Ava is 5!

I would love to post some pictures, but my super duper Mac is having some issues. Maybe because it’s my husband’s cast off, throw-away computer!? I decided I deserve better. It took about 6 hours, HOURS, to download 34 pictures from the camera and I’m completely out of patience to try to get any onto Flickr. I know, something’s wrong. We’ll look into it as soon as we (Nathan) have a chance.

In the meantime, I’d like to announce that we’ve moved to Lafayette, CO about 10 miles east of Boulder where we used to live. We love our new place- it’s simple and modest (and brand new so it’s very clean) and we’ll be saving so much money. We want to take time off work, travel more, and put money into savings, so we decided to move where an average house isn’t half a million dollars. It’s working out quite nicely so far.

Ava turned 5 on October 2nd and she’s had a few small celebrations. She asked me yesterday if she seems more grown up. Yes, indeed, she does. She’s using bigger and bigger words all the time; she’s making up the best stories with her toys; and she sometimes bundles herself up in her hat, mittens, boots, and winter jacket to “surprise” me.

Ava loves our new house and is content with the most simple things- watching cars outside of her bedroom window, seeing the geese fly over our house on the their way to Canada (that’s where she says they’re going), a working fireplace (have to admit I’m pretty happy with that, too, after the last two places with broken fireplaces), riding in her teacher’s van on a field trip to pick wild plums, and feeling so much older now that she’s 5.

Our house is a chaotic mess, but we’re happy to be on the downhill slope of this long transition.

I can’t wait to get this computer fixed or get a more modern one to start posting pictures again 🙂


3 Responses to Ava is 5!

  1. Myrna says:


    Congrats on the new house. Can’t wait to see it. Please let Ava know that I did not forget her birthday but am bringing her a birthday present with me this weekend!! I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone. I guess I shouldn’t complain about traveling for work as I would not be able to come this weekend if I wasn’t on my way to Boston. I’m so glad it worked out this way.

    Love you,

  2. Lis says:

    yes, well with the money you are saving, you should be running out to the Apple Store for a new Mac pronto!

    Can’t wait to see the pictures. Yes, 5 is SO much more grown up and Clara reminds me daily that now she is 5 all these things should be available to her. Hmmm …

    we got back our school pictures yesterday and compared 3 years of our girl and it is shocking to see the changes. Slipping through my fingers I tell you!

    happy happy new home. enjoy lots of cocoa in front of the working fireplace (a great place on winter days to play candyland and sip warm drinks.)

    love, Lisa and C-Dog

  3. Mark Steph And the Emma bug says:

    congrats on the move guys and give that big girl a hug from all of us here in Texas. Miss ya guys and it is great to hear all is going much better !
    Mark(Mr Emma-bug)

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