Sunday, April 29, 2007

Playin' & Relaxin'

Taking a break from playing at the park to pose for mommy...
...and relaxing in his chair after a day of playing hard
(and apparently eating too much)!!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Fun at the Park!

We had our Play Group today at the Park. John had a blast climbing all over the playground equipment and was not about the let the little challenge of climbing up this tunnel stop him! He proudly made it to the top and headed straight down the slide on his tummy. He is also shown here with his good friend, Anna, as they bounced on the rocket ship. John adores Anna, often pointing to little girls in his books saying, "Anna." At our swimming lesson a couple of weeks ago, he was quite determined that a little girl in another class was Anna and repeatedly (and very loudly) called out across the pool, "Anna" while trying to swim out of my arms to get to her. Anna seems to enjoy John just as much, often giving him a big hug when they see each other. So cute!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

All smiles...

Running Errends with Mama!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Friday, April 20, 2007

The joys of...

DIRT! yummy...
Mac & Cheese!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Getting settled in Colorado

Here are some pictures: Our townhouse; Ben & John hiking; John swinging at the playground near our home. After the pictures is an update...

The boxes are finally unpacked and most things have a 'home' (with the exception of everything that is in the garage, but according to Ben, 'wherever you put something, that is it's home'...we tend to have different philosophies on that). :) We are renting a wonderful townhouse in South Boulder, which is right up against the mountains...great views & great access to hiking trails! Pictures are not yet hung, but our townhouse is really feeling like home. We are making our way around town, finding the grocery story, the parks, the Panera & Target(of course) & checking out some churches in town (although, we have not yet made a decision about which one that we will get involved with). We have met some great people in our neighborhood, through Ben's company & at the churches we have visited. We have also reconnected with friends that we already knew before moving out here, which has made a new place feel much more familiar. And, of course, John has some new friends, too...Isaiah, Anna, Justin, Mercy, Caroline, Owen & Cameron...and he even does pretty well at saying most of their names! He is now standing on his own, but not walking (he still prefers his infamous scoot) & he chatters all the time. I can actually make out a good number of words he is trying to say, such as "ela" is elephant, "eye" (typically said while poking his finger in your eye), "baby," "kitty" or "kkkkkk" (a very excited repetition of the 'k' sound) which he says for most 4 legged, fuzzy animals, "shoe," "ball," "car," "duck," "cracker," "hot" (all foods are 'hot', even if it's cold, and therefore John blows on everything to cool it off), "ba" for sheep, "owl," "water," etc... He brings so much joy to our lives and home!

Ben is eager to get out in the mountains. Unfortunately, work and the weather have caused him to delay plans, but that is making him all the more ready to get his backpack on and start exploring. We have managed a few short hikes on the trails near our townhouse. He likes his job with Eldorado Wall Company and is enjoying the dynamics of working for a small company as well as some new responsibilities that he has with this job, including managing the team of guys that assemble the climbing walls. He is hoping to actually learn how to climb the walls that his company builds one of these days. Tonight he is going to a Survival Skills class at one of the outdoor stores near us...he is thrilled about the abundance of opportunities to invest in his passion and love for the outdoors.

I am getting settled into life at home with John. John and I have had many play dates with my friends and their kiddos, spent lots of time at the park & on walks, taken a few trips to the zoo, and we are currently in a moms & tots swimming class (John loves the water and is definitely the most excited kid in the class). This week, I started going to a 'Boot Camp' here in town, which is an intense exercise program that meets for 5 weeks, 3 days per week for a little over an hour each time. My hope is that this will be a springboard for me on the road to getting back into shape. Also, as many of you know, I get strangely excited about purses & accessories, and have actually been looking for an opportunity to sell them out of my home. I found a great company that I am going to begin working for as an independent sales consultant called Purseonally Yours ( Cute name, huh?! If you are interested in any of the products for you or someone else, let me know. :) There are also a couple of part time job opportunities at 2 of the churches in town that we have visited that could possibly be a good fit for me, so I will keep you posted on that.

Thanks for reading. Most of my updates won't be this long. :)

Welcome to our blog!

I am ready to give this blog thing a try. My hope is to use it as an easy way to communicate with friends and family as well as a place to post pictures. Please come back and visit from time to time to see what we are up to and to check out the photos, like this one of John. I do plan to add new pictures a couple of times a week. My next post will have more info about what is happening in our lives out here in CO!