Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The eleventh hour.

Eloise the seasoned traveler on her final busride in Chapel Hill.
As a generation, we are transient.  As individuals, Phil and I are rather fond of travel, experience, and with that has come an adulthood of moving.  We have had some amazing opportunities since we graduated from college with time in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Hong Kong and Guam.  Phil has covered the oceans with his time in the Merchant Marine. After we got married he spent 15 months in Iraq and within six months of his return we departed for Japan for two years.  Last summer we switched gears and moved with 24 hours of notice with a toddler and with me 7 months pregnant.  As a couple, this will be our eleventh move in eight years of marriage.  It has been the hardest for me so far and we are just travelling three miles down the road.

Packing out of Okaya.
I am beginning to believe that I need to simply relax into the chaos a bit more...and focus on the good.  We are headed to an awesome community with access to a 60 acre park right out our front door.  As a mom of two little movers, I cannot WAIT to run them to exhaustion every day.  While living in a high rise has been lovely, we are all looking forward to a return to an environment that reminds me most of our Baity Hill days.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Swimming in the Rockies


Before heading down to Colorado Springs, we had some extra time on our hands and decided to have a little family escape to Breckenridge.  Phil and I love to drive together and heading through the front range brought back a lot of memories of our mountain drives in Japan.

The second we got into the car at the airport both girls fell asleep and gave us a few hours to talk and enjoy the drive.

We arrived in town as they were setting up for their big July 4th celebration.  We all got to see the Budwiser Clydsdales as they were being bathed and groomed.  Eloise's favorite was named Prince.

We then settled into lunch at an awesome sandwich shop and ran a quick query with Hotel Tonight to see where we would stay.  Phil and I have spent nine years travelling with no reservations and life with two small children hasn't changed that much, thanks in large part to our Samsung Galaxys.  We laughed about rolling into Quito at 2am and paying a porter a dollar to take us to a rather suspect hostel on our honeymoon as compared to simply pressing a button and staying in a luxury resort for next to nothing.
Our room with a view in Breckenridge.
 If you like to travel like we do, I recommend Hotel Tonight as an app - it queries the lowest rates in a specific location.  The hotels are all vetted and the longer you are willing to wait, the better the deals!

We spent the afternoon relaxing in the pools. loved exploring downtown by the river.  We ate dinner at a great sports bar - Phil had fabulous enchiladas and Isabel and I split a delicious chopped salad.  Eloise made us all jealous with her mac and cheese and fries.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Something borrowed!

In addition to not being a successful mobile blogger, I completely forgot to take photos of Aunt Anna & Uncle Charles' wedding.  It was certainly a "taking pictures with my mind weekend" - the weather and scenery were the perfect backdrop to a beautiful and thoughtful event.

Thankfully Anna's cousin Julie & Aunt Diane did a beautiful job taking pictures.  Here are a few that they have shared with us.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

In the thick of things

I had high hopes of mobile blogging while we were in Colorado.  And then life happened.  I failed to calculate the lack of hands that happens with two very busy little girls in such a beautiful and new location!  It was an all hands on deck chasing children down mountains kind of vacation.
Wilkerson Pass obligatory leg stretch.
We had a wonderful time exploring Breckenridge, visiting with Philip's family and celebrating the wedding of Aunt Anna and Uncle Charles.  The time went quickly and before we knew it we were back in Alexandria.  I promise to post more vignettes of our first vacation as a family of four.  Last week was slated to get me into the doctor and find our next apartment.  We have been about 50% successful.  I was able to head to the podiatrist on Friday - who declared my "almost better" toe was in fact a big deal.  I am nearly healed now, but my legs are itchy after a nearly two month break from running.

I am excited to see how housing will turn out.  We have several options, all of which are different and structurally sound.  Which way we go will become clear in the next 15 days!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


And we're off!

We had a great time at Dulles - arrived in plenty of time & the flight left right on schedule.  Team Cotey is once again headed west for Colorado.

Easy starts like this make my feet itch for more travel. As we took off, Phil turned to me and said: "We should do this more often." Yes. Yes we should.