Goodbye Seattle, Hello Denver

So sorry for the forever long posts and plethora of pictures, but I use blogging as a type of journaling, so this is more for myself than anyone else, haha. Anyway….
In the midst of everything going on with my dad, we were also in preparation for moving to Denver. One of the biggest reasons we moved was because it was very difficult for him to travel and we thought it would be good for us to be closer to family as our grows. Plus as much as we truly love Seattle, it is just very very expensive. Anyway, so we both got jobs here very easily and things seemed to fall into place.We moved to Denver on May 12; Matt and his stepdad drove the trucks, while I took the easy way out and flew with Abrielle, haha. Matt is working at a hospital in downtown Denver called Swedish; he’s over the charge nurses on an oncology unit and seems to be liking it so far. He’s still on nights, but at least it’s 12 hours shifts instead of 8 hour nights like his last job. I am at the University of Colorado in the trauma/surgery ICU.

It has been a difficult adjustment for me to be honest. Not that I dislike it, but I still very much miss the green and water of Western Washington. And I don’t like my job as much as I was anticipating I would either so that probably plays into it. I came from a very critical and busy trauma/surgical ICU and where I’m at now, it’s not nearly the same pace or acuity. So… I’m not sure what I’m going to do about that. Fortunately my position is only a 13 week contract, so I’m only obligated for that period of time, but I’ll have to figure out what I’m going to do after that. I have considered going for the Cardiothoracic ICU there; it would be a new specialty for me. Anyway, I think another part of it is the schedule; they’re having me switch between days and nights frequently and it’s just killing my body. And yet another reason why it’s difficult to be here is because it reminds me of my dad. He spent a good part of his life here, a very influential part, and he has always always loved Colorado. So, it’s just a hard reminder. But… it is beautiful in many ways and the people have been good and it’s nice to have hot weather again. Although my skin is certainly not used to it anymore, haha.

I have put in some pictures of our last little while in Washington
Mt. Rainier
My favorite places to run
Downtown/Seattle Center
Our front porch  
Snoqualmie Falls
Alki Beach
Despite loving and missing Seattle, we have found some fun things to do here in Denver and have had some nice experiences already. One of them being a visit to the Wild Animal Reserve. This place is pretty cool. They have a catwalk about 20ft high that goes through the animal’s enclosures. So you can look down or look out and see tons of these lions and bears and tigers, etc.
We have frequented the zoo quite a bit as well as enjoyed the Children’s Museum. 
She totally loved “driving” the fire truck, haha

We’ve had some great zoo days

There was a goose trying to be a flamingo… sleeping on one leg with its head back. Amusing.

I don’t know how siting with her leg straight up could be comfortable….
After riding it for the first time, she is now obsessed with wanting to ride the carousel

This was funny… we went to the zoo with my brother’s family and Marianne (niece) got called out of the crowd to participate in this show. I asked Matt to go get a good picture of her up on the stage and we forgot that we had been asked not to stand during the show. So while he’s up taking pictures for me, the bird that was supposed to go to Marianne ends up flying towards Matt and he didn’t really see/expect it, so his reaction made it look like the bird was attacking him, hahaha. We felt bad that he unintentionally stole her thunder, but it was funny.

My mom also came to visit us over Father’s Day weekend. My dad’s parents are buried in the Fort Logan Army Cemetery here, so we went to visit their graves while. We also got together with Carl (brother) and his family while she was here; it was really nice.

We haven’t been able to get out much since we’ve moved here just because our schedules aren’t super accommodating right now, but we did make it up to Boulder where Abrielle kept trying to jump in the river. We have also been able to find some hidden and pretty sites when we’ve been out biking.

And despite my issues with being here, I better get used to it because we just bought a house! Yea! Finally! It will be our first home that we’ve owned and actually lived in. It’s in Littleton, but on the outskirts of the city in a developing community. It actually reminds me a lot of where I grew up. I’m going to have to get used to driving more than 5 minutes to get to a mall, haha. I realize how very spoiled I was in Bellevue having pretty much everything within a 3 mile radius. We are about a 15 minute drive from society (a Costco! haha) so it will take some adjusting, but overall I am very excited about our new home. It will be a wonderful place for us to grow into.

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