Showing posts with label moving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label moving. Show all posts

back in Colorado

Now that our little family has moved back to Colorado, we're trying to shake off the feelings of loss from moving and get excited about where we live now.

So first, let's have a little history lesson. When you first met me (first blog post, yikes!) we were living in Denver, had just had our first baby, and were really enjoying the city and mountains. We were first time parents, so there were a lot of posts like this...

Flash forward to 2014, we had the opportunity to move back to Montana. My husband and I both went to college there and we wanted to move closer to our family. Now that we had one daughter and another one on the way, we felt it would be nice to have a support system close by. The idea of living a slower life with more open space really appealed to us. And we were able to live there for two years.

Well, as the saying goes, 'the best-laid plans of mice and men, often go awry'. The office where I was working closed its doors and asked most folks to transfer. So here we are, back in Denver, Colorado.

Now that we are back, we are re-discovering all the things we loved about living in Colorado. Many of them we haven't even had a chance to do yet because of all the unpacking and new house projects we've taken on. Today I wanted to share a quick list of the things we really want to try and do now that we get a second chance at this Colorado adventure.

> drive to Moab (it's only 6 hours away!)

> hike another 14er or two (a 14,000' peak)

> go see more concerts at Red Rocks or any of the other awesome music venues in Denver

> get up into the mountains more (while trying to avoid peak traffic)

> schedule more date nights

and last, but not least

> travel more! flights out of Denver are much cheaper than Billings, MT

Any more suggestions for us? I know there are many, many more things that Colorado has to offer, so I'm anxious to get to know more about this state!

three up, two down

Instead of rambling on about how things are going lately, I thought I would organize it a bit. Much like sharing the good and the bad of your day, I thought I would share two good things and two bad things that have been happening lately, followed up by one more good thing. It's always good to end on a bright note, right?

> Merry freaking Christmas! And Happy Holidays!!! I'm about to take off nine days in a row from work and spend some time with loved ones. We'll also be getting our dog back, who we've missed so much! She's been staying with family in Montana until we were ready to bring her to our new house. We still don't have a fenced yard for her, but we will soon.

> I've been unpacking and getting things organized at the new house. There is still some extra clutter, but every evening I make a little progress. Things are getting fixed and lights are getting installed thanks to my handy-man husband. It's still a bit discouraging though to find even more things we need to fix, and trying to do it all ourselves sometimes means things take longer than they otherwise would. There is something gratifying about doing a good job yourself, however.

> Little corners of the house are getting styled as I go along. The guest bedroom might still have three boxes that need to be unpacked and stuff stacked on the bed, but doesn't that arrow look great right there? :)

> I'd like to lodge a formal complaint against traffic. Like all traffic. Can everyone please go home on a staggered schedule so that everyone isn't rushing home at 5pm? Wouldn't that be ingenious? Maybe just break the city up into quarters and have a rolling time-out clock. Or maybe just have a much more efficient (and easy to navigate) mass transit system. It's possible, I know it is!

> Chloe started preschool today. I'm anxious to hear all about it. It's a new preschool with a slightly different system than what she is used too. Navigating the education system is going to be an interesting journey, I can tell already. It's hard not to think that each little decision won't possibly affect her future growth and achievement. I know that you don't have to go to the very best schools to turn out very successful. My whole family is very well educated and most of us went to tiny little schools in a small town. Work ethic means a lot more than what kind of degree you get (in most cases). So here's to new beginnings!

Elinor is also doing very, very well. She's gotten a huge vocabulary all of the sudden. Talking about all sorts of things that I didn't really know she knew about. It's been really fun to watch her grow up, seemingly overnight.

They both seem to be adjusting well, thank goodness. The scariest part of moving was wondering how my little girls would adjust, but they always surpass my expectations.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Stay warm! Oh, and stop shopping, if you haven't gotten them something already, it's too late. Just give them a warm hug or a phone call.

that clutter life

Good morning.

Hello from our new home! We are officially residents of Colorado (again). As of last weekend, our temporary housing is all cleaned up and the keys are turned back over. Now we are up to our ears in boxes at the new place. Finding places to put things and arranging furniture is my new hobby (sorry blogging).

This photo was taken moments before the moving truck showed up so imagine this same kitchen with 3x the clutter. Got it? Okay now add in a few toys and paper covered in artwork strewn about. Now that is how my kitchen looks right now.

I'll be honest and say we still miss our old house a lot. The new place has some issues, 95% of them are cosmetic, luckily, so it's nothing we can't fix. Somehow my husband has become a handy-man in the past 9 years we've been married. Thank goodness for that. If you follow along on my snapchat, I've been showing our little fixes. New lights (my favorite), new paint (the old owners had a black master bathroom, among some other interesting choices), and lots of unpacking of massive boxes sums up our free time lately.

We did get our Christmas tree up. We have celebrated a birthday already in the house. We are still missing our puppy, though she'll be coming home with us after Christmas. We do have important things like internet and TV, which it's amazing how important those things are to making a house feel more like a home. We still don't have much up on the walls yet, but we're getting there!

So don't mind the clutter lately, my life is one big clutter at the moment.

I hope you all have a good week!!

the sunday re-cap

Happy Sunday everyone. I'm typing this as I watch a little football and enjoy the quiet in our apartment as the girls take a much needed nap.

I thought I'd catch ya'll up on our adventures lately.

So we're in Colorado now. I guess you'd call it officially moved, even though we still own a house in Montana and all of our furniture and stuff is still in it. We've been in Denver now for almost a week. We've moved into our temporary, furnished apartment that we will live in for only a month or so, hopefully.

Our first full day in Colorado was October 31st, Halloween! We met up with some very good friends of ours and did a little trick or treating around their neighborhood, since we don't have our own yet! Chloe had the hardest time figuring out what to be for Halloween this year. There were many tears spilled over who she wanted to be and usually it ended up being that she wanted to be all the things. So this year she was a Princess Doctor. Not too shabby, I think. Elinor is too small to have much of an opinion, and we were moving, so she got to be Elmo (like her sister, 2 years ago).

That's right, not only did I not have 3 different costumes for each kid, I actually made the youngest one wear a hand-me-down!

Okay, small rant over, here are some cute pictures.

So moving, yeah, it still kind sucks. There are good things and bad things about it. I have a good job, willing to pay for my relocation, that will pay for a place for me and my family to stay while we look for a home. The hard part is we have to move from the place we had been trying to get back to for many years. I'm sad we don't have chickens and a chicken coop anymore. I really miss my 10 minute commute to work. I miss seeing my in-laws all the time (I know,I've turned into one of those people). I miss being able to drive out of town and into beautiful mountains with no traffic and very few people to deal with (also known as traffic).

BUT, we're back in a city we know and love. Denver really is kind of the best big city you could pick, in my opinion. We had lived here for 8 years before we left, so it's not a completely new and strange place to us.

I get to walk to work in the mornings now. I'm one of those people that kinda digs walking to work, using your own body to get you places. If I can walk to anything, I usually try to do just that. So it's been fun walking and taking the city bus to work.

The grocery stores and restaurants (on average) are better here. Great coffee shops and really fun parks are always close by.

I'm going back to my old gym with my old classes and teachers that I really enjoyed. And did I mention most of my very dearest friends live in Denver?

So here we are and here we will stay. We hope to close on our new home next week. That's been a little up in the air also, so once that stress is out of the way, we'll be one step closer to settling in somewhere.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Feel free to share any advice or stories you have about moving!

our October

Hello from Montana (soon to be Colorado)!

We managed to push our moving date a week, but this weekend we are finally packing up our things to move to Denver. Work has been crazy, so I haven't really had much of a chance to update this blog or frankly, pack. Last weekend we were able to get out a bit and visit with family, so we pushed all of the prep work until the end of this week. 

Last weekend we took some family photos at Pioneer Park before we headed out of the state. Tina Stinson has taken our photos for a couple years now and we were really thrilled to get some more family photos. Plus, poor Elinor, hasn't had as many professional photos taken of her as we had of her older sister. Though I do try and take just as many photos on our cameras and phones, just so they both get documented!

We were also able to go to the Nile Rodeo on Saturday night. We were out past the girl's bedtime, but they were troopers and watched all the action with us. I haven't been to a full rodeo in many years, so it was really exciting to watch. Plus, my father-in-law, who rode bulls and broncs for 20 years, was sitting right next to me most of the night. It was neat to hear him talk about his days in the rodeo. 

On that note, I had better go and get some packing done. 

I'll leave you with a few photos from the park!