So the trip here is LOOOONNNGG! 11 hours or so. Dave's parents luckily were thinking and for Christmas got us a small dvd player for the car trip. I had Payton with me in the car, which anyone who knows him, knows he is a jabber mouth and just doesn't stop talking, so the movie thing was great and Karen(Dave's mom) was super smart and gave him a little map and every few often stops he would get to open a present (cars, coloring books, ect) So even though it was long and I stared at the back of the trailer for what seemed to be forever (except when we hit Denver heavy traffic and Glen(dave's dad) who's use to busy traffic felt at home and left me in the dust- yes I was quite panicky- Dave had Jarvis(our gps) and I am just a little ol country driver, luckily it's pretty much just a "stay on the highway drive") we eventually got here.
I was very glad for the help of our nephews (Kody & Ty) when we got here- Carrying furniture up three levels is not fun! (Plus Kody's company on the drive was nice too.) I thought it was fairly funny too that Dave thought he was getting the easy quiet kid for the drive, and for some reason Brynley finally found her voice on the trip and has not stopped talking since- now we're blessed with two jabbermouths. :)
It is really beautiful here- this is the view I get to wake up to everymoring. Almost every road is three lanes of traffic and 45mph and up, and there's barriers down the middle of every road so you have to figure out what areas you can turn left on or not--(lots of U turns going on) At first I was fairly nervous about driving but I finally took Jarvis(our gps) out and just drove around and got to know the roads- they are defiantly not in a grid and so many of them have the same names except ending like boulevard, parkway, lane. Everything you can imagine seems to be here and close, We still after two months haven't really gone very much south in Colorado springs.
I must admit I was fairly nervous about apartment living, having never done it before, But it's not nearly as bad as I dreamed it to be. Sure I really miss my fridge :( But you can't beat being able to deep clean your whole house in 15min. and being able to vacuum the whole house without unplugging the vacuum. What a treat! *Isn't Bryn so cute-she had to be in every photo :) (also if you notice we don't have a dining table :) you can tell what's more important to us nerds)
I do wish we had a back yard and that Tiki could be here with us, we miss him terribly and he's had quite a rough time adjusting too--soon though hopefully we'll sell our home and be able to buy one here. (Here's a shameless plug, if you know anyone interested here's a link about our home FosSale Home) But we feel very very very blessed to have a job at this time and to be able to make it paying our house payment and rent, that is blessing enough.
We really have been loving it here and it seems like Life has almost slowed down a little bit, we have more time to just enjoy the kids and sit and watch movies together as a family cuddling on the couch. I have been a little bit busy with trying to teach the kids preschool (since payton only got half a year this yr.) and trying to be more outgoing and social. One thing that has been really great is Brynley pretty much potty trained herself as soon as we moved here ( I was worried that she would have a huge setback with the move and everything new and all) She hasn't had an accident at all and sleeps all night in her big girl underwear. It's been great :)
My Parents have already come out for a visit which was super fun, even though I started going a little crazy without having everything in the apartment organized and clean :) sorry mom. We broke down and got a Wii for Payton. (he was addicted to Halo and wanted to play it all the time and I wouldn't let him cuz' the only time we play it is when we have a whole bunch of people and have a Halo party and since we still don't know anyone who plays we don't play it) So we got a wii and the old mario games, raving rabbids, and the sports game. We had alot of fun playing it with my parents and laughed at the fact that Payton can whoop us all at bowling. and not to mention my dad's mii character( balding, tiny eyes, arrow nose and huge glasses) I promise we didn't just play games the whole time- we aren't that nerdy of a family. We went to the garden of the gods and shopped and ate out alot :) Raced Levi through Walmart-(when your little bro is around you can so not act your age) We miss them and hope they can come again soon!
All in all it's been great here, we of course miss our families (I especially miss having projects to do and working with Dad) but the ward here is great and since no one really has much family close they really become your family. Payton has adopted a grandma and grandpa here and we went and ate dinner over there this week. We have made some great friends (Melissa and Dave ) and love to hang out with them, Hopefully Mellisa's sweetness will rub off on me, she's one of the nicest, sincere, sweet, happy people I know. We've been trying to workout at the gym here together *trying as the main word there :) But all in all it's been great here especially the weather-- I never knew it could be so warm in the winter :) And no icy roads is heaven-- but we still get snow occasionally that sticks for a day or two and than it's back up in the 60's. The weather is great did I mention that!
Anyways that's the super long, overdue post all about here :)