So much thanks

 

We’ve been in Colorado for about a month and though I would love to admit that we have spent all of our free time reveling in the beauty of the snow capped mountains, the truth is…well…we haven’t. Admittedly we did get a lot of good hiking in before the weather got cold but I have to hand it to my fellow travel nurse, Julia. She probably goes on a hike every single weekend and on most of her days off. That girl loves these mountains. I love them, too. I just also like to be warm.

Yep...I'm gonna pass on that hike...
Yep…I’m gonna pass on that hike…

The reality is, Julia’s family is back in Georgia and most of our family is here, which, as predicted, has the propensity to eat up a lot of our free time. I say “eat up” in the best possible way- as one might relish a particularly rich piece of chocolate cake. Not to mention, a lot of this free time has circulated around the holidays so obviously family takes precedence at those times. This has been the first day that I haven’t had something planned with friends or family so I am using my time as wisely as I can- to update other friends and family.

Our parents and siblings have been so happy to have us in the same state and they have capitalized on every moment they can. I can’t really tell if this is what life would be like if we lived here, but I really have to hand it to our family, they drive a hard bargain. Here’s just a few examples of the wonderful things we’ve been able to share with our family…

 

Hiking Stanley Canyon, which I haven’t done for at least 9 years and is my absolute favorite hike in Colorado Springs.

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Celebrating my nephew’s birthday for the FIRST TIME,  which happens to be Halloween…which means we had to dress up as Batman villains to go with the costume theme…which also means we got to go trick or treating together.

Because a Batman party isn't complete without TWO Riddlers...
Because a Batman party isn’t complete without TWO Riddlers…

Spending some quality time with my niece who is so cute it hurts. Just try not to fall in love with her. I dare you…    

Ahh! That face! I just can't...
Ahh! That face! I just can’t…

 

Taking my nephew to see The Lion King on stage at The Buell Theatre (birthday present). AMAZING!

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Of course we haven’t been without some quality time with our friends!  We’ve had so much fun with Adam and Jen who are expecting in January, you can tell Adam really enjoys our bonding time:

The sun! It burnses!!
The sun! It burnses!!

I also got the chance to see my roommate from senior year at Gonzaga, whom I have not seen for at least 5 years! She happened to be in town for a conference and we were able to get together at the oh so famous Rio Grande for margaritas and revelry. It was as if no time had past at all and yet life had changed us both so profoundly. I love it when that happens.

Good times..good times
Good times..good times

 I haven’t even mentioned the job! I was lucky enough to be included in the Halloween festivities at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Colorado Children’s holds a costume competition every year and apparently it is serious business Check out the pics from our Candyland theme!

One of MANY reasons I love pediatrics...
One of MANY reasons I love pediatrics…

Needless to say, the last month has been busy, but so, so fun. Full of joy, family, friends and GREAT beer. We have so much to be thankful for.