Monday, December 9, 2013

End of the year musings!

Time has FLOWN by this year! I am amazed that we are into December already. Just this week I have a gig 5 out of 7 nights! It's all good though - having Hanukkah out of the way has cleared the calendar so it's not really so bad.

2013 was indeed the year of awesome. Our trip to China in July was amazing. The NoExcuses Retreat in June was life-changing. Sam and I earned our Black Belts in May and August, respectively. (Ted will test for 3rd Degree in August and Mae will test for 1st Degree in May!) I joined Online Bootcamp in March and am still going strong, doing 30-minute interval or strength-training workouts every day at home! I've also renewed my committment to running and have run 4 races this year with more on the horizon! Next year will be my 2nd Chicago Marathon and I'm hoping to CRUSH my time from last year.

This year I've made a list of some of my goals (rather than a checklist) so it will be fun to see how I do. In a Bootcamp Webinar, our awesome coach pointed out that if you don't write down a goal, it's just a dream. Word.

6th grade for Ted has been a very easy transition. He works hard and efficiently and hasn't had any real difficulties so far. He's working hard in TKD and has recently started CrossFit (crazy - just like him!) He'll run track and play soccer at Summit in the spring, as well as continue preparing for his Bar Mitzvah in March of 2015. Busy boy!

Sam loves 4th grade and has really amped up his reading. The Kindle has changed things for him - as long as the font is large he'll read! (And yes, we had his eyes checked - it's just mental!) Now that he is a Black Belt, we have relaxed the schedule for him and he attends classes when he feels like it. Mostly he loves making movies and playing MineCraft. He is still a sweet, sweet boy.

Mae is rocking 3rd grade. Since it is a combined 2/3, she is enjoying being the older kid and is having lots of success in multiplication and reading. Her writing continues to be about China (so sweet!) and her cursive is better than mine! She is up for Black Belt in May and is working hard towards that goal. She says after she gets her Black Belt she wants to try gymnastics, so we'll give it a go!

Paul is still at bivio and still working at home. Sweet Pea, Patches and I enjoy his company very much! His Friday night soccer team went belly-up, so he's taking a break from that for a while and attending services with us instead. We all like that but hope he can find another team soon.

Here are my goals for 2014!
  • Run the Bolder Boulder in May
  • Beat my previous BB PR (1:00:39) from 2009
  • Run the Boulder Backroads Half Marathon
  • Beat my previous 1/2 PR (2:17:52) from 2011
  • Run the Chicago Marathon in October
  • Beat my previous Marathon time (5:26:02)
  • Run a 5K in under 30 minutes
  • Work out 5-6 days/week
  • Continue to eat Paleo and clean
  • Continue to prioritize sleep & water

10 Years from Now :: 50 Years Old

  • Still run the Chicago Marathon every year plus local races
  • Still do BootCamp with the team!
  • Still eat clean
  • My kids will be in college!!!

Saturday, September 21, 2013


Patches joined our family last Sunday. It's been in the works for a few weeks now. My singing friend Dawn feeds the stray cats in her area (after catching, neutering and releasing - she's a good cat citizen!) and she felt that Patches would make a good housecat. He'd been outside all day and sleeping on Dawn's bed at night for a few months, but her other cats didn't take well to another cat and were mean to him. 

Dawn offered to take Patches back if ever our sweet Fuffles returns and we agreed to take him in. Little did we realize what we were getting into! Sweet Patches has FIV (like HIV but for felines). His gums are badly infected and he's lost a lot of teeth. He needs more pulled as well. One eye seems either deformed or perhaps tear-duct challenged and his claw are very fragile and pull out easily. Clearly, he is not a healthy guy, but he is so sweet and cuddly, you'd never guess the discomfort he's in. 

We hope that after he has his dental surgery on Monday he will thrive and enjoy his life as an only cat. He and Sweet Pea regard each other curiously but without fear, so I suspect they will be snuggling together as the weather cools. He is a sweetheart. Welcome to the family, Patches! 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Mae's Heritage Trip to China!

After much writing and editing and begging pictures from friends, our trip is finally documented! 

Click here for the link to Mae's Heritage Tour Journal!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Welcome, Summer!

Hooray! Summer is here! The kids' last day of school was Friday the 24th. We went directly to a TKD end-of-year party in the park, then jumped in the pool before bed. It was a terrific ending to the school year!
Our summer plans involve a lot of travel. In June, Ted will travel to Kansas City, Missouri for the TKD District Championships (if he wins 1st place, he will automatically be eligible for World Championships in early July). Whether he competes or not, we will travel to Little Rock, Arkansas for Worlds to cheer on our friends and to compete in the first tournament of the new tournament year.
Mae and I head to China on July 14 for 10 days - cannot WAIT!
As for camps, Mae has a week of Chinese camp at CCAI (our agency), Sam has a week of Art Camp and Ted is doing a TKD camp for a week. The rest of the time, our schedule will follow the routine that got us through last summer - so beautifully, I might add.

  • wake up, breakfast, chores
  • dog park/soccer field with Daddy
  • Summer Work Hour (math, writing, reading, typing (for Ted)
  • free time til lunch
  • Lunchtime
  • Creek walk with SP
  • Pool Time! 
  • TKD
  • home for showers and bed
Hooray for summer! Here are some pics of the crazy last few events of the school year! 

Ted ran the Bolder Boulder with pal Omri.
Paul and I did our best to keep up with them. 

Cast pic after their performance of "Route 66."

We think she's pretty relaxed these days. 

Mae was herself for Immigration Day at school,
complete with Chinese passport and Adoption Decree

Sam was a "German Jewish ancestor from Berlin." Cutie. 
Our chavurah won the Chav-Olympics!
Love the kiddish cup trophy!

5th Grade Transition Ceremony.
Farewell, elementary school!

Incredible, awesome 4/5 teacher Nel. 


A dog in a sidecar wearing a seatbelt and aviation goggles.
Gotta love Boulder. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Spring Updates

It is offically Spring, but, as my photos will mostly attest, it has not yet fully sprung here in Colorado! We have had a wonderful busy month of school plays, TKD testings, operas, surgeries and many other adventures. Here's a peek at the last four weeks of Moeller fun, not necessarily in any order! And here's to Spring ..... please come soon!

Sam is a Black Belt! (First row, second from Left)

Monday night, in spite of the blizzard, he insisted on going to his first Black Belt class.


1950's Fellini Don Giovanni with Elvira (in purple). I'm on the far left (aka Waldo).

Minor eye surgery to remove an abcess. Sweet girl was a trooper and is healing beautifully.

Spring hike with SP! (and BF). Our 4th blizzard started the next day.  

Ted (L) and Sam (R) five years ago!

Playing in the snow. Do we live in Alaska? It's April!

Sam asked Ted to tie his black belt at the testing. So sweet!

Please come back, Spring!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

March already?!

Where is the time going?! Goodness me, but it's flying! Here is a quick update!

  • Sam earned his First Degree Recommended Black Belt . This means that he is almost a Black Belt! He will test on April 20. His attitude at testing was upbeat, serious and strong. I was so proud of him. He really rocked it. He is very nervous about his board breaks so we took a trip to Home Depot to stock up on the wood boards he will break. You ROCK, Sam!!!! 
  • Ted turned ELEVEN on March 5! Amazing. He is turning into such a serious, hard-working young man. He took his Math Placement Test at Summit last week and reported that it wasn't hard at all, though he wasn't able to do the optional advanced math test. He is feeling confident and excited! At school itself, they are doing a lovely program on transitioning and there will be a Transition Ceremony (so Boulder!) in April. I am so proud of the young man he is turning into - he is such a great kid!
  • Mae tested for her Blue Belt and did a great job. She is now in the Advanced Class (with Sam, albeit briefly) and this will be the first testing that all three of us have the same form! We are enjoying that immensely. She is having some girl drama at school and it makes my heart ache for her. Boys are so much simpler, emotionally. But she is still happy to go to school and she is doing a great job on all her work (she did a PowerPoint Book Talk this week! Impressive!) so all is well.
  • Paul got kicked in the ribs at soccer last week and is out for a while. We are sad that he is hurting but his presence on Friday meant we could enjoy Shabbat at Temple with him, which is a rarity! We hope he'll be back on the fields soon! 
  • I am so busy! Opera Colorado rehearsals have started up for Don Giovanni (50's style!) and our director is a hoot. I also have extra rehearsals for Easter services at church and a bunch of gigs with Temple Sinai for Passover and Shavuot! It's a busy season but I'm enjoying it. 
  • We were supposed to get a crazy snowstorm but it's pretty weak. I think it's just too warm for the snow to stick around. I went to my morning church rehearsal, but then my afternoon opera rehearsal was cancelled so I got to come home! I took a nap, played with the kids, baked some cookies (that I then burned ... oops). It was a great day! 
What's going on in your life lately? Are we really this close to Spring?

Friday, February 22, 2013


It's been a while! Hello, InstaFriday! I guess copious shots of people in dressing rooms wouldn't be all that interesting anyway. We had this week off, before delving into Don Giovanni, and we had some fun!

It's opera season! 
Crave - our favorite stop for a latte, chai or tasty treat.

Our family's stone in our temple's paver project. 

Sam loving climbing class!

Like father, like son. 

Skinny girl. 67 pounds and holding.

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