Colorful December

A favorite idea of mine is the notion that a "home" can comprise of the people that make it feel familiar, rather than a specific place. We've moved a few times in Hawaii as our family expanded and shrunk, and most recently as my wife's career has opened up new doors for her. 

Through it all, our roofs changed but the one constant were the people that lived beneath them. Home for us, over the many years of relocating, had quickly become associated with the wonderful experiences and unforgettable memories created inside those four walls. Whether our days were sunlit, warm afternoons next to an ocean or crisp mornings walking on crunching snow out of a pine forest they were always spent with family. 

In December, we traveled to Hawaii to celebrate a birthday and the holidays, and then we welcomed some islander friends into our home back in Colorado. No matter where anyone went, they were always "at home."

The Skies Filled with the Echoes of Our Laughter

We spent quite a bit of time outdoors. After finding out that we were accepted into the housing on base, we took to the neighborhood to enjoy the outside as much as possible. It was a wonderful coincidence that this took place alongside the early holiday season, kicking off with Halloween. Our neighborhood was a particularly nice one, and since moving we've always driven by on our way to Denver whenever we visited the big city for the weekend. 

It's a good place. 

 

Let's Go For a Walk!

In the woods. For a while. With shoes that you don't mind dirtied.

Okay, it's a hike guys. 

The last time we visited Castlewood Canyon's Creek Bottom Trail, Colorado decided to throw us one of its favorite curve balls and turn sunshine into a good old fashioned thunderstorm. Luckily, the sun prevailed and we enjoyed the waterfall and further up we were surprised to find a small swimming spot to dip our toes in. Alvie's dad took in the fresh air and decided to relax under some shade while we continued a bit further to find the spot, following the happy shouts of kids already there. Pretty sure we'll return with some swimming gear to really enjoy this experience next time. 

If you're interested in what some consider to be the "most accessible waterfall hike near Denver," check this site out for a bit more info on the area. We're turning up the heat on our hikes, as well as running, in preparation for the first race we'll do since moving here: the Pumpkin Pie 10K in November. 

Mmm, pie. 

I Told My Wife It Was Snowing Outside...

She replied, "Don't July (you lie) to me, now!"

Anyone? No?

 

Aaanyway. The monthly series continues (bad jokes and otherwise).

We miss the snow, but not as much as we missed the sun. Thunderstorms continue to be the norm when the afternoon clouds roll in from the Rockies. On the upside, at least they're reliably predictable. Everest has taken to collecting rocks now, which was endearing until I started stepping on them (they blend in with the carpet). 

Alvie's dad is moving here. I'm hoping for a chance to get some portraits of everyone since this'll be his last stop before moving home to Saipan in about 6 months. Take photos of the people you love, folks. You imprint them in memory forever, if not for you then for those who will grow up to experience them.