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The White Picket Fence

Posted in home sweet home with tags , , , on February 21, 2008 by erin

A couple of posts ago I said something about moving to a smaller town. It’s true. I’ve gotta say it. I want to move to a smaller community. Not too much smaller though, I don’t want to go insane, I just don’t do well in a “small town”. I know the exact town I want to move to, its population is around 125,000 full of college kids and spunk. Bike trails and breweries (this is exciting because it’s the best brewery in the world), a great yoga studio, cute little downtown with fun boutiques and Mary’s Mountain Cookies (YUM!), perfect weather, close to mountains, good schools, community minded, we could live in a new home that doesn’t need work-this town has it all.

I want P to be able to ride her bike on our street, even around our neighborhood without the fear of losing her to a weirdo or speeding car (I know this could happen anywhere-even a small town) as I am dreaming about this particular town and wishing we could move something hit me:

We can’t move right now. Maybe in 5 years but right now my husband’s startup company needs him on daily even hourly basis, nothing gets accomplished unless he’s there and I don’t want him commuting, we’d never see him and that’s no fun.

Then I remembered my goals I wrote down while sitting at Starbucks 6 years ago with my hubby. We were setting our goals for the next 5 to 10 years, what we want to accomplish as a couple, as a family, financially, where we wanted to live etc.

Some of my most important goals were….. To stay at home with my kids (check), have one (+) kiddos (check), to live in a nice house (almost there-just thousands more in remodeling!), live in a great town (check) and be able to walk my kid to school (wouldn’t that be so nice?).

Now, at 8 months P is obviously not in school yet but I’ve already started to wonder where the heck we will send her. Enter the smaller town along with safety; I know their school system is great. Public school around here in not an option-too scary, bad test scores etc.

Then I found out the elementary school just two blocks from my house implemented an International Baccalaureate program a couple of years ago and while I will have to do a lot of research to make sure this could be the school for us it’s pretty exciting to know I just might be able to walk my kid to elementary school.

I, then, started thinking about my town, my house and basically my life here in this place I call home. Since I know we can’t move for a while, I began thinking of all the things I love about this town. You know -if-you-can’t-have-what-you-want-make-the-best-of-what-you-have-type-of-thinking. It’s not hard to “make the best” of what we have here, actually if I think about it our town is pretty great and I would totally miss it if we moved.

If we left Petunia wouldn’t have the chance to be towed up Lookout Mountain behind her daddy’s road bike. She wouldn’t eat Liks ice cream on a hot summer day, or play at the play ground in Wash Park, or ride her bike on the Platte River bike path, or walk up to Heidi’s for lunch, or play with her friends G&G, or take her pooch to The Railyard Dogs Dog Park, or browse the Tattered Cover Book Store for the perfect book and that would be sad. I want her to experience all that I love about this town, even our 100 year old falling apart house. So for now, I will put the dream of a smaller town behind me and make this place we call home the very best home I possibly can, Petunia deserves that.

I have died and gone to Happy Cakes Heaven

Posted in happy cakes, the hood with tags , , on December 13, 2007 by erin

I’ve always liked our neighborhood. There are more dogs per capita here than anyway else in the city. It’s safe (relatively speaking), there’s always someone out walking their dog or kid, it has a beautiful peaceful lake (peacefulness is hard to find in a city) with walking paths and yet we are still 8 minutes from Downtown (where the husband works) and where we spend a fair amount of time.

We are also within walking distance to a cutsie, trendy, high priced boutiqued neighborhood shopping square. I love this little square. Love to browse in the shops. I don’t buy much because like I said it’s high price boutiquey stuff that’s super cute and fun and I can’t justify. My kid does not need a $50 onsie. I mean it’s super cute and all but since she will probably wear it all of three weeks I won’t buy it. And I don’t need a $200 haircut-though would love to have one of them fancy hair cuts, my $55 cut is just fine.

This square also has a few affordable places like Chipotle, a great wine shop, two coffee shops and a handful of great restaurants. But I have NEVER been so excited about “my square” as when I found this little piece of Heaven. A little cupcake shop called Happy Cakes. Oh My Gosh! And happy it makes! First of all, can you get any better than cupcakes? I mean it’s a cake which already says scrumptious and secondly, they are small so you don’t feel like a cow if you eat two (or three or four 🙂 Right? Lastly, they are so cute and are begging to be eaten. Look at the pictures and tell me you don’t want to devour these creations.

The descriptions read like you were in a fancy schmancy restaurant in NYC: “vodka soaked cranberry cupcake with lime infused butter-cream” and
“A maple cupcake topped with cinnamon butter cream, reminds you of Sunday morning brunch!” and “Crunchy pretzel crust, strawberry cupcake with cream cheese frosting – the perfect marriage of sweet & salty!”
Doesn’t that just make your mouth water…..I’m a sugar-a-holic so it makes my mouth water.
Seriously, you should try these delights. If you don’t live in my town maybe you can order them online. It’s worth it.