Friday, December 12, 2008

A Birthday Wish to my Best Friend

Today is December 12th, and it's my Best Friend's Birthday.

A very special girl - Adele

Adele and her other half, Marc, have moved from India to Indonesia - Jakarta earlier this year.

As I write this post, I have tears in my eyes. I last saw my friend when she was in South Africa for a visit in about Aug 2007. I was supposed to go and visit her and Marc in Feb in India, but had to postpone my trip due to our own crazy plans coming to fruition.

Adele and I have been friends for 14 years now, and even though we are worlds apart, we still have that special bond as if we've never been apart.

I love and miss you my friend. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Love Les

Parades, Skiing and more snow

Chris managed to get us VIP tickets to the Denver Parade of Lights - a major annual event through Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo is one of the sponsors, and participants in the parade, with their Stage Coach. It was rather cold, but we had a great time watching the parade go by. You could just feel the holiday spirit in the air.

The Southwest Airline float

Switching on of the lights on the City and County Building

The State Patrol

The following morning, at 6am, Mel and Jennie met us at our place to head to Breckenridge. We were all booked to take our first ski lessons. Mel and Jen normally snowboard, but decided to take on skiing with us.

The roads to Breck were snowy and icy, so extra care had to be taken.

The snowy icy roads to Breck

We had a full day ski-lesson planned, and got a great little lady called Lucy as our instructor. It was chilly, but we soon worked up a sweat learning the basis.

Jen and I on the gondola up the mountain

After breaking for lunch, Lucy decided that we were good enough to go on a blue-slope. This is where I went from Hero to Zero, falling at least 20 times. It was windy and freezing. Soon I figured out the technique and eventually managed down the mountain.

Chris had to get at least one of me in the snow
Stunning views

Chris did so well and was almost a natural. Mel and Jen did fantastic, and at the end of the day we were ready to head to a local hotel in Dillon for a hot bath, warm food and a good nights sleep.
My car which is filthy dirty - All the cars look like this due to the sand and grit they put on the snowy roads.

Large icicles at the ski-lodge

The professionals - NOT

On the ski-lift

Mel, Jen, Me and Chris

Denver also saw a good dump of snow this week. At home we had at least 1 foot. Here you can see the snow in the early morning from my office.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

First Snow, Thanksgiving and Moving

Thank Goodness woman can multi-task. It has been a crazy time to say the least. It has been no easy task getting the house ready to move into, co-ordinating movers, furniture deliveries, taking on new accounts at work, and trying to do all of this while travelling to Kansas City and back twice in the last 2 weeks.

View of Kansas City downtown from my hotel room

On route to Kansas City airport

I missed our first snow fall which happened 2 weeks ago. I was in Kansas and my hubby called me so excited that it was snowing, on his drive to work. By the time I got back that afternoon, the sun had come out, but the snow was stunning.

View of Colorado - snow white - from the air

We have been working crazily to get the guest bathroom done, stripped wall paper, carpet and repainted and tiled the floor. We also painted the dining, family room and bathrooms. The guest bathroom has been Chris's project, the painting mine.

After many trips to Home Depot and many hours of hard work, we are finally almost done.

We saw one of our winter freezes, and had to spend almost 15 minutes chipping thick ice of my windshield. I could not stop thinking of how nice it would be to park in my new garage.

Hard work chipping the thick ice off my windscreen

The move happened last weekend, we had some great moving company help us move in2 hours, but I could not believe how much we had collected in the past 5 months that we had been here. I have told Chris that I will not be moving any time soon again, I've had all the moving I can handle for a while.

The house is looking stunning, and Chris and I are loving our new home.

Our plans for thanksgiving fell through with Don and Carole. So we had a lovely chilled day with Art and Melissa, and Art's 2 little kids, Hanna and Kyle. Melissa and I cooked an all American lunch, with Pumpkin pie, Turkey, stuffing and some other yummy food. The guys fixed a few things here and there, it helps knowing a electrician, Thanks Art!

Hanna, Chris, Me, Melissa, Art and Kyle

Relaxing next to the fireplace, with a glass of wine of course!

Stuffing the Turkey!

My famous and first Pumpkin Pie!

What an amazing day, red wine, cards and a roaring fireplace, with good friends!

Friday night Chris and I went out to movies, to watch the new James Bond. I know many people have been disappointed with the Quantum of Solice movie, as it does not have all the usual Bond gadgets, but as far as the story line goes, following on from Casino Royale, it was a good story, great acting, so not all that bad.

When we came out of the movie, the most amazing snow storm had come through and covered everything in white flakes. The snow plow's were out, and I was like a little kid, oohing and aahing. That set the tone for the weekend and it snowed pretty much on and off until tonight. We played out in the snow this afternoon, building our first snowman and throwing snowballs at each other. The temps dipped to below the 20's (approx -6 degree C). Brrr

The Park opposite our old place
Icy and slippery roads

Icy cold temps

A stunning pic Chris took on Saturday morning with the sunrise between the snowy trees

Our first snowman
Our warm and cozy family room

Chris and Mr Snowy

Mt hubby shovelling the drive way

Our backyard

My car after being in the snow-storm

I can not believe how time flies by, we are off for our first ski lessons next week and then the week after that my parents arrive. We still have to finish a few things around the house, but we should all be set when the folks arrive.

Friday, November 21, 2008

It's been a while...

Yes I know, it's been a while since I made my last post. Sorry readers, it has just been hectic. Between painting and getting the new house ready, flying to Kansas City and meetings, life is CRAZY to say the least.

I have so much to tell you about our first snow fall, our house and life in general.

So, pls watch this space for my update, which I promise will be soon.

Have a great weekend!

Here's a little quote for the week:
Try to be happy in this present moment, and put not off being so to a time to come,—as though that time should be of another make from this which has already come and is ours. -
Thomas Fuller

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Home Sweet Home

We closed on the sale on our house today, and who could believe, it's now officially ours!
Front of the house - left side

Front Door

We have decided to move into the house on Saturday 22nd Nov. We will spend this weekend doing a few little things around the house, a little painting and cleaning before we move in. Chris and I have been pricing what we would need the past few weeks, now, we can shop up a storm, to furnish our new house.

Our amazing agent - Carole and Chris

View of the back garden

The other side of the back garden

Master bedroom

Staircase to top level

Dining Room

My Man and I
The basement level - Entertainment centre and gym (to be)

My amazing kitchen

Family Room with a fireplace

Well, I'll keep you all updated on the move and what the house looks furnished.