10.29.2015

Our Colorado Home

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When we decided that we were moving we hustled and got the house ready for market. Going into the fall/winter months we felt a little constrained by time and things naturally slowing down.

Some friends came over and helped me declutter and take down personal touches. I took a few pictures and we went live the next day.


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This is the entry. 

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There is an office/den immediately to the left with beautiful paned french doors. 

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It's where I'm sitting at this very moment. Rosie is playing with a friend and Roo is home from half-day kindergarten. She is chatting to herself in the family room. I will see the big girls walk up in a few moments from school just getting out.

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As you continue on there is a small dining area to the left. This room doesn't get much action, but sometimes we play games or work on puzzles here. The piano is on the right and when it's played you can hear it ring through the whole house. This room was bright baby blue when we moved in. 

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Finally you end up in the family room and kitchen. This is where we mostly hang out and where I hear Roo's chattering from. The coffee table is often used as a prop in playtime activities and when we watch movies on the weekends the table gets moved and we scatter on the couches and rug.

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My favorite thing about this house is the kitchen. I really really wanted a white kitchen. This one is quaint, has a farmhouse sink, and a window where I can look out on my garden or the kids playing while I do dishes.

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The kitchen had pendants hanging over the island when we moved in and the walls in here were beige. It's much more fresh and open now. 

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On the other side of the family room is a powder room that I painfully painted when E was out for a few days on a business trip using an Ikea plate as a pattern. If I ever find out that it's painted over I'll have a fit.

Now we go upstairs.

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Rose and Roo's room that I recently painted the softest sea blue/green. 

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The older girls' room, then we have a bathroom for them, sewing room, and a play room. 

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Lastly, there is the master that I painted white last year with a grey accent wall. 

All the floors in the house are hardwood which I love, but we miss having a place to relax and roll around on the floor. Also I have loved the knotty alder doors and custom railing on the stairs. 

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The back yard is on the smaller side, but affords plenty of room for us to run and play. When we moved in it was nothing but a barren plot of dirt. We have loved beautifying it and watching it grow. It has been hard getting used to the split-rail fencing, but with good neighbors it isn't really an issue.

In less that 2 weeks packers will be here loading everything up into boxes and before we know it our sweet cozy home will be bare. I'm having an especially hard time leaving it. We have grown so much here. This is the first home our girls will really remember. We have amazing neighbors, a summertime pool, trails behind us and a single-track bike park. We can ride bikes to the library, rec center, and even to the little downtown that is just starting to get revamped with restaurants, a better farmers market, and other activities.

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We will miss our town of Erie. And I will miss driving my kids from place to place and looking out and seeing the majestic Rockies towering in the east. They just got their first coat of snow about a week ago and are looking quite spiffy. I will miss the half dozen hot air balloons that we spot almost every single morning working their way to land in an empty field nearby.

There are a few things we won't miss. The dump nearby, the little airport next door where tiny planes buzz off the runway right over us early in the mornings and especially on the weekends, the outdoor shooting range that is so close we can hear the echoes of target practice, and the fact that I have to drive 15 minutes to get to any kind of store other than Walgreens.


10.28.2015

So...Idaho

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A few weeks ago we had to make a major decision. Which called for oysters. We are definitely acquiring a taste!  

E was offered a job in Boise, ID with a new company and we were honesty at a complete loss as to what to do. 

We love Colorado. Like, we really really love it here. We can see ourselves here long term, our little chickies have blossomed into real life girls here, we love the climate and the people, and our school, and our friends, and the restaurants, and the outdoors. The outdoors!!!! We have turned our home into the perfect little place that is so...us! 

But there has always been a longing to be a little more west. My parents are still in Northern Nevada and we would just love to be closer to them even if its just for a few years. We still have a huge sense of adventure and exploring the PNW seems incredibly dreamy. We love the idea of moving somewhere that is more affordable and family friendly. We had heard things like Boise is similar to Denver, just smaller! Which trust me, helped a lot. 

There were some other factors that weighed heavily on us as well, like my job, the fact that E has made incredible friends at work and works for an exciting fast growing company here, and mostly uprooting the girls...yet again. 

Just when we wrapped our heads around moving, the company here gave E an excellent offer to stay which just about sent us over the edge. We literally did not know what to do!

After lots of prayer, thought, counsel, and a few spreadsheets we decided to stick with Boise and give Idaho and a new company a try. Amidst the struggle we felt at peace with this decision. 

We sat the girls down to talk about it and they took it surprisingly well. They are excited to see grandparents more and explore a new place. I'm sure when the move happens there will be tears, but for now I'm reminded about just how resilient they are. 


I applied to a few jobs and over the course of the next few weeks had 2 phone interviews. We then went out there and I scored am in-person interview after just walking onto a floor I wanted to work on at one of the biggest hospitals there and talking to the director. The next week all 3 jobs gave me offers and I eventually accepted the offer of the job I walked in for. This was a huge blessing as my work is very important to us and I really want to continue growing my career. 

Over the next little bit we added a lot to our stress by putting our house on the market and going to find a new home in Idaho...



10.27.2015

Rosie in the Morning

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With Roo in a.m. kindergarten Rosie and I have been spending a lot of mornings together.

My life has such a different pace now than when the other girls were little and it's easy to just sweep Rose up and cart her around from store to store or shoo her off to play on her own at home while I get chores done. She hasn't had the lazy mornings that the others have and I miss that for her. And for me. 

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I am trying to be more present with her and I am finding that I just adore her on her own. When her sisters are home there is a lot of action and attention demanded. She has to be pretty direct in making her wishes known (read: yelling, hitting, whining, and typical baby-of-the-family shenanigans).

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One day a week she goes with 3 of her friends to a preschool co-op where we rotate homes. It's perfect for her and she looks forward to it all week long. 

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(obsessed with kitties still)

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With the co-op I have noticed more what a budding little artist she is, how well she plays and listens to others, and that she is detail oriented. 

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And while she is extremely independent and equally strong-willed we have built a tight little bond between ourselves and it will absolutely crush me to have her go to school full-time.


Yes...that can definitely wait. 


Colo Kids

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If there is one thing we have loved more about Colorado than anything else it has been the outdoors.

There is so much to see and do here it would take a lifetime to hit it all.

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With that being said we do have a few favorite places that are worth going to over and over. 

Steamboat Springs is one of them. 

Itt's tucked off the major freeways, it has history and is still quaint and quiet, but also has all the beauty of The Rockies there. I really love it.

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So amidst our recent stress we decided to take a spontaneous trip with some of our best friends to Steamboat for Labor Day Weekend. 

It didn't disappoint. 

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Right after school started Easy took the older girls backpacking up to Rainbow Lakes with a friend and her Dad. 

After our trip to Ice Lakes this summer the girls can tackle just about anything. 

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I love these little mountain goats!

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When they were gone I took Rosie on a date. We had dinner and ice-cream and did some shopping. While we were out I asked her if she was having fun on our date. She replied, "This is a date? This is not a date! Camping is a date! I want to go camping!"

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She got her wish and at the daddy-daughter campout these girls pretty much became the most experienced campers under the age of 10. 

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Camping Girl

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For GM's 8th birthday party we pitched a tent in the back yard and had her favorite friends over to celebrate. 

And celebrate we did! 

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We started it off with some camping bingo and a bandana for each girl. 

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Then played an epic game of "Bear, Bear...Squirrel!"

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Then we had an Injured Camper Relay which consisted of a hurt camper on one end of the yard who needed 10 mosquito bites covered, a hurt leg bandaged, some water for dehydration, and finally friend to help her hop back to camp. 

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It was riot!

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We had hotdogs, cake, and finished off with s'mores and presents. 

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Happy Birthday Sissy Bear! Thanks for being our Best Camper! 

10.19.2015

School Starts Again. Already!

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It happened. 

These girls are in so much trouble! 

Or I am. 

Someone is! 

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I can't believe they are getting this big. 3rd and 4th grade is no joke folks.

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And then this one decided it was cool to go to Kindergarten. Ugh.


Summer Wrap

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Cecret Lake, UT

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Garden Bounty

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Chopped

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T-ball Pajama Style

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Balloons!

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Pool!!

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Books

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Carousel of Happiness

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Braces Off!

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Back to School Shopping!

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Climbing!

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Air Show

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Boulder Creek

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Back to School Ice Blocking Bash

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Tie Dye

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Sleeping in


Whew! 
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