. Life will be easier. You’ll be complete. The pursuit of balance... 

The Bolder Boulder is not about running

The Bolder Boulder is not about running
I’ve lived in Boulder for nearly seven years. For at least four of those years, I’ve had people tell me, “You have to do the Bolder Boulder! It’s so fun!” The Bolder Boulder is a 10km ‘fun run’ that has tens of thousands of participants each year. (There’s also a professional race, but that’s a whole other thing.) Held on Memorial Day, the race... 

Going home

Going home
I leave Monday. I’m going to Sydney for a week. It’s nearly been three years since I’ve been home to Australia. Time has just rumbled by as I have attended to the needs of my work, my family, my dog, the rented condo, the seasons, the groceries, the diary’s daily entry of must-do-things. My missing of home has lessened, however, mitigated by the regular contact afforded by social... 

Bryce: From pound puppy to flyball champion

Bryce: From pound puppy to flyball champion
Today is kinda hard on my heart. I got a phone call from Bec just after lunch. As the phone rang and “Bec Bec Pain in the Neck” came up on the caller ID, I was at first excited – she *never* calls me! We always chat on social media because it’s free – and then as I answered, in that second or two, I wondered if she’d called by mistake. And then as I heard her shaky... 

Not your 80s braces: Our kids have it easier than we ever did

Not your 80s braces: Our kids have it easier than we ever did
I think I’d blocked most of my braces experience out. That’s the only excuse I have for jauntily accepting the invitation to hear about Invisalign and the modern approach to braces, and write a post about how options for braces today are better than ‘back in my day’. As we were talking about braces, it didn’t take long before the wall came down. I remembered the metal... 

Petaluma: Exploring Sonoma County’s gorgeous exclusive wineries

Petaluma: Exploring Sonoma County's gorgeous exclusive wineries
This summer has been full of adventure. We spent two weeks in San Jose, combining work and play. We first did that last year, and enjoyed it so much we decided to make it an annual thing. I was delighted when I was invited to join a wine tour of Petaluma in Sonoma County just after we arrived. Jed knows not to stand between his wife and a glass of wine, let alone a full tour of wineries in the heart... 

He’s back

He's back
Max has been back with us for 24 hours. It’s so new I’m still counting it in hours. He traveled from Sydney to Denver via San Francisco by himself and of course, by now, his 20-yr-old hubris and international sensibility means he feels completely comfortable making that trip. After all, he’s done it numerous times, coming through San Francisco or Los Angeles, he’s seen it... 

Colorado kicks off drivers licenses with black stripes: So you know who the aliens are

Colorado kicks off drivers licenses with black stripes: So you know who the aliens are
Going to the DMV is hell. It’s like walking through the Narnia wardrobe to the 1950’s, where you sit for hours, waiting for your bingo number to be called. No matter if you’ve lived in Colorado your whole life, or if you have a visa, or even if you are undocumented, you can now legally get a drivers license. If you have a visa, which means you’re legally present and documented,... 

The Day I Went to the Gun Range

The Day I Went to the Gun Range
I’m a pacifist. I was challenged once to describe what I’d do in a scenario where one of my kids was with me, a “bad guy” was after him/her and there was a gun on the floor between bad guy and myself. What would I do? My answer was that I’d cover my kid with my body. This answer, for the 20 years since this conversation happened, has never changed. I’ve never touched... 
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