Denver welcomed us in true form:
Cobalt blue skies and bright, happy sunshine.
I must admit that the lack of trees was a shock to the system - almost as much so as it was a shock to my system when I first moved to the East Coast and felt claustrophobic by the amount of trees! I'm sure I'll get used to the wide open spaces again soon enough.
We used our first days to visit the clean and beautiful downtown Denver
and to east some of the food we've missed the most!
Running has continued - though it feels more like we're starting running for the very first time.
Running in mile high altitude has proven difficult, if not discouraging. Everyday I hope that it will start to feel easier. It has some, but the fear that I just would't be able to run as fast with so little oxygen is now a reality. I accept this new challenge, and have tried to just focus on enjoying finding new running routes on the miles and miles of trails that weave themselves through the city.
The weather has stayed true to springtime form, as runs have fluctuated between freezing temps, to 70 degree heat, to rain, to so much snow that I had to resort to snowshoes.
The girls were glad to see that there is snow here too, and have had fun playing and sledding.
Thankfully, reliable Colorado has remained consistent in granting us sunny blue skies after every storm. One of the many reasons we wanted to come back to Colorado.
Lucky for us, shortly after we arrived in Colorado my brother Nick (aka Crazy Uncle Nick) came for a visit.
We were hoping that he would find a job and a reason to stay. One of the sad parts of leaving Boston was losing the opportunity for weekend visits with Nick from NYC. We're still holding on to hope that soon enough Nick will find himself closer to us again.
Then we had another visit, this time from my mom. While she was here we had a lot of fun. The girls gave us a dance concert, where I'm pretty sure they put on every single dress-up we own.
We spent time out in the beautiful weather.
Got prepared for Easter
Kool-Aid folks. We used Kool-Aid! So much cheaper and smelt great!
and spent the day at the zoo (well actually two, but I'll get to that in my next post! :) )
It's been great having visitors and loved ones to fill our first few weeks here in Colorado. I'm sure this is a sign of things to continue to come; which is also another one of the main reasons we wanted to get back to Colorado.
The people here have been wonderful as well. We have felt completely embraced by our ward as well as the neighborhood. Even knowing that we may only be where we are for a short amount of time, they haven't held back at all, but have been supportive, encouraging, helpful, and 100% engaged and invested in getting us to stay as close as possible!! People here are friendly, laid back and mellow.
But they do drive a little slow for my taste! ;) Oh and I want my Boston 4th lane (aka break-down lane) back during rush hour! Wicked effective!
I try not to think too much about the things I miss in Boston. I just try and focus on all that I'm loving about being back in Denver. As our situation is so up in the air right now it's hard to feel completely settled or know what reality is really going to be like when it actually hits us. But once again I'm just going with it. And by going with it I mean: Going on runs in the middle of the day whenever I feel like it. Hanging out at the park with the entire family on the weekdays. Actually having time to do Family Home Evening every week. Leaving the kids with Justin so I can go to the grocery store. Taking the long way home from walking Sage to school. Just enjoying every thing about having our family here together. The girls don't know when Saturday is because that was the day when Dad stayed home from work all day. Well. Every day is now Saturday to them. I think they are confused! :) A great thing to be confused about though.
They have been so happy since we got here. Not that they weren't happy in Massachusetts, but they have just been, well, almost like different girls. The first few weeks here they virtually never fought and listened and obeyed almost perfectly! I thought it may be the lack of oxygen to the brain! Maybe it's the sunshiny skies. Maybe it's the new basement full of different toys. Maybe it's the fact that Justin is always around. Maybe they just know in their pure spirits that this is just where we are supposed to be.
Justin continues to look for a job here. We are trying to remain confident that things will work out and we will find something soon. The house we have been staying in has been a blessing for us, but this will come to an end when our friends return from Germany at the end of the month. So, we are still looking for a place to live as well. We are slightly hesitant to commit to anything though, as we don't know where Justin will end up getting a job. It makes for a pretty stressful and anxiety provoking situation.
My private practice is up and ready to go. I just need to fill it with clients. What was I thinking coming to one of the happiest states in the country?! I need more depressed people to establish a thriving practice! :) I have exciting ideas and plans for my future practice as soon as I can get the ball really rolling.
We feel like we are in free-fall still.
But we are trying to enjoy our time and what we do have in the moment and holding on to faith and hope for the future.
We will see! The next month is sure to be an "exciting" one!