Hello, friends! I've been missing you. For one whole day...but, it seems like forever. Heather, you flatter me, by the way. :)
Where to start? House is no longer ours. There are people sleeping in there now that we do not know and it always seems weird. We didn't love this house like our first.....we built that home from day 1 and were there for 4 years. This one, we bought and it didn't have everything we wanted, but we sacrificed in order to ensure lots of activity in this lovely area of the country. More ski trips than most natives can boast, camping, hiking, traveling through the Rockies, into Aspen and beyond.....we loved every minute.
We also brought a newborn home to this house....and two kiddos learned to walk on these wooden floors. So, we are leaving some milestones behind, but taking precious memories with us.
This house brought some heartache, though. A year and a half ago, my sister and closest friend, Caroline, was told by her doctors that she could no longer visit us in Denver due to the altitude not being safe for her body. Her Scleroderma and PAH require lower living and so as soon as we learned this news, Blake started the job search outside of Colorado. We were blessed with a few options.....the one he pursued brings us to Kansas and includes a promotion, too, so we are excited for the future ahead. Yay for frequent visits from Aunt Caroline!
Britney and I have grown closer than ever over the last couple of years, as well. Kansas City is a 7 hour drive from Dallas.....which will allow us to visit often and will strengthen the bonds in our kids that we have cherished between Carter and Trysten over the years. Cousins are so important in life. Some of my best memories include time with my cousins and I'm thrilled to provide the same to our kids.
We are at the hotel now and until Sunday, when Carter receives his First Holy Communion. Luckily, we found a suite/apartment type accommodation with multiple rooms and plenty of space. Absolutely needed for 3 kids! Took the fam out to dinner this evening at Hacienda Colorado and were reminded why we do not eat out. The two margaritas we requested (and drank only one of each) barely numbed the pain of a $90 tab....all for scrambling to keep kids quiet and orderly and not bothering other diners. It's just not worth it at this point!
Today, we learned the house officially closed. More sweet than bitter after this long 7 month single motherhood. We picked up some prescriptions, took Jack to his 3 year old well check, and completed Carter's withdrawal forms for the 2nd grade. Summer vacation starts at 3:25pm tomorrow for this lucky kid. Happy for that.....didn't want him to have to transfer to Kansas schools for just a couple of weeks. We're well equipped for the summer with his Bridge Workbook and lots of chapter books to keep him reading and prepared for the 3rd grade.
Back to the house.....a few pics before we said a final good-bye!
Loved the 3 windows in a row as well as the morning light in this room.
Stairs cut through the middle of the house going up to the 2nd floor and down to the basement, too. I love dramatic staircases and with time, we would have made this one beautiful.
Loved that kitchen island. Meals, homework, and lots of diaper changes. (Sorry to anyone who ever ate at our house. We used sanitizing wipes. Promise!)
A welcome gift and keys for the new owners.
It took me a while to like the construction of houses in Colorado since we were so accustomed to brick. Turns out this style is more suited for the weather. Who knew?
I loved our huge front porch on this house and also the colors......olive green with plum shutters and a plum front door. A bit funky, but toned down enough to blend in.
The drive out. Bye-bye house!