Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Blurry Ta Da!

Chase put on a 1 minute puppet show at the WOW Children's Museum in Lafayette.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Happy Boy

Mommy's back and this guy is a happy camper - and not just because of the snazzy sweater she brought back for him.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Eager for Mommy

We are sooooo ready for Mommy's return!

We've had three fun days as Mommy has been back east visiting Ace's newest cousins, and have stayed busy. Nanna and Papa's trip extended until Saturday night (thanks for visiting us!), so they made the separation from Mommy a little easier.

But now we are ready for her return. Ace went to bed early and can't wait to wake up tomorrow and see his favorite person in the world!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Dyer, Dyer, & Dyer-Payne

We enjoyed Nanna and Papa's final day in Denver by sticking close to home, including a trip to the Purple Mountains playground. We had such a great week that saying goodbye tonight was difficult, but we look forward to seeing them again in Maine soon.

Friday, April 25, 2014

The Critter introduced Nanna and Papa to two of his favorite a Denver hang-outs today: The Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Location:Garden of Grandparents

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bedtime for Little Boy

Nanna crawled into the hot rod and read Ace his nighttime books this evening.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Guess Who's Inside?

It's not Mommy or Daddy, Nanna or Papa. Mommy and Chase had fun in the kids area while Nanna and Papa explored the Denver Museum of Art.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The World's Most Interesting Restaurant

We braved a true Denver-area landmark tonight, venturing into the infamous Casa Bonita.

We had the best seats in the house with a pool-side view of the cliff diver! We also watched a puppet show & shoot-out, and went through Black Bart's Cave -- an in-house haunted house! The food may have been virtually in edible, but the experience was certainly one of a kind.

(Google the Casa Bonita episode of South Park if you need an accurate representation of the magic!)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Climbing to New Heights

Daddy took the day off and the whole family ventured up to Rocky Mountain National Park. Ace did some rock climbing and we all enjoyed spectacular views of the mountains, a freak snowstorm (!) and more elk than you can shake an antler at. A fun adventure for all!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Dinner

Nanna and Papa arrived for the week, just in time to spend a warm, sunny Easter Sunday with the Critter!

Saturday, April 19, 2014


Ace and Sean relay this emergency vehicle back and forth between them on a delightful Saturday morning. Note that Ace is also armed with a squirt gun in case anyone tries to get in the way of affordable healthcare for all!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Light Rail

Jamey and Chase enjoy a ride on the light rail into downtown Denver today.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


The Critter had a grand time with Sean and a few other friends while Mommy and a Daddy were off selling their home. Yep, the deal is done and we're no longer Denver homeowners. Nevertheless, we still have time left for fun and friends in the Mile High City!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Running with the Big Kids

Mommy dropped Ace off at SOAR this afternoon so he could show his support for daddy's school. First, we enjoyed a fundraiser concert by Night Oblivion, SOAR's performing drum group students, who played an hour of West African music.

Then we headed to Panda Express, where a cut of tonight's profits were going to be donated back to SOAR. The highlight for Ace, however, was just getting to run around outside the restaurant with Caleb.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

High Ropes

Chase explores some high ropes at a park we discovered in Centennial.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Those are Carrots?!?

Although he initially expressed great skepticism about the purple carrot Mommy presented at dinner, Ace eventually ate almost all of it, saying, "This tastes like a real carrot!"

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Pizza Party

Mr. Popular attended two birthday parties in two days this weekend. Mommy took him to yesterday's and Daddy was on duty for today's. In addition to exhausting himself in the bouncy houses, Ace also ate and enjoyed an entire piece of pizza; notable because he usually only wants the crust. (Friend Owen was there to lend moral support.)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dirt Devils

Liam, Ace, Parker, and Arlo worked hard today to unload Justin's pickup with the soil for his raised beds. Great job, Gents!


Ace tries out his newest toy on a beautiful April afternoon in a Denver. Note the Katniss Everdean-like focus as he takes aim at his target. (Although Mommy is quick to note that Rue was the slingshot artist, not Katniss.)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It Ain't a Party 'Till the Clothes Come Off

Chase was lucky to be invited to Erinn's house for playtime, dinner and a movie. It wasn't long until the party devolved into wearing just underpants and playing keep away from Morgan.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cousin Estelle

Mommy and Ace enjoy watching a video of Cousin Estelle opening her birthday present from us.

Monday, April 7, 2014

No Matzo

After his first school field trip to the Matzah Factory, which we must admit was not Chase's favorite, we found solace in some FroYo and mall toys.

Sunday, April 6, 2014


One of the joys of living in Stapleton has been the olde timey experience of heading outside and running into a gaggle of neighborhood kids to play (and make funny faces) with. We hope that we end up in a community in Maine where Ace can find similar companionship.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Fly with Me

The Little Engineer requested a visit to the Wings a Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum this morning, which we happily obliged.

However, he did have a moment of panic - captured here - when he asked if the flight simulator might actually take off.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Technical Climbing

Ace did a bit of bouldering outside the REI store this morning.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Our Little Angel

We were a bit surprised to find 4 inches of snow on the ground this morning, but most of it melted by late afternoon, and it gave The Critter one more chance to throw snowballs, make a snowman, get pulled around the courtyard in his (duct tape repaired) sled, and make snow angels!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Day Date

Chase and Erinn enjoyed a morning bouncing at Jumpin' Jordy's, some FroYo, then some outside time at a neighborhood school's playground. Friends forever.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


A few days ago, we made our weekly trip to Home Depot. I bought some ant killer, but sold it to the Critter as spray that "scares the ants away." Ever since then, he has been highly enthusiastic about using it, even though we don't really have any current ant problems.

Tonight, after I insisted that we didn't need to use the spray, he took matters into his own hands and decided to blow the ants away. At least all his hot air was finally being put to good use!