Jonathan found us a 3-bedroom apartment in an amazing complex just outside of Denver, in Aurora. It sounds very nice--lots of amenities, including a heated pool. And it is very close to Cherry Creek State Park, so we'll be able to go hiking and camping a lot. And horseback riding! Which I think would be so much fun to do with the kids. Maybe for Blue's birthday... There's also an elementary school within walking distance so if we stay put for more than a year, the Lion and Mabel and I can walk Blue to school.
Call me crazy, but I love the idea of downsizing. I must be crazy to want to move from this roomy house into an apartment with two small children and a puppy! But I like the idea of having less things--of having to have less things because we would have no space for them. My current favorite book, Apartment Therapy, shows real people's homes and most of them are really small. One homeowner said something about having fewer belongings means every thing you do own has to have real value. Or something like that...
I went shopping with the kids today and we picked out a bunch of new activity books for the backpacks they are bringing on the airplane. And I bought Lion a big stuffed clownfish in Target, just because. He's been carrying Nemo around all day, telling me to "feel his tail" because "it's so soft." He made some old dude in Marshalls feel Nemo's tail, and the guy was such a good sport I could have kissed him.
Tonight, I put Lion to bed first after their bath and then Blue and by the time I came out of Blue's room, Lion was in bed with Nemo, telling him, "We're going to Colorado. We going on a plane."