Mom Discouraged Knowing She Still Has 328 Sack Lunches to Make

lunches to makeStapleton resident Jessica Boesen has two children attending Isabella Bird in Stapleton. The kids are adjusting to going back to school, and Jessica is enjoying having more time to get things done around the house to try to stay ahead of things as the household manager. The family had a great summer, but it was time for the kids to go back to school. “When we get back to school, it definitely gives the kids more structure,” said Bosesen. “During the summer, we are so laid back, and the kids stay up to0 late, they aren’t involved in as many activities because of our travels. They also get sick of each other, so getting back to school keeps them from fighting.” Overall, the kids are pretty good about getting ready for school, and don’t need constant motivation. “They’re good about getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and all that. They like going, so we don’t have issues getting them ready.”

Boesen says the biggest difficulty in getting them ready for school is preparing lunches. “Every day I am stressing about making something they will eat and something that is healthy,” said Boesen. “I also struggle in getting variety in there, as they often ask for the same things. Plus, there are really only so many options you can include in the lunch. It gets really challenging. And the worst part is that I still have 328 lunches to make. It’s pretty disheartening.” Jessica says that making the lunches is so aggravating, it’s the main reason she looks forward to the weekends. “I love Saturdays and Sundays,” says Boesen. “Hell, I love when they are home sick. Just so I don’t have to pack a damn lunch. Homework I’m fine with. Carting them to practices, I’m fine with. But, lunches are a pain in the ass.” Luckily for Jessica, she only has 328 more to go.

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Stapleton Couple Best in Denver at Pretending to be Happy

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Stapleton couple Alicia and Eric Corkery have been together for 15 years, married for 13 of those. “Like every other married couple, it’s a bumpy ride,” said Alicia. “It starts off pretty easy, then you have kids. And no one ever tells you how hard young kids are on a marriage.” Eric also understands the difficulty in keeping a relationship strong when you have kids. “Our kids won’t even let us speak to each other if they’re around,” says Eric. “They say communication is important for any relationship. Well, if my kids are around and I try to talk to Alicia, the kids interrupt immediately. It can be very frustrating.” As challenging as parenthood is to their relationship, the couple has no regrets in having kids. “We love being parents,” says Alicia. “Sure, it’s hard, but we wouldn’t trade that in for anything. You just have to fight through the hard times, and enjoy the fun times you are able to have with each other.” The couple believes most all couples who are married with kids go through the same struggles. However, they feel they excel as a couple in one particular area; pretending they are always really happy.
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Stapleton Back to School Nights Feature Record Low Number of Trivial Questions

back-to-school-nightBack to School night can be dreaded by parents. They often feel they must attend so teachers and other parents in the class believe they are responsible, committed parents. Sometimes, they have to leave work early, figure out an early or late dinner, and in some cases, get child care for the kids. For many of the parents, they have been through the same routine year after year, and in some cases, siblings have even had the same teachers. “The schools are pretty good about sending out information,” said Westerly Creek parent Greg Kinder. “Plus, the teachers are great about getting back to you when you have a question. If you read what they send, the back to school night really isn’t that important.” The most frustrating thing for parents is when their peers ask questions to which the teachers have already answered, or if it is a question which could have easily been taken offline, and not taken up everyone else’s time. “When someone raises their hand after a teacher asks, ‘any questions?’ I just sit there hoping no one raises a hand,” said Swigert Parent Joleen Halupnik. “What could you possibly be questioning that everyone is wondering? It’s only you needing to know this info. Please, email the teacher later, or ask them after class. The rest of us want to get out of here, drink a glass of wine, and hang out with our kids before they go to bed.”
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Seven Year Old Finally Recovers from July 22nd Sleepover

sleepoverStapleton seven year old Olivia Hoffman has had four sleepovers with friends. The aftermath of all of them have been rough on the family. “She comes home tired and grumpy,” said Olivia’s mom Annie. “From what I’ve observed, it is about the same thing as an adult going to Vegas for three days. You come home exhausted, unable to think, and sometimes sick. The worst thing is, you know it’s coming. There’s no chance you are sending your kid over for an overnight party and they will come home how you sent them. You know you’re totally screwing your entire family’s life up for a while after the event.” Kids are excited so they can’t get to sleep well, plus they are in a new environment. “For kids, routine is everything,” said Annie. “I mean, when we stay at a hotel, VRBO, or even a relative’s house, it gets the kids way off schedule. So, when they stay somewhere else without familiarity and their family, but they have their friends there, it’s just chaos for the child.”
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Aurora Considering Ceding ‘Stapleton Aurora’ Over to Denver

aurora stapletonLess than fifty residents have moved in to the new development in Aurora between 26th and 25th Avenues, but city officials in Aurora are already having second thoughts about the development. “I guess we didn’t completely think it through,” said Councilman David Baldwin. “Maybe we were naïve in thinking that Stapleton problems would stay on the other side of the street. Unfortunately, we may have underestimated the power of the Stapleton brand.” From Baldwin’s perspective, once your neighborhood is named ‘Stapleton’ anything, you inherit the Stapleton attitude. “We believed that tagging the ‘Aurora’ on there would maybe bring them down a peg,” said Baldwin. “Unfortunately, it looks like we will be running into the same issues as Denver does. People complaining about every little thing, angry localized social media sites, and petty disputes amongst neighbors. This wasn’t what we signed up for. We thought adding some nice homes over here would be good for the City of Aurora. It appears it could be detrimental.” Councilman Matt Crum says he foresaw some of the pitfalls of the development and urged the city to take his recommendations seriously. “First of all, we didn’t have to use the same name,” said Crum. “We should have gone with my first choice ‘the Stanley Neighborhood.’ Would have given us our own identity. Secondly, I wanted to choose from some other builders that may have distinguished us a bit. But, here we are.”
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Editorial: Stapleton is a Community; It’s Not an Airport and Definitely Not a Person

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Go anywhere in Denver and ask people what comes to mind when they hear the name “Stapleton.” What will they say? Some may say it’s a community in East Denver with a lot of young families. Others may say it’s an upper middle class Denver neighborhood whose residents seem to complain a lot. Some may even relate it to its positive dining and entertainment options such as The Stanley and the Eastbridge Town Center. These are the types of things you should expect to hear 95% of the time. How many people will refer to it as the place the airport used to be? Maybe one in one thousand. And finally, how many people will cringe when you mention the word Stapleton, and say, “you mean that Denver Mayor from the 1920’s who joined the Ku Klux Klan as a political move to get elected?” As of now, probably one in ten thousand. But, thanks to a revived movement, nationally inconsequential Denver Mayor (city of less than 300,000 at the time) Stapleton is becoming a person again.
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Residents Given Opportunity To Contribute To A Great Cause

food drive articleJoin fellow do-gooders – New Perspective Real Estate and The Stapletonion, in collecting food for the Food Bank of the Rockies and local school pantries.

Hunger is a serious issue, and not just for Colorado’s stoners struggling with the munchies. Here are some creative ideas to donate to this worthy cause:

Clear out all the protein shakes, quinoa, and chia seeds that were necessary for your last health kick, OR

Clear out the Rotel & Velveeta you bought for Football Sundays, OR

Head to Target or King Soopers and pat yourself on the back for cleverly DOUBLE donating: non-perishable goods for the food drive AND 5% of your purchase to the school of your choice. Boom!

Next, take food items to your nearest drop-off location. To be sure you get credit for your admirable generosity, post plenty of selfies of yourself hoisting donations into the barrel… the more bags, the better! And don’t be afraid to Like your own post…you know, to help spread the word. Donation barrels can be found at the following awesome businesses:

Schools will be collecting for their food pantries and include:

Special thanks to our sponsors helping behind the scenes: Etai’s, First Integrity Title Co., Ben Gehde-Home Mortgage Alliance, North American Title, Stapleton Home Services and The Stapletonion.

If dropping off is too difficult, look for a white & blue paper grocery bag to be delivered to your home on September 30th, fill it from your pantry (go back to creative ideas) and leave on your front porch by 9 am on Saturday, October 7th, and volunteers will come around to collect it. And speaking of volunteers….

Volunteers Needed

NPRE is looking for volunteers to help with the drop off and pick up of the donation bags. This is a great way to get your family involved in a wonderful cause, and kids love running to the doors to drop off and pick up the bags. (Caution them not to ring the doorbell, though, lest they wind up on Facebooks’ Stapleton Community Watch  page for their antics, bringing shame to the entire family.)

The more volunteers the better! Volunteers for the drop off will receive lunch from Micis on Saturday, September 30th. Volunteers for the pickup will receive breakfast and coffee from Etais on Saturday, October 7th.

For more information, and to volunteer, please sign up at www.StapletonFoodDrive.com.

Finally, the easiest way to donate is to pull out your credit card. Click here to go to the Food Bank of the Rockies or our website.

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