Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A visit from family

Luke's family came out to visit us one more time before we move to Switzerland. Jack absolutely loved having 4 more people around to shower him with attention and love.

Jack and his Auntie Amanda:

We told Luke to bring his jacket...he didn't listen and ended up wearing Jack's
Guys just do not know how to look at a camera and smile...
Best ride in the house
Jack loves to tell everyone where to go. His two favorite words are "This way!"
"This way!"
Here he is still telling us where to go
Rock climbing

Monday we went for a hike at Glen Erie. It was an awesome hike with lots of tall canyons and bridges:

Luke's walking stick
Jack looks a little nervous:
Grandma and her sticks
The waterfall at the end of the hike:

I finally found people who take more pictures than me :-)
Jack's walking stick

Nap time in the Ergo
Luke and his brother
Jack is just waking up
Tuesday we went for another hike. Here is Luke and his sister
Jack is still telling us where to go:
Asleep again
After all the nice hikes we decided to put everyone to work clearing out our basement. Here is our trash pile to take to the dump
Even Jack had to help
Our house is finally up for rent. Hope we get some renters soon!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Lessons learned at a garage sale

We had the first of many garage sales this weekend. It went okay considering Fri & Sat were cold and snowy. But I learned several things...

1. If you put 9am-noon on the signs, you better be there at 9am.
At 8:30am Jack and I went with Luke to hang the signs. It took longer than expected and by the time I got back home at 8:55 there was a line outside our garage with some anxious people.

2. Those people who show up bright and early on the first day are garage sale pro's and if you aren't careful they will walk away with 'way too good' deals. I had one lady who was first in line take a whole boat load of stuff for way too cheap. I wasn't prepared to deal with these pushy people and caved in to her. I know better now!

3. Garage sales do not make you as much money as Craigslist
The people who were browsing our stuff wanted brand new books for 50 cents! I couldn't believe the prices people thought were "fair." Things that I could have sold on Craigslist for $10 were being sold for $1 at the garage sale.

4. Move EVERYTHING that you want to sell into the garage.
Fri & Sat we still had our bookcases and computers inside so we had random people walking through our house to look at them. Not only was it weird, but they didn't sell. Once we moved them outside, we were able to sell the bookcases.

That's all I can think of for now...
Our house is starting to feel very empty. Here is our living room, where our couch used to be.
And we sold our dining tables so now we have to eat on the floor...
It's all for a good cause though. A month from now, we will be in Switzerland!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Welcome to my nightmare

Getting ready for our garage sale this weekend. Such a mess!

Going, going, GONE!

We have been selling off all of our stuff like crazy! It is amazing to see the amount of junk we have collected in the last few years. We do not want to pay for storage, so if it doesn't fit in our luggage we are selling it. Some things have been harder to get rid of than others...like our XBOX 360 and the new king bed we just got. We also have to sell both our cars. Including my little blue Saturn that I bought brand new when I was 17. It had over 150,000 miles on it, the center console was busted & all the grab handles had fallen off, but it was still a good car. We put it up on Craigslist Tuesday afternoon and by Tuesday night it was sold. Au revoir little car.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

It's official!!

Luke finally got the offer to transfer to Switzerland! He starts his new job on May 1st so we will be leaving sometime in April.

Let the packing commence!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Lost in Translation

Even though we are still here in Colorado we are encountering our first language barrier probablems. It is been over 3 weeks now since Luke was told he would be getting an offer and apparently the reason for the long wait is that the Swiss work contract is only available in French and German. They have been translating the document to english for us but since it is a long, legal document the translation is taking longer than expected.

So we are still waiting....