Wednesday, July 13, 2011

More Flowers for the Yard

Lately, we've been spending quite a bit of time in the backyard. Actually, I guess this isn't all that new, but with all the cleaning up, composting, and other stuff, we figured it was time to add some new flowers and other plants to the backyard. Off to Lowe's we went.

I have been wanting an avocado tree. We were able to find a dwarf tree which is perfect for a whiskey barrel we have. Angie found some beautiful dahlia's, some other flowers, and we also added a couple strawberry plants. One of my favorite memories as a kid was picking strawberries out of our backyard, so I really wanted strawberries.

Angie and I spent a couple hours in the yard, getting our new additions into place, and doing some more cleanup. Howie and kitty came out in to the yard to help out, at least until kitty made a break for it and ended up in the neighbor's yard. I guess he won't be allowed out anymore.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Beach Day

With the long 4 day weekend over the 4th of July holiday, Angie and I decided we needed a beach day. Angie scoped out a beach that would be somewhat quiet and it had to be dog friendly. She found Pleasure Point which totally fit the bill.

We headed out in the morning after loading up blankets, chairs, and of course Howie. Once we arrived in Santa Cruz, we walked to the stairs leading to Pleasure Point beach and watched the surfers in the water. Apparently Pleasure Point is also popular with the surfers. At first, we were nearly the only people on this particular area of the beach so we were able to allow Howie to go off leash and enjoy the water. Howie had never been to the ocean, but he was so excited about the waves, running and jumping into the water. He was soaked and covered in sand, but had so much fun.

We left the beach for a late lunch, stopping at a taqueria in Capitola, and then headed home. Howie smelled like the ocean and was still covered in sand, so he got a tubby in the backyard. 

Can't wait for another beach day!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Settling in and catching up

We've been in California for just over a month now and are settling in quite nicely. We've spent our time learning our new surroundings and have already found a couple favorite things to do.

Frequently on Sunday's our routine has us off to breakfast in downtown Willow Glen. Willow Glen is a small area of San Jose where we live. It has a sweet small town feel in its little downtown area with cute little shops and restaurants. After breakfast we head over to Campbell, another nearby Bay Area town, for an amazing Farmer's Market where we've picked up some awesome local fruits, veggies, and even plants for our backyard.

Speaking of our backyard, we spend a lot of time in it. Angie enjoys taking care of all our rose bushes, cleaning out the flower beds, and arranging potted plants around. She has even started composting, which has significantly cut down on our weekly garbage. We've already had one nice batch to feed some of the flowers with.

Sidney has been back in Colorado for the past couple weeks spending time with her dad and friends. Before she left, she was a great helper in the yard and set up the deck outside her bedroom with a cute little bistro set.

Howie absolutely loves the dog door to the backyard since it lets him go outside whenever he wants. At least it did until Kitty figured out how to use it too. Now we need to figure out how to stop Kitty from using it so we can open it back up for Howie, although he still gets out as much as he wants to.

I've settled into my daily routine of riding my bike 3.5 miles to the shuttle stop and riding it in to work. Google has some amazing busses fully equipped with wireless internet which allows me to work during my commute and avoid driving in the California traffic. I am pretty sure I've ridden my bike more miles than I've driven my car since we've moved here.

Here are some pictures we've taken of the yard and stuff. I'll be sure to have another update soon.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Journey - Day 3

Today was the final leg of the road trip. We drove 266 miles, so it was a short day.

Initially we were planning on hanging out in Reno for a little bit and stopping for a burger in Truckee, but we changed our plans on the fly and left in the morning so we could get to our new home by early afternoon. Besides it was raining in Reno, so there wasn't much for us to do outdoors. In fact, it rained the entire drive to San Jose. OK, nice joke, but we really would like our sun we were promised. Other than that the drive through the Sierras was gorgeous. I think Angie took some pictures so I'll get those together and post them in a future blog post.

We were treated to a nice surprise on the drive in. We got a call from the moving truck driver and he told us he would be able to get our stuff delivered on Sunday (the day after we arrive). It looks like we won't be living in an empty house for too long.

We got to the house around 1PM and looked around. I was pleasantly surprised as it is bigger than I remember it being when we looked at it. Sidney loved her room and was happy overall with our choice. I'm glad it meets her approval.

After we unloaded the minivan and got the animals settled, we decided to go out and get some lunch and get familiar with the area. We had our first CA meal at In N Out burger, per Sidney's request. We then did a little shopping and headed back home (it feels weird saying that considering we literally had nothing in the house at this point).

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Journey - Day 2

Today we drove 598 miles, stopping for the night in Reno, NV. Let me tell you (in case you don't already know) I-80 through Utah and Nevada are very boring. There are some pretty sites, but mostly it's just boring.

Today's highlights included Great Salt Lake and the Salt Flats. Angie claims she saw a huge hairy hippo in Utah, but we're not really sure what it was. Our plan was to stop in Salt Lake City for some Barbecue at a place that has been featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, but we got to Salt Lake City a bit too early for lunch so we decided to pass.

We got to Reno around 4PM, settled into our room and are now getting ready to head to dinner at the Gold 'N Silver Inn (also featured on Triple D).

Tomorrow we'll see about hanging out in Reno for a little bit, get some breakfast at another Triple D joint and then head out on our way, probably stopping in Truckee for yet another Triple D stop and then finish our trip at our new home in San Jose.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Journey - Day 1

Today was the first day of our journey to our new home in San Jose, CA.

We started the day by finishing up the house to get it ready for its new residents tomorrow. After which we said a final farewell to our good friends Danielle and DJ, had lunch, and were on our way. Of course, not everything could go perfectly smoothly so Kitty gave us a scare by hiding behind the washing machine. We were almost certain he got out the front door. Of course we couldn't leave without him, so we were glad when we found him.

Today we traveled 467 miles and made it to Evanston, WY for our first night, as planned. On our journey we traveled through some beautiful country in Wyoming and northern Colorado. We were all quite comfortable in the rented minivan, even Howie and Kitty. On day 1, we saw a beautiful eagle flying through the mountains, a large semi full of pigs that Sid thought were cute, and numerous other roadside sites.

You'll have to remind me to post a couple pictures and to catch up on a couple thing from the days leading up to the move. Signing off for the first night. Next stop, Reno!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

AF Academy Prep School Graduation

Alex has spent the past year at the Air Force Academy Prep School with the ultimate goal of becoming part of the class of 2015 as an Air Force Falcon. We are very proud of all the hard work she has done and this weekend she received her reward, an appointment to the Academy.

There were several Prep School graduation events we were able to attend, including the graduation parade, an awards ceremony, and the actual graduation. Monday was the parade and awards ceremony. Following the evening event, we all went out to dinner at Biaggi's Italian Restaurant, the graduate's choice. It was nice to be able to have a nice dinner with everyone from both sides of the family.

Alex now has a few weeks off that she gets to enjoy before heading back at the end of June for basic training and the move up the hill to the Academy. She is very excited and we are obviously extremely proud.