Family Photos June 2021

Watching the Fort Collins Foxes with the Weinbergers
The significant event of the month was Dorinna’s hip replacement
Rich drove to the Denver airport to meet Soham, his summer intern
Visiting the Creperie with the Weinbergers (photo credit: Allison Weinberger)

Nate’s 12th Birthday

Andrew and Nate’s Dungeons & Dragons -themed Birthday Party

The kids solved a puzzle, fought monsters using D&D game mechanics, fought another monster using water balloons, and broke open a piñata in a bid to defeat the two night hags who were trying to steal their youth. (photo credits: Allison and Chris Weinberger)

Reunited after COVID- visiting family in Evergreen

Nate’s getting tall (with my Uncle Jim)

Family Photos May 2021

For Star Wars day at school, we dug out Nate’s old BB-8 costume
First post-COVID restaurant visit- Oh Me Oh My
Sunroom construction continues

Capitol Reef National Park

Days after becoming fully vaccinated, Rich drove out to Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. There he met his friend Doug Morganthaler from Redlands, California.

Trip planning in Torrey, Utah
Driving to the trailhead
Lower Muley Twist trailhead
Brimhall arch

As the pandemic receded, indoor gatherings resumed
Celebrating Nate’s completion of 6th grade
Climbing Greyrock with Mike and Eric Liprandi
Hiking down Greyrock
Sleeping

Family Photos April 2021

Spring weather brought our first outside dinner of the season
Easter
The Easter Bunny brought Nate a stuffed d20
Dorinna and Nate made cute Easter cupcakes
Easter Egg hunt
“I can’t find any more eggs!”
Dungeons & Dragons moves outdoors
Daddy gets hugs while hiking at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area

No, you’re not imagining things- you have seen these photos before. Last month I accidentally included these photos as part of my March 2021 post.

Family Photos March 2021

Nate and Rich skiing at Steamboat
After a year, our first indoor gathering with another family- Dungeons & Dragons!
The Big Snowstorm of 2021 brought 22″ of snow, tree damage, and fun
Photo credit: Allison Weinberger
Snow fort (photo credit: Allison Weinberger)
Always sticks! (photo credit: Allison Weinberger)
Sledding (photo credit: Allison Weinberger)
An overnight trip to Red Feather Lakes provided tubing, cross-country skiing, and more games (photo credit: Allison Weinberger)
Rich continued playing Dungeons & Dragons with an online group

Christmas Charcuterie

Christmas in 2020 was as low-key as it could be. Rather than spend hours cooking, we postponed Christmas dinner to Boxing Day so that we could spend more time playing games and being lazy. Dorinna did a project, though, building a house from charcuterie. Meats, cheeses, crackers, eggs, vegetables, and dips of all kind went into the construction. It tasted great, and didn’t look bad either!

The House. Potato chips formed the roof, because the weight of crackers kept causing a collapse
The front door
Olive penguins chilling in a hot tub of parmesan dip
Christmas tree made from pickles and a pepper
Snowman!
The house was topped by a marshmallow chimney

Christmas Card 2020

It was the night before COVID Christmas and all through the Ruh home,
Not a device was on, not even a phone.

The children have been nestled in front of virtual school
Which started in March and has now become the rule.

Nate is in middle school, how can this be?
He loves mythology, reading and playing D & D.

In addition to her practice, Dorinna has a new job,
To make sure her son doesn’t turn into a blob.

Socializing was outside six feet apart.
We had distanced activities that included art.

Dorinna had surgery again on her hip.
It’s the gift that keeps giving, so mind you don’t trip!

Speaking of trips, we didn’t take many.
Backpacking was safe, so we did that a-plenty!

Our eyes- how they glazed over from looking at Zoom
And the local fires were like living in doom.

To not get chubby and plump (the COVID weight spike)
Rich traded his commute for some major road bike

Out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
The sound of dice rolling, nothing was the matter

To avoid boredom (and potential disaster)
For Nate and his friends, Rich was a weekly Dungeon Master.

The other pandemic activities that we liked to do:
Pokemon, X Box and drinking cocktails, too.

And laying our finger aside of our nose,
(Don’t touch your face, so find another pose!)

We hear Nate exclaim, on and off of his turf
His word for the year: a resounding “MERF”

Merry Christmas and a Happier New Year!