Memorial Day came and we were greeted with a psychotic and stressful event of closing on our new home and moving in. I'm not exaggerating here people. Our realtor even stated that it was one of the most stressful, chaotic closing escapades she has ever experienced. What a roller-coaster! But hey? Why not continue the ride we were already on?
So not only were we moving into our house on a holiday weekend, but due to all the confusion and miscommunication we had to move in on a Sunday. Um...thanks to our Mormon friends who understand the spirit of the law, and the concept of "Ox in the Mire" and helped us unpack our massive moving truck on the Sabbath. It was such a relief to see that truck again (since it had spent the previous 3 months parked in some undisclosed location, safe or not, unbeknownst to me).
I would like you to notice the LIME GREEN walls in the picture above. Yes this was the color of our master bedroom when we moved in. Don't worry it has since been painted grey.
And thus the unpacking, painting, organizing, settling in, millions of little house projects and basically not sleeping began. But it was great! We have loved working on our new home. It is great to have a house that will meet our current needs and is OURS!
*SIGH* What a relief!
To get in a home before Justin officially lost his job was a miracle and a blessing from God to us.
I found so much peace running on the many trails near our home, as summer warmed the earth, colored the trees and flowers carried sweet fragrance in the air. Ah this is what Colorado is all about! Beautiful, DRY weather!!
We took the kids to the Chalk Drawing festival.
The last time we went to this Sage was, well, this big...
Now took at her! Not to mention the rest of them! I'm so happy to be back in this great state with this awesome, adorable family of mine! I'm so glad to finally be able to share the things I fell in love with here in Colorado with my children!
June brought us many things.
Starting with SNAKES in our backyard!
Good thing I'm not afraid of snakes! They are creepy yes, but thanks to all those years growing up visiting Utah National/State Parks I have gained acceptance of these creatures.
Nouvelle learned to ride a REAL bike just like her big sisters and she couldn't be more proud of herself!
Swimming continued both in their private classes as well as our measly little kiddie pool in the backyard.
Private swim classes was basically "supervised near drownings" for two months straight. My kids have quite a ways to go when it comes to swimming (especially the oldest. *ehhem*)
And Nouvelle made a great support section to each and every practice! And by "great" obviously I mean "modelesque." *Heaven help me*
Backyard "swimming" was nearly a daily activity all summer long. My girls are little fishies! Drowning fishies, but fishies none-the-less.
I turned a year older
and after a family celebration Justin took me Indoor Skydiving
My personal aspiration was to go skydiving on my 30th birthday. But being pregnant with Sage at the time kind of got in the way of that. This was a good taste of what it would have been like. Maybe for my 40th?
We went to a restaurant I've been wanting to visit ever since we LEFT Denver: D Bar Desserts. I've been building up this place for 6 years, and let me tell you, it lived up to every single bit of greatness I had created in my brain!
Not to mention, I had a front row seat to the pastry chef who does all the plating! I was pretty much in heaven!
June had more bike riding with the cottonwood trees that are so nostalgic of my childhood. Just the smell of them take me back to days riding my own bike through the fields by my dads house. Some days out on these trails it looks like it's snowing, but alas it's just the fluffy white seeds of the cottonwood trees. Oh man I love this place!
We've found a close place to our house to hike that feels like you're a 6 hour drive away at a national park. We love Roxborough State Park!
Father's Day we celebrated the Best Dad EVER! Justin really is a super dad. Is it any wonder that ALL of my girls are "Daddy's girls?"
June also brought spontaneity as at the last minute Justin found some concert tickets for a super awesome deal on line! We got to see some of our favorite bands at probably my favorite venue ever!
Guster, Ben Folds Five, and Barenaked Ladies at Red Rocks Amphitheater. And to make it even better? Front row seats!
What an awesome night!
And finally June brought BRAVE ADVENTURE as we tried our hand at camping again. The last few times have been less than successful. But I told myself that if we moved to Colorado there was NO way I wouldn't go camping this summer. And so off we went!
Off to Estes Park with some friends as mental support and strength. If we were going to suffer, we certainly weren't going to do it alone.
Thankfully there wasn't much suffering at all. Some restless and somewhat sleepless nights, but other than that it was a treat!
(not pictured here THE best ice cream of my life: Salted Caramel that ROCKED MY WORLD!)
And a whole lot of mess....
June was very full and very fun. Full, full, full and fun, fun FUN!