Friday, August 08, 2008

Aricin's First Summer

























































































We had a very busy summer full of fun times with friends and family. It was a huge blessing to be able to live with and spend time with my family before our big move to Colorado. Aricin has become quite the traveler having gone on his first plane flight to Denver and having logged several long car trips- he's a trooper. We took a couple trips to San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay, went up to the Sequoias with friends, drove through Yosemite, and spent almost a week in Mammoth - all before traveling the 18-plus hours to Colorado! Our little guy is growing so fast. He is now starting to chuckle which is great and growing teeth which is not so fun.
Our drive out to Colorado wasn't as bad as we anticipated with a dog and a baby. They both actually slept most of the trip. We stopped in Mesa, CO for a cousin's wedding before heading into Highlands Ranch. I still can't believe we're here! We are currently in escrow on a home which should close in the next week. It was built in 1997 but is a bit of a fixer upper- the home is bank owned and had gone into foreclosure- the previous owners had lots of pets and left them when they vacated the house. It will be our project and we will be sure to get some before and after pics up on here soon. Until the house is livable we're living with Aaron's cousin, Dawn and her husband and two kids- they also just moved out to Highlands Ranch this month from Ventura. Dawn has become a dear friend of mine and we have already shared many heart to heart talks. Aaron has started preparing for work at Valor- the high school is pretty unreal- it's too bad any of our kids won't be able to afford to go there. Aaron can't even afford to eat lunch in the gourmet cafeteria that serves Grilled Mahi Mahi regularly. We attended a staff/faculty family night at the school and met several young couples we're excited to hang out with soon. Aaron attended a staff retreat in Colorado Springs for a few days and was able to get to know a lot of cool guys he's looking forward to working with at the school. Aaron has also signed on to start helping with a Club Waterpolo team that's based out of Denver- he's super excited about this.
While we definitely have our moments of "we're not in California anymore" I think it's fair to say that we both feel like this is where God wants us to be right now. Nearly every afternoon a small thunderstorm will roll in and bring warm rain to cool things off which is kind of cool. Before we got here we had read that Highland's Ranch was developed by the same people that developed Mission Viejo, CA. Being here now i see the many similarities- it really feels kind of like south Orange County, minus the ocean of course. I can say that now since we haven't had any snow- i might change my mind later. We are definitely in the land of Teva's, REI stores, and 4-wheel drive cars. Oh yeah and the home of Crocs shoes. It seems like everyone out here loves to ski, climb, bike, kayak, and camp. Aaron is hoping that living out here will break me of my fear of the outdoors. I tried to go for a run the other day and despite the air being amazingly fresh I forgot that we are over a mile high and came back panting soon after I left. This is something I ,really wants to conquer-being able to run at altitude. Well, the baby's cry tells me that it's time to end this- we will update you all again soon, thanks for reading!