Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Yep, I'm still Here...For Now

Last week my Bestie came to visit. By Bestie I mean Bestie. We have known each other forever and yet we slide seamlessly back into our friendship even though our visits sometimes span 5 years at a time. In fact, I think it has been right at 5 years since I last saw her. This girl and I go way back. Through middle school, high school, college, weddings and babies. We don't talk as often as I would like and yet she knows my heart. I love her dearly and would give anything to be able to cross paths with her more often. I have yet to find a friend that even comes close to replacing her. I so wish we lived in NC in a house right next door to her.

Our kids made quick friends with each other (no surprise there). It seems that there are several boys in line for arranged marriages with her adorable girls but I think Colin and Cam are in the running. As you can see, they were really shy around each other. The boys could not remember their names to save their lives and when they left after their 4 hour visit, they kept calling them "those girls".

So yes, we are still here in Erie, Colorado. I am enjoying my new job as assistant principal and the responsibility that comes with my job. It is great to have the boys in the same school where I work and it seems that their adjustment has been very easy. Colin has not cried a single day and Cam absolutely loves Kindergarten and his teacher. Colin keeps assuring me that he really likes school although he has not made any close friends yet. I get to see him a lot during the day which is both a blessing and a curse.

Steve and I have a lot of opportunities facing us right now. Some keep us here, in Erie, Colorado. Some do not. While we love Colorado and all that it has to offer our family in the way of recreation and vacation, we can't really say that we are tied to this state. We don't have a close network of friends (you know, like your Bestie that you can call on in a moments notice or just feel included without trying). We have people to hang out with but aren't really included in much else. We don't absolutely love our house. Well, we love our house, just not our yard. It's too small for these KS farm land loving grown ups.

My job is great and I am happy to be working in a place that I love with people that are joyful and fun to be around. Steve's job is still demanding but he loves his job too. That's the point. He has some opportunities that will take us to other states. Yes, I said "states" with an "s". He has two different opportunities in two completely different jobs in two completely different states. Or, we can stay right where we are.

While I don't love the prospect of moving, I don't mind the prospect of moving. It's not my first choice but I sort of feel a little stuck where we are now. I am not saying that moving is a great solution to being stuck. Maybe we just need to be more proactive in our pursuit of those life long friends for ourselves and our children. I am not sure what we need to do differently. Maybe we just don't fit into the "Colorado lifestyle"; whatever that might be.

We have plenty of time to make a decision on where we will be living next year at this time. We have moved enough in the past to know that we are not going to rush this decision. We are going to take our time, weigh our options and give our friends in Colorado enough time to convince us to stay. :-)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Where in the world is Traci Silva?

Well, working, of course. The good thing is I really love my job. i love the people I work with and the people I work for. Now how many people can say they love their job?

Steve and I have been juggling schedules, kids, house chores, cooking....it's been a fine ballet of events.

Oh, and Steve bought a new truck. I must say, he deserved it. He has not had a new car since before Colin was born. He sold his beloved Durango back then so that we could buy a mini van. What a family guy. His Jeep was falling apart and I was scared to drive it 1 mile to work.

I must, say, he seems pretty smitten with the new truck.

Summer is winding down and school is winding up. It seems that we float from one thing to another. I really enjoyed this summer. The time spent with family and friends...those are the things that great memories are made of.

I have to go to work now so I will write more later. Don't feel sorry for me. Remember, I love my job!