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  1. Leaving Colorado

    October 16, 2013 by frecklesandsunshine

    One of the major events in our family in the last year was our move from Colorado. Although I knew Tim’s job could involve some mobility on his part, I did not expect to be moving from Colorado anytime soon. I genuinely thought that we would be raising our family in Colorado and maybe ten years down the road we might move somewhere new. I’m pretty sure Tim felt the same way.

    At Caribou Ranch

    At Caribou Ranch

    We love Colorado. We loved living there. It felt like home very quickly. Living near Boulder was especially comfortable for us and our interests. Liberal? Check. Foodies? Check. Outdoor activities? Supercheck. Add to all of that some great friends, new and old, and we really felt like we had found our place. You know, the place, sort of like Cheers except we didn’t actually live in a bar.

    In October of 2012, I had been visiting my family in Phoenix with Olivia. On a Saturday, I came home from the trip feeling a bit…off. And a bit hungry. It occurred to me that I might be pregnant. The next morning after a dollar store pregnancy test (I spare no expense when it comes to my kids, people), I knew that the next nine months were going to be a bit more exciting. So, the next day when I got a call about a job interview, I was a little nervous. I really wanted the job. I had been looking for a while and the school year had already started, but the job was super close to home and in my dream district. Did I have to share this news with them? Would they hire me if I did? Was I up for the challenge of being a working pregnant mother and wife?

    I called Tim to tell him about the interview. His response was something along the lines of, “Well, I hope the interview is for a job in St. Louis.”

    Um. What??

    “The VP  at corporate just called. There is a job in St. Louis they want me to apply for. It would be a big promotion, but it would be in St. Louis,” he said.

    “So what do I do about my interview?” I asked. After talking about all of the possibilities we decided it would be best for me to go ahead with the interview. In the event that his opportunity didn’t work out, I wouldn’t have missed out on my own.

    Are you keeping count? That’s one pregnancy, two job interviews and a possible move two states away. It was a busy week.

    To make things more complicated, both interviews went well. However, before I could progress very far in my interview process, Tim had his answer. They wanted him in St. Louis. Everything about the opportunity was a positive save two things. First, the opportunity would take us away from Colorado. Second, it would also take us further away from my family in Arizona.

    We had a number of conversations around the pros and cons of this move. What was best for him careerwise? What was best for our kids? What was best for us as a family?

    Ultimately, the answer to all of those questions was St. Louis and before Christmas arrived, we were there.

    For the last two months before we moved, we made our best attempt at soaking in everything we loved about Colorado. We spent time with friends, headed out on our favorite trails, ate at our favorite restaurants, and made a point to gaze at the Rockies as much as possible.

    We still miss it. We miss the mountains and the people and just…all of it. We are growing to love St. Louis, but I don’t know if it will ever be our place.

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  2. Aaaannnd, I’m Back!

    October 14, 2013 by frecklesandsunshine

    Wow. Two plus years. I’m not sure where the time went but life has been a whirlwind since I last posted here. Suffice it to say, I got off track with blogging when I went back to work in 2011. Here we are in 2013 and I am once again a stay at home mom. There is a quite a bit to catch you up on, but I’m going to keep the text in this post short and sweet and let some pictures tell the story of what has been going on in our lives recently. In the coming days and weeks, I’ll bring you more details on some of the life changes we’ve experienced. But for now, enjoy the show…

    I went back to work...

    I went back to work…

    We bought a house. We were sure we were going to raise our family there.

    We bought a house. We were sure we were going to raise our family there.

    Olivia was baptized.

    Olivia was baptized.

    We took our first family vacation to Maine.

    We took our first family vacation to Maine.

    Olivia turned two!

    Olivia turned two!

    This happened.

    This happened.

    And then this happened...in the same week. Eeek!

    And then this happened…in the same week. Eeek!

    We landed here.

    We landed here.

    We took another vacation to Alabama.

    We took another vacation to Alabama.

    We bought a house in St. Louis.

    We bought a house in St. Louis.

    We took a babymoon to San Francisco.

    We took a babymoon to San Francisco.

    Katherine Elizabeth arrived. We love her to the moon and back.

    Katherine Elizabeth arrived. We love her to the moon and back.

    Olivia turned three.

    Olivia turned three.

    Kate was baptized.

    Kate was baptized.

    Olivia started preschool.

    Olivia started preschool.

     


  3. Labor Day Weekend

    September 8, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    We had a great family weekend. Lots of adventures and quality time together. That’s what three day weekends are for, right?

    On Monday, we had every intention of going to downtown Louisville for the Labor Day Parade. It is their 76th, which I find fairly impressive for a town of this size.

    Sadly, the parade coincided with morning nap time. Olivia’s, not ours. We joined up with the fun at the Community Park though. There were vendor booths, live music, a kids play area with climbing walls and bounce houses, and a….splash pad!

    You remember #32, don’t you? You know, “Take Olivia to the splash pad on Pearl Street Mall once she is walking. (Any day now.)” Well, my friends, that day has come. I know, I know. It’s not Pearl Street Mall. But, with only 16 days left of summer, I’m going to take what I can get.

    Besides, homegirl is a walking machine! Bonus: she loves bath time. Obviously, when you combine those two things you get a child who will race into a splash pad all giggles and splashing.

    Or not.

    This was about as close as she got on her own two feet. Even in Daddy’s arms she wasn’t quite sure at first.

    She warmed up to it eventually, but never really toddled around like I was expecting.

    Ah, well. There’s always next summer!


  4. Summer Fun List Update

    September 2, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    Just because a girl goes back to work doesn’t mean she’s all teach and no fun, you know. If we teachers didn’t make time for fun, we would lose our minds.

    And, yes, I realize Labor Day is on Monday and that is the symbolic end of summer. I, however, am giving myself until the first official day of fall to complete as much of my list as possible. For those of you keeping track, that’s September 23rd.

    Until then, here’s an update on what has been crossed off the list in the last few weeks.

    Keep reading…


  5. Caribou Ranch

    August 8, 2011 by frecklesandsunshine

    As I sit here and write this, Tim is somewhere in the mountains of Colorado sleeping in a tent on a leaky air mattress. All in the name of trout. Fly fishing used to be a once a year treat when we lived in Arizona. Now that we live in Colorado, where you can literally pull off the side of the road and start casting, fishing is turning into a full fledged hobby.

    Because Tim had plans to be gone most of this weekend, last weekend was mine, alllll miiiiine. I got to choose what we were going to do together as a family and I know you will be shocked when I tell you I immediately flipped to my Summer Fun List.

    Ok, maybe shocked is an exaggeration.

    By the time Sunday rolled around, I had done all that I wanted to do in terms of getting the house together, grocery shopping, etc. and it was time to get outside. We gathered up our necessities and piled in the car. When I looked at the dashboard clock and realized we had made it out of the house before 9am, I was stunned. Why can’t we manage to do that when we are headed to church? We might be on time for once.

    In less than 40 minutes, we arrived at our destination….Caribou Ranch.

    Caribou Ranch is part of the Boulder County Open Space, but over the years has been a mining operation, a horse ranch, and a recording studio.

    Keep reading…

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