We celebrated Meg’s birthday at home yesterday, with a painting activity put on by Sarah, the mother of Meg’s friend Natalie, a chocolate fountain, and a pinata. Thanks to everyone who came, and especially to Sarah, who did an awesome job leading the girls in painting.
Today we celebrated Spencer’s eighth birthday at the local roller skating rink, Skate City. As part of the birthday package deal, he got a new pair of roller blades, which he has been looking forward to for several months. Spencer wanted ice cream cake this year, so we made two of them, and we kept them cold in a cooler with dry ice. They were very tasty.
In attendance were Timothy, Cadence, Dax, Dallen, Jori, Ainsley, Ryan, Christian, Sawyer, A.J., Tyler, and of course Meg, Clare, Rob, and Grandma and Grandpa Dibble. Thanks to all who attended.
We took the kids to the Women’s march in Denver this morning. It was very moving to be in a mass of people chanting and peacefully protesting. The whole parade route filled up with people and there were still people milling around the park where we gathered. Meg’s Favorite saying was, “Love, not hate, makes America great.” Spencer’s favorite saying was, “Our body, our choice.” Rob’s favorite chant was, “What do we want? Equal pay. When do we want it? Yesterday!” Clare’s favorite sign was, “Science is real.” Or “Respect your mother (with a picture of the earth.” We found, “Super callow fragile ego trump you are atrocious.” And “Keep your tiny hands off my healthcare’ less positive but clever parts of the protest. When we reached the end of the parade route, there were still people just stepping off. And more people gathering and coming as we left.
Meg, Spencer, and I went sledding today. It was a great day for sledding, with pretty good packing snow, and temperatures right around freezing. Spencer learned how to “snowboard” on a sled down the hill. He convinced me to try it as well, and I made it all the way down once, but mostly just fell. Falling as an adult hurts more than a kid, so I only did it a couple times, and stuck to sitting down mostly. Here’s a video of some of our runs