Sunday, June 7, 2009

Colorado so far...

Pictures of Colorado on our trip up. Its SO GREEN! I LOVE IT
Wow! I can't believe I've been in Colorado for over a week now. It feels like mere days! They say time flies when you're having fun but I have yet to hear "Time flies when you're constantly in a frenzy trying to unpack boxes".

You'd think that moving from South Africa to a TOTALLY different solar system called Utah would have been easier than moving a state over, but alas each situation has it's ups and downs. So I'll start from the beginning (because I woke up 4 hours too early for church and our church is at 9am)

Last week was CRAZY! I never want to have to move that much furniture AGAIN! and we only live in an apartment! What would moving an entire house of furniture feel like? When we move again, I'm selling all our stuff (except our comfy mattress) and then I'll re-buy everything over when I get to my new place (just kidding, I'm not going to do that, that's absurd). So moving was hard and long and tiring and costly. I was stress, exhausted, sleep deprived and aching all over my body.

Our rental truck. Everything we own is in that.

So moving day comes! Saturday we all left at about 12:30pm. Tristin and I in the moving truck (which was by far the scariest thing I've ever ridden!! I've been on some of the scariest rides at theme parks but this truck, BY FAR, takes the cake. I was sure I was near cardiac arrest a few times). Tregan and Joel Aldrich in Tristin's car and Rick and Kim in my car (thanks you guys for all your help). It took us just under 9 hours to get to Colorado. LONG DAY! We unpacked the truck in less than an hour (go us) and then around 10:30 we all crashed and went to bed. I was happy that I got to sleep on our very own matress again, even though we were surrounded by a million boxes. It was the best sleep I had had in a very long time!

Our lawn with 3 rabbits on it. the 3rd one is a little hard to see. I also managed to get a bird in the picture.

the next day we all went to church. Afterward we looked around Boulder and ate at the International Tea House which Joel called IHOT (international house of tea as opposed to IHOP-I thought it was funny). that place was AMAZINGLY beautiful!

IHOT: International House of Tea, properly know as International Tea House. I prefer the name IHOT though.

Next we headed over to Naropa University to show the family where it was that Tristin would be going to school! To read more about the program he will be going to, click here. The gardens were beautiful, symbolic and the memorial was very unique. The Images were very well thought of. It got us all thinking really hard about what we were seeing and how we were all interpreting it. We then went to Pearl Street, look at all the unique shops and then went back to our apartment to fix up a few things and unpack a few boxes. We had a fun day. then everyone left us early Monday morning for Cayman! I wished I was them that entire day.

Naropa Campus: pic 1: Stones hanging from tree (don't know the point of that). 2: Memorial. 3: Garden with 5 flags representing the 5 elements (I think)

Which leads us to our first full week in Colorado. Unpacking is long and tedious. And to top it off, our apartment wasn't cleaned by the previous tenant so I had to clean and then unpack. Blah. But now I know the place is clean and to MY standard of clean. (Thanks mom for turning me into a germaphobe!)

All in all, I LOVE LOVE LOVE our place. The location is perfect. There is a costco, Walmart, Whole foods, Safeway and a shopping mall (which I probably won't be able to use for a really long time due to expenses) all within 3-5 miles from us. Our apartment is stunning. It's in a gated community with a pool and exercise facility, and we have bunny rabbits outside on our lawn all over the place (I tried feeding them cherries but they don't eat it, who knew?). We got really lucky because we have an end unit on the bottom floor with no apartments across the street from us staring into our place. The area is quiet and spacious. We're 20 mins from Downtown Denver and 15 minutes from Boulder! Like I said, the place is PERFECT! I just love it! And we've been living with my inlaws for the past year and a half so using all my furniture again is like having news stuff! I feel like it's my birthday in June! And I'm baking and making all our food! Who knew I was so domesticated?! ME, Baking bread! WOW...So far the bread hasn't turned out too well but if at first you don't succeed, try try again. Yesterday was our 3rd attempt at the bread's still a work in progress :) I'll post a picture of the bread. It's kinda funny really.

Our humble abode. Not the best of pictures.

And now for the cons....
COLORADO IS EXPENSIVE!! Who knew how much money we're all saving in Utah, people? I guess that's the price for living in a desert. And I miss Utah, I really miss my family and being 5 minutes away from them. I miss my friends, my wonderful clients and I miss working. The last 4 hours of our drive to Colorado I put my sunglasses on my face (even though it was raining and thundering) and sobbed for a good straight hour and a half. But if felt good to cry. At least I knew the reality hit me earlier rather than later. But everyday gets better. And once I have a job again I'll feel a lot more productive and useful. So far I've had 2 interviews and one lined up for this week! Cross thumbs for me :)

They had this entire fish with an orange in its mouth at Whole Foods. Tristin obviously thought it was really cool. YUCK!

So that's about it. We'll see in a few weeks exactly where we are and how life is for us. Wish us luck, pray for us and know that we love and miss you all.

Bread attempt #3


  1. Shame, moving is a mission. We're gonna be facing that in December - moving from South Africa to Maui!!! Leaving our lovely three bedroom house and all we can take is 20kgs of luggage each. So I sympathaze ;-)

  2. Moving is such a pain! We'll be moving in a few months, so I totally sympathize with you. But Colorado is beautiful--I loved living there when I was a kid, and I'm sure you'll love it too. Good luck with your job hunt! I hope you find a job soon!

  3. What an adventure! It'll be just like being newlyweds again! Change brings good things and I'm sure there are many good things in store for you guys! Love the bunnies!

  4. So it's been a good 2 weeks since you've left, and I feel it's time for you guys to come back now okay. Thank you. I was so sad I wasn't able to go up with you guys, but by the look of that moving truch...maybe we lucked out :) Hope things are going well there. We miss you guys mucho! You're place looks great F.Y.I. I'm excited for your guys' new life in a new place! Best of luck out there. We'll see you soon!!! Semi soon at least...

  5. u guys are gone? good luck and keep your blog up so we know what you are doing!

  6. So I've been reading your blog, just not commenting. Why haven't I commented? I dont know, I'm lazy? I suck? I dont' know. I'm sorry though! I'm glad you got all moved in. I'm glad Joel didn't crash your car. And I'm glad you love where you're living!!! It's good to have a long cry and get it out. We miss you!!!