Monday, September 26, 2011

Lima Bean Debut.

Well it seems as if things are progressing slowly but surely with the whole labor/delivery of little miss Lima Bean!

The doctor said we will probably be a family of three (five with the pups, of course) by tomorrow evening.

I'll keep you posted on the big arrival.

Abiding in the Word.

"For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do."

Galatians 5:17

Well I'm off to another doctor's appointment today. I haven't felt myself the last few days, so I'm curious to see if I'll be updating you on Lima Bean's arrival. We'll see!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Here is another photo that Denise took of Andrew and me (and Lima Bean). This one is super artsy and cool in my opinion. :)

Colorado Happenings.

I decided I should give you guys an update about what life is like out here in the wild west. :)

Since our moving help left last week (Mama and Ryan), Andrew and I have continued to unpack. Most rooms are completely set up excluding pics on the walls - the guest rooms, baby room, family room, kitchen, dining room.  The two rooms that still need TLC are the master bedroom and office. Our bedroom is a work in progress because we just ordered some new furniture, so there's not much we can do until the furniture arrives... next week. We've pretty much just outlined our bedroom with boxes. I'm thinking we could possibly start a new design look!

Other than packing, I've been taking a daily walk in efforts to acclimate to the altitude before delivery and running errands. That's about it for me. Ha!

Andrew, on the other hand, has been fortunate enough to have two pretty great adventures. The current IM, Mike, (the dude who is running the CFA until Andrew's official start date next Saturday, Oct. 1) has become good friends with a gentleman here in the Springs who has taken him on a few fishing type excursions. Well last Thursday, Mike and Stan invited Andrew to come along on a fly fishing trip. I don't have any pics from the trip, but Andrew said he had a great time. He successfully caught two rainbow trout, but they weren't worth saving. As time goes on, Andrew plans on getting out there a little more so he can master the rivers.

This past Monday, Andrew and Mike went for another adventure. They hiked the Devil's Playground, which is a 4-mile hike to the summit of Pike's Peak... it's a tough hike, but beautiful (so I was told). Andrew said they had a blast! Below are a few pics - AJ is in orange and Mike is in yellow.

Some of what they had to hike/climb.

From that spot over to the snowy spot in the upper right (the summit) took about an hour... the distance is so deceiving!

An AJ classic :)

They made it!

View from the top - 26 degrees!
I'm so glad Andrew was able to get a couple of adventures in before work starts. I'm sad I wasn't able to join them on the hike, but Lima Bean probably wouldn't have appreciated the hike OR the altitude!

In other news, Andrew and I are slowly meeting people. We've  met two of our neighbors - one of which stopped by yesterday with a jar of freshly made Chicken Enchilada Soup (yes, it's soup weather out here - the high yesterday was 65). Also, we've met a family of friends back home who stopped by with a goodie/survival basket for us the Saturday we arrived. That was a welcomed treat! Mike, the IM, has been over a couple of times for dinner and will be joining us again tonight. Last night we had dinner with Stan (who took AJ and Mike fly fishing) and his wife, Barbara, in their home. We are already considered family and she calls herself my second mom. :) We had elk steaks for dinner - something new for me - and it was delicious! I think we will definitely be good friends. Lastly, my good friend from Cheyenne stopped by for an afternoon visit on Tuesday. It was so nice to catch up! I got to see her little baby boy for the first time since we left Cheyenne, and he is now almost 7 months old AND adorable.

As for churches, we've visited one church the past two Sundays and plan on visiting another this Sunday - Springs Reformed Church, which is RPCNA. I'm not too familiar with RPCNA, but Ross, Grace's summer intern, gave us the name of his friends who attend. I've been in contact with them, and we plan on meeting them when we go to the church Sunday. I'm looking forward to the service as well as meeting another couple.

Well I guess that's it for now. I'm going to put on my walking shoes and get my daily waddle in then it's off to more organizing! I'm starting to feel the need for a new project... some sort of sewing something or other. Any ideas are welcomed!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Abiding in the Word.

"For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly."

Psalm 84:11

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The big move.

Ok so I've updated you on the weekend before our move... here are a few pics from the actual moving process, along with a quick trip to see Garden of the Gods before Mama and Ryan left.

The packing crew

The truck... loaded as full as it possibly can go!

The packing crew, minus my dad

The Penske truck didn't have any cupholders, so Andrew made his own :)

The homemade console

7 am and time to hit the road

The road trip gang

The dogs happy in the back seat

Day 2! Still smiling :)

The full-time driver

We stopped in Kansas City for some authentic Kansas City BBQ - YUM!

Picnic out back of the BBQ joint so the dogs weren't left alone

The lovely Super 8 in Wakeeney, KS... somewhat of an experience.

Last day! (man do I look preggo in the face!!!)

Just arriving to the house! Home sweet home.

AJ opening the door for the first time

Time to unload

The view of Pike's Peak from our backyard. I don't think I'll get tired of that!

The dogs soaking up the view

Crazy dogs

At the Garden of the Gods gift shop. Two fine men right there!

Mama and me

Garden of the Gods

Repeat of last trip to the garden

Andrew the monkey

AJ and Ryan

Beautiful contrast of colors.
Before I end the post, here's a picture of the wreath I made for our front door... after going to the bathroom, of course, hanging the wreath was the first thing I did before we unloaded. :)

Lastly, a sneak peak into Lima Bean's nursery... her little book nook

Family time before the move.

The weekend before Andrew and I moved, Joby and his family came in to town to visit before we hit the road. It was so nice to have some quality time! During the weekend, we even had a dear friend stop by - we know him as P-Nut, but his real name is Jason.

Henry showing his muscles before going swimming

P-Nut and Joby

Pops with Dorn, Mary, and Henry (attacking from below)

The three preggos! Yes, Kate and I have on the same skirt :)

Henry in his favorite outfit

Saturday evening, my whole family AND Andrew's family came over for our "last" dinner as Georgians.  We had a wonderful time. I wanted to get a few photos of my family before we left. Here's what we got...

All of the Fowler kiddos and spouses

The WHOLE crew

Dorn with a little flare :)



What a wonderful way to end our time in GA!  We already miss you guys.