a new fun easter tradition…

we were invited to a friends’ home the saturday before easter, and i think that was the most fun i’ve had watching a scavenger hunt.  mainly because now we are in colorado, living in forest, and how much more fun could that be?  there were dozens and dozens of eggs hidden, along with five golden eggs, each one containing a $5 bill.  the area was marked and outlined with balloons at each corner, and it was a race!  an older kid whose house it was was nice enough to place one of the golden eggs near nadia, and said, “here’s an egg!”   she was so excited to see she had won $5!

after the easter egg hunt, we headed to the airport to pick up shelby, our new labradoodle.  so we sadly didn’t end up coloring the four dozen hardboiled eggs we did, but no one seemed to care.  we got a dog!

 

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wide open spaces…

the lovely thing about being out by yourself, is that one feels a little safer about letting kids play outside by themselves.  i didn’t feel so great about that anywhere else we’ve lived.  i love the girls having the opportunity to run, jump, play tetherball, four wheel, and now they’ve started building forts in the forest.  we even tested our labradoodle to see if she was very smart, and held her while the kids ran off into the woods.  then i’d let her go, and she would enter the forest where they did, and track them down!  so amazing!  i love the outdoors, and am grateful that my kids get to play outside more.  it’s healthy and important to be in nature, get exercise, and most importantly, using your imagination!

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”  Albert Einstein

 

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hiking 3 sisters alderfer park…

it’s funny when you ask someone, how far is it to the three sisters?  such an ambiguous questions?  the whole trail is called that, and when you picture what you think you are hiking towards, and you don’t find it, and you ask other trail members, no one has a clue.  so we hiked past the “three sisters” rocks, thinking it was something else.  but it was a great hike nevertheless!  a good work-out for us climbing folk, and amazing to watch mountain bikers going up and down the amazingly steep mountain sides.

hiking the switchback…

a week after being in colorado, we decided to hike down the switchback near our home.  our road is shared by us and one other person, so we hiked down to that house.  it’s gorgeous down there, a pond…a stream…trees everywhere…mountains in the background…and snow still left on the ground.  it was a fun, beautiful little hike.

 

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would you risk it?…

when looking for a home to live in, we didn’t seem to find a lot of what we really liked.  we are only interested in renting right now, since we don’t feel it beneficial monetarily to buy if we aren’t going to be here many many years.  we actually don’t know what our permanent plans are, but we are going with the flow.  we would love to live abroad in a few years, so we are just seeing how things play out.

 

we came across a beautiful home, in the mountains, investors had it built, hasn’t sold because of the economy, and the rent price was great…the only catch was, they leave it on the market while we live in it.  so we decided to chance it, and live in our dream area, in a dream home, risking we might have to move if it sells.  but it hasn’t sold in two years, so we figured we’d go for it.  even if we have to move, we’d still stay up in the mountains, we absolutely love it up here!    here is the back of this great house, which actually faces towards all the mountain peaks we look at through those great windows.  but i’m not giving out the address-i don’t want anyone to buy it while we are living here!

 

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