Yep, a year ago today, Evelyn Becker, Larry Schwartz, and Caleb and Adina Becker-Schwartz waved nervously as the American moving truck filled with our belongings took off, hugged friends and neighbors a little too tightly, and took a long sentimental group look at 2592 Bexley Park Road. We got settled in our (hybrid) (yes, I feel the need) SUV. Simultaneous audible deep breaths from the front seat. A quick nod from me, big smiles and a "we are doing this together and its going to be good" kiss and we started driving towards Denver.
To mark this momentous Becker-Schwartz anniversary, here's a quick review of each family member's current state of being:
*Loves skiing and living in a ski-obsessed land. Incessantly, relentlessly talking about which trails he is going to ski this season, asking us which we want to ski, etc. etc.
*Also totally into karate.
*Went away to summer camp for the first time last month. 12 days!
*So excited for pirates & ninja camp at Keystone Science School next week.
*Starting Storm soccer at the end of the month.
*So smart, so intense. To the right is a list of what Caleb recently wrote about himself. I agree Caleb, an excellent summary.
*Loves hiking and skiing. Composed an original family song - "We love to hike and ski, we love to hike & ski." Trust me, its fabulous.
*In fact, Adina often sings whatever comes to her throughout the day. In the sweetest voice. Ever.
*Also totally into art. Loved art camp this summer. And if her Jewish mother does say so herself, she is rather good at it.
*So excited to start dance classes in the fall with her pre-school buddies.
*Also starting Storm soccer at the end of the month.
*Smart, sweet, crazy happiest kid I've ever met.
*Speaking of happy. OHMYGOD. Happiest Larry since I met him in 2003.
*Totally digs his life.
*Anesthesia is enough.
*Enjoying leadership positions in the Jewish community.
*Always planning our next couple or family adventure.
*Wakes up at 5 to go the gym, works all day and (almost) always still comes home with a smile on his face, excited and ready to engage fully with his family.
*If you're reading this entry, then you're one of the seven people who've cared enough to read all along (thank you! I love you!) and know that I think Denver = the most amazing combination of outdoor and urban living I could have imagined. I was scared shitless because of all the moving I did as a kid, worried as always about tainting my children's uber-privileged childhood, but Colorado is without a doubt the second best decision Larry & I ever made as a couple (the first was to get married of course.)
*In spite of my terror at the thought of how one makes new girlfriends at age 40, I have in fact, connected with a number of intelligent, charismatic, sweet, funny women. Thank you Colorado-born friends for being open to the new girl. Thank you Denver for being a city full of "new" girls looking for the same life - and friends to share it with - that I am.
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So, thats it. The end of this blog.
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